Inverness oars make their way to Africa

Jack Owako, Lake Victoria Athletic Club captain who finished 8th in Africa at the Continental Olympic Qualifiers last year (1 place off Tokyo 2020/2021 Olympic Qualification) holding the IRC blades.

Former IRC member Dick Ruan, with the help of Jim Flood, has donated his oars to Lake Victoria Athletic Club, which is predominantly a rowing club, based in Kisumu, Kenya.  Adam Cartier, who co-founded the club in 2011 passes on a huge thank you as they are in great need of equipment and these blades will be well used by the members of the club and the Kisumu community.

Intra-Club ‘Virtual’ Head

November is when we would usually welcome clubs from throughout Scotland, and the UK, to our Fours and Small Boats Head.  However, under current restrictions it has not been possibe to run this event.  However, with the prospect of no racing for the foreseeable future we thought we would organise an Intra-Club ‘Virtual’ Head.

This will run throughout November, during which you can submit your head course time here.  Club members can enter in as many different crew configurations/categories as they want and for those less keen to get back on the water, the head course can be completed on the erg or you could run the course.

Setting a base level time can be a great way to gauge if your training and drills are working and as such, we plan to run a similar event in February so as we can compete against ourselves and see what improvements we have managed.  There may even be a prize for most improved.

The course can be found on Strava, which provides a really simple way record your time.

Of course a wide range of prizes will be available for the different categories such as the adulation of your peers, tremendous sense of satisfaction and achievement, etc, etc 🙂

We look forward to receiving your times which will be collated and posted to the members area as they come in.  Good luck and enjoy your race!

Safety points: you should remember that even after the canal is closed to cruisers (7th Nov.), occasional boats will be coming upstream and so you should stick to your side of the canal, and not take the racing line.  If you are not confident with your steering you could consider asking someone to bank party.

Cancellation of Races

Due to a combination of new bridgeworks over the Caledonian Canal at Torvean, and the Covid-19 restrictions, we are unable to hold any events this year.

We look forwards to (hopefully) hosting events in 2021.