Edinburgh University Rowing Club win big at Inverness Fours/Quads and Small Boats Heads on Caledonian Canal
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In sunny, cool and mainly windless weather conditions with occasional heavy showers on the Saturday, a record number of over 550 crews from all over Scotland took part in the Highland Campervans Inverness Fours/Quads and Small Boats Heads last weekend.
The Caledonian Canal course spanned approximately 4500 metres from Dochgarroch to the Inverness Rowing Club boathouse close to the Tomnahurich Swing Bridge.
All crews raced over the full length course with the exceptions being the novice and the junior under-14 and 15 crews which raced over a slightly shorter course length of approximately 3500 metres.
The host club managed to win five events on what proved to be an extremely competitive regatta weekend, with Inverness claiming the women’s restricted two double sculls, open novice, restricted two single sculls, masters coxless pairs and mixed quadruple sculls competitions.
Edinburgh University Boat Club, classified as a sub-division of GB Rowing, boasted some crews with athletes of national and international status and so perhaps unsurprisingly were the club which won the most events.
In doing so they also achieved an overall win, claiming the Victor Ludorm prize followed in second place by George Watson’s College Boat Club, while Glasgow University Boat Club were in third place.
Edinburgh University BC produced the fastest crews in both the men’s and women’s fours events – Robert Kilgour in a time of 15 minutes and 3.39 seconds and Catriiona Taylor in a time of 16 minutes and 29.85 seconds.
In the small boats events, the fastest men’s crew was the Clydesdale ARC restricted one double scull (Struan Stuart) in 17 minutes 4.16 seconds, while the fastest women’s crew was the restricted one double scull from Edinburgh University BC (Izzy Clements) in a time of 17 minutes 33.41 seconds. Edinburgh University BC members also led both men’s and women’s coxless pairs events.
Henry Pooley won the men’s event in 17 minutes 13.21 seconds whilst the women’s event was won by Anna Buchannan in 18 minutes 40.37 seconds.
Fastest women’s single scull was the Edinburgh University BC open sculler Perri McCluskey in 19 minutes 34.30 seconds, whilst the fastest men’s single sculler was Cameron Buchan from Strathclyde Park RC in a time of 17:35.30.