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Scottish event on Caledonian Canal

By Will Clark

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JBT Inverness Winter Boats Head and Scottish Students Head starts at noon tomorrow.
JBT Inverness Winter Boats Head and Scottish Students Head starts at noon tomorrow.

The Caledonian Canal will welcome the top rowers from across Scotland as the JBT Inverness Winter Boats Head and Scottish Students Head takes place tomorrow.

More than 300 entries will compete in eights and small boats races in two days of competition on the waters during Saturday and Sunday.

Crews representing clubs, schools and universities from all over Scotland will be travelling to the Highland capital to compete in one of the biggest events in the Scottish rowing calendar.

Several crews from Inverness Rowing Club will be competing on the 4500-metre course from Dochgarroch to the finish line beside the club boathouse situated close to the Tomnahurich Bridge.

Honorary president Roy Sinclair said it promises to be an action packed weekend.

“Conditions will be good for rowing although there will be a slight breeze with the wind direction from the south-west," he said.

“The number of the entrants are similar compared to last year and will features athletes representing clubs, schools and universities from across Scotland.

“Inverness Rowing Club was formed in 1988 and we held our first February event in 1990 with next year being its 30th year.

“Only once we’ve had to cancel an event and that was in 2010 when there was five inches of ice on the canal, but we are not expecting that problem this weekend.”

The event starts at noon on Saturday for crews competing in Division One and at 2.30pm for crews in Division Two On Sunday, Division One contests starts at 11.30am with Division Two starting at 2pm.

The events always draws a big crowd to the canal and Sinclair, whose son Alan has represented Great Britain at European, World and Olympic level is looking forward another successful event.

With favourable weather forecast for the coming weekend, spectators and supporters are encouraged to come along to support all the crews competing on the Caledonian Canal.

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