Review: Scott Champs Regatta | 16/15 June 13

It was rather a regatta of two halves at the Scottish Championships on the 15th and 16th of June, with Saturday bringing windy, overcast (read: relatively normal) conditions at Strathclyde Park and Sunday bringing a warm, calm day and superbly flat water for all those racing.

Aberdeen crews, however, are no strangers to strong winds and big waves (in fact, the still water may have been more alien to them) and performed well over both days of the regatta over the reduced (or increased, depending on your rowing status) 1500m course.

ABC notched up a total of 30 top 3 finishes over the course of the weekend, including 12 wins. Seven of those wins came from ABC members participating in composite crews with other Aberdeen clubs, and six involved Gary Wilson, which included his solo win in Open U23 1x.

Of particular note was Aberdeen dominance in the open events, including the blue-ribbon Open 8+ which was won by a composite containing ABC rowers Gary Wilson, Henry Gieseler, Tom McIntyre and Thomas Little. ABC contested the finals of all open sweep oared events, including novice events, and also represented well in the sculling events as well.

However, ABC’s women are never to be outdone, and set out to dominate the fours and eights with a strong entry at Intermediate and Novice level in both. In parallel to the boys, ABC was represented in the finals of each of the women’s sweep oared events.

The battle of the ABC Women’s Intermediate Coxed Fours – which fielded no less than three ABC entries and seven boats overall - was won on the day by the combination of Fiona Wark, Stephanie Fraser, Heather Buchanan and Sandie Pirie (coxed by Heather McDonald) who nudged their bow past Inverness RC in the last ten strokes to take 2nd place by 0.8s. It was gratifying to see such a strong entry in this well contested event, a testament to the hard work of the ladies involved over the past year.

Congratulations to all who journeyed down and competed – it was a Championships the club can be rightly proud of, and a testament to the continued hard work and dedication of our club members.