Scot Champs | 31 May

It was another regatta of two halves at the Scottish Rowing Championships, held at Strathclyde Park on the 31st of May and 1st of June 2014. This time, Saturday brought the better weather – promoting unisuit tans which are now being sported the length and breadth of the country no doubt – and Sunday’s weather was the more questionable, including several heavy cloudbursts.

Thankfully, the water both days was more than acceptable by Aberdeen Boat Club crew standards – whereby anything smaller than a cresting wave is perfectly manageable - and a smaller than usual Aberdeen contingent made best efforts to take advantage of that.

Aberdeen Boat Club’s key successes came from the efforts – once again – of Mr Gary Wilson, successful in O2- with RGUBC’s Lewis McCue, but also from one of the hardest working crews in the club – the no longer novice combination of Katherine Keddie, Fiona Cruickshank, Emma Crossan and Susan Dixon, who were successful in Women’s Novice 4+ - our best placing in this event since 2011, and our first win in it in even longer than that. A huge well done to the crew – a true testament to training and perseverance paying off in the end.

Unfortunately, Aberdeen Boat Club failed to make a significant dent in the small boats categories, probably due to the highly competitive new time trial format designed to bring the Scottish national championships in line with the British Championships and BUCS. Some exciting racing, undoubtedly, but a dearth of success for the purple army.

Well done to all racing crews for being part of an exciting weekend of racing! Remember all, the course is back to 2k (or 1k for those novices and oldies amongst us) next year….