Posted: 24 June 2024

This weekend saw plenty of action for Scottish Rowing athletes with four events running simultaneously.

At home in Scotland, there were ten clubs in attendance at the Nithsdale Amateur Rowing Club Regatta. There were plenty of races throughout the day including events for the younger Juniors of J12/J13, a Learn To Row race and the Generation double event.  A good day of racing on the River Nith was had by all.

There were some fantastic results at Marlow Regatta as many athletes took to Dorney Lake. The young athletes from George Watson’s College brought home the Gold in the Op J15 4x+ with a close race between them and the crew from The Windsor Boys School. Edinburgh University Boat Club took second in the University/College 4+. There was also silver in the Championship 2x from Stirling Rowing Club’s, Gregor Hall and Robbie Waddell representing Glasgow University Boat Club. Ben Parsonage from Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club clinched the bronze in the Championship 1x, with Scotland’s Cameron Buchan taking the win.  

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Twenty-four Scottish crews made the journey south to race with a total of 13 crews to qualify for the side-by-side events at Henley Women’s Regatta this year, there was lots of good racing for us to show off the Scottish spirit! After taking on 47 crews Edinburgh University Boat Club dominated the Development 4+ event to take home The Frank V Harry Cup for the second year in row. Edinburgh University Boat Club also done very well in the Aspirational Academic 8+ making it to the final and taking second place with a close race against winner Oxford Brookes (A). A first for Scotland came in the form of the Grosvenor Cup for PR3 1x won by Samantha Louise-Gough of St Andrew Boat Club. Samantha had stormed ahead in the final with an incredible start and was comfortably ahead of the competitor from Llandaff RC, she finished with an impressive time of 06:52.78. The Groton School Challenge Cup returns to Scotland once again for the 4th year in a row as Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association took the win in the Junior 4+. An impressive competition as they fought off 21 crews including the composite crew from Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club/St Andrew Boat Club who made it to the Semi-Finals. Congratulations to the three winning crews from Scotland, we are beyond proud of you! Be sure to check out our full HWR24 Review to see how the other Scottish crews got on.


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To finish off the weekend we had some international success at the European Rowing Coastal and Beach Sprint Championships in Gdansk, Poland. Sam Scrimgeour (Glasgow Rowing Club) and Laura McKenzie (Glasgow University Boat ClubLomond) took to the waves in the CMix 2x supported by Scottish Rowing’s Beach Sprint Pathway Coach, Iain Docwra. The duo stormed through the time trial and knockouts to face off against Lithuania in the final. After a strong start from both crews, the GB double finished with the silver as Lithuania’s Jancionis made it to the buzzer only 0.9 seconds ahead of McKenzie. A true showcase of the excitement of beach sprints!

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A huge well done to all athletes who competed this weekend, you are a testament to your clubs and have done the Scottish Rowing community proud!