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Photograph: Werner Schmidt
Monday, March 31, 2014
2014 World Rowing Cup in Sydney
Women's 1x winner: Emma Twigg.
This past weekend, counting Friday as the first day, saw the first World Rowing Cup races for 2014. If you think it’s early in the season for a World Cup regatta, you are right. However, as the Cup was held in Sydney, Australia, the world rowing elite travelled down-under for their first meeting of the year. The racing was held during three days of ideal rowing conditions. Some of the reigning World champions found themselves knocked off the top position in some exciting races. It’s going to be interesting to see how the gold, silver and bronze medals fall at the two remaining World Cup regattas in Aiguebelette, France, between 20 and 22 June and in Lucerne, Switzerland, between 11 and 13 July. Though before the second World Cup there is the European Rowing Championships, from 30 May and 1 June in Belgrade, Serbia.
‘Hear the Boat Sing’ (HTBS) was founded in 2009 by Göran R Buckhorn, a Swede living in Connecticut, a magazine editor, culture scribe and a rowing historian. In 1990, Göran co-founded the Swedish rowing magazine, “Svensk Rodd”, for which he is now a contributing editor. He has written numerous articles on rowing, and is one of the Directors of Friends of Rowing History and a member of BARJ, the British Association of Rowing Journalists. Regular contributors to HTBS are: rowing historians Tim Koch and Greg Denieffe, both in England; Hélène Rémond, France; and Philip Kuepper, Connecticut. Besides writing articles on The Boat Race, the Henley Royal Regatta, the Wingfield Sculls, and the Doggett’s Coat and Badge Race, Tim has made some rowing documentaries. He is also a Director of the Friends of Rowing History and a member of BARJ. Greg is an Irishman who specializes on Irish rowing. Some of his finest pieces are on HTBS. Hélène, who wrote her thesis on British rowing, has covered The Boat Race and the Henley Regatta for French papers and HTBS, also shooting beautiful photos for this blog. Philip’s poems on rowing have topics about everything between the daily life and the divine.