On Saturday and Sunday, 18th and 19th February, a significant entry of crews from Scottish clubs and universities took part in the JBT Inverness Eights and Small Boats Heads in bright and sometimes blustery weather conditions on the superb rowing waters of the Caledonian Canal in Inverness. Much excellent racing was witnessed over the 4.35 kilometre course in two exciting days of competition.
Host club members from Inverness Rowing Club achieved significant success in winning four events, the women’s novice eights, women’s junior 16 double sculls, women’s novice single sculls and men’s veteran single sculls whilst other members performed with distinction over the two days of competition.
The Open Eights event was won by an Edinburgh University BC/Clydesdale ARC crew in a fine time of 14 minutes 7 seconds, whilst the fastest time in the women’s Eights event was recorded by a University of St Andrews BC crew in 16 minutes 40 seconds in the Women’s Open event.
In quads events, Edinburgh University BC were the fastest men’s crew recording a time of 14 minutes 48 seconds whilst a J18 crew from Strathclyde Park RC were the fastest women’s crew posting the a time of 17 minutes 40 seconds. Fastest crews in fours events were recorded by the men from University of St Andrews in a time of 16 minutes 25 seconds and the women’s crew from the same university in a time of 17 minutes 22 seconds.
In coxless pairs events, fastest men’s crew came from Edinburgh University BC in 16 minutes 18 seconds whilst a crew from St Andrew BC was the fastest women’s crew in a time of 18 minutes 55 seconds. In double sculls events, the fastest men’s crew came from Strathclyde Park RC in a time of 17 minutes 8 seconds with another crew from the same club achieving the distinction of fastest women’s crew in a time of 17 minutes 51 seconds. A Clydesdale ARC member was the fastest men’s single sculler recording a time of 17 minutes 35 seconds with Strathclyde Park RC providing the fastest women’s single sculler in a time of 19 minutes 48 seconds.
The Scottish Students Head events took place on both days. Some fine competitive performances were achieved with honours being shared fairly evenly between the university crews taking part.
Pictures taken on both days of the event are available on the Inverness Rowing Club Facebook group.