July 13, 2015
Lucerne World Cup Review 2015
The third and final rowing world cup of the 2015 series took place in the historical location of Lucerne, famously known as the ‘Lake of the Gods’ by rowers.
Spectators in Switzerland were treated to a full program of racing, which threw up the traditional haul of surprises, shocks and world class performances.
The single scull events were without any unnecessary drama; Mahe Drysdale continued his impressive win whilst Kim Crow of Australia was a comfortable winner in the women’s equivalent. It was pleasing to see Alan Campbell of Great Britain back on the podium after a difficult 2014.
New Zealand had a stunning regatta and their form in the small boats was particularly impressive. They were winners in the men’s pair, women’s lightweight double and women’s double, three victories which will offer great hope for the World Championships. Murray and Bond, racing abroad for the first time since Amsterdam, continued their unbeaten run but were pushed hard by crews from Great Britain, Serbia and the Netherlands.
The men’s double was dominated by the crew of the moment; the Sinkovic brothers. The Croatian outfit led from start to finish and will be hard to beat come Aiguebelette. The German’s improved on a disappointing showing at Varese to finish second.
The men’s four and quad was missing representatives from Great Britain, the former due to a poor semi-final. This left the door open to a young Australian crew to take the win and uphold their countries strong tradition in this event. The men’s and women’s quad was won by strong outfits from Germany.
The lightweight men’s doubles produced a stunning race, contested between the European champions from France, the world champions from South Africa and the 2013 world champions from Norway. In the end, it was the Azou/Delayre combination from France who prevailed ahead of a stunning last 500m from the South African duo.
The lightweight men’s four has been fluctuating throughout the year but it was New Zealand who re-affirmed their status as the crew to beat by emerging victorious ahead of hosts Switzerland.
The women’s eight was a familiar story; Canada streaked away in the second 500m to win the race ahead of a development crew from New Zealand. Great Britain, who were beaten by Canada at the Henley Royal Regatta the previous week, finished third.
The men’s eight sparked the race of the regatta between Great Britain and Germany. In previous match-ups, it was 2-1 to Great Britain, with their resounding victory in the Grand Challenge Cup at Henley a particularly sore wound for a proud German crew. However, the latter responded brilliantly in Lucerne, clawing back a half-length deficit at the 1000m mark to get within a few feet of the world champions. Such a margin of victory for the British sets us up for a fascinating encounter in Aiguebelette at the end of August.