Posted: 27 July 2022

Scotland Rowing Team crews won four events at the 2022 Home International Rowing (HIR) Regatta hosted by England Rowing at the London Regatta Centre, London Docklands, on Saturday 23 July.

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The junior women’s double scull of Izzy Clements (Edinburgh University Boat Club) and Heather Taylor (Strathclyde Park Rowing Club) led the way with a comfortable win over second-placed England by 17 seconds.

The second Scottish win of the day came from the junior men’s coxless four of Campbell Wheeler (George Watson’s College Boat Club), Andrew Wright (St Andrew Boat Club), Ethan MacLachlan (George Heriot’s School Rowing Club) and Lachlan Uttley (George Watson’s College Boat Club).  The Scottish crew took an early lead over Ireland and built on this to take the win by clear water.

It was then the turn of St Andrew Boat Club’s Ben Nussey and Hector Patton, racing in the junior men’s coxless pair, to turn on the style and bring home Scotland’s third gold medal of the day, coming across the line 8 seconds ahead of England.

In the afternoon session the athletes moved into quads and eights.  The Scotland senior women’s quad of Perri McCluskey (Strathclyde Park Rowing Club), Lily Young (Edinburgh University Boat Club), Laura McKenzie (Glasgow University Boat Club) and Anna Buchanan (Edinburgh University Boat Club)

The HIR Regatta saw many intense battles involving the crews from Scotland, England, Ireland and Wales and Scottish crews fought bravely to record a number of impressive second and third places in tight finishes across the day.  For the first time crews at the HIR Regatta also raced over 500 metres which provided for exciting and action-packed racing with spectators able to see the full course.

The hosts England won a clean sweep of the team events with Scotland finishing in second place in the junior women’s trophy, third place in the junior men’s trophy and the senior women’s trophy and fourth in the senior men’s trophy.

Full results can be found on the rowTIME website.

The inaugural HIR Beach Sprints will be hosted by Scotland at East Sands in St Andrews on Saturday 20 August whilst the 2023 HIR Regatta will be held in Ireland.