With Scottish rowers in action at home and abroad there was lots of activity on the water at the weekend and we pick out some of the highlights.

World Rowing Cup II

The second World Cup of the season took place in Varese, Italy, with the GB Rowing Team continuing their majestic form and topping the medal table once again with six gold medals, three silver and two bronze, along with two world best times.

Sholto Carnegie (men’s eight) and Oli Wilkes (men’s four) helped the GB men to a full house of the men’s sweep events after both men had won European titles in the same boat classes at Bled three weeks ago.

There was a silver medal for Rowan McKellar and Karen Bennett as part of the women’s eight, with both women doubling up at this regatta - Glasgow’s McKellar also recording a fifth-place finish in the women’s pair whilst Bennett’s women’s four came third in the B final.  Lucy Glover was fourth in the B final as part of the GB women’s double.

The third and final event of the World Rowing Cup series of 2023 takes place in Lucerne, Switzerland, from 7-9 July before the final preparations into the World Rowing Championships in Belgrade, Serbia, in September.

Read more: Great Britain finish top of medal table at World Rowing Cup II - British Rowing

Henley Women’s Regatta

The Glasgow Academy and Edinburgh University were amongst the winners as the 2023 Henley Women’s Regatta came to a close with some outstanding racing on Sunday afternoon.

The Glasgow Academy crew of Kloe, Sofia, Carmen, Briony and cox Struan lifted the Groton School Challenge Cup for junior women’s coxed fours – the third year in a row that a Scottish crew has won this event (2021 – Glasgow Academy; 2022 – Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association).  Orla Johnson, who had been part of the 2021 winning crew, this year won the Cathy Cruickshank Trophy for aspirational academic coxless fours, racing for Imperial College Boat Club.

Whilst Grace, Josephine, Lucy, Charlotte and Charlotte from the beginner women’s programme at Edinburgh University took home the Frank V Harry Cup for development coxed fours to cap an historic season for the squad following titles at the BUCS Head, Women’s Eights Head of the River Race and the BUCS Regatta.  Truly impressive stuff from Mike Hughes’ charges!

In what had been a record Scottish entry at this year’s HWR there were many encouraging performances across school, university and club crews with a large number of Scottish rowers making it through to Sunday’s racing including Strathclyde Park Rowing Club’s Perri McCluskey, finalist in the championship double sculls.

Full results: Results - 2023 - Henley Women's Regatta (hwr.org.uk)

Marlow Regatta

Eleven crews representing eight Scottish clubs had made the trip to Dorney Lake, Eton, hoping to put down a strong marker ahead of the upcoming Henley Royal Regatta.

Edinburgh University Boat Club’s Dan Jones, fresh from his recent exploits in the lightweight men’s double scull at the European Rowing Championships, recorded a second-place finish in the championship single scull, just pipped in the closing stages by the sculler from Cambridge 99 Rowing Club.

Scottish Champions in the open quad scull – Clydesdale Amateur Rowing Club / Loch Lomond Rowing Club composite – showed that they were able to compete against the best crews in the country with a sixth-place finish in the A final of the championship quad sculls.

Qualification for Henley Royal Regatta takes places on the world-famous regatta course on Friday before the main event gets underway on Tuesday 27th June.

Full results: Marlow Regatta | Time-Team