Final results and thoughts.
The 28th of September 2013 saw flat waters and a gusty E-SE wind. The remaining and revised quarter finals, semis and finals ran smoothly, but with a great deal of crew disruption due to the two week delay from “part 1” of the event, some benefited but most were adversely affected.
With ever closer and more evenly matched crews, are the championships becoming less about the performance of the rowers, and more about the luck of a lane draw and being stuck in a queue rounding a mark? We’re sure the usual voices will cry “that’s Newquay” or “it’s tradition”, but does it make for a compelling and closely fought end-of-season spectacle for the sport we all enjoy as well as one to act as a focus for those who are looking to take up the sport?
The semi finals were hotly contested with 2.5% covering the top 6, and then another 2.5% covering the next 6. Maybe there’s room for a “B” final at the 2014 championships for places 7 to 12? Perhaps only a single lap – although, we’re still at a loss as to the merits of a training for, and racing multiple single lap heats (and similar races through the season), only to have a double-lap final. Can’t think of another sport that does that, is the football world cup final suddenly 3hrs long? Answers on a postcard…
Congratulations to overall winners Falmouth, with Caradon 2nd and Newquay 3rd. Caradon managed to get 3 crews into the final, which is probably some sort of record in itself, but were unable to convert this embarrassment of riches into a win at the event.
PDF download of GigRower lap analysis (not the official CPGA / NRC results ) :
DOWNLOAD : Newquay2013 MENS analysis final