August 25, 2014
The second day of competition at this year’s World Championships came to a close in the Dutch capital today. In contrast to yesterday’s windy and challenging conditions, cloud cover and a light rain provided for near perfect water on the storied Bosbaan (translated: course in the woods), the world’s oldest artificial rowing course.
Three more Canadian crews saw action today in the preliminary rounds of the weeklong competition.
The first crew to take to the water this afternoon was the men’s double. With only the top crew advancing to the semi-final, the majority of the field had to qualify through the repechage (rep). The rep is the second chance offered to crews to qualify for the next round.
Michael Wilkinson of North Vancouver and Steven van Knotsenburg of Beamsville, Ontario finished 5th in their heat.
“It felt like we never hit our stride,” commented van Knotsenburg, “our length of stroke felt short. That will definitely be our focus for the next race.”
An impressive Croatian crew won the race with a substantial lead on the rest of the field. Wilkinson and van Knotsenburg will race the repechage on Wednesday.
Lightweight rowing always provides for entertaining racing and today was no different. The lightweight men’s four of Brendan Hodge, Max Lattimer, Eric Woelfl, and Evan Cheng had their work cut out for them against reigning world champions, Denmark.
The Danish crew battled past a strong French crew to take the lead at the halfway mark. Denmark and France, finishing first and second respectively, move directly to the semifinal. The Canadians, who finished 5th, will race the repechage on Wednesday.
“That was definitely a bad one for us,” said Cheng following the race, “we have to do better on Wednesday, but after what we just did, we can only improve.”
The women’s four of Kerry Shaffer, Jennifer Martins, Kristin Bauder and Sarah Black were Canada’s last race today. Finishing 3rd and missing the direct route to the final, they will have to qualify through the repechage on Wednesday.
The general consensus amongst the crew was that there was lacking a consistent rhythm. “We definitely have the speed,” explained Shaffer, “we just need to work on a solid rhythm from start to finish.”
Martins and Bauder, who raced the pair yesterday, are doing double duty as members of the four. Unlike the pair, the four is not a part of the Olympic rowing programme.
Racing continues tomorrow afternoon. The women’s eight, the only Canadian crew that has yet to see action, has their first race of the Championships at 17:14 local time.
Online streaming with audio commentary for the racing will be available throughout the week of competition at www.worldrowing.com.
Live video streaming for the Olympic class events will be available from August 28 – 31 at www.worldrowing.com.
The semi-finals and finals are scheduled to air on Rogers SportsNet One from August 28 – 31.
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