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Home International Regatta

 

This year's Home International Regatta was held in Cardiff on Saturday 23rd July and saw seven ASRA boys representing Scotland across multiple events.

First up was the development pairing of Robert Powell and Miles Beeson. Having recently been part of the successful J16 GB versus France winning eight, as well as the double gold medal winning performances at the British Junior Championships, on the day the less experienced pair struggled with the tricky conditions taking third place behind England - the British Junior pairs champions from Kings School Canterbury - and Ireland.

Next up for ASRA were Conrad Forbes, Gregor Pittendreigh, Theo Stott and Hamish Dunnett in the coxless four. All of them having been part of the gold medal winning ASRA eight from the British Junior Championship the previous week. Again the difficult conditions on the day appeared to prevent the crew from performing at their best, running in fourth behind the other home nations.

The final race of the day for Scotland's junior men was the boys' eight, comprising of cox Michael McCrory, stroke Conrad Forbes, Miles Beeson, Robert Powell, Gregor Pittendreigh, Fergus Mainland (George Watsons College) Theo Stott, Hamish Dunnett and Sam Abernathy (Glasgow Schools). Historically Scotland have struggled to be competitive in this event, but, given ASRA's recent success at British Junior Championship expectations were high for this crew. Unfortunately, on the day it was not to be and with fatigue doubtless playing a large part, the Scottish eight struggled home fourth in the rough conditions.

Despite finishing second to England in the Junior Men's Match, this was a strong performance from a squad which included a large number of development/J16 athletes. "Indeed this was the strongest result by the Junior Men in eight years", said Scotland Team Manager, Graeme Cunningham.

Scottish Schools' Head
British Junior Rowing Championships