The 2021 World Rowing Coastal Championships in Oeiras, Portugal, is bouncing into its third day this morning, with conditions still pretty rowable but definitely challenging, with heaps of crabs, crashes, and crab/crashes in play.
The squads for Coastals this year were not selected by the usual national team trials or selection methods; in a nutshell, what we would recognize as 'club' crews could enter under their national flag, and the national governing body was asked to rank them from there. As such, crew members can be from other countries; this is why you will see US national team members Vicky Opitz and Molly Bruggeman, who are rowing with the UK-based University of London Tyrian, rowing under the GB flag.
If the apparent instant dual citizenship is confusing, you are not alone; the FISA website now has them appearing as GB rowers:
There are other rowing celeb in the mix, apparently having a good time if Kjetil Borch's Instagram is any proof; one thing that seems certain is that rowing with Borch requires a solid sense of humor:
In the US ranks, the U.S. men's coxed quadruple sculls and women's double sculls advanced to the medal races on Friday at the 2021 World Rowing Coastal Championships in Oeiras, Portugal. The two crews join three other U.S. boats in Saturday's A finals.
In the men's coxed quad, the Great Miami Rowing Center crew of coxswain Bennett Rossell Kory Rogers, Chris Bak, Marc Oria and Ben Booth finished fifth in the first heat to advance to the race for the medals. The GMRC boat clocked a 19:30.00 to move on to Saturday's A final. France's Lyon Caluire AC won the race in an 18:57.45.
In the women's double sculls, Newport Aquatic Center's Hillary Saeger, a seven-time, flat-water U.S. National Team member, and Erin Roberts, a 2015 National Team member, took seventh in the second heat, advancing to the A final. Saeger and Roberts covered the course in a 24:47.86. Ukraine's SO "RC" Dnipro won the heat in a 21:51.55.
In the mixed double sculls, Green Racing Project's Bridget Schodorf and Luke Rein finished ninth in the first heat, advancing to tomorrow's B final. With the top six automatically qualifying for the medal race, Schodorf and Rein finished with a time of 21:48.23. Ukraine's SO RC "Dnipro" ZCU won the race in a 19:30.49, finishing more than 50 seconds ahead of Ireland's Killorglin/Shandon crew.
In the B final of the women's solo, Newport Aquatic Center's Christine Rubino finished seventh with a time of 35:43.09. Rubino led the field into the first buoy but cut the turn too close, got tangled in the buoy and capsized. However, the American was able to get back in her shell and work her way to the finish line. Germany's Annika Sophie Salwiczek from Ruder-Club "Allemannia von 1866" won the race in a 27:39.40.
In the B final of the women's coxed quadruple sculls, Bair Island Aquatic Center's Isabella Schiros, Amanda Hawkins, Liliana Retelny, Hannah Wayment-Steele and Athena Bradley finished eighth, clocking a 25:16.99. Ireland's Castletownbere Rowing Club won the race in a 22:29.39.
In the B final of the men's double sculls, New Orleans Rowing Club's John Huppi and John Olbrys finished 13th in a 22:32.20. Huppi and Olbrys got tangled up with multiple crews off the start line, dropping off the pace. SN Monaco won the race in a 19:21.39.
In addition to the men's coxed quad and the women's double, the U.S. will have the women's coxed quadruple sculls and two women's solos racing for medals tomorrow. Great Miami Rowing Center's Bennett Rossell, Elizabeth Hinley, Brooke Downes, Cassidy Norton and Hannah Huppi finished fourth in their heat to advance to the A final, while Park City Rowing Academy's Dayna Deuter and Bair Island's Hannah Wayment-Steele advanced out of the women's solo heats.
Racing concludes on Saturday with the A finals and the remaining B finals starting at 8:30 a.m. local time. In total, more than 800 competitors in 342 boats from 34 countries are competing in Portugal.
Live streaming of all races will be available on World Rowing's website and World Rowing's YouTube channel; click here for more.