Swedes and others

Celebrating the Arastoupour brothers from Stockholms Roddförening, Sweden, who took the gold medal in the double sculls B class. The other oarsmen are from Malmö Roddklubb, expect the gentleman on the left, who was a gentleman from Canada. Even the HTBS editor managed to find a spot in the picture.

30 September 2018

By Göran R Buckhorn

Writing from a World Rowing Master Regatta is not like reporting from any other ordinary regatta. There are no repecharges, quarter-final or semi-finals. Every heat is a final. You win your heat and you get a gold medal.

To get more heats (and hopefully more medals) many rowers double up several times in different age groups and boat classes. There are 17 age groups, categories A to M, from 27 years or older to 89 years or older. A rower is allowed to race in a younger age group but never in an older of course.

Forty-eight nations have gathered at Nathan Benderson Park, coming from as far away as Australia, New Zealand, Japan and South Africa. There are also so-called ‘international boats’, which are combinations of different nationalities racing in the same boat.

There was a new heat ever three minutes during the races on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Today, Sunday are for mixed crews.

The regatta is in a beautiful setting: Nathan Benderson Park is really a first class course, which was proven last year when the World Chapionships were held here.

While I’m here to to watch and write a little about the races and what’s going on around the regatta, I also travelled from Connecticut to Florida to meet some of my old chums from my Swedish rowing club, Malmö Roddklubb. As you might have noticed, I have also written about other, non-rowing related things. That’s a freedom I allow myself. While I do enjoy everything here ‘rowing’, I’m melting away in the terrible heat. It has been between 90 and 94 F degrees during the regatta days. A Swede is not used to this, not even one who has crossed the Sahara Desert.

Note: I apologise, it was a draft that was published earlier this morning. Proof reader Tom Weil was kind enough to point out the mistake – thanks Tom!

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