World Rowing Championships and a Dirty Dozen Challenge

 The World Rowing Championships start today in Aiguebelette, France and run through September 6. Find up to the minute news at:

 Also, in Chicago, the Dirty Dozen Challenge, a brand new regional series of sculling races are hosted by Recovery on the Water, Inc. at the Chicago River Eleanor Boathouse Yard. Today’s first race is a 3K, followed by a 4K in September and a 6K in October. The Dirty Dozen Challenge will also be held in Limerick, Ireland. For more information, check out:

Coupe Quebec Jeunesse D’Aviron de Sherbrooke and More

  The Coupe Quebec Jeunesse D’Aviron de Sherbrooke, Lac des Nations, parc Jacques Cartier, Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada will be held tomorrow on August 29 with a noon start time. The regatta of singles and pairs is hosted by the Club Nautique de Sherbrooke Section Aviron. For further information see the website:

Also the International Regatta Intermerice in Intermerice, Czech Republic runs both August 29 and 30 hosted by the Slavojo Intermerice Rowing Club. More information can be found on the website:​

And in Australia, the fourth annual Heads of the Mitchell River Rowing Regatta will be hosted by the Bairnsdale Rowing Club in East Gippsland, Victoria. For more information contact the Bairnsdale Rowing Club on their website:      


Bonne Chance, Hodne Stesti and Good Luck mate!

Lost Olympic Gold Medal Found

 German rower in a coxed four, Horst Hoeck won Gold at the Los Angeles Olympics held in 1932. But when Hoeck fled East Germany from Kleinmachnow in 1947 because he refused to work for the Soviet military, he left his gold medal behind in his escape to the other side, to West Berlin.

Fast forward sixty years later to yesterday when a safe was found in his former Kleinmachnow home while taking down a wall renovating a day care center. Horst had placed his gold medal in a box tucked way back in the safe forgetting his prized possession there forever as he thought it went missing during the family’s harried escape. Horst’s daughter, Karin Horst Isermann, now 76 remarked “My father missed it after his escape and wanted to have it back. But he couldn’t find it and had no idea it was in Kleinmachnow.” Isermann went on to say, “He thought that he had lost it during the escape. And he had wanted it back.”

Although Isermann is happy, “I am also very sad that my father did not live to see it.” Horst died in 1969. “It is very sad because I know he would have been very happy about it. Because it was very close to his heart, this medal. It was a token of his sporting success.”

Rebecca Chin

Great Britain just added a Women’s 4 making it 24 British boats competing on Lake Aiguebelette later this month at the Rowing World Championships in France. Chin joins Karen Bennett, Lucinda Gooderham and Holly Norton to row at the event in Aiguebelette.

Chin turned to rowing after winning a silver medal in the discus when 16 at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics in China. Unfortunately, Chin was reclassified during her event by the International Paralympics Committee who found Chin to be “not disabled enough” by her lower leg impairment. In an official statement the IPC said  “In today’s discus event, the athlete (Chin) showed significantly different skill sets and subsequently the chief classifier lodged a protest under exceptional circumstances.” Chin was forced to give back her medal when she became ineligible.

Not surprisingly with perseverance Chin was drawn to rowing. At the time, Phil Lane the British Paralympic team’s diplomatic chief of mission stated “This has highlighted the inexact nature of the classification process.” Chin showed great grace by saying “I’m obviously disappointed with the outcome but I am proud to have represented Great Britain at the Paralympic Games.” Now Chin gets the exact nature of working hard and rowing strong for Great Britain at the Rowing World Championships.

The Rowing World Championships run from August 30 to September 6.

Good luck to Chin, Bennett, Gooderham and Norton of the hard working Women’s 4 in Aiguebelette.

US, Lithuania and Canada

Today is the last day for both the USRowing Masters National Championships in Camden, New Jersey and the Lithuanian Open Senior and Junior Championships in Trakai. Today is also the last day of the rowing portion of the 2015 Team BC Western Canada Summer Games racing at Snye Park. British Columbia Rowing hosts crews from Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

 USRowing posted the following announcement: “Due to scratches, Events 114 and 126 are now Final-Only Events.” More information can be found on the website:, and for results:

For more information on the Lithuanian Open Senior and Junior Championships hosted by the Lithuanian Rowing Federation see:

More information regarding the Team BC Western Canada Summer Games can be found here:
Sekmes (Good Luck) to all irkluotojai (rowers)!

 USRowing Masters 

  USRowing Masters National Championships continue today and tomorrow in Camden, New Jersey on the Cooper River. USRowing has scratched event 97, Mens Open C, 1x. There will be 3 heats with the best two from each heat advancing to the finials without semifinals. There is also a 3.6 mile course in Belfast, Maine for the Come Boating 2015. 

Rowing Regatta today. And the oldest, largest, and impressive all-adaptive Bayada Regatta hosted by Bayada Home Health Care at St. Joseph’s University Boathouse in Philly today on the Schuylkill River. 

Best of luck to all! 

More August Regattas

Rise and shine! I’ve just made my coffee and it looks to be a great day.

The 133rd Royal Canadian Henley Masters Regatta starts today on the Martindale Waterways in St. Catherines, Ontario at noon. The 133rd Royal Canadian Henley Regatta starts on Tuesday. The USRowing Senior II World Championship Trials start today on Mercer Lake and continue over the next 4 days in West Windsor, New Jersey. The athlete friendly Feather River Summer Sprints for novices will be held at the Forebay Aquatic Center in Oroville, California. Over 150 crews will race in 30 categories in the Carrick on Shannon Sprint Regatta hosted by the Carrick Rowing Club in Ireland. The Coupe de la Jeunesse continues for another day in Szegad, Hungary at the Olympic Centre of Szegad. The course in Szegad is known for being perfect for rowing with calm winds along the almost 2.5 kilometer long, 130 meter wide course of the Maty stream.

Good luck, hydrate and try to keep that sunblock out of your eyes!