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France’s Top-Eight break their own Record

by Paul Castle / BaselHead, English by Mandy Freschi, Photo: Rüdiger Hubrich

The winners podium at the rowing race Basel Head was shared by well-known teams, each with all new participants. The category winners came from Nancy, Prague, Vienna and Rotterdam. Swiss teams were second in four categories.

In only 19 minutes, the powerful team of Nancy finished the 6.4 Kilometres through Basel’s town centre.  This clearly improved the French Olympic aspirants’ own course record. The Swiss Rowing Federation was well ahead of VK Mladost from Croatia, coming in second place. World Champion Simon Niepmann from Basel / Grenzach was satisfied with his team’s performance.

Slavia Prague continued their winning streak in the elite women category.  Only team “RC Zurich & Friends” was also able to beat the 23 minutes mark. Elite rowers Jeannine Gmelin and Pascale Walker together with their colleagues finished over 70 seconds faster than the third-placed French women’s team from Nancy.

Victory in the juniors category went to first time participants Club LIA from Vienna. The U19 Eight of the Dutch Rowing Association finished eight seconds behind them.  In the junior girls category Prague Bohemians finished just ahead of “Thor’s daughters” from Rowing Club Zurich.

In the seniors category, the masters boat of KZRV De Maas managed a surprise win.  The Rotterdam men beat host RC Rheinfelden, ending their winning streak. In the masters women category, another Basel club made it to the winners podium: Basel Rowing Club was third behind Slavia Prague and Polytechnic Rowing Club Zurich.

“Over 90 teams contended this year, much more than ever before,” says Martin Steiger, Co-president of the Organising Committee.  “Our formula combining a beautiful route, demanding turn and generous international prizes is successful and the Basel audience can enjoy an exciting rowing programme.”

Co-president Sabine Horvath distributed thank you gifts to seven Clubs, hailing from Switzerland, Germany, and the Czech Republic, which have participated in all five races to date.  She said, “Now we are looking forward to November 14, 2015 and the awarding of the next Trophy Boat to the Club with the highest points.” After two races (out of three) Slavia Prague are topping the table.

Ranking and further information:  www.baselhead.org

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