For the first time in the Lymington Rowing Clubs history we took a small hop across the pond to take part in the World Rowing Masters in Hazewinkel, Belgium. Alan Taylor and Tim Bull took their trusty double to see how the world does it.
Setting off on Wednesday they had races all through the week, with the first race on Thursday afternoon. It was a tough one against America, Denmark, Poland, Germany and Australia. After a lot of training it was a shock to the system after the first 500m as the GB pair had been rowing 2000m in coastal boats all summer, they soon saw the difference next to river rowers.
For Fridays race they were ready, the nerves and excitement had settled and they knew what they had to bring to the table. They had a good race against many other world crews to finish 7th.
Saturday was the final race. A lot of the other crews had mentioned how heavy the Lymington boat was so for a final push in the last race they borrowed Steve and Ray’s boat from BTC. This would only have given them a few seconds difference but every little helps at the World Masters. It was a great final race coming in 5th.
Overall Alan and Tim had a great few days. They experienced rowing at a completely different level and it’s made them want more.
As they slip back into winter training and the river head races they have the 2016 World Masters in their sights!
Next years World Masters is in Copenhagen, Denmark.