This year’s Lucerne regatta may have been a bit short on the quantity of entries but there’s no doubting the quality of racing that will be seen in Sunday’s A finals. The final of the men’s eights may only have three boats racing but the promised contest between Britain and Germany will undoubtedly be one to savour. The British men had a fabulous European Championships, taking the Gold medal ahead of Romania and the Netherlands. But Germany’s world champions, who had led the race early on by a significant margin, could find no pace in the second thousand and ended up limping in in 4th place.
The Germans retired to their Dortmund training base to lick their wounds and work on the second thousand, while the British eight, under their coach Steve Trapmore, prepared for Lucerne in the knowledge that it would be their last event before the Tokyo Olympics. In Friday’s race for lanes the two crews went head to head in a gladiatorial struggle – the Dutch eight couldn’t start due to a COVID scare. No quarter was asked for or given. The Germans blasted out, got a lead, which the British attacked all the way down the course, only just failing to catch their opposition by a tenth of a second.(more…)