This was my first coastal race since my 3rd heart operation in December and a good bench mark to see in my racing form is on the right track. I got company with Maria Pelvén (racing in the Womens singel) and Daniel (like me, racing in the Mens single). We were hoping for rough conditions in southern England at the Open British Championship. Unfortunately the rowing conditions were quite flat.
Maria Pelvén unfortunately crabbed badly at the start and lost a hold of her right oar. She managed to regain it without falling in but lost a lot of time. She battled heroically throughout the race and eventually took silver
I won my heat and qualified for the final. The final started very tight with Huja, Pullen, Harding and myself all fighting hard to get first around the first turning point. After a final dash I took the lead of the race. Huja from Czech Republic challenged for the lead but I could hold the lead throughout the race
Medals - Men's solo
1st. Berg, Helsingborgs RK, Sweden
2nd. Huja, Slavia Praha RC, Czech Republic
3rd. Pullen, Falmouth PGC, England
Daniel Böcker, Halmstad GRF, rowed very well and finished 6th in the Men's Solo final
Many thanks to British Rowing for having us. Special thanks to Welsh Coastal Sculling for the great hospitality. Leander and Tideaway for helping us with life jackets and everyone else on site for giving us great support.
Next race will be already next weekend at a more local site: Humlebäck, Denmark.
Maria warming her hands with Drogan, the Welsh coastal sculling mascot
Maria in 2nd place at the podium
Diving for the finish line to win the British Championship
Podium in the Mens single
Daniel running for the finish to become 3rd in the heats (later 6th in the final)