so you can read the quotes and all the summaries. they are fairly true testimony.
this has been a seriously good trip. this world cup presented a relatively competitive field. lucerne typically garners the most subscribers, but may not always be true across all events. we had 14 crews entered in the quad. the most notable crews missing were the Ukraine (european champs) and Russia. last time the US had a quad in an A final at an international regatta was at lucerne in 2009. that boat came in 4th by hundredths of a second, but the field was only 9 crews strong. just as that final demonstrated, all the races thus far show how tight the racing really is. racing can be tight in small boat classes too, but the faster the boat, the less discrepancy between them. the race is shorter, but there’s fewer divisible parts then as well.
each race we’ve had has taught us something new. henley showed us we were in the ballpark. the heat here in lucerne taught us that we can get out of the gates, but our third 500 needs a little more emphasis. the heat also showed us that we are good enough to be on the right side of a result without being on the right side of our rowing. we slugged that one down the course a bit. while we cleaned a lot of things up for the semi, we still know there’s room to grow in terms of putting our best rowing together. we don’t have to try to do anything we haven’t done. we just have to put all the best pieces of our rowing together at once. all of these races have been a matter of seconds or less. it always feels tough during it, but you can always shave off seconds.
final is tomorrow at 13:48 lucerne time. live streaming at http://www.worldrowing.com//