Hello from the country of chocolate, cheese, and handy pocket knives!
We’re here in Lucerne to race at the third World Cup Regatta of the summer. The World Cup Circuit allows a team to test a boats’ speed/race plan/lineup before the all-important World Championships in August. And because the 2011 World Champs are also the official Olympic Qualifying Regatta, you can rest assured that everyone is bringing their A-game to the starting line this weekend!
Many of our European counterparts already attended the first two regattas—World Cup I in Munich (May), and World Cup II in Hamburg (June)—but the Lucerne World Cup is the first summer race with a full American squad. With only six-odd weeks until the World Championships, this regatta is definitely well-subscribed: fifty countries are represented!
The American women are entered in six events: the single, double, quad, two entries in the pair, and the eight. We’ve made some line-up changes since Henley, but I’ll still be racing in the eight. We’ve spent the last few practices solidifying the boat rhythm with our new line-up, and I can’t wait to test our speed during tomorrow’s heats!
I absolutely love training on Lake Rotsee. Blue-green water, warm weather, Mt. Pilatus in the distance, Swiss chalets overlooking the course… the scenery alone is worth a visit! Update: Mother Nature is keeping us on our toes. This afternoon, out of *nowhere*, a huge Alpine squall descended upon Lake Rotsee! (Check out row2k’s video footage!). We had a narrow escape: we were putting the boat away in the racks when the storm descended in all its fury. Mad dash for cover! Fingers crossed for sunny skies and calm winds for tomorrow’s races!
On a fun note, I spotted some Bloomsday shirts in the grocery store at the Lucerne Train Station! “WAIT—are you from Spokane??!” And sure enough, the six teenagers were cross-country runners from North Central High School, on a summer tour of Switzerland! We had a mini Spokanite reunion in the produce section. Woohoo, yay for Spokane! What are the odds?