This press release, penned by Terry McNeill, was printed in its entirity in the Aberdeen Evening Express
Records tumble in Aberdeen rowing races
Aberdeen Fours Head (3 November 2001) and Aberdeen Small Boats Head (4 November 2001)
No fewer than 10 new course record times were set in this weekends Aberdeen Head of the River Races on the Dee and there was a record number of entrants for the Small Boats Head on the Sunday for good measure.
The winning crew in the mens open competition was a composite representing Aberdeen Boat Club and The Robert Gordon University: this is the same crew (Angus Argyle, Andrew Shannon, Tom Morgan, John Langley, cox Ruth Moore) which won for Scotland at the Home International Regatta in the summer, and they started as favourites on Saturday.
First of the record breakers were the mens junior 18 crew from Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association, with Aberdeen Schools also setting new course records in the mens and womens junior 15 events.
Winners of the womens open event were Aberdeen Boat Club, stroked by Clare Logan, with a new course record going to a combined Aberdeen University/Aberdeen BC womens restricted 1 crew.
There were numerous successes fro visiting crews also. Glasgow University stormed to victory in mens restricted 1, while the Glasgow University Ladies club won womens restricted 2 and novice classes. A very impressive crew from Dundee University won mens novice.
A record 75 crews raced in Sundays Aberdeen Small Boats Head, with racing being particularly busy in the junior classes.
Great Britain team members Jonny Logan (Glasgow University) and Gavin Shaw (Aberdeen University) set a new course record in winning mens open double sculls one of 6 news records set on the day. Winners of mens open pairs were John Langley and Drew Hendry (Aberdeen BC) with womens open pairs won by Clare Logan and Fiona Insch (Aberdeen BC). Clare Logan also won womens open single sculls.
Aberdeen Schools Rowing Association recorded wins in the pairs events for mens and womens restricted 2 and womens junior 18 competitors and in womens restricted 2 double sculls.
Visitors from George Watsons College (Edinburgh) won mens junior 18 single sculls (Chris Logan), mens novice sculls, womens junior 15 double sculls, womens restricted 2 single sculls, cadet junior 12 and womens junior 14 quadruple sculls.
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