Last Satuday it was time for the Nordsjællands Coastal Regatta, Humlebäck Denmark. I think it´s very important to support your local regattas and I try to make an apperance if possible. Especially in Humlebäck, where we have always been treated very well by Humlebäck Rowing Club.
The Mens 1x
This field in the Mens 1x, was maybe not the fiersest I have met, apart from one rower, Kåre Mattesen. The tall Dane is a very strong rower and really fast, especially in fair conditions. He finished 11th at the World Championships last year, and last time we met (this regatta, one year ago) I squeezed out a win after a final sprint after trailing most of the race. This time the battle was not as intense. I took the lead by the first turning point and extended it to the finish. Really happy with my race though. I decided before the race that I would go flat out, no matter what. And executed it over my expectations. My form for the 2017 comeback at the World Champs is definately on the right track
Me with silver medalist Kåre
Womes 1x - The determination of a champion
As some of you know, I also act as a coach to Maria Pelvén who has finished top 5 at the last two World Coastal Championships. As all coaches know, the role as a coach is both demanding and rewarding at the same time. During races it is certainly different to be a coach on the side line and being in the race yourself.
I feel very inspired by Marias pure determination. Not the least after this weekend. 15 minutes before her start a Mens 2x crashed into her during the warm up. The front of their boat hitting both her single and her back. She rowed to the docks asked me if the boat was ok to row. (Material wise the boat took a bad hit and was need of repair, but the damage was above the water line and ok for the race). She said she was unsure about her back. As I didn´t see the crash I advised her to row easily for 10 minutes. If the pain was bad - don´t start the race. If you feel pain during the race- abort the race.
She started the race, pulling all she had for 6k, winning by a mile. Later it was determined she did it with a cracked rib and damaged mussle tissue. She is now limited to train on the cross trainer to let the rib heal so she can continue her preperations to the World Champs.
I´m sorry for her and her very unlucky injury, but I know that with her determination I´m positive she will get through this obsticle stronger than ever and she will be 100% for the Worlds. Maria is a true warrior!
Helping Maria out with her boat before the race. Photo: Mette Bacher
Maria getting ready for the race again after checking the damage of the boat
Maria finishing in style as the winner in the Womes 1x. Photo: Mette Bacher
Coming up next - Open Danish Championships
Next race will be the Open Danish Championships i Horsens, Denmark on September 2nd. I allready know that it will be a rematch between me and Vitezslav Huja, CZE (silver medalist from the Britsh Champs). Think Kåre want to give us a fight for the title as well.
Side note: President and participant
Just before my start in the Mens 1x, I got a pleasant surprise to see the club and regatta president Christian Probst also on water. The organisors started the Mens 1x 50+ at the same time as the Mens 1x Open. Not only did Christian start the event, he ended up winning the Mens 50+ in style.
Christian Probst - The president of the regatta. Photo: Mette Bacher
Also entering (and winning) the 1x Mens 50+. Photo: Mette Bacher