New Zealand tops World Rowing Cup series for 2014
The final in the World Rowing Cup series in Lucerne, Switzerland had a hot day of racing for finals despite the overcast weather. A full day of racing began with hosts Switzerland dominating the lightweight men's pair and single and closed with FISA's new president, Jean-Christophe Rolland handing out medals to the medallists in the men's eight- Germany, Russia and Great Britain.
In between there was drama in the men's single sculls with World Champion, Ondrej Synek of the Czech Republic stopping just before the line and New Zealand's lightweight men's four beating World Champions, Denmark. The lightweight women's double sculls ended in gold for Great Britain and the women's eight was all about Canada.
The 2014 World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland continued with an afternoon of semifinals. On the Lake of the Gods, the Rotsee, the rain stayed away, the sun peeked out, temperatures got a little warmer and the water remained flat.
A spectacular visual of rowing boats against a backdrop of rolling hills and trees helped show why this is such a special place to row.
The rain came down just in time for the start of semifinal racing at the 2014 World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland. Moving through this round of racing rowers sitting in the starting blocks had to make sure their hands stayed firmly on the handles of their wet oars. This added an extra element of skill to the outdoor sport of rowing.
Although temperatures were cool, the water remained flat calm on the Rotsee regatta course in this final leg of the 2014 World Rowing Cup series.
Leaving at five minute intervals, the heats got going at the 2014 World Rowing Cup in Lucerne, Switzerland. This is the final World Cup of the series of three and it always brings out the best in racing as it is the last chance for international competition before the World Rowing Championships. Intermittent rain set the scene on Lucerne's Rotsee regatta course with cool summer temperatures of about 12 degrees Celsius.