The 2017 Championships was especially noteworthy due to the inclusion of para-rowing for the first time in the regatta’s long history with Brazil and Argentina sending para-rowers.

Brazil proved to be the stronger nation, taking gold in all three para-rowing boat classes. Brazil’s Rene Campos Pereira captured his first major international medal on home waters following up on his sixth place finish at the Rio Paralympics last September. He beat out Carlos Vysocki of Argentina to take top honours in the PR1 para men’s single sculls (PR1 M1x).

Brazil also took gold in the PR2 para men’s single (PR2 M1x) race where sculler Michel Gomez Pessanha similarly built on his seventh place finish in the para mixed double sculls at the Rio Paralympics. And in the PR3 para mixed double sculls (PR3 Mix2x), Andre Arthur Dutra and Dina Cristina Barcelos de Olivera of Brazil crossed the line ahead of the Argentinians Pablo Geer and Gracia Sosa Barreneche.

The inclusion of even these three para races in such a major regatta is a big step forward as the South American Rowing Championships  is the most important South American rowing event.

Overall, Argentina and Chile were the big winners at this year’s competition. With seven of the ten member nations taking part, the regatta itself was slightly smaller than usual in the wake of last year’s Rio Olympics, but it was the Argentines and Chileans claiming victor in almost every boat class to finish the regatta ranked first and second respectively in the overall team standings.

As expected, the dominant force in women’s races were Chile’s Abraham sisters. The first day of finals was decidedly golden for both. Not only did Antonia and Melita Abraham team up to capture gold in the women’s pair, they individually won the women’s single (Antonia) and lightweight women’s single (Melita). On the second day of racing, the Abraham sisters partnered up again to win the women’s double sculls and then joined team mates Josefa Vila and Cristina Hostetter for silver in the women’s quadruple sculls behind a powerful Argentine crew.

The sisters can add these wins to their increasingly impressive resumes that include a shared silver medal performance in the women’s quadruple at the Toronto 2015 PanAmerican Games and a seventh place finish in the women’s pair at the 2016 World Rowing Under 23 Championships, just weeks before Melita represented Chile at the Rio Olympics, in the lightweight women’s double.

On the men’s side another sibling duo, Brian and Cristian Rosso of Argentina raced to similar success throughout the regatta. Brian took gold in the men’s single, followed on day two by his older brother Cristian, who partnered with Rodrigo Murillo to claim victory in the men’s double sculls. The brothers won another gold, along with Murillo and Ariel Suarez, in the men’s quadruple sculls.

Results:

W1x                       CHI, BRA, ARG, URU, PAR

W2-                        CHI, ARG, BRA

W2x                       CHI, ARG, BRA, PAR, URU

W4x                       ARG, CHI, BRA, URU

LW1x                     CHI, ARG, PAR, URU, BRA

LW2x                     ARG, BRA, CHI

 

U19W1x               CHI, ARG, URU, PER, COL, BRA

U19W2-                CHI, ARG, URU

U19W2x               CHI, ARG, BRA, URU

 

M1x                       ARG, BRA, PAR, URU, COL

M2-                        ARG, BRA, CHI

M2x                       ARG, BRA, CHI, PAR, URU, COL

M4-                        ARG, CHI

M4x                       ARG, CHI, PAR

M8+                       ARG, CHI

 

LM1x                     ARG, BRA, PER, PAR, COL

LM2-                      BRA, CHI, ARG, URU

LM2x                     CHI, ARG, PER, BRA, URU

LM4-                      CHI, ARG, URU

LM4x                     ARG, PER, URU

 

U19M1x               URU, BRA, PAR, PER, CHI, ARG

U19M2-                ARG, CHI, BRA

U19M2x               ARG, PAR, URU, CHI, BRA

U19M4-                CHI, ARG, URU

U19M4x               CHI, ARG, URU, BRA