Two Dutch rowers are the winners of the 32nd Armadacup
Koen Metsemakers at the Mens race and Roos de Jong at the Ladies race are the winners of the 32nd Armadacup on the Wohlensee near Berne. Metsemakers went quite early in front of the field with 250 scullers and could keep his lead up to the finish. Roos de Jong won after a tight race against Patricia Merz, the Swiss Lightweight Champion.
Metsemakers won his race rather clearly in front of the surprising Swiss Lightweight-Sculler Jan Schäublin, Nico Stahlberg, Switzerland and the Olympic.- and World Champion Valent Sinkovic followed on the next places.
The filed was also this year very strong with many actual World .- and Olympic-champions but also with former ones – like Thomas Lange or Peter Antonie, who showed that they are still very fit.
The Armadacup is absolutely unique in the world of rowing. All single-scullers start together in rows of 25. Beside technique, stamina and strength it also important to find the right tactic plus the right way through all the bends and the little sandbanks, some with weed. The special thing is that hobby-rowers are in the direct comparison with the world’s best single-scullers.
The conditions on the 9 km-course were calm – but it was cold with a drizzle. Also this year were thousands of spectators along the course, which is a spectacular sight even for people who usually don’t visit a rowing race.
Unfortunately this special event will end after this competition due to lack of a new team of organizers.
- Photos Armadacup 2018 (Photos: Bernhard Marbach)
Some say the sky was crying...
Time to say goodbye: Today’s Armadacup was the 32nd and last. The conditions were wet, cold and windy. But that didn’t stop over 200 athletes rowing the 9km for a final time. The top positions reflect the high quality of the entry: the sprint winners Valent Sinkovic and Mirka Knapkova are both Olympic champions. The long distance race was all about „Flying Dutch(wo)men“ – Roos de Jong and Koen Metsemakers go down in history as the last Armadacup winners.
My heartfelt thanks go to everybody who has helped over the years to make the Armadacup a very special race.
I wish Bern Rowing Association all the best for the future, and hope that the Wohlensee will soon host another attractive regatta.
Thomas von Burg