Pictured: Dean, Buie, Campbell, Braithwaite and Lussier
Canada finished the weekend on beautiful Lac d’Aiguebelette, France, with a pair of medals in the Olympic boat classes and one medal in the non-Olympic events or international events.
Eleven crews competed at World Cup 2, seven of them making the A finals. The women’s eight (W8+) and the men’s quadruple sculls (M4x) both made it unto the podium winning a silver and a bronze medal respectively. The women’s four (W4-) completed the weekend with a silver medal performance.
Canada’s W8+ took home the silver medal finishing a little over a second behind their American rivals. Great Britain, who rounded out the top 3, finished a distant third.
The M4x of Buie, Dean, Braithwaite and Lussier, in their first international regatta together, finished with a bronze medal in a time of 5:47.47. Germany (5:44.40) and Great Britain (5:46:49) completed the podium.
"We have been working all year on staying internal and focused on what we can control and today we executed that plan really well finding that extra gear to make the podium," said Michael Braithwaite. "We are really happy with today's race and here with the combintation of mountain views and crystal clear water is spectacular. Definitely looking forward to racing here again next summer at the 2015 World Rowing Championships."
The W4- (6:38.35), which is no longer an event in the Olympic programme, raced down the track to a silver medal finish, two seconds behind China (6:36.35).
The women’s quad (W4X) of Cameron, Goodfellow, Zeeman and Kurzbach, medalists at last years World Championships, finished in fourth place (6:22.59). New Zealand (6:22.27) squeezed out the Canadians for the bronze.
The men’s four (M4-) of Crothers, Gibson, McCabe and Langerfeld are coming together as a crew and had some good racing this weekend. They just missed the podium finishing fourth. Great Britain, Autralia and USA rounded out the top three.
Lindsay Jennerich and Patricia Obee, two Vancouver Island girls who now train in London, Ontario, finished in 5th place in the lightweight women’s double sculls event (LW2X). This was their first race together since London 2012.
Julien Bahain, who raced the men’s single (1X) for the first time for Canada this weekend, finished sixth. Olympic Champion Mahe Drysdale from New Zealand won the event.
The women’s pair (W2-) of Mastracci and Grainger, after reaching the podium in World Cup 1, were relegated to 8th place this weekend in an event dominated by Great Britain and USA.
The lightweight men’s four (LM4-) and double (LM2X) finished 8th and 12th respectively while the men’s double (M2X) finished 14th.
The Canadian team will now travel to Italy for a training camp in preparation for World Cup 3. Lucerne, Switzerland will host this final stop on the World Cup circuit between July 11th and 13th.