After last weekend’s final Olympic qualifiers marked the start of the international rowing regattas on Lake Rot, the LUCERNE REGATTA got off to a successful start today with the heats of all boat classes. SWISS ROWING is at the start with 10 boats.
In cool, changeable weather, the first starting signal of this year’s LUCERNE REGATTA sounded at 9.00 this morning. Despite international travel restrictions, a considerable field of participants with around 170 boats from 47 countries will meet on Lake Rot to test their form for the last time for the Olympics.
The media interest in the races on the ‘Lake of God’ is also unbroken, with around 60 media representatives and various TV stations reporting from Lake Rot these days.
The Swiss rowing team is represented with a very large fleet of 10 boats. And on the first day of the race it showed that several boats have ambitions to reach the finals.
6 boats qualified for the semi-finals or even for the final. Tomorrow, Saturday, 3 boats will row in the hope race for the last places in the final.
However, there were no sporting surprises on the first day of the LUCERNE REGATTA. All the favourites in the individual boat classes qualified for the next rounds and will therefore row their semi-finals on Saturday and the finals for the medals on Sunday.
The strict Covid safety concept – albeit elaborate – proved its worth. Two athletes with possible covid symptoms were subjected to a post-test today. Both tests were negative. Thus, both crews will be able to compete again tomorrow.
Due to the better weather prospects for the weekend and the resulting number of walkers, it was also decided that masks would be compulsory between the finish and the rowing centre during the races. Securitas will support the OC in this.