Friday, May 18, 2012
Brandenburg - Beetzsee Regatta
I took some pictures of the RTC athletes in Brandenburg that can be viewed here >
A bilboard as you enter the course has a blond-haired German girl, with her hair flying off to the side. Even when the photos are taken for marketing they didn't hide the fact that its windy. I thought it was sad that a beautiful regatta venue like this is not enjoyed because the water does not lend itself for rowers to enjoy good performance. That's why Lucern remains such a great venue for its history of flat water. The same can be said of the beautiful training center of Oklahoma which can not overshadow the fact that it still remains very windy. Other rowing courses like Groningen in the north of Netherlands has the same reputation. There is a new course, called the Willem-Alexander Baan in production in Rotterdam. It hopes to aid to the bid as a future Olympic city. But all the modern amenities still doesn't quite tip the scale for rowers to want to come and train. As a side note, the Netherlands will then have 3 full 2km rowing courses. The USA does not have 1.
says: Ursula Grobler