Day 2 of the 2023 World Cup III taking place in Lucerne, Switzerland is over and there were some great results for Team Ireland.

Hugh Moore started the day off strong for the Irish team, In the C Final of the Lightweight Men’s 1x. The sculler had some close racing on Friday and today was no different. Hugh raced the South African sculler all the way down the course, eventually crossing the line in 4th place, only 2 seconds behind the sculler from South Africa. This final wrapped up a very strong weekend for Hugh Moore.

Next up for team Ireland was the women’s 2- of Natalie Long and Tara Hanlon. The pair had a fantastic Semi Final race, crossing the line in 3rd position and qualifying for tomorrows A final. Natalie and Tara rowed another confident race, racing the Greek pair right to the Line. Both pairs will meet again in tomorrows A final.

Not long after the Women’s pair stormed down the course, the Mens 2- of Ross Corrigan and Nathan Timoney raced their Semi Final in expert fashion, finishing in 2nd place. The race was an exciting one, with only three seconds separating the top three crews. The Irish pair had an aggressive start and kept that aggression going throughout the race, just getting pipped at the line by the Swiss Pair. All is still to play for tomorrow as both pairs will meet again in the A Final.

Similar to the Men’s Pair, the Mens 2x of Philip Doyle and Daire Lynch raced a very competitive Semi Final, with only one second separating the leading three crews. Philip and Daire crossed the line in a photo finish for 3rd place, just behind the Romanian Double. This sets the stage for an exciting A final Tomorrow.

After two strong races yesterday, Women’s 1x Zoe Hyde raced a very competitive Semi Final this morning, just missing out on that last qualifying spot for tomorrow’s A final. Similar to her teammates, Zoe started her race strong sticking with her competitors through the 500 meter mark. The field stretched out as the race went on and Zoe Came through the line in 4th place. Zoe will race again tomorrow in the B Final.

The Lightweight Women’s Double of Margaret Cremen and Aoife Casey had another close race today in their Semi Final. The pair executed an assertive race, ending their Semi Final in a close 3rd place and qualifying for the A Final tomorrow. The 2020 Olympians overtook the Canadian Double in order to clench that final qualifying spot.

Directly after the Irish Women’s Lightweight Double qualified for tomorrow’s A final, the Men’s Lightweight Double followed suit. Paul O’Donovan and Fintan McCarthy won their Semi Final today over the Swiss. Today’s race was a more competitive one for the Irish pair, crossing the line only a second ahead of the Swiss Double. Paul and Fintan go into tomorrows A Final as the fastest qualifiers.

Siobhán McCrohan ends the day brilliantly by taking home a silver medal for team Ireland in the Lightweight Women’s Single Scull. Siobhán has raced brilliantly all weekend and todays A Final was no different. The Lightweight Sculler showed off her skillful rowing during the race, staying firmly in medal contention throughout the quick race, finishing ahead of the sculler from Great Britain by 4 seconds. Siobhàn brings home the first of hopefully many medals for Team Ireland this weekend.

Saturday Results

  • LM1x C Final-> 4th
  • W2- 3rd -> A Final
  • M2- 2nd -> A Final
  • M2x 3rd -> A Final
  • W1x 4th -> B Final
  • LW2x 3rd -> A Final
  • LM2x 1st -> A Final
  • LW1x A Final -> 2nd

Sunday Times

  • W1x B Final – 08:10 AM
  • W2- A Final – 09:05 AM
  • M2- A Final – 09:16 AM
  • LW2x A Final – 09:31 AM
  • LM2x A Final – 09:46 AM
  • W4- A Final – 12:35 PM
  • M2x A Final – 01:01 PM