World Cup 2 - Dorney 2013

This year the usual European-based World Cup regattas were just a little different from usual, not least because the the first was in Australia! Although this was a big event for those 'down under' and nations from that region, not all the European rowing nations took part, presumably because of the expense and lack of funding. The second regatta of the series was held at Dorney and clearly this was far better supported but again some nations attended some rival events in mainland Europe. Whilst having an event in the southern hemisphere was clearly a good idea, though too expensive for many, it does seem that FISA needs to get the full support of the major players if the World Cup is to be a continued success. That said, the Dorney event was an unqualified success. Having had a couple of major regattas at Dorney in recent years the arrangements ran like clockwork, despite the 'traditional British weather providing us with rain, sun and wind simultaeously. The water was bumpy at times and the lane draws for the finals reflected this. Obviously the GB team was the largest entered but it was not only numerically the largest it was also the most successful, resulting in Great Britain winning the 'Team' Trophy and establishing a big lead for the overall Cup. My photos are from all three days racing and are from the start pontoon, the finish line, the presentations and 'friends and family'.

Please read the following before you rush to the photos - it will make life easier for you! All the photos are stored on my Cloud Drive, which is available 24/7 without any need to email or any contact. When you click on one of the links below you will be taken to a folder called World Cup 2 Dorney and within this are the photos. You will see two ways of viewing the photos, list and icon, icon is probably the best. When your computer has loaded the folder you will see low-res thumbnails of the 250 photos. You can make a note of the images you wish to download. Then go to the thumbnail of an image you would like and then right-click it. You can then click on 'Download'. Depending on your computer, you will then get an option to open or save the image. Your computer's default may be a folder called, suprisingly, 'Downloads'. You would be better to use 'Save As' and put the image(s) into a named folder - World Cup 2 perhaps? If you have a problem then contact me on photo@donsomner.com

I am pleased to offer the downloads of these photos for personal use, free of charge. If you wish to use them in a publication then a fee is payable along with a credit - please email me if you wish to do this.