Jun 01, 2024

Ladies Trophy and Holland Beker, who to watch?

This weekend, the historic Bosbaan in Amsterdam will once again be the stage for the Koninklijke Holland Beker. This annual regatta, held since 1886, attracts top athletes from both national and international levels. Rowers from all over the world come together to participate in an event known not only for its challenging course but also for its rich tradition and the sporting honor associated with it.

The Bosbaan provides the perfect venue for this rowing competition. It promises to be a weekend filled with intense competition, exceptional performances, and unforgettable moments. Let’s look at what we can expect during this edition of the Koninklijke Holland Beker.

With the Paris Olympic Games on the horizon, the Ladies Trophy and Holland Beker events promise a thrilling experience. While there are fewer races this year compared to last, the streamlined schedule allows for more focused and intense competition. Spectators can look forward to witnessing top-tier athletes giving their best performances, ensuring an exciting and memorable event for all rowing enthusiasts.

Holland Beker

The Holland Beker, in addition to the top Dutch rowers, also features international rowers and a lot of rowers who are going to the Olympics this summer!

We are happy to see that rowers from all over the world are coming to the Bosbaan to participate. First of all, Stephen Cox, who has had his selection confirmed to represent Zimbabwe at the Paris Olympics 2024. He starts next to Jelle Bakker, a local up-and-coming rower from Amsterdam based club Nereus. 

Pieter van Veen is also competing in this heat. He will be racing alongside Niki van Sprang, a Dutch rower who competed in the men’s coxless pair at the 2020 Summer Olympics.

In the third heat, we have Bojan Reuffurth from Switzerland, who also participated in the 2023 World Rowing Under 23 Championships. He is in the heat with Matt Long, who rows for Great Britain. They are also with Lucas Keijzer, who is also going to the Olympic Games this summer and participated in the 2024 European Rowing Championships last year.

Sunday afternoon we will watch the final race. We’re curious to see who wins the race this Sunday afternoon! And who knows, perhaps this will give us a glimpse of the Olympics coming up this summer! Best of luck to all rowers.

 Ladies Trophy

After securing World Cup bronze in Lucerne last weekend, last year’s Ladies Trophy winner Emma Twigg has returned to New Zealand to continue her Olympic preparations. However, we are happy to welcome back racing at the Bosbaan quite some athletes in this year’s Ladies Trophy event. 

First, we are happy that Paraguayan athletes Alejandra Alonso Alderete and Nicole Martinez Gonzales also entered the Ladies Trophy event this year. Alejandra came in 4th in last year’s B-final and Nicole 4th in the C-final. We are sure they are determined to secure a spot in the A-final this year! 

We are also glad to welcome Holland Beker 2022 BW2x winner Vwairé Obykohwo (GBR) back. After winning the Holland Beker, she took back a bronze medal from the U23 World Championships. This year she has won the UK Mark Less award for up-and-coming female and male rowers. So we expect she has a good chance of taking home another Holland Beker medal. Joining her from the UK is Ellie Cooke, the fastest U23 sculler at the national trials this year. We are excited to see her row here this weekend! 

Next up is Juliana Faralisch (DE) who rowed to fourth place in the A-final last year. With last year’s top three missing from this year’s entry list, she is sure one of the main contenders for this year’s win! However, we are sure that the very fast Dutch national team rower Nika Vos will do her best to secure herself that highest podium spot. Joining fellow Dutchy Nika are Martine Kamminga, Sidni de Ruiter, Jente Jongsma and Mia Freischem. Martine came in third at the Dutch national championships where Sidni finished fifth.

Olivia Negrinotti (SUI), Chiaki Tomita (JPN) and Audrianna Boersen (USA) complete the entry list of this year’s Ladies Trophy. Olivia is a young Swiss talent who came in 4th in the BW2x at the 2023 World Championships. Chaiki and Audrianna are both lightweight rowers that should be equally matched. 

The top races are, of course, the Ladies Trophy and the Holland Beker. However, the other crews will also deliver fantastic races. We wish you all the best of luck this weekend!