The British coxless
fours held off their Canadian rivals by just eight hundredths of a second - a victory so tight it had to be confirmed by a photo.
Ed Coode, Ric Dunn, Stephen Williams and Toby Garbutt took the coxless
They race again on Thursday in a semi-final of the coxless
pairs, and assuming success there, will appear in Saturday's finals in both events.
Durham Amateur Rowing Club's women's Masters coxless
fours squad (front) which triumphed on both days of the Durham City Regatta
2008 BEIJING Nicole Cooke, Women's road race cycling - GOLD Tom James, Coxless
fours rowing - GOLD Tom Lucy, eight-man rowing - SILVER Geraint Thomas, Cycling team pursuit - GOLD David Davies, 10km open water marathon - SILVER
Additional sculling wins for Tees included: Neil Hunter-Smith and Tom Reevell won the J16 double sculls and then teamed up with their national championship partners from QEHS to win the J16 coxless
quad as a composite crew.
Not only that, but the coxless
fours were led by Matthew Pinsent, who only a week before the big night announced his retirement.
Scot Katherine Grainger got things off to a flying start after she and rowing partner Cath Bishop captured silver in the women's coxless
Since the Olympics, Cracknell and Pinsent have joined forces in a coxless
pair, the discipline in which Pinsent won consecutive Olympic titles in 1992 and 1996.
Pinsent and Cracknell, competing in the coxless
pairs, made it two out of two in major internationals after their victory in the United States in April.
Redgrave, who claimed a rowing gold medal for the fifth successive Games in the men's coxless
four, said it would be "a great honour" to lead the British team around Stadium Australia.
Britain's men's coxless
four, who have dominated the sport ever since Redgrave and Matthew Pinsent decided to try their hand at it four years ago, get a 20.5-22 quote from City with 25 points for a gold, 10 for silver and five for a bronze.
The fastest crew overall was the host club's J18 junior boys' coxless
quad of Harry Coe, Josh Stephenson, Matthew Skinner and Matthew Edge with a time of 6min 16.7sec.
ROWING: Zac Purchase is playing down his favourites' tag as he bids to bank Great Britain's first gold at the World Championships at Windsor today in the coxless
One of the sport's brightest British hopes, he won gold in the coxless
fours in Amsterdam in August in the World Rowing junior championships.