CARLOW Rowing Club was well-represented at the Skibbereen regatta which took place in blustery conditions at the national rowing centre.
Skibbereen rowing club – which was founded in 1970 and boasts over 150 championship wins to date – usually holds it’s annual regatta over two days but because of strengthen winds and heavy rain the schedule was packed into one long day.
It was an early start for the Carlow members as the junior women were were first off, followed by the senior and junior men.
In grand league regattas, all competitors race in heats of six against the clock with finishing times determining who qualifies for which final. Senior sculler Luke Keating won his race by nine seconds but ended up just two seconds off the cut-off time for the finals in his division. It was something similar for Niall Murphy and the two young men teamed up in the double sculls where they finished third.
Oisin Nolan and Sean Byrne rowed very well and finished second overall in their event, just 1.5 seconds behind Belfast. Other members Scott Jones, Finn McHale and Andy O’Toole turned in good performances.However, it was Ross O’Brien and Jack Keating who stole the show. The pair teamed up to win their double sculls event and top the division by over 10 seconds. They then split up and won their J18B and J16 single sculling races.
The Junior 16 men’s quad of Hugo Mead, Dach Murray, Darren Callanan, Callum Kelly and cox Fionn Heslin rowed well to take third in their final.
The women’s quad scull of Chloe Webster, Kaylynn O’Brien, Aoife Doyle, Grainne Nolan and cox Cliodhna Nolan rowed well to finish second in their event. Susan Ware teamed up with Aoife Byrne to win the division and their club double scull race. Also winning their J18B double scull races were Chloe Webster and Cliodhna Nolan.
Cliodhna and Susan along with Aofie Byrne rowed very well in their sculls races finishing in the top placings. The club would like to thank all the parents who travelled to help and support the athletes and coaches. The next regatta is Trinity College Regatta which will be held at Islandbridge.