It’s going to be a very busy weekend in Limerick as almost 500 crews from over 70 schools across the country will be travelling to O’Briens Bridge for the 12th Irish Schools Regatta on Sunday 23rd April, following the Limerick Regatta at the same venue on Saturday. The Schools Regatta is run over a four-lane, 1,500 metre buoyed course with races for Junior 14s up to Under 23s. The annual Victor Ludorum Trophy will be presented to the most successful school (or schools) at the Regatta, currently held by St Joseph’s College Galway.
The Schools Regatta started in 2006 with just 11 crews, as part of the University Championships which were held at UL at the time. The 2017 entry is at an all time high – a new record of 494 crews from all four provinces.
This large entry sees an increase of close to 100 crews from 2016, which is undoubtedly thanks to the fantastic work of Rowing Ireland’s “Get Going…Get Rowing” programme which continues to expand to more and more schools across the country. The programme encompasses the development, co-ordination and delivery of indoor rowing in schools and, ultimately, linkage to local rowing clubs. This, together with the surge in interest in rowing due to the O’ Donovan brothers’ Olympic Silver Medal in 2016, has resulted in hundreds of secondary school students discovering the benefits of the sport of rowing and in turn becoming involved with their local clubs.
Preceding this, the 2017 Limerick Regatta will take place on Saturday 22nd April, with a full day’s racing in store from 9am to well into the evening as 408 crews travel to O’Briens Bridge representing more than 30 Irish clubs. A good adult entry has been recorded including 7 men’s club eights, 4 intermediate eights and 5 masters eights. The Limerick Regatta committee manage both events at the venue, and with 19 hours of non-stop rowing scheduled throughout the weekend it’s an enormous operation to ensure racing runs smoothly across both days.
Live draws and results for both days’ racing will be available at the following link: http://tinyurl.com/ka5r7wq