The Waterways Ireland “Row For it” League continues this weekend with the 2018 Athlone Regatta, which takes place on Saturday 16th June at Coosan Point.
Over 480 crews from 36 different clubs will be competing at the event, with races every 5 minutes for over 12 hours, across 60 events. “It’s building up to be the biggest regatta we have staged” says event secretary John O’ Meara. He adds that any travelling umpires are more than welcome and needed.
Athlone Boat Club is one of the oldest rowing clubs in Ireland – records show that it was founded in 1837. Athlone Regatta has always been a major part of the club’s activities and before moving to Coosan Point in 1970 it was held in the town. Since those early days, Athlone Boat Club has played its part in promoting rowing and has introduced hundreds of young oars people to the sport. The club celebrated its 180th anniversary last year.
Athlone Regatta is also the fourth of six Waterways Ireland “Row For It” League events, involving races for both men’s & women’s Junior 15 and Junior 14 coxed quads on inland waterways managed by Waterways Ireland. The six Rowing Ireland Regattas include, in full:
Limerick Regatta (28th April)
Castleconnell Sprint Regatta (19th May)
Carlow Regatta (2nd & 3rd June)
Athlone Regatta (16th June)
Fermoy Sprint Regatta (1st July)
Carrick on Shannon Sprint Regatta (5th August)
The updated points table following Carlow Regatta is available here.
Best of luck to all competitors, organisers and volunteers for a great event on Saturday.