The beautiful weather we were lucky enough to experience in Cork over the weekend made the very successful Cork Regatta even more enjoyable. This was the final event of the Grand League series and a very exciting day’s racing was had along the River Lee.
Trinity won the men’s eights impressively at the National Rowing Centre, taking an early lead and winning by a margin of over five seconds, with UCD taking second. NUIG’s intermediate crew won the women’s eights by an even bigger margin of over seven seconds ahead of Skibbereen’s junior 18A eight.
The international rowers also put in good performances, with Paul O’ Donovan winning the single sculls, challenged along the way by his brother Gary. The two form the Irish lightweight double which will compete at the World Cup next month in Lucerne, and the men’s lightweight pair of Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll look set to join them following an impressive win at the Regatta on Saturday.
The women’s four and double was won by Skibbereen crews, as Aoife Casey and Emily Hegarty, who are both 16, were part of the winning four and then followed it up with a win in the double also. The men’s double went to Sean Jacob and Dave Neale, who also featured in the winning of the Old Collegians/UCD quad.
Congratulations to the regatta committee, and all involved on the day, on such a smoothly run and enjoyable event. Next up at the NRC is the Irish Rowing Championships on the 10th – 12th July and we look forward to seeing you there.