Erne Head of River, Saturday 2nd of March 2019

*Weather Update statement below Press Release- Please insure you read this ahead of the weekend*

The 62nd Erne Head of the River takes place on Saturday 2nd March at 2pm. This is
Ireland’s premier long distance rowing event which was started in 1957 by Portora
Boat Club (which became ERBC following a school amalgamation 2016) to prepare
Irish crews for the world famous Head of the River race in London- the distance is
an exact replica 4.25 miles in ‘old money’. The start is one mile above Lisgoole
Abbey and finishes at Enniskillen Royal Grammar School boathouse.

It has grown in recent years to a record 110 crews entering this year from the four
provinces – all eager to test if their winter training has borne fruit. Six senior crews
are vying for the coveted winner’s pennant – Trinity who were last year’s winners
have to hold off Irish champions Commercial from Dublin and UCD who will push
them hard according to recent indications of form.

In the women’s senior eights Trinity and UCD will be pushed hard by top quality
eights including NUIG Intermediate eight and the Junior women’s eights from Bann
RC , Enniskillen RBC, Commercial RC and St Michaels RC Limerick who will all be
looking to lay down a marker. It is pleasing to see two of our past rowers, Miriam
Kelly and Aine McCreesh, rowing for Trinity and UCD respectively- no predictions
available for this battle!

The viewing points are many- Killyhevlin Hotel jetty, Weirs Bridge where the recent
removal of trees allows a fine view from the Dublin Road footpath, West Bridge,
Enniskillen Castle and the Round ‘O’ as well as the finish at the boathouse. The
race starts at 2pm and leading crews will take a maximum of 20 minutes to finish
the course but there will still be crews coming through at 2.45pm. This event has
been embraced by the town of Enniskillen for many years and the crews would
welcome your vociferous support along the testing course.

Derek Holland

Master I/C Rowing & EHOR secretary



The 62nd Erne Head of the River will go ahead as planned based on all the forecast
reports we have at our disposal. The weather forecasted currently is for strong 15-
20 mph winds gusting in tailwind conditions from the start to the finish (similar to
last weekend here). There are expected heavy rain showers also during the day
which all rowers are responsible for dressing appropriately for.

Clubs responsibilities are now to make sure all their crews are adequately dressed
leaving the rafts to paddle up to the start (hats, leggings, socks, rain jackets etc
etc.) All clubs are also responsible for having all their equipment updated the
highest safety standards which involve all foot stretchers having heel restraints
(compulsory). Coxes are NOT to wear wellington boots whilst coxing. There is no
flow on the River Erne currently and will remain that way on Saturday. The water
will not be rough in the current conditions forecasted, however crews will face a
strong head wind to the start.

We are 100 % confident is running a safe Head of The River on Saturday as
Thursday 28/2/19.

Crews and coaches should keep up to date on the day through the following for any
announcements regarding the race.


‘Erne Head of The River’
‘Enniskillen Royal Boat Club’.

Derek Holland
Master I/C of rowing and EHOR Secretary


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