Bantry Sprint Regatta has made a fantastic comeback. The level of Reendonegan Lake has been finally restored to its normal level and is now safe and suitable for rowing. Events at this Regatta are confined to sculling boats, singles, doubles and quads. The majority of the competitors were juniors.
Clubs from Cork and Kerry were well represented. There were over 30 races with 270 participating on the day. There were races every 8 minutes, with 6 and 7 boats in each race. Sprint Regattas are characterised by exciting, close finishes and this event supplied many of those. A majority of the races were in the junior category, but senior and open rowers were catered for. For many of the contestants, it was their first experience of actual regatta racing and the calm conditions were very kind to them.
All ran smoothly on the water for chair of the umpire’s committee TJ Ryan who has been a great support to Bantry together with the Get Going…Get Rowing programme and Cork Sports partnership. Ryan was assisted by Liam Young. Bantry Lifeboat had a safety presence which was not used. M Wickham provided an excellent commentary, aided by Regatta Secretary, Claire Tan.
Lee RC from Cork was the top club of the day with wins in many categories for male and female. Other clubs with wins were Lee Valley, Skibbereen, Muckross, Workmens and Waterville. Bantry had a win in the open sculls event. The local senior crews won the double and quad events for senior rowers. Between these ladies they have 9 children and one had a son rowing in the men’s j14 single sculls, this is testament to talents not forgotten.
The course and boat management was a credit to D Murphy and his band of helpers. The club is grateful to all sponsors and especially to long suffering neighbours who tolerated a day of traffic and road congestion.
Next on the agenda, the club hopes to run a Regatta for Offshore racing boats in the Harbour later in the year.