The weather in Passage West was glorious and to coincide with the food market that also was on offer on the day (28th Apr).
The Cobh Animation theme group who provided a look back at the fashion of the mid 1850s were a great hit as were the entertainment of the men’s shed choir.
While the Kayaks and Currachs were out of sight, close to shore a 10K race for Coastal 4s took place between 6 boats 3 from Passage West club and 3 from near neighbours Rushbrooke Rowing Club with the lead boat of Passage just edging out a gallant Rushbrooke crew. Next up we’re the FISA boats who also completed the 10k course with a Bantry single winning followed home by a Galley boat with Passage rowing home in 3rd
Special mention to all the traveling crows from Kerry, Clonmel and West Cork. Highlight of the day was the commemorative 3 mile challenge which was the main theme of the regatta, the time to beat having been set in 1859 a recorded time of 18 minutes was a big ask but the fastest on the day was set at 23 minutes by a Passage crew. A final race finished on the quay this was a hotly contested 8s race between 2 crews from Shandon Boat club .with the Masters 8 crew just winning out over the senior 8 by 1 length
They were followed by 12 kayaks that also raced behind in to Fota bay this gave a great spectacle with some close racing for places.
Presentation of prized medals and trophies sponsored by Ford Ireland followed everyone taking home hard earned piece of silverware