This coming Saturday 11th May, Islandbridge plays host to the annual Trinity Regatta. The largest sporting event held by Trinity College, the 2019 fixture will comprise some 150 races with over 200 crews, highlighting top Irish entries, as well as drawing crews of international note.
The highlight of the day comes at 12.30, with a strong Trinity lineup in the Senior 8+ face Blue Star Boat Club from the University of Newcastle in what will prove to be muscular contest featuring oarsmen of international pedigree. Scott Durant of Rio 2016 gold medal fame fills the Newcastle 4 seat, alongside former British internationals Mason Durant, Tim Clarke and Fred Gill and former Irish internationals Cormac Folan and Niall Kenny. Making his debut in a Trinity zephyr is Gael Chocheyras, fresh from the National Training Centre in Lyon which gained him podium finishes in the French Senior and U23 lightweight squad.
The students of K.S.R.V Njord make another journey from Leiden, testing a new Trinity combination in the Club 8+, alongside local competition from Commercial, Neptune, Blackrock Junior Mens 8 and a British contingent from Barts and the London Boat Club.
The Dutch entry expands this year, with a contingent from the Royal Netherlands Navy making an appearance. Their crew of six men and two women will take on similarly mixed contingent from Garda Boat Club, in preparation for the rejuvenated King’s Cup at Henley Royal Regatta.
Following on from a dominant colours performance, Trinity Ladies’ will be out in full force, however with no entry received in the women’s senior 8, their talents will be deployed in two club 8s. Early risers will be treated to a showcase of junior sculling where the healthy entry in both men’s and women’s events will see a morning time trial kicking off at 8am to decide the draw.
Finally, the inaugural Filippi Junior Mens and Queen B Junior Womens challenge quads are sure to produce a showcase of the best junior scullers the country has to offer.
As always Trinity Regatta is as much a spectacle off the water as on the water, spectators can enjoy jazz entertainment throughout the afternoon in the War Memorial Gardens, while the regatta bar opens from the boathouse for the evening.
Trinity Regatta 2019