The Lee Regatta is the biggest river regatta to be held annually on the Lee, and this year a record entry of 487 crews from a total of 21 clubs will compete across a jam-packed day’s racing – 110 races, one taking place every 4 minutes, over a 500 metre course. The athletes are almost exclusively at junior level, with some masters and some Club 2 level races.
Eddie Davis, event secretary, says “This is the biggest regatta we’ve ever hosted. Most of the clubs competing are from Munster. We have five clubs from Cork as well as most of the Kerry clubs, including Flesk Valley and Waterville R.C who are taking part in the regatta for the first time. The Club 2 eights will be one of the highlights of the day with six boats in the straight final race.”
“Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin are expected to attend and we’re hoping that they’ll make some presentations,” he added. “The forecast is quite good for Saturday – there’s been lots of rain but that won’t affect us to the point of cancelling. We’ll make a call in the morning if we think the flow is too strong for junior crews but we rarely cancel due to river flow.”
The Lee Regatta normally attracts a reasonable crowd on the Marina walkway, and local Cork radio station 96FM will be broadcasting live from the club house in the morning. As well as this, the Butter Exchange Brass Band will be coming to play at the club house and three marquees will be set up on the grounds with a live DJ playing music for the rest of the afternoon.
The best of luck to all rowers, coaches, volunteers and organisers on the day.
Full information including draw and timetable can be found here.