One of the top Irish sportsmen of the 1970s, Seán Drea, was honoured at the 2015 Henley Royal Regatta last weekend to mark a special anniversary. The 68-year-old won the Diamond Scull at the Regatta in 1975, the same year he took a silver medal at the World Championships. He had also won the Diamond Scull the two previous years, claiming the title in ’73 and ’74.
He was honoured with a row over on Saturday, to the loud cheers of the Henley crowds.
There were three Irish based crews competing in this year’s Regatta also, with Trinity challenging the Temple Cup for college eights, Portora BC taking part in the Princess Elizabeth for schoolboy eights, and Lady Elizabeth BC who competed in the Wyfold for club coxless fours. Portora came close to winning their second round, beaten only by half a length by Gonzaga USA. We look forward to seeing the crews in action again at the Irish Championships this weekend.
Below is a picture of Sean Drea during the Royal Regatta in 1975.