This Sunday (August 5th) will see the conclusion of the 2018 Waterways Ireland Row For It League at the Carrick-on-Shannon Sprint Regatta.
The regatta, hosted by Carrick-on-Shannon RC, will be the club’s biggest regatta to date with more than 400 athletes from 15 clubs competing in 111 races over the 450 metre course.
Racing will take place throughout the day from 8.30am until 7pm, with events for all levels from Junior 12 right up to Masters level.
Regatta Secretary, Mark Butler, of Carrick-on-Shannon RC, says there will be a number of highly competitive fields.
“The Junior 15 Row For It League events will be very competitive in both the boys and girls categories and there will also be quite a competitive Masters field. The junior section of Castleconnell Rowing Club are travelling en masse to Carrick for the weekend and their times were very close to Carrick’s at the Irish Champsionships so we’re likely to have some very exciting racing,” he said.
Mr Butler said the “beauty” of the Carrick-on-Shannon Sprint Regatta is that spectators can watch the entire race from the boardwalk in the town.
“We’ll have catering facilities in the club house and live commentary all day so it creates a real festival atmosphere in the town and attracts a lot of spectators down the the water. We’re looking forward to a very enjoyable day,” he said.
The club has also launched an environmental campaign for this year’s regatta due to concerns about the amount of non-recyclable rubbish generated at last year’s event.
“We think it is important that clubs take the initiative to reduce waste and so we decided this year to source compostable cups/plates/knives and forks. There will be recyclable and compostable bins at the club on the day so we hope all attendee will get behind us and help us reduce waste. We are also encouraging all competitors to bring a re-useable water container, as is our club policy. There will be ample fresh water at Carrick Rowing Club,” he said.
Best of luck to all rowers taking part in the regatta!