Another regatta season is underway! With little to no racing done over the winter months due to adverse weather, we were excited to travel to Dublin and compete in two events, the Naptune and Commercial regattas on Saturday and Sunday, the 2nd and 3rd of April. The events were held over 1,200m on the River Liffey, Islandbridge with a large number of entries in underage and senior categories. The races were side by side with two crews competing at a time, with the winner taking it all and progressing further in the competition, through to quarterfinals, semifinals and eventually reaching the final.
Marie O’Connor raced to victory in the Women’s Club Single scull winning her event comfortably. Two Killorglin double sculls reached the final of the Women’s Junior 15 double scull event at the Neptune regatta. The crew of Mara Treacy and Molly O’Grady got through to the final only to meet the second Killorglin double crew of Anna Tyther and Rhiannon O’Donoghue. The girls were eyeballing each other all the ways down the course, rowing neck in neck till the closing meters of the race when Anna and Rhiannon pulled through to win the overall prize.
Michael O’Connor and Sean Houlihan had only one event to focus on during the weekend and that was the Men’s Junior 16 double scull. The boys aim to position themselves as the leaders in this boat category from the start of the 2016 regatta season. They raced Portora Boat Club in their heat, Commercial RC in the semifinal and Neptune RC in the final, winning all races easily with at least a boat length of an advantage. At Commercial Regatta boys got through the quarter finals, semifinals and raced the final against Waterford BC crew and missed out narrowly on the win in the closing stages of the race.
At the Naptune Regatta the Women’s Junior 15 Quad of Mara Treacy, Rhiannon O’Donoghue, Anna Tyther, Hannah Joy and Alanna Dolan missed out on a final after hitting the bouy in the SemiFinal and being subsequently disqualified. The girls won their Semifinal comfortably against St Michaels but were unlucky with the umpire’s decision. This didn’t stop the girls from taking the overall title the following day in the Commercial Regatta. The girls fought to the line and took the win from the Neptune Rowing Club. It showed a great spirit and a lot of determination to get over their misfortune at Neptune Regatta and fight again the following race and the following day.
This time, we have also an entry in the Women’s Senior Single Scull with Monika Dukarska returning to represent Killorglin in this boat category. Monika raced Garda Boat Club in the heat and the final, winning boat races comfortably. .Monika made a decision to put everything on one card and has set her sight on the single scull boat for the 2016 rowing season and beyond. Monika finished second at the National trials after approx. 6 weeks in the single and now is competing in this event category nationally and all being well, also internationally later on in the season.
Total wins in the Neptune Regatta: Men’s Junior 16 double scull, Women’s Junior 15 double scull, Women’s Senior Single Scull, women’s Club Single scull.
Total wins in the Commercial Regatta: Women’s Junior 15 quad
Congratulation to all of our athletes on a great weekend of rowing. Also big thanks to our coach Michael Fleming and all parents and supporters who travelled to Dublin.
Our next event is the Skibbereen Regatta on Saturday and Sunday, the 9th and 10th of April. Monika Dukarska will race the Women’ Senior Single Sculls for IT Tralee at the University Championships of Ireland on Friday, the 8th of April. All events are held at the National rowing Centre in Inniscarra, Co. Cork.