Waterford Boat Club travelled to Dublin’s Commercial Regatta on Sunday 7th of April.
A two lane, 1200-metre course, this regatta makes for close exciting racing.
The Waterford club had a total of 17 entries ensuring a busy event for all WBC crews, coaches & parents, with races throughout the day from 8am through to 7pm.
A strong Men’s Junior 15 Coxed Quad were up against Cork club Blackrock in their final, and rowed to victory by 4 lengths. This was followed by a competent win by Men’s Junior 14 Coxed Quad against Galway club St Joseph’s.
Notable performances by Robbie Grogan in the Single Scull to negotiate 2 heats and a quarter final, only to concede in the semi-final. Chulainn O’Mahoney also raced to the line in his Single Scull final to lose out by a canvas.
Waterford Boat Club crews will next compete at the Lee regatta on the 11th of May in Cork.
The rowing regatta season is in full swing with Waterford Boat Club representatives travelling to the Lee (Cork), Castleconnell (Limerick) and Carlow regattas in recent weeks.
The most recent event took place in Carlow on the 2nd and 3rd of June. Waterford were well represented with over 19 crews racing over the 2 days. Saturday’s crews raced in a Club 2 races which are an open category. J14, J15 & J16 crews held their own over the 1100-meter technical course, securing 2 finals in which they competed against older more experienced crew’s. Having beaten Tralee in the semi-final the men’s J15 4x+coxed quad raced Carlow J18s matching them throughout the race to finish just 1 length behind. A great performance achieved by sticking to the race plan. Enniskillen grammar school got the better of our WJ15 x+ coxed quad crew over the 1100-meter course. However, Sunday was a triumphant day for WBC as they picked up 8 wins racing strong finals.
Despite many events being cancelled due to the poor weather all winter such as Muckross Head of the River, St. Michaels Head of the River, Neptune HOR among others, WBC was able to manage a decent winning streak with its hard working juniors.
On the 23rd of April a night for life long WBC member was held in WBC to pay tribute to his dedication and commitment to WBC and to present Eddie with an honorary life membership for his 50 years of club service.
2016 is a big year—being divisible by 4 it means one thing— The Olympics. Rowing Ireland qualified two boats to the 2016 Rio Olympics—a Women’s lightweight double scull of Sinead Jennings (St. Michaels RC) and Claire Lambe (Old Collegians RC).
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