With most of the club away on Sunday morning (26 Nov ’23) for a friendly invitational with New Ross a hardy few turned up for regular Junior training and were treated to a training row alongside a pod of porpoises. Thanks to stand in cox and videographer extraordinaire Louise for capturing the videos below.
As a result of the many cancellations over the past few months New Ross Boat Club were kind enough to stage an informal invitational Head on Sun 26 Nov ’23 for a few boat clubs in the locality. New Ross Boat Club, Graignamanagh and Waterford were the participants for this timed event over 3400 metres.
Waterford brought eleven crews up to take part in this friendly event and the morning proved to be a most enjoyable run out for all. The results can be found in the link below.
Huge thanks for our hosts, New Ross Boat Club, for putting this together at short notice and for providing refreshments afterwards. Really appreciated by everyone at WBC.
By Ger McCarthy
Waterford Boat Club, Waterford’s oldest sports club, held their 145th anniversary dinner dance at Dooley’s Hotel on Saturday 11th November. A fantastic turnout of past and present members and friends of the club made for a wonderful evening.
One particularly distinguished guest in attendance was the Mayor of Waterford, Joe Conway, an honorary member of Waterford Boat Club. The Mayor’s attendance added a touch of prestige and recognition to the celebrations, and exemplified the city’s appreciation for the club’s long-standing contributions to rowing and commitment to fostering a vibrant and inclusive rowing club culture in the heart of Waterford City.
To begin the evening, the Mayor was warmly welcomed by the club’s president Dermot Griffin and club captain Ger McCarthy, who took great pride in showcasing club memorabilia including the first Club minutes dating back to 1878.
During the event, the Mayor took the opportunity to address the gathering, expressing his admiration for Waterford Boat Club’s rich history and its continuous efforts to promote the sport of rowing in Waterford City. The Mayor recognized the club’s dedication in providing a safe and inclusive environment for rowing enthusiasts of all ages.
The mayor’s presence also inspired the younger generation, emphasizing the importance of embracing the traditions of the past while striving for an even brighter future. It showcased the city’s support for the sport of rowing and its recognition of the positive impact Waterford Boat Club has had on the local community, promoting a healthy lifestyle, and bringing people together.
Club Captain Ger McCarthy, Mayor Joe Conway and Club President Dermot Griffin
All those in attendance acknowledged the hard work and dedication that had gone into building and maintaining Waterford Boat Club throughout it’s 145-year history. It was a moment of shared appreciation, reflecting the commitment of club members and volunteers past and present who have worked tirelessly to create a haven for this Club over its 145years of existence.
In his speech, Club Captain Ger McCarthy said it was fitting and fantastic to honour 145 years of Club history with such a gathering, particularly with the past year being such an eventful year for the club featuring a busy and hugely successful regatta schedule and a major renovation of the club house in Canada Street. These building works have recently being finished just in time for the busy upcoming winter training programme and will enable to club to grow over the coming years and to maintain our status as the City’s oldest sports club.
Waterford Boat Club’s 145th anniversary dinner dance was truly enhanced by the attendance and support of all. It highlighted the club’s esteemed position in the community and its ongoing commitment to promoting Rowing in the community. Waterford Boat Club can look to a bright future with renewed enthusiasm and the knowledge that their efforts are valued and recognized by the City they call home.
Huge thanks have to go to Louise Drohan and the organising committee for their tireless efforts planning and arranging the event and to Tina Darrer and all the team at Dooley’s Hotel for hosting an excellent meal and evening for all.
After a few months break WBC were back racing at St Michael’s Head of the River on Oct 7th 2023 on an unseasonably warm and dry day. Racing took place from O’Briens Bridge in Co Clare where recent heavy rain led to high river heights. Nonetheless the race went ahead as planned.
The course was a 3K course which was the same length for all crews taking part with a rolling head format meaning that any crew could launch when they wished. WBC entered 21 crews for this race across categories from J13-J16
This Head also saw the Leo Murphy Quad return to action after it’s Summer sabbatical. Happy to report that it’s now safely back on a rack in the boat house after a fine days work.
Official timed results for the event can be found here
WJ15 4x+ : First on the water were the WJ15 4x+ crew of Edie, Katie, Aine and Jessica with Harry Grant coxing. The girls set an excellent opening time of 12:28 which would see them top the leaderboard for practically the whole day until the very end when Fermoy pipped them by 8 seconds. Nonetheless an excellent 2nd place out of 9 was a great result.
Unusually WBC entered 2 WJ154x+ crews. The second crew of Kate, Hannah, Faye and Molly with Mads coxing took to the water shortly after the first WJ15 4x+ boat. Despite 2 of the girls being J13 and MOlly being J14 the girls put in a fantastic effort to place 4th just 1 second behind third place Skibbereen and only 26 seconds behind the regular WJ15 4x+ crew. A great showing for their first run out in a race together.
MJ 16 1x : Next on the water were the MJ16 singles. Sean and Darragh competed here for Waterford. In a very large field Sean placed 12th and Darragh placed 18th bu there was a tight bunching of times around the 13:00 minute mark which meant a coupe of seconds the other way could have resulted in a higher placing.
MJ 15 1x : Henry and Oran were next out in the MJ15 1x in another very large field. Oran took 16th and Henry 30th but again a tight grouping of times around the 13:20 range could have seen a large swing in finishing positions with just a few seconds. Good showing from the lads here
MJ14 1X : Last out in the men’s singles was Harry Grant whose time placed 5th in the MJ14 1x. A solid race from Harry.
WJ16 4x+ : Waterford’s first win of the day came courtesy of an excellent row from the WJ16 4x+. The crew of Hannah, Sarah, Deirdre Erin and Siun (cox) took an excellent win finishing in a time of 12:11. Congratulations to the girls for a fantastic row and result.
WJ16 2x : To add to their success in the quad earlier in the day the J16 girls were out again in doubles later in the day. Yet another set of excellent rows led to more high finishes. The Waterford B crew of Siun and Erin put in a great performance to place second just 20 seconds down on winners Muckross. Just a few seconds behind their clubmates were the Waterford A crew of Hannah and Deirdre who finished in a great fourth position.
WJ14 2x : In Waterford’s second win of the day Hannah and Faye took a brilliant win in the WJ14x despite both of them still being J13. Another excellent win for the pair who’ve been having a fantastic season both in the double and the quad. Well done girls.
WJ15 2x : In an eventful run in the WJ15 2x Molly and Kate unfortunately found the reeds during the run badly halting their progress. Despite this significant delay the girls ploughed on and finished in a very good time of 14:29 placing them sixth out of twelve. A real case of what could have been here as the girls easily lost a minute but nonetheless a great recovery and final showing.
WJ16 1x : Waterford had 2 entries in the WJ16 singles with Sarah and Sarah taking part. In another tightly bunched race of 18 competitors the girls had really good races and Siun finished in seventh a couple of seconds ahead of Sarah in eighth.
WJ15 1x : The Girls J15 quad members all took a run at the singles today. In one of the best runs of the day Edie took third place in a field of 34 with an exceptional row just 20 seconds back from the eventual winner from Cork. Katie, Aine and Jessica also had really good races and finished bunched closely together in 12th, 14th and 15th just a couple of seconds apart. Great show from all here.
MJ16 2x : Sean and Darragh took part in a large field of 17 for the MJ16 2x doubles. They eventually finished fourth just a couple of seconds from the Muckross crews in 2nd and 3rd. Another great showing from the lads.
MJ15 2x : Oran and Henry completed the doubles for Waterford in the MJ15 2x. In another really good result in a large field of 23 the lads placed sixth overall.
MJ13 4x+ : The crew of Sean, Toby, Mads, Sam and cox Jessica took part in the MJ13 4x+. The lads showed much better technique in this arce but unfortunately fished down the rankings in eighth out of nine, but an improvement of just 20 seconds could have seen them rise much higher in the rankings. A decent showing here and hopefully a good place to push on from.
Notice is hereby given that the 2023 AGM for Waterford Boat Club will be held on Tuesday the 24th of October at 7.30pm at the club premises.
R McHugh (sec)
Waterford Boat Club are delighted to announce our 145th Anniversary Celebration which will take place on November the 11th at Dooley’s Hotel Waterford!
Tickets are priced at €60 each and are on sale now. A table of 10 can be purchased at the discounted rate of €560. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to purchase, or contact any club member for more information.
We are looking forward to seeing all our past and present members and boat club friends to celebrate the history and success of our club!
Huge thanks to ABP Foods Ferrybank for their support of the club. Their recent donation enabled us to purchase some brand new safety gear (4 lifejackets and 4 throw-bags) for the club. With a really large intake of new members this year this new equipment is vital for ensuring everyone’s safety and helping the club grow. Great to see a local business supporting local clubs. So huge thanks again to ABP from all at WBC for their help.
Pictured here with some of the new safety gear are our Women’s Junior 15 Quad crew in the clubs new safety launch.
As regatta season has just finished for our younger crews we’re starting the intake for new 12 and 13 year old members for 2023/2024.
If you have a 12/13 year old who’s interested in trying out an exciting and challenging sport we’ll be welcoming potential new members down over the month of July to try it out for free. Any potential participants must be competent swimmers.
Please contact us at email@example.com and include the following information:
- Child’s Name
- Child’s Date of Birth
- Confirmation that they are a competent swimmer
- Parent/Guardian’s e-mail address
- Parent/Guardian’s phone number
We’ll forward on times of the sessions when we’ll give potential new members a quick overview and try out in the boats. Looking forward to hearing from you.
If after a couple of trial sessions you’ve decided to join as a member then you can download and fill in the Membership Application form from the link below. Please return this to one of the coaches or alternatively you can scan the completed form and return it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday 02nd July saw WBC make the annual trip to Fermoy Regatta. On a thankfully mild July day Waterford entered 22 boats across the various categories. Yet again it proved to be a tremendously successful outing for the club with wins in 9 events and some excellent placings in finals as well. Here’s a brief summary of the various categories:
WJ16 4x+ First up for Waterford were the WJ16 4x+ crew of Erin, Hannah, Sarah, Siun with Deirdre coxing in heat A. They took the heat after a tight race with Lee to advance to the final where they would meet home team Fermoy. Despite another good row where they matched their time from the heats Fermoy took the final by about a second. A tough blow for the girls after two really good races.
MJ15 1x – Henry was next up in the MJ15 1x in Final A. Despite posting a very decent time Henry was pipped for 2nd place here but would have more success later in the day. Next out in the MJ15 1x was Liam who also had a very good race but in a very close finish between all three scullers was just beaten to the line. Last up in the MJ15 1x was Oran who rowed an excellent race and took 1st place in his final. Great showing from Oran here.
WJ14 2x – We had 2 entries in the WJ14 2x finals. In final A Molly and Rachel saw off Carlow to take a comprehensive win with a great time. Not to be outdone, Faye and Hannah took the win in their final to extend their winning run. Brilliant work from both crews, well done girls.
MJ16 2x – Just the one entry from Waterford in the MJ16 2x saw Sean and Darragh take to the water in Heat F. They took a good victory beating both of their rival crews with a few lengths to spare to advance to the semi-final. In the semi-final they met a very strong Cappoquin crew and unfortunately lost out by a couple of seconds. That Cappoquin crew would move on to win the final later in the day. Great showing from the lads all the same.
MJ18 1x – Just the one entry for Waterford in the MJ18 1x but Lochlann didn’t disappoint. Lochlann only had his first race a few weeks back in Carlow where he ended up winning the final. He carried on his good form here and took his heat in an extremely tight race with scullers from New Ross and Clonmel to advance to the final. In the final Lochlann was up against scullers from Carlow and Killorglin. In what would prove to be a very tight final again Lochlann took the win in a stunning time of 1:31.0 just pipping the Carlow sculler to the line. Brilliant pair of races here from Lochlann making it look like he’s been racing for years.
WJ16 2x – First up for WBC in Heat A were Hannah and Deirdre. The girls didn’t quite get things going and came home third in their heat. Next up in Heat C were Erin and Siun who took a comfortable win over Fermoy to advance to the semi-final. In the semi they met Carlow and after a very tough race the girls took a tight finish to move through to the final. In the final they met an incredibly strong Lee crew who went on to take the win, but the girls maintained their pace throughout and matched their time from the semi. Nonetheless a great performance throughout the day from the pair.
WJ15 4x+ – The WJ15 4x+ crew of Edie, Katie, Aine, Jessica and Faye as cox came into their race on the back of fantastic form all season long. However on a slightly off day they were just beaten by a crew from Killorglin. Despite posting a time that would have won any of the other WJ15 4x+ finals the girls had to settle for 2nd in their race. A really good showing nonetheless and they’ll look forward to the 1K classic next weekend.
MJ14 1x – WBC had two entries in this category. First out of the traps was Colm in Final D. Following up his good form over the past few regatta Colm took the win here with a comfortable win over scullers for New Ross and Castleconnell. Nice job Colm.
Harry was next to take to the water in Final F but had a poor start and hit a buoy shortly after the start line. With the 500m sprint being such a short event a bad start can wreck a race. Despite this, Harry composed himself and et about the task in hand and rowed a really good race reducing the gap in the 2nd half and finishing strongly.
MJ16 1x – Next up were the MJ16 1x scullers. Sean Harte was first out in Heat B and took a relatively straightforward victory. Darragh was next out in Heat C and in a very competitive race was unlucky to come home in third.
Sean advanced to the semi where he would take on scullers from Athlunkard and New Ross. Having held something in the tank since the heats Sean comprehensively won the semi improving his time by over 5 seconds to advance to he final. The final was incredibly close with Sean just being pipped to the line by the sculler from Carlow. Really unlucky after a hard days racing but a great result nonetheless, well rowed Sean.
WJ16 1x – Just the one representative in this category for WBC where Sarah would compete. Despite posting a time that would have won all of the other heats Sarah got the toughest of the heats and was unlucky to come in third in a very close race between all three. A really good showing from Sarah here anyway, well done.
MJ13 4x+ – Our youngest mens crew of Sean, Sam, Toby, Mads and Deirdre as cox took part in an invitational event between themselves, Muckross and Fermoy. In one of the closest finishes of the day the lads were leading with about 100 metres to go but Muckross were charging and gaining quickly but the boys dug deep and took their first win in a final by a bowball. Great show form the lads and Deirdre who’ll all be delighted to get their first medal as a crew.
WJ15 2x – Waterford had three crews running in this category. First out of the traps were Aine and Jessica who have proved to be a formidable pair this season. They carried on their great form and took this race by a considerable distance. Great showing again girls.
Edie and Katie took part in Final B and despite an excellent time they finished 2nd to an incredibly strong pair from Lee. A great showing anyway and they’ll look forward to the 1K Classic next week.
Last but by no means least were Molly and Kate in Final D. despite putting in an excellent time the girls took 2nd behind a very strong Fermoy boat. Always more difficult to row against the home teams. Again, a very strong showing, well done girls.
MJ15 2x – Coming towards the end of the day the MJ15 2x pair of Henry and Oran took to the water in their final v St Michaels and Castleconnell. As they’ve done several times already this season the lads brought home the victory in one of the fastest times of the day. Great showing again, congratulations lads.
WJ14 4x+ – Last and by no means least were the WJ14 4x+ crew of Rachel, Molly, Hannah and Faye with Jessica coxing. The girls have been in great form all year and took a very comfortable victory here to continue their great form. This adds to the finals that all 4 girls won in the WJ14 2x earlier in the day as well. Brilliant showing again girls.
Next we move on to the 1K Classic at the National Rowing Centre (NRC) in Co Cork on Sat 8th July. This was postponed for a week due to high winds on the original day but will give the Junior 15’s and under one more day out in the regatta season. Following up the week after that will be the Irish Rowing Championships at the NRC for J16 and upwards.
Again the club would like to thank everyone involved with day and the days leading up to it, Mick for towing the trailer, Stephen for lending the jeep, the coaches,the parents. We say thanks all the time but we do really mean it. Without everyone’s help we wouldn’t be able to support the club in this way. Final and most important thanks goes to our athletes. Regardless of results all of them are an absolute credit to the club and we’re proud of all of them. The training and effort that goes in throughout the year is absolutely fantastic
On to the NRC…
The full official results can be found here
|MJ15 1x||Oran Skinner||1st|
|WJ14 2x||Molly O’Flynn, Rachel Weldon||1st|
|WJ14 2x||Hannah Lemon, Faye O’Flaherty||1st|
|MJ18 1x||Lochlann Flanagan||1st|
|MJ13 4x+||Sean Fitzpatrick, Sam O’Neill, Toby Cooke, Mads O’Flynn, Cox: Deirdre McHugh||1st|
|MJ14 1x||Colm Brennan||1st|
|WJ15 2x||Aine Power, Jessica Cooke||1st|
|MJ15 2x||Henry Brady, Oran Skinner||1st|
|WJ14 4x+||Rachel Weldon, Molly O’Flynn, Hannah Lemon, Faye O’Flaherty, Cox: Jessica||1st|
|MJ16 1x||Sean Harte||2nd|
To kick off June we attended Carlow Regatta with a large number of entries, 35 in total this year meant that Waterford were represented in virtually every category on the second day of racing. Carlow Regatta is run over two days with Saturday hosting the Junior 18’s and older. Sunday is for Junior 16 and under. Both days were baked in perfect sunshine and high temperatures unlike last year’s Carlow Regatta which rained pretty much all day and felt like more like February. The Carlow course itself is quite tricky with there only being 2 lanes with several bends in the river along the course making it a challenging course for singles and doubles in particular. After such an amazing start to the 2023 season hopes were high of securing several wins over the weekend and the team brought it home with a fantastic total of 16 wins.
On Saturday we only had a single competitor. Lochlann got proceedings off to a perfect start with a great win in the Junior 18B 1x over his Carlow rival. Nice job Lochlann. 100% record for Saturday.
Onto Sunday where the rest of our crews would take to the water. A quick note of apology to all here, I was on top of all the early races but as the day wore on and got busier I wasn’t completely aware of everything going on due to me running around like a headless chicken. Apologies if some of the races get more coverage than others below. I hope to fill in the gaps afterwards.
Things kicked off for Waterford in race 1 and the first heat of the WJ13 1x. Some bad luck saw Faye and Hannah draw each other in this race with the winner to go through to the final 30 minutes later. Faye made an excellent start and took a two length lead by halfway with hannah pulling her way back into the race but misfortune struck and Faye went slightly off course towards the bank on the Graiguecullen side. Hannah seized the opportunity and took the win with Faye recovering towards the finish. Great effort from both girls throughout this heat.
Next up in race 5 was Rachel in a straight WJ14 1x final against a sculler from Commercial. Rachel was our sole competitor in this category and she rowed a well controlled race and took an excellent victory to give Waterford their first win of the day. Great job Rachel.
Races 6 and 7 would see our 3 MJ14 1x competitors take to the water in straight finals. First up in race 6 was Colm and Harry Grant. Colm made a really good start and took a lead of about 2 lengths after 500 metres but Harry started clawing his way back into the race. But Colm held his composure and brought home the win. Always tough to draw your own teammates but both lads had a really good showing here. Race 7 saw Oisin take on a sculler from Offaly in his final. In his typically composed manner Oisin took a good win distancing his rival by several lengths by the finish. Well done to all three who would team up later in the day in the MJ14 4x and MJ15 4x
Race 8 saw Hannah back out in the final of the WJ13 1x after a very short turnaround time. Unfortunately the same misfortune that Faye suffered in their heat would now befall Hannah in the final where she got caught on the bank at one of the many bends on the course. Despite losing a huge amount of time Hannah got back on track and finished out the final to great applause from the many Waterford supporters along the banks.
Next up in Race 12 was Sarah in the WJ16 1x heat. Sarah would have to make an Olympic like effort to negotiate 2 heats to make it to the final. She achieved the first third of this in a hard fought win over her Commercial competitor.
Race 13 saw Sean Harte take to the river in his MJ16 1x heat. Building on his excellent form from Castleconnell Sean took a comfortable win in his heat to progress through to the final. Next up Darragh took his place in the MJ15 1x heat but was unlucky to lose out to his Coleraine rival in that heat.
What was originally scheduled as an all Waterford tie awaited us in race 15 where Henry was meant to take on Oran in the MJ15 1x heat but luckily the lads were split up on the day and assigned to different heats. Oran prevailed in his heat to take his slot in the final later in the day and then to add to this Henry won his heat as well, so both progressed to the finals. Next up in race 16 Harry Whelan was in a straight final in the MJ15 1x but unfortunately lost out this time.
Race 17 saw our first double of the day in the WJ16 2x with the Waterford B team of Deirdre and Hannah taking on Carlow B. The girls took a really good victory here to progress to the final.
Next up in race 20 was the WJ14 4x+ in their first heat. The girls took this heat comfortably and progressed to the final later in the day against Coleraine. Race 22 saw our WJ15 4x+ in a straight final. Jessica, Aine, Katie and Edie have been in fantastic form all season and brought home yet another win to add to their rapidly expanding medal collection. Just reward for all the hard work over the Winter, brilliant work girls.
Race 26 saw Sarah win her second heat of the day in the WJ16 1x to progress to the final at the end of the day. In an effort to take part in as many races as humanly possible Sarah would also line up in the WJ16 4x+ later in the day as well. Race 27 saw some confusion in the MJ16 2x where th Waterford crew of Sean and Darragh were waiting at the start for 30 mins for their competitors who didn’t turn up with the result of the race being postponed until later in the day. An unwelcome outcome given the heat at midday.
Oisin and Colm set out for their final in the MJ14 2x in race 32 but their competitors didn’t turn out so they returned to the slip as their race was postponed until later in the day. Nonetheless they rushed back to the start to hop in to the MJ15 4x+ to join Harry Whelan and Harry Grant in that boat. The lads rowed a good race but finished behind a strong Coleraine quad. Yet again the lads went straight back to the slip to set up for the MJ14 4x+. Harry W switched out with Sean Fitz with Oisin moving to stroke and with Toby jumping in at the last minute to cox. One of the closest races of the day took place with Waterford trailing Carlow A by a length at halfway, but through a huge effort and masterful coxing by Toby the lads came through at the end and took a hard earned victory by a length. Huge credit to the lads, especially for racing back to back and still bringing it home.
Next out were the WJ15 2x in races 34, 35 and 36 with Waterford involved in all three finals, mercifully with none of the girls drawing each other. First up were Katie and Edie against the Coleraine pair. Unfortunately the girls weren’t able to add to their quad win earlier in the day this time but had an excellent race nonetheless. Following straight after in race 35 were Molly and Kate taking on Carlow in their final. Carlow couldn’t make it so the girls were awarded a row-over. Although not the ideal way to win a final the girls would be able to save some energy for races later in the day. The last of the WJ15 doubles saw Aine and Jessica take on the Graigue double. Unfortunately a slight “navigational misalignment” saw the girls crash out in this one handing the win to Graigue. Given the form Aine and Jessica have been in this season it turns out the only thing that could stop them was the riverbank. Hard luck girls.
At this stage of the day race order seemed to go a little askew as races were changed and moved, but next on the water were the WJ13 2x pair of Faye and Hannah. Although the girls rowed a great race they weren’t able to win this one although given their packed morning of racing it was a huge ask. Soon after this race Rachel and Molly took to the water in their WJ14 2x final. In a hugely successful day for both of the girls they took the win here to add to their tally.
The MJ16 4x+ quad of Oran, Darragh, Sean and Henry with Deirdre in the cox seat were scheduled to race Graig in the final but weren’t able to compete so Graigue were awarded a row-over. The lads would have welcomed the race here but no doubt they’ll be back in Cork.
After a hard earned break Oisin and Colm went back out for their MJ14 2x final (for the second time). This time the race went ahead and the lads raced home to a comprehensive victory. Great displays today from the lads across their categories and a well earned rest awaited.
The WJ16 4x+ quad of Siun, Erin, Hannah and Sarah took to the water next in their heat against a strong Commercial crew. Despite a fast and close race they weren’t able to take the win this time.
The MJ15 2x of Oran and Henry steeped up for their heat next against Coleraine and took a really good win to advance to the final. In addition to this Henry and Oran were split in their MJ15 1x finals and both went on to win their individual finals. Brilliant displays again lads.
Following this up were the finals of the WJ15 1x. There would be five finals with 4 of the Waterford team spread out across the finals. Unfortunately Aine and Katie would draw each other in one of the finals. In a tight race Aine took the victory this time to add to her already impressive tally to put even more strain on the Power trophy cabinet. Well done to both the girls, always tough to have to race each other.
Kate was next up and took on a sculler from Carlow but despite a good race didn’t win this one this time to add to her WJ15 2x from earlier in the day. Edie was the next of the Waterford team to race her final against a Coleraine sculler. Unfortunately Edie wasn’t able to add to her quad victory from earlier in the day but had an excellent race here nonetheless. Great effort girls.
Last but not least of the WJ15 1x squad was Jessica who got off to an excellent start and after 300 metres the race was already looking like a comfortable win but her opponent from Graigh raced an excellent race and managed to stay with a boat length of Jessica until towards the end. Jessica did manage to pull clear towards the end and take the win but it was a really tough race. Brilliant racing under pressure Jessica.
Moving towards the end of the day the MJ13 4x+ quad of Sean, Toby, Sam and Mads with Harry as their cox made their debut as a crew together in their heat against local crew Carlow. In one of the more exciting heats of the day the lads made a slow start with Carlow quickly building a boat length of a lead but with Harry (very literally) roaring the crew on they slowly pulled the lead back and overtook Carlow with about 250 to go and eventually took the race by a length.
Awaiting them in the final were a very strong Coleraine crew. Again the lads were a little slow off the start and Coleraine built up a significant lead after 500 metres but the lads got it back together and rowed strongly for the second half cheered on by amazing support from their teammates. The lads lost out by a few boat lengths but can take great heart from a fine performance in their heat and a good second half of the final. Lots to build on here, keep at it lads.
Darragh and Sean then took to the water in their MJ16 2x final having beaten Coleraine in the heat earlier in the day. In one of the stranger races of the day the lads received a warning early on in the race for coming across and coming too close to Graigue despite both crews drifting towards the center. The umpire restarted the race and both crews took off only for Waterford to be penalised again shortly afterwards resulting in a disqualification. The umpire set Graigue off and gave them a few boat lengths before releasing Waterford who then proceeded to race down the course (unsure that they’d actually been disqualified). They overtook Graigue and crossed the line first but the result didn’t stand. Always tough to be disqualified but the lads had to take the decision and move on. Great display up until this however.
The MJ15 2x double of Henry and Oran took to the water for their final after beating Coleraine earlier in the heats. The pair took yet another win to add to their singles wins earlier in the day. Another great showing to follow up on the success in Castleconnell.
Not to be outdone by the WJ15 4x+ crew the WJ14 4x+ team of Rachel, Hannah, Faye and Molly with Jessica coxing set out for their final after their win in the heats earlier in the morning. In another wonderfully well raced outing for the girls they took the victory to add to their recent successes in Cork and Castleconnell. Great showing yet again girls especially after a long day of multiple races.
Closing in on the finish and Waterford still had three more finals to compete in. Oran was due to compete in the MJ15 1x final but his competitor didn’t show so Oran was awarded a row-over. Next up was Sean in his MJ16 1x. As in Castleconnell Sean stormed home for another very impressive victory. Great showing Sean.
Last and certainly not least was Sarah in the WJ16 1x after a punishing day of heats and finals. Unfortunately after making it through 2 heats and a packed schedule of other events during the day Sarah couldn’t quite take the win despite an amazing effort.
In total Waterford scored a fantastic 16 wins across the approximately 30 races entered with many of our competitors meeting their own teammates in finals. Not only that ,every single crew was competitive and on another day could have easily taken even more wins on a very tricky course. Huge credit to all of our athletes for the hard work that’s been going on all through the year, the incredible results across the past four regattas are clear to see.
A quick note of apology to anyone I’ve missed in the report above or if I’ve gotten any facts wrong, it was a hectic day so it was really tough to stay on top of what was going on particularly later in the day. Thanks to Sinead for being our scorekeeper today, it wasn’t an easy task. For any corrections to be made feel free to let me know and I’ll be sure to update.
As always huge thanks to everybody involved, Mick for towing the trailer, Stephen for providing the jeep, Derek for his fearless videography and coaching, to all the coaches and parents and most important to the athletes themselves, each and every one are a credit to the club.
A last final mention to any of our Athletes about to start their Junior or Leaving Certs. The best of luck to all of you, seeing the dedication you all give to the club there’s no doubt that you’ll all do brilliantly. Good luck all.
Full official results yet to be published. 16 wins in total for Waterford.
|MJ18B 1x||Lochlann Flanagan||1st|
|WJ14 1x||Rachel Weldon||1st|
|MJ14 1x||Colm Brennan||1st|
|MJ14 1x||Oisin Warren||1st|
|WJ15 4x+||Edie O’Flaherty, Katie Fitzpatrick, Aine Power, Jessica Cooke||1st|
|WJ14 4x+||Rachel Weldon, Molly O’Flynn, Hannah Lemon, Faye O’Flaherty||1st|
|MJ14 2x||Oisin Warren, Colm Brennan||1st|
|WJ15 2x||Kate Lemon, Molly O’Flynn||1st|
|MJ15 2x||Oran Skinner, Henry Brady||1st|
|MJ14 4x+||Oisin Warren, Colm Brennan, Sean Fitzpatrick, Harry Grant||1st|
|WJ14 2x||Molly O’Flynn, Rachel Weldon||1st|
|WJ15 1x||Aine Power||1st|
|WJ15 1x||Jessica Cooke||1st|
|MJ15 1x||Oran Skinner||1st|
|MJ15 1x||Henry Brady||1st|
|MJ16 1x||Sean Harte||1st|
Official Regatta results can be found here (Sunday results still to be added)