Carrick Rowing Club are delighted to announce that this years August Bank Holiday Regatta will be as big as ever with over 170 different crews racing on Sunday, August 5.
Crews from 18 different clubs from around the country will compete in 30 different categories from Junior 14s right through to Veteran Masters who have been coming to the banks of the Shannon for as long as they can remember of an August Bank Holiday.
Carrick Regatta is raced over a not too arduous 450m and is a real sprint regatta. Crews always enjoy this distance on the Shannon as they wind down from July’s National Championships. Every result and place on the on the day will count as clubs also compete for the much sought after Carrick on Shannon Perpetual Trophy.
Carrick Regatta again hosts the finals of the Waterways Junior “Row for It” Leagues and with only a few points between the leaders in many of the categories there will be some very exciting finals come Sunday afternoon. The Waterways League offers Junior Rowers a chance to build experience over the course of the season and with points for 1st 2nd and 3rd it might just be that the most consistent rowers over the season come out with the overall honours
This year’s draw features some fine head to head battles with some of the biggest and best clubs going at it on the day. In the Mens Senior 4s and Senior 8s we have UCD, Athlone, NUIG and City of Derry looking for a share of the spoils while in the Mens Senior Single Carrick’s Paul Little will be looking reign supreme. Paul has had a fantastic season now competing in the national senior ranks after some very successful years as a junior under the guidance of Kieran Hynes.
In the Senior Ladies Sections NUIG again feature with some tough opposition from some Belfast crews In the Mens Veteran Masters sections there are no less than 6 mens 8s, 7 mens 4’s, 8 mens doubles and 10 mens Single scullers competing.
In the Junior Competitions Carrick will be having a very busy day with entries in most competitions in Junior 14, 15, 16 and 18s. The committee and everyone at the club take great delight in this. Many of these younger juniors only took to the water this time last year and we now see fine young Oarsmen and Oarswomen capable of competing with the best around the country. This is due to the dedicated core of coaches working hard at the club with many of them juggling many different roles on the committee as well also.
To list all our competing Juniors at this stage would probably take til next week’s edition but suffice to say if you are passing the bridge at any stage on Sunday there will plenty of Carrick Blue up and down the river especially in the afternoon when we get to the finals stage of the regatta.
Carrick RC would like extend an invitation to one and all around Carrick on Regatta day to come down and have a look from the Quays, have a look around the new club building but mostly soak up the fun, craic and occasion that is Carrick Regatta one of the oldest sporting events in the country.
Finally, Carrick Regatta sees the official end to this racing season for us as a club. We have had a long and very successful season and we would like to thank everybody who helped us in any way. You are too many to mention but we are grateful for this continued and sustained support over the years but beware we will be looking for ye again as next season is on the horizon.
Next season we look forward to the added excitement of the development of Lough Rinn where we will be looking to run full status Grand League Regattas and much more. New members will always be welcome in Carrick Rowing Club and we are especially interested in recruiting some Novice adult crews to the mighty Shannon when training resumes.
So if you are interested in trying something different, getting fit and meeting new people then Carrick Rowing Club could be the place for you.