Carrick Rowing Club are delighted to see in excess of 100 crews entering for the 2012 Apollo Duck Head of the Shannon in Carrick on Shannon this weekend.
Regarded by many to be one of the finest stretches for rowing in the country, there will be 2 time trial events on the day with crews racing over a 5km stretch of river from south of Carrick back into town. The finish line and viewing area is situated at the boardwalk where crews will be seen going hard for the last few hundred meters.
This year Carrick Rowing Club are delighted to see clubs and crews from all over the country return for what promises to be a great days racing. From the north of the country they are delighted to see some of the most prestigious clubs in Irish rowing Bann Rowing club, Belfast Rowing Club, Belfast boat club, Lagan Scullers, City of Derry Rowing Club and Lady Victoria Boat Club. Many near neighbours are also turning out in force with Portora Club from Enniskillen, Sligo Rowing Club, Athlone Rowing Club entering lots of crews from Junior 15 Boys and Girls right through to masters rowers. From the west of Ireland there is also a strong entry from the Galway are with Tribesmen Rowing Club and St. Josephs School bringing over many up and coming rowers to get a flavour of some tough competition in Carrick. Finally from the Dublin area welcome back Commercial Rowing Club, Three Castles Rowing Club and an Garda Siochana Boat Club.
An influx of these types of numbers in to the town will provide a welcome boost to the local economy at a time when things are generally pretty quiet. A number of local B&B’s and hotels have already confirmed good bookings for that week-end as a result of the event. The Head of the Shannon is once again generously sponsored by Apollo Duck International Marine Markets.