We had expected a very busy weekend with trips to both Athlone and Galway as the build up to next month’s Irish National Rowing Championships in Cork continues apace.
Unfortunately, Saturday’s trip to Athlone was cancelled on Friday afternoon because of expected bad weather. After last year’s disastrous racing season, with a number of the biggest regattas of the year cancelled, this was a reminder that we have been lucky so far this year.
Sunday’s trip to the City of the Tribes went ahead as planned however with a smaller than normal Carrick RC entry as state exams continue. The big win on the day from a Carrick point of view was Laureen Gannon’s win through heats, semi final and final in the super competitive Junior 16 single scull. Congratulations to Laureen on this well deserved win which is a reflection of the hardwork and dedication she has shown throughout this year. Other Carrick entries included Stephen Carty in the men’s novice scull, Liam Cox in the men’s inter scull and Patrick Sweeney and Conor Jordan were unlucky not to reach the junior 16 double scull final after a tough head and hard fought semi - final. Well done to all Carrick racers on a great day out and special thanks to John Lowe for towing the trailer.
We earn our stripes on another training weekend next weekend before we travel to the National Rowing Centre in Cork for the postponed School’s Regatta on Friday, June 28, with Cork Regatta on the 29th. These two days of hard racing will prove challenging to all athletes and should provide strong indications of our prospects for the upcoming Championships.