Carrick Rowing Club travelled to Galway City for the annual NUIG Head of the River on Saturday last, and in cold but calm and sheltered conditions saw crews race in each of the three time trials on the day.
The day began early with good rows from Patrick Sweeney and Thomas Earley in the men’s J16 double scull and Padraig Leyden and Oisin Griffin in the men’s inter double scull. The second trial saw much more Carrick action with Dara Hartigan rowing in the J16 scull, Oisin Griffin in the men’s novice scull and Liam Cox and Padraig Leyden in the men’s inter scull. All rowed well finishing the long course in excellent times.
Caroline Kelly, rowing in the hugely competitive women’s J18 scull, had a superb race and won the event with 11 seconds to spare over her nearest rival. This win should prove a tremendous boost to Caroline as she continues her progress this year. Caroline continued her excellent day to win the J18 double scull with Niamh Murray in the final event of the afternoon.
Carrick RC enjoyed more success as the men’s novice quad of Stephen Carty, Dara Hartigan, William Clinton, mark lavin and Ryan Goldrick built on their success in our own Head last month to win again. Again, huge credit to the lads on the brilliant win.
Alice Kelly and Laureen Gannon completed the Carrick action with a great row in the J16 double scull.
Congratulations to everyone who raced in Galway and to emerge from such a competitive and prestigious event with a number of wins is a credit to the athletes and their coaches, Kieran Hynes, Mark Butler and John Lowe.
Thanks to the many parents and supporters who travelled with us on Saturday and thanks too, to Kieran Hynes for towing the trailer with little complaint. The Galway Head marks the end of the winter season and attention now turns to the shorter, faster regattas which begin in Islandbridge, Dublin in April.