Carrick Rowing Club hosted its annual regatta last Sunday. The course was laid over 450 metres along the Boardwalk and welcomed clubs and universities from around the country.
A long and successful day began at 9.15 with races over three lanes and continued until 5.30 Sunday evening with a large crowd watching from both banks of the river.
Carrick athletes had a very successful day with wins in a number of categories including Caroline Kelly, fresh from her trip to represent Ireland at the Home Internationals in Nottingham, who won the Junior 18 and senior sculls, Caroline racing with Kate McCabe in the Junior 18 double scull, Niamh Murray and Dara Hartigan in the mixed double, Dara racing with Stephen Carty in the mens novice double, Tom McCabe in the Junior 15 scull, Tom racing with Conor Jordan in the Junior 15 double, Laureen Gannon in the Junior 16 scul and Laureen racing with Jordyn Mulvey, Ella Brogan, Alice Kelly and Eimear Fitzgerald in the Junior 16 quad.
Carrick also saw a last win with Liam Cox and Oisin Griffin joining an NUIG composite for a win in the men’s senior eights.
This huge event could never take place without the support of countless people and businesses in Carrick. The club wishes to express its appreciation to those who spent Sunday on the river umpiring races and coordinating crews, those on the river bank and in the caravan and the parents committee feeding a large army in the club room throughout the day.
Carrick Sprints mark the traditional end of the national racing season and the relaxed and welcoming atmosphere is enjoyed by those travelling from Derry, Coleraine, Belfast, Dublin, Sligo, Galway, Athlone and Killarney.
We also thank all the local businesses who sponsored races through the town collection and those who supported us at the annual church gate collection also. We appreciate also the help of Waterways Ireland and the Civil Defence, without whose support the regatta could not be run.
We take a break for a few weeks before the new season begins in late August. We will also be recruiting in the next few weeks for this new season and will have more information later in the month.