The Carrick Rowing Club had a great day of racing at Castleconnell Regatta on Saturday July 10th. It was the first regatta in a long time due to Covid-19. However, everyone rowed exceptionally well.
There was a wide range of rowers competing at the regatta, ranging from 14 junior rowers to the more competitive 18 junior categories. Regardless of the results, all the crews rowed exceptionally well considering the lack of racing experience of some of them due to previous restrictions.
The club had a long day of racing with crews competing in both the second race of the day (8:14 am) and the penultimate race of the day (7:45 pm).
The day started well with Aoife Lowe and Elsie Harman winning their double J18 race. Brierton Murphy and Tadgh Duignan put in a big effort and won their double J15 race. This doubles winning streak continued with Mae Harman and Sarah Lee also winning their J16 race.
Later in the day there were two quad wins. Aoife Lowe, Elsie Harman, Grace Earley and Rosanna Murphy took a well-deserved victory in the J18 quad race, as well as another great victory from Leah Mc Loughlin, Sarah Boyd, Maria Keane, Emily Bryan in the J16 quad.
There was more success for the club in the pairs races. Annalize Murray and Leah McLoughlin both won their J15 scull races. Followed by Joe Chilton winning the J16 scull race. There were two more solid wins for Sarah Lee and Mae Harman in their J16 couple races.
All in all, it was a very enjoyable and successful day for the club, showing that all the hard work and long hours of training on the water are paying off. It goes without saying that none of this success would be possible without the continued help and support of the coaches, with a special mention of Captain John Lowe who brought the trailer back to Limerick and who dedicates countless hours to the club daily.
The next regatta will be much closer to home, Lough Rynn, which should be a busy day of racing. The rowers are looking forward to this event which will hopefully be just as successful as last weekend.