The fourth round of the Celtic Ross Hotel South West Championship was held in Blind Strand, Courtmacsherry on Sunday, August 6th.
Challenging conditions on the water coupled with changeable weather made for a tough days racing as crews looked to add to their points tally in the West Cork championship. Considering the choppy water, the race schedule was re-jigged slightly in the hopes that conditions would improve later in the day and so, underage races were held later than usual in the day.
First to take to the water were the Veteran Men’s crew of Paddy Rose, Darren Cannon, John Michael O’Donovan, Kilmacsimon and cox Julie Harrington who performed well in the tough conditions.
Next up was the Veteran Ladies crew which comprised Breeda Hayes, Jo Cannon, Kilmacsimon, Rita Morrissey and cox Gary Lombard.
The Senior Mixed crew was made up of Niamh Hayes, Keri Ahern, Paddy Harrington, Danny Hayes and cox Rory O’Connor. Having rowed a great race in the tough conditions, this crew crossed the finish line in third place.
Gary Lombard, Rory O’Connor, Daniel Godwin-Coombes and Kevin O’Leary were coxed by Fiona Connolly in the U18 race and finished in a well-earned third place.
Gary Lombard was at the helm for the Pre-Veteran Ladies race where Jo Cannon, Julie Harrington, Roni Hawe and Donna Burke put on a fine display of rowing and finished in third place.
Next to take to the water was the Pre-Veteran Mens crew of Micheál Harrington, John Harrington, Mike Turner, Jim Ahern and cox Julie Harrington. Having finished in second place in the opening three rounds of the championship, the Galley crew went one better on this occasion finishing in first place.
Elise Crowley, Rachel Collins, Sinéad O’Donovan and Sinéad O’Connor were coxed by Niamh Hayes in the U16 Ladies race and for the third time this season crossed the finish line in a brilliant first place.
The Junior Ladies crew was made up of Julie Harrington, Eimear O’Keeffe, Maria O’Brien, Laura Connolly and cox Gary Lombard who were unlucky to finish outside of the medal positions on this occasion crossing the line in fourth place.
Next up was the Senior Ladies race where Roni Hawe, Niamh Hayes, Donna Burke and Keri Ahern were coxed by Julie Harrington and finished in a well-deserved second place.
Next to take to the water was the U14 crew because of the re-jigged schedule. Tomás O’Hea, Ben McShane, Darragh O’Leary and Brian Carroll were coxed by Danny Hayes in this exciting race where they powered across the finish line in an excellent first place.
Danny Hayes, John Harrington, Mike Turner and Jim Ahern were coxed by Rory O’Connor in the Junior Men’s race where they rowed a great race and finished in third place.
The U14 Ladies crew comprised Méibh Collins, Lucy Cannon, Kate Whelton, Mary Kate Keohane and cox Keri Ahern who put on an excellent display of rowing in a tough race, finishing in fourth place.
Next up was the U12 race where Caitlin Keating, Cameron Rose, Neil O’Sullivan and Shane Barrett were coxed by Danny Hayes. Having rowed a great race, this crew was unfortunate to be pipped on the line for third place.
The Senior Men’s crew of Mark O’Brien, Sean Keohane, Ger Cullinane, Paul Deasy and cox Julie Harrington put on a fine display of rowing and finished in third place.
The final race of the day was the U12 Ladies where the Galley crew of Caitlin Keating, Caoimhe White, Aoise Lawless and Aoife Godwin-Coombes were coxed by Danny Hayes in a very exciting race, crossing the finish line in second place.
Special mention to Galley girl Katie O’Keeffe who rowed for Kilmacabea in the U12 Ladies race.
The club now looks forward to the final round of the Celtic Ross Hotel South West Championship next Sunday in Schull with the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships taking place in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal on the following weekend.