On what was a scorching Sunday afternoon in July, the Cork Coastal Rowing County Finals were held in Baltimore on Sunday last, July 17th, where the best of the west faced the best of the east.
The club was delighted to take home one silver and six bronze medals on a bumper day of rowing action.
The first crew to pick up medals were the young U21 Ladies crew of Eimear O’Keeffe, Keri Ahern, Elise Crowley and Ciara Deasy (Ring). Coxed by Danny Hayes, this super crew rowed a fantastic race and were rewarded for their efforts with the bronze County medals.
The next crew to take a podium position for the club were the U12 Ladies. Katie O’Keeffe, Caitlin Keating, Aoise Lawless and Caoimhe White were coxed by Danny Hayes in this exciting and competitive race. The Galley girls were the first West Cork crew to cross the line when they claimed the bronze County medals.
The U14 crew of Ben McShane, Tomás O’Hea, Darragh O’Leary, Brian Carroll and cox Danny Hayes were the next Galley crew to claim a podium place when they finished with a fantastic silver County medal, mere feet behind the new County Champions,
The Pre-Vet Men’s crew comprised John Harrington, Micheál Harrington, Mike Turner, Jim Ahern and cox Julie Harrington. In what was an exciting race, the Galley crew finished in a well-deserved third place to claim the bronze County medals.
Gary Lombard, Kevin O’Leary, Rory O’Connor and Daniel Godwin-Coombes were coxed by Fiona Connolly in the U18 race. In what was an incredibly competitive race, the Galley crew performed extremely well to claim the bronze County medals.
The Senior Ladies crew was made up of Roni Hawe, Niamh Hayes, Donna Burke, Keri Ahern and cox Julie Harrington. With the wind picking up as the day progressed, conditions on the water had become less than favourable by this point in the day. However, the Galley crew rowed a great race and were duly rewarded with the bronze County medals.
Mark O’Brien, Paul Deasy, Sean Keohane and Ger Cullinane were coxed by Julie Harrington in the final race of the day, the Senior Men’s race. This multi-turn race was extremely exciting with West Cork crews Kilmacsimon, Courtmacsherry and the Galley battling it out for first, second and third for the much of the race with the Galley finishing in an eventual third place to claim the bronze County medals.
Other crews to represent the club on the day were as follows:
The Senior Mixed team comprised Danny Hayes, Paddy Harrington, Niamh Hayes, Laura Connolly and cox Rory O’Connor. This crew rowed a great race against tough competition.
Lucy Quirke, Sinéad O’Connor, Elise Crowley and Rachel Collins were coxed by Niamh Hayes in the U16 Ladies and put on a fine display of rowing.
The Masters Ladies crew was made up of Jo Cannon, Breeda Hayes, Mary O’Sullivan (Myross), Rita Morrissey and cox Gary Lombard who finished in fourth position.
Caitlin Keating, Caoimhe White, Cameron Rose, Neil O’Sullivan and cox Danny Hayes rowed very well in the U12 race.
Keri Ahern was at the helm for the U14 Ladies race where Lucy Cannon, Kate Whelton, Méibh Collins and Mary Kate Keohane rowed a great race.
The Pre-Vet Ladies team comprised Roni Hawe, Jo Cannon, Donna Burke, Julie Harrington and cox Gary Lombard. This crew put on a great display of rowing in this tough category.
Sinéad O’Donovan, Sinéad O’Connor, Annabella O’Gorman and Rachel Collins were coxed by Keri Ahern and had a great race in the U18 Ladies.
The Vet Mixed crew of Breeda Hayes, Paddy Rose, Darren Cannon, Jo Cannon and cox Rory O’Connor rowed a great race against some tough competition.
Eimear O’Keeffe, Maria O’Brien, Julie Harrington and Laura Connolly rowed in the Intermediate Ladies race. Coxed by Fiona Connolly, this crew put on a fine display of rowing.
Niamh Hayes coxed the Intermediate Men’s crew of Danny Hayes, Conor Tobin, Martin O’Brien and Darren Cannon who performed well against a tough field.
The Junior Men’s crew was made up of John Harrington, Micheál Harrington, Mike Turner, Jim Ahern and cox Rory O’Connor who rowed well in what was a hugely exciting and competitive race.
The club would also like to say well done to Breeda Hayes who rowed in the Vet Ladies race with Myross.
Well done to all those who rowed and coxed on County Final day, you have done yourselves and your club proud.
Next on the agenda for the club is Kilmacsimon Regatta on next Saturday, July 22nd followed by Rosscarbery Regatta on next Sunday, July 23rd.