There were great expectations prior to the 20th annual All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships which this year was held in Broad Strand, Courtmacsherry.
The local community pulled out all the stops and ultimately delivered a wonderful event which they can be truly proud of.
All participating rowers were in agreement with the excellent course and no advantage in any lane.
The cream certainly came to the fore with the top teams sharing in the medals in all races.
Pride of place went to our Junior Ladies (Dorothy Appelbe, Hazel Sweetnam, Ciara Donovan, Yvonne McCarthy and Eimear Walsh, cox) who won the much-coveted All Ireland Junior Ladies title.
Twelve boats competed in this now infamous race.
The Hurricane was in the medal position leading into the turn.
A tremendous burst at the short set of buoys and powerful rowing by the girls eventually put them in a striking position.
Further intensity was required and they delivered accordingly with that now famous last 30 powerful strokes that took them over the line as gold medal winners and All Ireland Champions.
The Hurricane and its delirious crewmembers returned to the shore to a rapturous applause from the large Castletownshend contingent and other west cork clubs.
A tremendous effort was put in all year by this group of girls that trained diligently and they eventually got their ultimate award.
Declan Crowley and Paudie O’Driscoll won All Ireland silver medals in the All Ireland FISA Mens Double.
This was a 4.5km course and after a titanic battle, they eventually secured the silver medals for their club.
These boats have taken their place in the Irish Coastal Rowing Federation finals. Castletownshend was the first Irish club to use these boats in the world championships in 2004 in France in the senior ladies race.
Other finalists were:
U12 Girls – Brianna O’ Shea, Siobhan Maguire, Alicia O’ Neill and Kelly O’ Donovan 5th.
U14 Girls – Aoife O’ Regan, Diana O’ Driscoll, Kathleen Nora Maguire and Lauren Buckley finished 8th.
U14 Boys – Daniel O’ Mahony, Andrew Foley, Dylan O’ Donovan and Donnacha Maguire finished 7th.
U16 Girls – Chloe Kelleher, Lorraine O’ Donovan, Ciara O’ Donovan and Grace O’ Mahony finished 7th.
U18 Ladies – Eimear Walsh, Ciara O’ Donovan, Lorraine O’ Donovan and Megan O’ Donovan finished in 8th place.
Pre Vet Ladies – Dorothy Appelbe, Hazel Sweetnam, Ciara O’ Donovan and Yvonne McCarthy finished in 4th place.
Pre Vet Men – James O’ Mahony, Donal O’ Mahony, Sean Crowley and Ciaran McSweeny finished in 8th place.
Intermediate Ladies – Eimear Walsh, Michelle O’ Shea, Anne Breen and Megan O’ Donovan finished 9th.
Other participants were U12 Boys – Gregory O’ Mahony, Andrew Foley, Dylon O’ Donovan and James Maguire.
Pre Vet Mixed – Sean Crowley, Ciaran McSweeny, Michelle O’ Shea and Anne Breen.
Club members and helpers attended the needs of the rowers from the tent.
Dick Kelly and Geno O’Donovan took care of the boat and the oar changeover. Eimear Walsh and Jack Calnan were the official coxes.
The success of the all Ireland rounded off a wonderful year for the club and its supporters of which all their help is very much appreciated.
Our annual SWCYRA dinner will take place on the 29th of September in the Celtic Ross Hotel.
The facilities at the clubhouse will be availed of by many members over the winter period. New members are welcome to attend and learn the art of coastal rowing.
The club website is www.castletownshendrowingclub.ie where further information can be obtained.