A two-day regatta, one of the largest ever held in Ireland, is expected to draw thousands of spectators and crew-members to Skibbereen this weekend.
The Skibbereen Regatta, sponsored by eFlow, will attract 498 crews from around the country, as well as a large crowd of spectators, on Friday and Saturday for the final round of the eFlow Go Row League at the National Rowing Centre in Farran Wood.
This is the final of four regattas in this league which have taken place in Cork, Belfast and Dublin.
Due to the huge entry level, this weekend’s regatta will take place over two days with racing beginning on Friday evening.
Skibbereen Rowing club is the overall leader going into this deciding round. John Keohane of Lee Valley, the club based at the NRC, won the first round of the eFlow League and is a strong contender to win but faces a stern test from outstanding teenager Paul O’Donovan of Skibbereen – O’Donovan will represent Ireland for the second successive season in the junior single sculls at the World Championships in August.
Last year, at just 17, he finished a remarkable fourth in the world.
Time: Friday from 6pm / Saturday 8am – 7pm
Date: 22 and 23 June, 2012
Location: National Rowing Centre, Farran Wood, Cork