CASTLETOWNSEND was the venue on Sunday for the third round of the Celtic Ross sponsored Southwest Coastal rowing championships, it was also the final chance to ensure qualification where the top four teams in each grade will go forward and represent the Southwest association and their clubs for this year’s County final’s which will be hosted by the East Cork rowing association at the Naval base Haulbowline on Sunday 29th July.
Courtmacsherry with six wins where just one gold behind the club of the day Kilmacsimon who had seven golds, five silver and two bronze during a fantastic day of yawl racing.
The setting at the start of racing was reminiscent of the last day in Union hall with a rain and mist sitting over beautiful Castletownsend, however the murky weather on land cleared for the large group of supporters but conditions at sea where to prove challenging for the 18 races especially the earlier and junior races with a strong wind and choppy sea as the teams rowed out the bay against wind and flowing tide to the turning buoys.
Racing commenced at 1pm with the experienced crews from Myross and Kilmacsimon reversing the order from the previous race as Myross vet men took the first gold of the day leading home the Kilmacsimon crew of Bill Bennett, Pat Duggan, Mike Keenaghan, Kevin O’Connor and coxed by Gemma O’Connell. Ring took third place with County qualification going to Kilmacsimon, Myross, Kilmacabea and Courtmacsherry.
In Race 2 the dominant Myross Vet ladies team of Helen Burchill, Mary O’Sullivan, Mairead Daly, Magdalena Burns and coxed by Carmel Connolly made it three out of three championship wins with the Courtmacsherry team who had to pull out mid race in Union Hall coming in second in Lane 8 and followed home by the Galley Flash ladies. County qualifiers going forward in this grade will be Myross, Kilmacsimon, Courtmacsherry and the Galley.
In the third race the Courtmacsherry senior mixed team of Damien O’Leary, Olivia Brickley, Fiona Hurley, Joe O’Leary and coxed by Brian Whelton took their first championship gold of the season with a superb performance in a great race where Galley Flash took second place followed in by the Kilmacsimon crew of John Barrett, Sean Bennett, Helen O’Neill, Marian Young, coxed by Michelle Farrissey taking the bronze medals. County qualifiers from this grade should be Kilmacsimon, Galley Flash, Courtmacsherry and Ring.
In tough conditions for the first junior race of the day U12 ladies, the Kilmacsimon team of Ashley Drummy, Claire Cummins, Natasha Drummy, Aoibhinn Dunphy and coxed by Padraig McCarthy took Kilmacsimons first gold of the day winning from the Ring and Myross teams .Confirmed County qualifiers for the U12 ladies are Kilmacsimon, Ring, Galley Flash with the girls from Myross and Castletownsend holding joint fourth position
Race 5 proved to be a breakthrough for the U16 ladies from Kilmacabea who had taken third in the previous two championship races but in Castletownsend the team of Abby Hourihan, Georgina Deane, Kelly Cregan and Vicky O’Brien took the podium ahead of the challengers from Kilmacsimon and Galley Flash.
Going forward to County finals to represent Southwest will be the U16 ladies from Kilmacsimon, Kilmacabea, Ring and Myross.
In race 6 U14 it was the Rosscarbery clubs turn to take bronze in a very tough race the team of Kealan Mannix, Jack Ivers, Sean Gordon and Sammy Grisnell followed home the three in a row winners Kilmacsimon of Brian O’Donovan, Adam Buttimer, David McCarthy and Cathal Cummins and the three in a row silver medallists from Kilmacabea with a team of Timmy O’Donovan, Eolan Dineen, Caelon O’Mahoney and Dara Tobin. Expected County representatives for U14 should be Kilmacsimon, Kilmacabea, Ring and in joint fourth on seven points are the Rosscarbery and Myross teams.
Race 7 The U12 boys from Courtmacsherry Dylan Murphy, Rory Holland, Sean Robinson and Liam Fleming dominated from the flag to run out convincing winners for the third championship race in succession and where followed home by Myross who have taken silver now in the last two races and the consistent Kilmacabea team of Mikey O’Mahoney, Peter Collins, Darragh Tobin and Adrian Gore who took their third bronze of the season ahead of the Ring U12’s finishing well in fourth. Southwest should be represented in the county finals in this grade by the teams from Courtmacsherry, Myross, and joint third on points the teams from Kilmacabea and Ring.
In race 8 the Schull U16 men’s team completed another first class performance and took their third win of three in southwest championship rowing 2012, this formidable U16 team comprised of Stephen Newman, Gleb Romanchick, Sonny Hassett, Michael O’Sullivan with coach and coxswain Simon Hassett won ahead of the Kilmacsimon team consisting of John McCarthy, William O’Reilly, Cian Collins, James Mulcahy and coxed by Tadgh Collins who reversed the order from Union Hall beating the Ring lads to take silver. County qualifies from this grade should be Schull, Kilmacsimon , Ring and Kilmacabea clubs.
In Race 9 Kilmacsimons U14 ladies team of Kayla Drummy, Emma Davidson, Emma Scannell and Ciara Weldon notched up their third win from three championship outings with the Galley Flash girls reversing the order from Union Hall with the Myross team Emma Daly, Alanna Browne, Karen O Connell and Sarah Nyhan taking bronze. Expected County representatives at this grade should come from the clubs of Kilmacsimon, Galley, Myross and Courtmacsherry.
Following a tough first half of racing conditions on the water were improving as the Irish summer threatened to break out with Race starter Mick Murphy keeping pressure on club captains to maintain the racing schedule senior racing took over from the young underage teams. Racing integrity was again maintained by the volunteers on the steward’s boat with excellent race commentary from JJ McCarthy of the Kilmacsimon club and the Castletownsend host club standby boat was supported in race safety by the Civil defence unit from Skibbereen.
All change in medal order for Pre vet ladies
It was all change in medal order for the Pre vet ladies with Courtmacsherry ladies Siobhan Whelton, Caroline Callanan, Marie Whelton and Olivia Brickley who had two previous third place finishes rowing a very strong race to win ahead of the ladies from Castletownsend and Myross who dropped back to second and third places. These three clubs plus the pre vet ladies from Kilmacsimon are expected to represent Southwest in Haulbowline at the county championships.
In another great U18 race the Courtmacsherry ladies team of Emma Deasy, Rachael Hurley, Stella Wooten and Stefanie Burns continued their winning run with second gold in successive races taking first place ahead of their neighbours and close challengers Ring with the local U18 ladies of Castletownsend Eimear Walsh, Chloe Kelleher, Lorraine and Ciara O Donovan taking the bronze. These three teams plus the U18 ladies representing the Galley Flash club should be going forward to challenge in the County finals.
Due to an unfortunate farm injury to Courtmacsherry rower Anthony O’Driscoll who we all wish a speedy recovery and return to Yawl racing in race 12 the Pre vet men’s with changes to the Courtmacsherry team now consisting of Brian Whelton, Denis Griffin, Daniel Whelton and Norman Fleming took gold to follow the first place finishes in the two previous races by their Prevet ladies and U18 ladies.
Myross Pre vet men took second followed in by Kilmacsimon in third and local team Castletownsend in fourth with these four clubs qualifying for county finals.
Race 13 U18 men saw deserving first place going to the lads of Kilmacsimon Donal Donovan , Shane O’Donovan, Eamonn Greery, Jack Scannell and cox Sean Bennett in a very tight race they inched ahead of the Courtmacsherry U18 team of Gerard Sexton, Andrew Flynn, James Holland and Diarmuid Fleming who came home ahead of Kilmacabea’s Kieran O Sullivan, Liam Thompson, Euan Tobin and Alex Nowotwsk taking the bronze medal and Ring finishing fourth with these four teams going forward to the county finals on 29th July.
Race 14 Junior ladies again saw first and second places going to the consistent Kilmacsimon and Castletownsend teams with Galley ladies jumping ahead of Ring into third place and all of these teams should be heading to county championship racing in East Cork. Kilmacsimon junior ladies team consisted of Diane Galvin, Emma Flynnn, Kate O’Reilly, Sinead Weldon and coxed by Robert Farrissey with Castletownsend rowers Dorothy Appelbe, Hazel Sweetnam, Ciara O’Donovan , Yvonne McCarthy and coxed by Eimear Walsh..
Race 15 Gold went to the Senior Ladies from Ring with a fine performance of rowing to lead home the Galley and Kilmacsimon teams with these three clubs plus Courtmacsherry going forward to challenge in the county.
In race 16 the very strong junior men’s team from Kilmacsimon Mike Murphy, Ivone Buttimer, Sean O’Neill and Sean Bennett made it three championship wins from three outings and they were followed home for three time silver and bronze finishers Galley and Kilmacabea with Courtmacsherry coming in fourth to pip Ring for the last county final place by one championship point.
Race of the day
Race 17 the multi turn senior men’s race and the race of the day if not the championship so far was won by the Courtmacsherry team of Damien O’Leary, Daniel Whelton, Denis Griffin, Joe O’Leary and coxed by Fiona Hurley.
The race changed leaders several times with Courtmacsherry turns probably allowing the current All Ireland champions keep their advantage over the challenging Kilmacsimon and Galley teams.
At the second of the three turns and going into the final and demanding final stage of the race there was nothing in it but Courtmac came out of the turn best and much as the Kilmacsimon lads fought they were beaten by less than a boat length followed home by the Galley Flash men. Kilmacsimon Eoin O’Neill, John Keohane winner at the senior singles in Iniscarra last week, David Duggan and Denis O’Donovan.
Galley Flash team of John Harrington, Paul Deasy, Sean Keohane and Barry Hooper. These three senior men’s teams plus Kilmacabea should represent Southwest in county finals.
Race 18 and the final race of an entertaining regatta saw the Intermediate men from Kilmacsimon Alan Donovan, Derek Holland, Diarmuid Crowley, Sean O’ Crowley coxed by Michelle Farrissey take their third win of the season in another gruelling multi turn race which they made look easy winning from Galley in second and Courtmacsherry team of Brian Whelton, Norman Fleming, Gerard Sexton and Andrew Flynn who came home third in front of Ring and Kilmacabea. Teams expected to go forward for county final challenge will be Kilmacsimon, Galley, Courtmac and Kilmacabea.
Southwest Yawl coastal rowing season continues this weekend with two club regattas. On Saturday evening Kilmacsimon will host their club regatta with first race at 6.30pm plus fun events including greasy pole and swimming races. The traditional Cork yawls will then go offshore for the Sherkin Island club regatta on Sunday afternoon which is a great family day out for rowers and their supporters.
Championship rowing returns on Sunday 29th July for the Cork County finals to be held in Haulbowline Naval Base hosted by the East Cork association, teams mentioned above as qualifiers for the finals are as expected but subject to confirmation from the Southwest association.