A misty morning cleared away to golden skies for Kilmacsimon Rowing Club on Sunday last in Baltimore for the Coastal Rowing County Final. The best of the south west and the beasts of the east raced for the first time this season to engrave their places in the County Final history books.
The Senior Mixed Race opened the 26 race programme and proved an exciting race, setting the tone for the rest of the day. No spectator on the sideline nor the photo finish could separate the Kilmacsimon and Ring boats and a joint first place was awarded. The Kilmacsimon crew consisted of John Barrett, Eamonn Geary, Aine Weldon, Mags Bennett and were coxed by Kate Murphy. This superb race set a winning air amongst the Kilmacsimon rowers.
The Veteran Men’s crew of John Scannell, Martin McCarthy, Tony O’Callaghan & Cox Sean Bennett were next to take to the water and rowed a great race taking home bronze. The Veteran Ladies crew of Jean Humphreys, Ellen Lucey, Catherine Curtin, Ailish Murphy and Cox Sean Bennett followed suite also rowing beautifully to bring home bronze also.
The U21 Ladies crew of Kate Murphy, Adi O’Sullivan, Ciara Weldon, Freya Dunne and Cox Aine Weldon rowed strongly to add to the Kilmacsimon medal hoard taking silver. This was followed by the first multi turn of the day, the U21 Men with the Kilmacsimon crew of Peter
O’Callaghan, Adam Buttimer, James Mulcahy, Brian Donovan and Cox Aine Weldon bringing home bronze.
The Masters Men crew of Bill Bennett, John Quin, Pat Ryan, Kevin O’Connor and Cox Sean Bennett cruised to victory in their race with lengths to spare taking the second gold of the day for the club. These were followed out on the water by the Masters Ladies crew of Anne Bradfield, Bernie Power, Marie Geary, Ailish Murphy and Cox Sean Bennett who took home the silver medals.
The Kilmacsimon U18 Ladies rowed strongly to take silver with the crew consisting of Kate Murphy, Adi O’Sullivan, Megan McDonagh, Freya Dunne and coxed by Sean O’Crowley. A massive congratulations to all our underage crews who all rowed their hearts out and put in impressive performances and were unlucky to finish outside of the medal positions.
The Intermediate Ladies crew of Niamh Lordan, Mags Bennett, Dara Jennings, Ciara Weldon and Cox Eoin O’Neill led from the start line and held their advantage the whole way to the finish bringing home another set of gold medals for the club bringing the tally to 3 so far. The wind picked up for the Junior Ladies race with the crew of Aine Weldon, Kathleen O’Leary, Sinead Weldon, Niamh Burns and Cox Kate Murphy turning in 5th position and putting in an excellent performance overtaking all the boats ahead and clinch victory to bring home another set of gold medals.
The Masters Mixed Crew of Bill Bennett, Kevin O’Connor, Bernie Power, Ailish Murphy and Cox Aine Weldon rowed strongly in an intense race and came home with a very credible bronze medal. The Junior Mens race made for spectacular viewing with baited breaths on the pier as there was no more than a boat length separating all 3 boats at the finish of this race. The crew of Jack Scannell, Eamonn Geary, Eddie Lyall, James O’Neill and Cox Aine Weldon had to settle for bronze on this occasion, only inches behind the winning boat.
The final race of the day was the Senior Men’s race and with only 4 boats competing it was undoubtedly going to be a close one. The Kilmacsimon Crew of Sean Bennett, Mike Murphy, David Duggan, Alan Donovan and Cox Kate Murphy powered out from the starting buoys and gained some precious ground and held off the challenges of Courtmacsherry and Galley Flash at every turn and crossed the line in a spectacular display earning a 5th set of gold medals for the club.
Congratulations and well done to all our crews who competed and a big thank you to all our supporters and those who helped with boats.
All roads lead to Kilmacsimon next Saturday with our Annual Water Carnival and Regatta kicking off at 4.30pm with a BBQ from 5.30pm and Live Music from 7.30pm. All the usual carnival favourites will be taking place including the greasy pole, pillow fights, swimming etc as well as a bouncy castle and face painting for the kids so please come along and join us.