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Skibbereen Rowing Club Head of the River 2017

Skibbereen Rowing Club hosted its annual Head of the River on the Marina in Cork city on November 11, 2017. As Head of the River season continues 385 crews (up 100 on last years entry) turned up to test themselves against their rivals and assess how they are settling into the winter phase of training. A large number of junior crews came to race which gives an indication that rowing continues to grow in popularity in Ireland following on from recent international successes at the World Championships and at the Rio Olympics. With very favourable weather conditions racing started at Custom House Quay with the finish line three kilometres down the river Lee at Blackrock Castle.

Cork Boat Club’s men’s intermediate eight set the fastest time of the day of nine minutes nineteen seconds. Skibbereen Rowing club had a number of wins on the day namely the men’s senior pair, J16 men’s coxed quad, women’s inter single scull and women’s senior coxless four. Shandon and UCC came home with a number of wins on the day.

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Skibbereen’s women’s masters eight ‘The Mothership’ enjoyed their racing debut on the river Lee. The majority of these women have taken up rowing recently much to the amusement of their offspring who are also active junior rowers in the club.

A big thank you and special mention goes out to all our kind sponsors and volunteers who made the event possible. Skibbereen Rowing Club would like to thank all the rowing clubs along the River Lee for their continued support in running a successful event.

Skibbereen Rowing Club runs a two-day regatta at the National Rowing centre the weekend of 14th April 2018. This is the first Grand League regatta on the Irish domestic calendar. Any international crews interested in entry please contact

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