Rowing: Heads of the river offer competitive action for crews
Total of 21 eights entered in Dublin event on Saturday
Dublin’s Head of the river on Saturday will be run over a slightly shorter-than-usual course of about a mile and a half from O’Connell Bridge to the Trinity weir. Photograph: Tom Honan
It might tempt fate to say so, but Irish rowers have had some good weather over the last few months as they settled into training programmes for the season ahead.
The next consideration is to get some competitive action for crews. Three heads of the river over the next two weeks fill the bill.
Dublin Head on Saturday will be run over a slightly shorter-than-usual course of about a mile and a half from O’Connell Bridge to the Trinity weir. There are 21 eights entered. These include some late entrants who will test themselves on a timing-only basis.
Galway raiders Coláiste Iognáid join Neptune and Commercial in the women’s junior eights, while Neptune take on two crews from Coláiste Iognáid in the men’s junior 18 competition.
Skibbereen and Bann will stage their heads at the National Rowing Centre and in Coleraine next Saturday, November 17th.
The Cork event is the bigger, but the rise in quality and quantity of young Irish rowers is well reflected in the Bann entry.
The six entrants in the women’s intermediate single include Katie Shirlow of Bann and Molly Curry of Coleraine Grammar School, who claimed medals for Ireland this year at, respectively, the Home International and Coupe de la Jeunesse regattas.