On Saturday 2nd of February Fermoy Rowing Club will travel to O'Brien's bridge on the Limerick/Clare border to compete in the St. Michael's Head of the River, this is a torturous 4km race from Castleconnell Boat House to the bridge against the clock and current. Some of the top Irish crews will be competing and should give the talented Fermoy crews a challenging race.
Secretary Audrey Pyne would like to remind all members that membership is now overdue for 2013. A completed form as well as the appropriate fee and two passport photos must be submitted by this weekend at the latest in order to secure registration in time for St. Michael's HOR. Forms are available from our website www.fermoyrowingclub.ie, completed forms can be returned to your coach or Audrey or treasurer Paul Fisher. If you require help please contact Audrey 086 0778521.
Secretary Audrey Pyne would like to remind all members that membership is now overdue for 2013. A completed form as well as the appropriate fee and two passport photos must be submitted by this weekend at the latest in order to secure registration in time for St. Michael's HOR. Forms are available from our website www.fermoyrowingclub.ie, completed forms can be returned to your coach or Audrey or treasurer Paul Fisher. Contact Audrey 086 0778521 if you require help.
Last Saturday a total of 17 Fermoy crews of all ages took to the water at the National Rowing Centre in Inniscarra to compete in the Muckross Head of the River. The first crew to hit the water was the Men's Masters 4 who put up a hard fight to place second by only 11 seconds. Next it was the turn of Fermoy's youngest competing crew, the Men's Junior 14 coxed quad who despite their age showed the true resilience to place 5th in their category against rowers who were in some cases two years older then them.
The star of the day was none other than our own Zoe Sohun who too to the water twice in the Women's Junior 18 scull to secure first position over her rivals. the woman's junior 14 quad put up a great fight over the 3800 meter course to place second by less than a minute to a very strong Lee crew. In the Men's Junior 8 category Fermoy had two entries, both crews rowed well to place second and fourth respectively. the men's junior 15 quad coached by Tony O'Brian battled hard with their rivals to place third in a very closely competed category. Both the coaches and crews had mixed feelings about the results on the day and now have a clear goal to aim for.
Last weekend two Fermoy women Hilary Shinnick and Megan Blackburne travelled to Newry for the Rowing Ireland High Performance Squad Trials. Both girls performed very well in both the 2000 meter rowing Machine test and the gruelling 5000 meter water time trial.
On the Ergs Hilary showed her true spirit and determination finishing in a time of 7.11.2 making her the fastest Junior Woman and the 4th best overall female time. New comer to the sport Megan Blackburne also showed her true resolve with a time of 7.35.1 putting her in sixth position in the junior Women's Category and also beating her personal best by almost 10 seconds.
These fantastic results meant both girls could progress to the 5000 meter time trial the following day. On the water both girls battled it out to impress newly elected High Performance Director Morten Espersen. Here Hilary Shinnick placed second to fellow International crew member Bridget Jacques of Belfast BC while Megan Blackburne placed 10th by the smallest of margins.
Hopes were high following the weekends trials as Coach Ray Morrison and the girls alike were very happy with the results. Fermoy Rowing Club would like to congratulate both girls and Ray on their successes at the weekend.