Last Sunday the hard work and dedication of Fermoy's Junior Crews really came to fruition at the first of series of "At Home" Regattas held by Cork Boat Club. Fermoy oars people took home a total of 27 medals between them, winning seven out of ten events on the day.
The first win was in the Men's Junior 13 quad, coached by John Hurley. Stroke Shane Hurley kept his crew of Tiernan Ryan, Jack O'Donnell, David Mulcahy and Cox Bryan Hurley calm and collected as they crossed the line with ease. However, that was not all the Hurley Family had to offer, Colm Hurley took to the water in the Men's Junior 14 Scull to place first place over two very strong Cork Boat Club Scullers.
The next win came in the form of the Women's junior 14 quad. With sisters Sarah and Jenny Murphy in stroke pair followed by Grainne Daly and a Cork Boat Club Girl, they took first place in their heat to place them in prime contention for a medal in the Final. Fresh from her win in the quad, Sarah Murphy battled her way through to the final to take first position in the women's Junior 14 Sculls, ahead of Cork Boat Club. Next it was the turn of the Men's Junior 15 Quad, who, under the close guidance of Coach Tony O'Brien, sailed their way through to the final to take gold ahead of Presentation College and Cork Boat Club. In the Men's Junior 13 Sculls it was an all Fermoy Affair as Jack O'Donnell just edged ahead of fellow club member Garry Colman. The final win of the day was in the Men's Oct, comprising of a combination of both Junior 14 & 15 Oars people, they fought off Presentation College with ease to secure gold medal position. for hosting such a wonderful and successful event.
Many thanks are due to Cork Boat club for hosting such a wonderful and successful event. Many thanks are also due to all the parents and friends of Fermoy Rowing Club who traveled to Cork to help out!
This image entitled "Fermoy's Men's J14 quad with Coach John Hurley at Muckross Head in Inniscarra Recently"
This weekend a handful of Fermoy crews will venture to the Marin in Cork City to race against both local and national crews from all parts of the country. Cork Head of the River is a challenging 4 km time trial from the "Port of Cork" sign just outside the city center past Páirc Uí Chaoimh all the way down to Blackrock Castle observatory, en route crews have to battle with changing tides, other crews and the occasional ship! Hopes are high for all Fermoy crews as they have put in so much effort during training over the winter season.
Sunday morning 20th January coaches Davy Pyne and Tony O'Brien got more than they bargained for when a giant Salmon decided to hitch a ride with the two in their Boat. The two were out on a routine training session with the under 15 males when the estimated 14 pound fish leaped out of the water and into the boat they were driving. "You should have been in the boat, l thought we hit a log or that Davy fell in until l looked down at my feet and nearly died " said Tony. Unfortunately the speed of the boat combined with the metal frame men't the fish died on impact. Club members were in shock as the two brought their catch in to show the crowd that had gathered to view the massive fish. Fortunately local camera enthusiast and Fermoy Camera Club member George O'Keefe was also on the beautiful stretch of water to take a few snaps of the spectacle.