Rowing Notes 14th July 2011


Championship Regatta this weekend
The National Rowing Championships will be held this weekend at the National Rowing Centre in Farran Woods, Innisacarra. On Thursday the Club will have two crews entered in the Men's Junior 14 Quad event. Also on Thursday we have the Women's Junior 16 Sculls and two Men's Junior 15 Quads. On Friday the Club will be represented by five Men's Junior 14 Scullers, a Men's Master Four, four Men's Junior 16 Sculls and four Women's Junior 15 Sculls. On Saturday we have four Men's Junior 15 Sculls, one Women's Novice Quad, two Men's Junior 16 Quads and a Women's Junior 18 Scull.

All coaches are quite happy with the performances of the crews so far this season.

The Club wishes all the crews the very best for the Championships. We will have a full report in next week's Avondhu.

 Fermoy Regatta
As the dust settles on last week's Fermoy Regatta, we are happy to report that this year's event was one of the most successful in many years. Plans are already well in train for next year's event, which will be our 50th Regatta.

The event cost in the region of €8,000 to stage and could not have gone ahead without the generous support of all of our sponsors, from those who sponsored races, placed adverts in the programme to those who subscribed in any way. In these difficult times we appreciate more than ever the support of local businesses to make Fermoy Regatta the success it is.

The Club would like to thank the Gardaí for all of their help in organising the event. Special thanks too to the staff of Fermoy Town Council who put extra effort into preparing Barnane Walk. Members of the Club heard great praise from hundreds of visitors for the beauty of the Blackwater and its banks. The Subaqua Club and the Red Cross did fantastic work to ensure the event was to the highest standards of safety.

A special word of thanks to Billy Bane and the staff of Fermoy Fire Brigade who did huge work with volunteers from Fermoy Rowing Club to remove fallen trees from the Weir before the Regatta. This is the second time this year that trees had to be removed from the Weir with the help of the Fire Brigade. Fermoy Rowing Club does its best, on a voluntary basis, to keep the Weir free of obstacles but the owners of Fermoy Weir should take reponsiblity for the maintenance of this vital part of the town's infrastructure.  On behalf of the Regatta Committee, the Club would like to thank everyone who helped out on the day. Without their help the Regatta could not take place.

Vote of Sympathy
The Club would like to extend its sympathy to the wife and sisters of Christy Hanley. Christy was a member of the Club, along with his father, back in the 1960's.


Pat and Nora Ryan of the Blackwater Caravan Park presenting the prize for the Women's Junior 16 Scull to Shandon Boat Club.