Saturday 29th April saw the first regatta of the summer where the RBAI J16 and Club rowers had the opportunity to display their capabilities, with an unprecedented number of crews entered in this annual event. This regatta is also an excellent opportunity for the beginners to experience side-by-side racing, proving even more testing in the windy conditions which faced all of us on Saturday.
Notable performances included the J16 8+ of Callum Harley (cox), Ben Hoy, Justin Pornasdoro, William Skelton, Ben Hammersley, Zac Lloyd-Humphreys, William McMullan, Freddie Johnston and Mark Austin, who won their final against Coleraine Grammar School. In addition, Angus Harley won his first heat in the Club 1X categoty, with Portadown’s bendy course putting steering to the test for both rower and coxswain. The Club quad of Callum Harley, PJ Bowman, Alexis Gowdy, Angus Harley and Morgan Lavery won their first heat and managed a respectable 2nd place out of 4 crews.
Overall it was a long day’s racing with some enduring several races, and a great effort was put in from everyone throughout the day, positively representing our club.
Thank you to Mr Archibald, Mr Warnock and Mr J Hoy for their continued support, as well as Mr Ricky Caruth for assisting with transporting our trailer, without whom away events would prove very difficult.
Outlined below are the full results from the regatta:
|J16 8+||CGS||Won final|
|Club 1X, Harley||UCD||Won heat|
|Club 4X+||Newry||Won heat|
|Club 8+||Portadown||Lost final|
|Club 2X||Portadown||Lost heat|
|Novice 1X, Gowdy||City of Derry||Lost final|
|Novice 4X+||Newry||Lost final|
|J16 4X+ ‘A’||Portadown||Lost heat|
|J16 4X+ ‘B’||Bann||Lost heat|
Peter Bowman, RBAI Rowing Club Secretary
Lough Rynn Regatta
Following on from the Junior 16 and Club squads competing at Portadown it was then the opportunity for the Junior 18 squad to showcase their abilities at the Lough Rynn Regatta, near Carrick-on-Shannon. This is a very new 2,000metre 8-lane course in the middle of the Leitrim hills, which provided stunning views for the crews as they raced.
After some last minute crew changes were needed the boys took to the water against the best School, University and Open Clubs in Ireland to test themselves. Tim Lyons competed in the Junior 18 1x and put in a strong display in his heat, but with only 2 boats to qualify from 7 starters he didn’t make it through, giving way to the eventual winner and runner-up in the toughest draw.
The Junior 18 2x of Harry Hetherington and James Emery were the next boat up. In a heat of 5, with 2 to qualify for the final they needed to be on the pace from the gun. In increasingly testing conditions the boys were not only on the pace, but setting the pace. They stormed down the course finishing comfortably ahead of all other crews. In fact they finished so far ahead of their opposition that they finish judge missed them and did not classify them. This was rectified for the final, but the administrative error meant the boys had to race from a less favoured outside lane. They performed well to finish 6th but were disappointed after such a strong showing in their heat.
The last event for the squad was the Junior 18 4x-. This is a massively competitive event and featured 2 heats with the top 4 qualifying from each heat for the final. With Harry Hetherington and James Emery having to jump straight out of their boat after the 2x final and get into the 4x, with Daniel Lowry and Tim, made for less than ideal preparation, but the boys did what they needed to do and no more to finish 4th and conserve energy for the final. With the crew having to turn around and paddle straight back up to the start for the final, due to the timetable slipping over the day, they put in a strong performance but were just outpaced by their rival clubs from Dublin and Cork.
Well done to the boys for their efforts over a long day. And a big thank you to Mr Warnock and Miss R Davison for their help during the day and to Mr John Armstrong for towing the boats down.
The next event for the whole Club will be this Saturday 27th May at Belfast Sprints Regatta, on the Boat House straight, Stranmillis. The racing will commence at 9-30am and go on until approximately 6pm. If you are in the area feel free to pop down and cheer on the Inst boys during this side-by-side sprint event, over a 500metre course. It promises to be a lively day, with lots of racing.
For more details, or a specific race schedule please visit: http://www.rowingireland.ie/regattas/394/events/
Steven Archibald, Master-in-Charge, RBAI Rowing Club