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#Rowing: Ireland will be represented by a team from 25 clubs at the Home International Regatta on Saturday, July 27th, at Strathclyde Park in Glasgow. The junior women’s team includes Holly Davis (14), the new junior single sculls champion of Ireland.

Home International Team (July 27th, Strathclyde, Glasgow)

Men, Senior

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J McAnallen, T O’Reilly, Pres, Cork; W Ronayne, S O’Neill, Shandon; A Kelly, J Ronaldson, UCD; S Bolger, E Jarvis, UCD; R Heaney, C Conway, NUIG; S O’Brien, F Dolphin, Waterford (Lwt); Cox: J Russell, NUIG.

Sculling

D Breen, UCC; A Christie, Bann; C Mulready, Castleconnell; H Moore, Queen’s; C Scanlon, UCD; L Sutton, New Ross.

Women, Senior

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S O’Donnell, C O’Brien, NUIG, Univ of Limerick; K Shirlow, L Murphy, Bann, NUIG; L Colclough, L McCarthy, Commercial; M Sullivan, Z Hyde, Killorglin; A Mooney, S Mannion, NUIG; Cox: C O’Connell, UCC.

Sculling

G O’Brien, Kenmare; E Buckely, UCC; E Crowley, Kenmare; J Legreasley, Shandon, Lwt; K Egan, Carlow, Lwt; E Brogan, Queen’s, Lwt; K O’Brien, UCD, Para.

Men, Junior

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A Murphy, Shandon; K O’Donovan, Shandon; T Hume, Col Iognaid; S Reidy, Col Iognaid; M Cronin, Cork; Paul Beechinor, Cork; C Feely, C’Connell; C Nolan, C’connell; R O’Gorman, St Michael’s; D Hartney, St Michael’s; cox: P Tannian, Col Iognaid.

Sculling

C Brennan, R Brennan, Neptune; B Kennell-Webb, New Ross; T McKnight, A Keogh, Three Castles; D Kelly, Lee; T Orlic, Neptune.

Women, Junior

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E Carney Frazier, E Forde, Col Iognaid; J Harrington, J Forde, Shandon; E Loftus, K Vandlik, Commercial; M O’Byrne, E Murphy, St Michael’s; E Zakarauskaite, M Quinn, Galway; Cox: CR O’Gorman, St Michael’s.

Sculling

H Davis, Lee Valley; H Gahan, Cork; L Crowley, Fermoy; A Moloney, Commercial; E Benson, St Michael’s; P Mullin, Belfast; M Kidney, Lee.

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#Rowing: Seven Ireland crews have been chosen for the World Rowing Championships in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, from September 9th to 16th. There are four women’s crews, headed by Sanita Puspure in a single scull. Aifric Keogh and Emily Hegarty will compete in a pair and Monika Dukarska and Aileen Crowley in a double. The lightweight double of Aoife Casey and Denise Walsh, which competed at the European Championships, go forward.

 European silver medallists Paul and Gary O’Donovan will compete in Bulgaria, while there is a heavyweight double of Ronan Byrne and Philip Doyle, which will be competing together at this level for the first time. The heavyweight pair of Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll which finished 11th at the European Championships will compete in Plovdiv.

 Another crew may be added to the team this week.

Ireland Team for World Rowing Championships, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, September 9th to 16th:

Men

Pair: M O’Donovan, S O’Driscoll

Double Sculls: Ronan Byrne, Philip Doyle

Lightweight Double Sculls: Gary O’Donovan, Paul O’Donovan

Women

Pair: Aifric Keogh, Emily Hegarty

Double Sculls: Monika Dukarska, Aileen Crowley

Lightweight Double Sculls: Aoife Casey, Denise Walsh

Single Sculls: Sanita Puspure

Other crews may be added

 

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#Rowing: The team which will represent Ireland at the World Cup in Belgrade (June 1st to 3rd) has been chosen. The selection was made after trials at the National Rowing Centre in Cork last weekend.

 Belgrade is the first in a series of three World Cup regattas which culminate in the final World Cup in Lucerne from July 13th to 15th. This year, Rowing Ireland plans to send athletes to Belgrade and Lucerne.

 In addition to the senior team competing in Belgrade, a training squad of athletes to be based at the National Rowing Centre in Cork has been announced.

 Six rowers have also been selected to train for the Junior World Championships.

Ireland Team for World Cup Regatta, Belgrade, June 1st to 3rd:

Men

Pair: Mark O’Donovan, Shane O’Driscoll

Lightweight Double Sculls: Gary O’Donovan, Paul O’Donovan

Women

Pair: Emily Hegarty, Aifric Keogh

Double Sculls: Monika Dukarska, Aileen Crowley

Lightweight Double Sculls: Denise Walsh, Margaret Cremen

Single Scull – Sanita Puspure

Training Group to be based at National Rowing Centre:

Heavyweight Men: Andy Harrington, Patrick Boomer, Philip Doyle, Ronan Byrne.

Heavyweight Women: Tara Hanlon, Natalie Long.

Pre-Selected Rowers who will train for the Junior World Championships:

Men’s Quadruple: Jack Keating, Jack Dorney, Alex Byrne, Luke Nally-Hayes.

Women’s Double Scull: Ciara Moynihan and Ciara Browne.  

Published in Rowing

#Rowing: The Ireland team which brought the country glory at the World Rowing Championships in Florida are the Afloat Rowers of the Month for September. In that month, Ireland took two gold medals through Mark O’Donovan and Shane O’Driscoll in the lightweight pair and Paul O’Donovan in the lightweight single sculls.

 The pair crowned the perfect season with their victory. They won gold at the three World Cup regattas and the European Championships. The pressure was on in World Championship final, with both Brazil and Italy rowing well on the day. But O’Donovan and O’Driscoll were peerless. They set a very high stroke rate, took the lead – and saw off their challengers.

 Paul O’Donovan retained the title he had taken with such an extraordinary set of performances in Rotterdam in 2016, just weeks after he had taken a silver at the Olympic Games in a lightweight double with his brother Gary. This time, Gary had to drop out of the lightweight double, as illness had restricted his training (he supported the team as a reserve). Paul was back in the lightweight single in a boat which was new to him. He won all four races (heat, quarter-final, semi-final and final), seeing off a new set of challengers in the lightweight single, including Matthew Dunham of New Zealand, who took silver, and Kris Brun of Norway (bronze).

 The rest of the Ireland team also gave the suppporters plenty to shout about. Sanita Puspure went on to take fourth in the single sculls and Denise Walsh reached the A Final of the lightweight single sculls, where she finished sixth. Two new heavyweight pairs gained experience of the top level as the team targets Tokyo 2020. Aileen Crowley and Aifric Keogh finished eighth and there was a 16th place for Patrick Boomer and Fionnán McQuillan-Tolan.

 Well done to all the members of the Ireland team, the Afloat Rowers of the Month for September.  

Rower of the Month awards: The judging panel is made up of Liam Gorman, rowing correspondent of The Irish Times, and David O'Brien, editor of Afloat magazine. Monthly awards for achievements during the year will appear on afloat.ie. Keep a monthly eye on progress and watch our 2017 champions list grow.

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#Rowing: The Ireland team for the first World Cup regatta, in Varese in Italy from April 15th to 17th, will feature seven crews. The Olympic-bound lightweight double sculls of Sinéad Jennings and Claire Lambe and Paul O’Donovan and Gary O’Donovan will be joined by the three boats which hope to find their way to Rio through the qualifiers in May – the  lightweight men’s four, the women’s pair and single sculler Sanita Puspure – and by Siobhán McCrohan and Denise Walsh in lightweight single sculls. McCrohan and Walsh were to trial for a single spot, but the trial was twice postponed and both will now travel.

 Pararower Karol Doherty will go out with the bulk of the team on April 12th, and will compete in the Paralympic Qualifier in Gavirate in Italy on April 20th to 23rd.   

 Ireland Team for World Cup, Varese, Italy, April 15th to 17th

 Men

 Lightweight Four: L Seaman, M O’Donovan, L Keane, S O’Driscoll. Lightweight Double Scull: P O’Donovan, G O’Donovan.

 Women

Pair: L Kennedy, B O’Brien. Lightweight Double Scull: C Lambe, S Jennings. Single Scull: S Puspure. Lightweight Single Scull: S McCrohan, D Walsh.

 Crew for Paralympic Qualification Regatta, Gavirate, Italy, April 20th-23rd: K Doherty (Arms and Shoulders men’s single scull).

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The Half Ton Class was created by the Offshore Racing Council for boats within the racing band not exceeding 22'-0". The ORC decided that the rule should "....permit the development of seaworthy offshore racing yachts...The Council will endeavour to protect the majority of the existing IOR fleet from rapid obsolescence caused by ....developments which produce increased performance without corresponding changes in ratings..."

When first introduced the IOR rule was perfectly adequate for rating boats in existence at that time. However yacht designers naturally examined the rule to seize upon any advantage they could find, the most noticeable of which has been a reduction in displacement and a return to fractional rigs.

After 1993, when the IOR Mk.III rule reached it termination due to lack of people building new boats, the rule was replaced by the CHS (Channel) Handicap system which in turn developed into the IRC system now used.

The IRC handicap system operates by a secret formula which tries to develop boats which are 'Cruising type' of relatively heavy boats with good internal accommodation. It tends to penalise boats with excessive stability or excessive sail area.

Competitions

The most significant events for the Half Ton Class has been the annual Half Ton Cup which was sailed under the IOR rules until 1993. More recently this has been replaced with the Half Ton Classics Cup. The venue of the event moved from continent to continent with over-representation on French or British ports. In later years the event is held biennially. Initially, it was proposed to hold events in Ireland, Britain and France by rotation. However, it was the Belgians who took the ball and ran with it. The Class is now managed from Belgium. 

At A Glance – Half Ton Classics Cup Winners

  • 2017 – Kinsale – Swuzzlebubble – Phil Plumtree – Farr 1977
  • 2016 – Falmouth – Swuzzlebubble – Greg Peck – Farr 1977
  • 2015 – Nieuwport – Checkmate XV – David Cullen – Humphreys 1985
  • 2014 – St Quay Portrieux – Swuzzlebubble – Peter Morton – Farr 1977
  • 2013 – Boulogne – Checkmate XV – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1985
  • 2011 – Cowes – Chimp – Michael Kershaw – Berret 1978
  • 2009 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978
  • 2007 – Dun Laoghaire – Henri-Lloyd Harmony – Nigel Biggs – Humphreys 1980~
  • 2005 – Dinard – Gingko – Patrick Lobrichon – Mauric 1968
  • 2003 – Nieuwpoort – Général Tapioca – Philippe Pilate – Berret 1978

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