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# ROWING: Neptune Rowing Club will hold their 31st annual regatta on Saturday  over a 1200 m course at Islandbridge. This is the first regatta of the season in the Irish rowing calendar, and it has attracted a big entry, with 204 races. Because of the large entry there will be 26 preliminary races held on the Friday evening between 6 and 7.30 pm.

 Racing on Saturday is scheculed from 8.30 am to 6.24 pm, with a race every three minutes throughout the day. The feature race will be the men's senior eights at 5.51 pm, which is a straight final between a Neptune/Commercial composite crew and a visiting English crew from Broxbourne Rowing Club with Irishman Albert Maher on board. Broxbourne will also compete in the men's intermediate eights and Albert Maher will compete in the senior sculls.

The women's senior single sculls is a straight final between Sarah Dolan and Eimear Lambe, both from Commercial. The men's novice single sculls has attracted an entry of 37 scullers, with 31 entrants from Dublin University!

Other visiting crews to the regatta are Portora, Bann and Belfast Rowing Clubs from Northern Ireland, as well as a good representation from all over Leinster. There will also be crews from Waterford Boat Club and Fossa from Munster and Sligo R.C. from Connaught.

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# ROWING: The Dublin Head of the River finished in a dead heat on Saturday, the first time this has happened in exactly 60 years. A big composite crew built around the Commercial senior four and with with members of three other clubs finished with the same time as UCD in cold and clear conditions. The college crew rested their senior oarsmen for the event.

 The only other dead heat in the 69 years of the event came in 1953 when UCD and Trinity dead-heated in an event which featured only nine crews. An impressive number of crews – 32 – took on the sometimes choppy water this year, but the boats set off at sometimes very long intervals, dulling some of the competitive edge.

UCD’s senior women won their battle with Trinity, covering the course from the Ha’penny Bridge to Islandbridge nine seconds faster than their rivals.

One negative note was the break-in and theft from three cars in the UCD car park.

Dublin Head of the River (Selected Results)

Overall: 1= UCD senior eight; Commercial/Grainne Mhaol/ Old Bones/University of Limerick 10 minutes 32.0 seconds; 3 UCD intermediate eight 11:02.0, 4 Trinity novice eight 11:17.0, 5 UCD intermediate eight 11:25.0, 6 Neptune junior eight 11:35.0.

Graded Results

Men, Eight – Senior: 1= UCD and Commercial/Grainne Mhaol, Old Bones/University of Limerick 10:32.0. Intermediate: 1 UCD 11:02.0, 2 UCD B 11:25.0, 3 Commercial 11:41.0. Novice: 1 Trinity 11:17.0, 2 Queen’s 11:39.0, 3 Trinity 12:09.0. Junior: 1 Neptune 11:35.0, 2 Blackrock College 12:27.0, 3 Neptune B 14:49.0.

Four – Senior: 1 Commercial B 12:35.0, 2 Commercial 31:18.0. Masters: Commercial 13:28.0. Quadruple – Novice: Trinity 13:49.0.

Women – Eight, Senior: 1 UCD 12:04.0, 2 Trinity 12:13.0. Intermediate: 1 Commercial 12:56.0, 2 UCD 12:58.0. Novice: 1 UCD 13:34.0, 2 Trinity 13:57.0, 3 Trinity B 14:08.0. Junior: 1 Commercial 14:00.0, 2 Commercial B 15:33.0.

Four – Senior: Trinity 14:47.0.

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# ROWING: Morten Espersen was an interested spectator for a fine day of rowing at the Erne Head of the River at Enniskillen today. The Ireland HPD saw a composite from Galway come home fastest of a strong field of men’s senior eights. The crews, which featured the experience of Grainne Mhaol along with NUIG and St Joseph’s, had three seconds to spare over UCD. The Dublin college had good reason to be pleased as they started third but were faster than Queen’s, who started ahead of them. Neptune’s junior 18 eight had a good ninth placing.    

 
56th ERNE HEAD OF THE RIVER
Saturday 2nd March 2013
Timed
Finishing Crew Mins:Secs
Position No. Crew Identity Class Rowing Time
1 1 GM/NUIG/St.JoesMS 8 19:30
2 3 U.C.D. BC MS 8 19:33
3 2 QUBBC MS 8 19:49
4 4 DUBC MS 8 19:52
5 8 DUBC MI 8 20:08
5 = 9 U.C.D. BC A MI 8 20:08
7 6 NUIG BC MI 8 20:09
8 5 St Michaels RC MS 8 20:30
9 13 Neptune RC MJ18 8 20:55
10 12 UCD BC B MI 8 21:03
11 20 U.C.D. BC A MN 8 21:10
12 25 DUBC B MN 8 21:11
12 = 14 Portora BC MJ18 8 21:11
14 19 QUBBC A MN 8 21:23
15 21 NUIG BC MN 8 21:37
16 10 St Michaels RC MI 8 21:46
17 15 MCB BC MJ18 8 22:09
18 30 Garda BC MI 4x 22:11
19 18 DUBC A MN 8 22:17
19 = 22 Portora/BBC/CAIBC MS 4x 22:17
21 33 Bann RC MJ16 8 22:18
22 24 U.C.D.L B.C A WS 8 22:24
23 16 RBAI BC MJ18 8 22:26
24 11 CAIBC MI 8 22:35
25 27 QUBBC B MN 8 22:36
26 35 MCB BC MJ16 8 22:47
27 40 Portora BC MI 4+ 22:57
28 23 LSC MS 4x 23:06
29 28 DUBC C MN 8 23:08
30 17 Blackrock BC MJ18 8 23:19
31 41 BBC MM 8 E 23:22
32 32 Portora BC MJ16 8 23:36
33 42 BRC A MM 8 C 23:38
34 43 BRC/BBC B MM 8 E 23:39
35 29 U.C.D. BC MI 4x 23:41
36 47 Bann RC WI 8 23:44
37 45 QULBC WI 8 23:51
38 31 U.C.D.L.B.C B WS 8 23:58
39 34 CAIBC MJ16 8 24:08
40 63 CAIBC MJ18 4+ 24:09
41 38 BBC MS 4+ 24:10
42 48 Portora BC WJ18 8 24:13
43 50 Bann RC MM 8 C 24:31
44 49 LVBC MM 8 E 24:42
45 44 OCBC/TCBC MM 8 F 24:47
46 60 St Michaels BC WS 4+ 24:52
47 53 QULBC A WN 8 25:11
48 57 BBC WM 8 D 25:13
49 59 Portora BC WS 4x 25:19
50 62 Bann RC MJ18 4+ 25:42
51 52 Molesey B C MM 8 G 25:56
52 37 MCB BC B MJ16 8 26:14
53 54 BRC WN 8 26:33
54 55 QULBC B WN 8 26:48
55 58 Neptune BC WS 4x 27:04
56 51 Portadown BC MM 8 D 27:09
57 66 Portora BC A WJ16 8 27:16
58 36 Portora BC B MJ16 8 27:22
59 61 BRC WS 4+ 27:29
60 65 CAIBC MJ16 4x 27:53
61 67 Portora BC B WJ16 8 28:52
62 56 QULBC C WN8 29:55
63 = 7 QUBBC MI 8 Did Not Row
63 = 26 U.C.D BC B MN 8 Did Not Row
63 = 39 DUBC MI 4+ Did Not Row
63 = 46 NUIG BC WI 8 Did Not Row
63 = 64 Blackrock BC MJ18 4x Did Not Row
The positions given are those relative to all crews participating.
Positions within a Class are to be determined by inspection.
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# ROWING: A collision before the start between the Queen’s University senior eight and the Portadown intermediate four took both crews out of the reckoning at the second head of the day at Lagan Head of the River in Belfast on Saturday. One of the Portadown crew had to be treated in hospital. In the absence of Queen’s, Neptune’s junior 18 eight ruled the waters: they took pennants as fastest crew; fastest junior crew and fastest junior 18 eight. The Belfast Boat Club/RBAI senior crew was the fastest four and Trinity's top women’s senior eight placed well.

Lagan Head of the River 2013 - Race 2 – 4200m Saturday 16th February at 1500
RESULTS by Time – Masters handicap not applied
POSITION
CREW
NUMBER Club Class Cox/Steerer Time % of winning
time Comments
1 6 Neptune RC MJ18A 8+ H. Thompson 15:59.2 100.00
2 5 Portora BC MJ18A 8+ E. McClean 16:02.9 100.39
3 2 CAIBC MJ18A 8+ M. Bucklee 16:03.7 100.48
4 8 BBC/RBAIRC MS 4- A. Boreham 16:12.1 101.35
5 21 QUBBC A MN 8+ P. Ramsey 16:36.1 103.85
6 11 DULBC A WS 8+ G. Nic Fhionnain 16:43.1 104.58
7 20 BRC MN 8+ K. McCullagh 16:48.2 105.11
8 13 BBC MM E 8+ A. Scott 17:06.2 106.99
9 7 LSC MS 4X- P. Cross 17:10.8 107.46
10 31 Bann RC MJ16 8+ D. Tang 17:11.1 107.50
11 12 DULBC B WS 8+ N. Williams 17:12.4 107.63
12 4 RBAIRC MJ18A 8+ R. Hulatt 17:15.8 107.99
13 22 QUBBC B MN 8+ S. McGaughey 17:27.6 109.21
14 10 CAIBC/Portora BC MS 4- S. Archibald 17:32.3 109.71
15 14 BRC/BBC MM E 8+ S. Mairs 17:38.8 110.38
16 25 BRC MM C 8+ U. Smart 17:54.7 112.05
17 15 OCBC/Three Castles RC MM F 8+ J. Henry 18:05.4 113.16
18 27 QUBLBC WI 1 8+ C. Moorehead 18:09.1 113.54
19 28 Bann RC WI 1 8+ L. Ferguson 18:24.4 115.15
20 17 CAIBC MI 1 4+ A. Stewart 18:47.7 117.56
21 23 LVBC MM F 8+ M. Warnock 18:53.3 118.15
22 40 QULBC A WN 8+ C. Campbell 19:00.2 118.87
23 37 Portora BC A WJ18A 8+ Z. Donaldson 19:00.5 118.91
24 24 Bann RC MM C 8+ E. Earl 19:20.1 120.94
25 42 DULBC A WN 8+ K. Paterson 19:20.9 121.03
26 32 CAIBC MJ16 8+ A. Stewart 19:26.5 121.61
27 29 BRC WI 1 8+ E. Catterall 19:42.1 123.24
28 30 BBC WM D 8+ H. Wilson 19:46.9 123.74
29 45 DULBC B WN 8+ N. O'Sullivan 20:34.0 128.66
30 26 BBC/LSC WS 4X- S. Herron 20:54.1 130.75
31 46 QULBC C WN 8+ M. Toner 20:55.4 130.89
32 33 Portora BC MJ16 8+ J. Foster 20:57.0 131.05
33 44 QULBC B WN 8+ A. Espona-McCartney 21:17.2 133.16
34 36 Portadown BC MM D 8+ R. Walker 22:01.4 137.76
35 43 Portora BC WN 8+ C. McClean 22:05.7 138.21
36 35 QUBLBC WS 4- A. Aitken 22:07.6 138.41
37 39 BRC WM E 8+ S. Smith 22:38.2 141.60
38 38 Portora BC B WJ18A 8+ E. Reynolds 22:41.3 141.92
1 QUBBC MS 8+ A. Margret
9 BRC MS 4- C. Coyle
16 QUBBC MI 1 4+ R. Crowley
18 Portadown BC MI 1 4+ L. Chambers
19 BBC WS 4X- L. Cameron
41 UCDBC WN 8+ V. Turner
Lagan Head of the River is organised by Belfast Rowing Club
with assistance from Queens University Boat Club, Lagan Scullers Club, RBAI
Rowing Club and Belfast Boat Club
and the following organisations –
Belfast Harbour Commissioners
Belfast City Centre Regeneration Directorate
Odyssey Arena
Police Service of Northern Ireland
Powerhouse Sport
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# ROWING: Neptune Rowing Club had a good day at the Lagan Head of the River in Belfast on Saturday. Men’s junior quadruple sculls from the Dublin club placed first and second in Head One. Rory O’Connor of Queen’s University was the fastest senior single sculler.

Lagan Head of the River 2013 - Race 1 – 2700m Saturday 16th February 1130
RESULTS by Time – Masters handicap not applied
POSITION
CREW
NUMBER Club Class Cox/Steerer Time % of winning
time Comments
1 102 Neptune RC MJ18A 4X- W. Doyle 10:59.0 100.00
2 103 Portora BC MJ18A 4X- K. Anderson 11:21.1 103.35
3 112 QUBBC A MS 2- C. Beck 11:35.7 105.57
4 101 RBAIRC A MJ18A 4X- J. Hoy 11:53.7 108.30
5 155 Portora BC MJ15 8+ E. McClean 11:54.8 108.46
6 116 QUBBC C MS 2- K. Coughlan 12:01.6 109.51
7 121 QUBBC D MS 2- J. Cook 12:22.7 112.70
8 106 RBAIRC B MJ18A 4X- A. George 12:23.8 112.87
9 110 QUBBC MS 1X R. O'Connor 12:26.6 113.29
10 147 CAIBC MN 4+ J. Taggart 12:28.7 113.61
11 119 BRC B MS 2- K. McCracken 12:32.0 114.10
12 124 BBC B MM E 4+ J. Malloy 12:32.4 114.17
13 115 Neptune RC MS 2- L. Hawkes 12:32.9 114.24
14 118 Bann RC MS 2- C. Logan 12:35.3 114.62
15 150 Portora BC A WJ16 8+ C. McCLean 12:40.0 115.32
16 108 Bann RC MJ18A 4- M. Curran 12:40.1 115.34
17 111 LSC MS 1X N. Darby 12:43.7 115.89
18 135 Portadown BC MN 1X S. McKeown 12:49.1 116.71
19 156 Bann RC MJ15 4X+ F. Stinson 12:51.0 117.00
20 140 Commercial RC WI 1 4+ R. Keogh 13:06.1 119.28
21 123 QUBBC E MS 2- G. Doran 13:10.1 119.90
22 114 BRC A MS 2- G. Meek 13:11.6 120.12
23 148 CAIBC MJ18A 2X A. Meenagh 13:11.7 120.13
24 141 Bann RC WI 1 4+ L. Ferguson 13:16.5 120.86
25 122 Portora BC MS 2- R. Magwood 13:17.2 120.96
26 130 SABC MI 1 1X B. O'Carroll 13:18.2 121.12
27 120 Commercial RC MS 2- S. Connolly 13:21.0 121.55
28 139 QUBLBC WI 1 4+ C. Moorehead 13:22.4 121.75
29 145 Portora BC MJ16 4X+ M. Woodhouse 13:24.1 122.01
30 173 QUBLBC WN 4+ C. Campbell 13:29.6 122.85
31 161 BRC MN 4X+ S. Smith 13:29.9 122.89
32 143 Llandaff BC MM D 2- O. Zeigler 13:30.9 123.04
33 133 Bann RC B MJ18A 1X J. Gordon 13:38.9 124.26
34 138 DULBC WI 1 4+ N. Williams 13:41.0 124.58
35 126 Bann RC MI 1 1X D. Whoriskey 13:41.5 124.66
36 184 Portora BC MM D 1X G. Murphy 13:49.8 125.91
37 177 DULBC B WN 4+ K. Paterson 13:51.8 126.22
38 125 BBC A MM E 4+ D. Trainor 13:54.2 126.58
39 146 RBAIRC MJ16 4X+ D. Taylor 13:54.9 126.69
40 169 BBC/LSC WM 4X- S. Herron 13:58.5 127.23
41 178 BRC B WN 4+ K. McCullagh 14:03.7 128.02
42 136 Neptune RC WJ18A 4X- A. Byrne 14:05.8 128.34
43 175 BRC A WN 4+ S. Mairs 14:06.1 128.39
44 160 CAIBC MJ16 2X J. Gregg 14:08.1 128.69
45 162 Portora BC A WJ15 8+ Z. Donaldson 14:17.2 130.08
46 181 LSC A MN 1X J. McAllister 14:19.5 130.42
47 172 DULBC A WN 4+ G. Nic Fhionnain 14:20.4 130.56
48 105 Portadown BC MJ18A 4X- M. Dowdeswell 14:21.0 130.65
49 128 CAIBC MI 1 1X C. McDowell 14:22.0 130.81
50 166 Portora BC WJ18A 1X P. Mulligan 14:22.6 130.89
51 164 QUBLBC WI 1 1X A. Leahy 14:41.1 133.69
52 188 BBC MM F 1X S. Lockwood 14:42.4 133.89
53 185 Neptune RC MM E 1X E. Dolan 14:50.0 135.05
54 154 QUBLBC B WS 2- A. Aitken 14:57.0 136.12
55 144 CAIBC MJ16 4X+ A. Moore 15:00.3 136.62
POSITION CREW
NUMBER Club Class Cox/Steerer Time % of winning
time Comments
56 131 Bann RC A MJ18A 1X M. Curran 15:03.5 137.10
57 153 QUBLBC A WS 2- H. Douglas 15:19.5 139.53
58 157 CAIBC MJ15 4X+ R. O'Neill 15:36.9 142.17
59 193 Portora BC A MJ14 4X+ E. Daly 15:39.9 142.62
60 191 LSC MM G 2X P. Griffith 15:40.5 142.71
61 176 BBC WN 4+ A. Scott 15:54.3 144.81
62 159 Neptune RC WJ18A 2X V. Connolly 16:02.9 146.12
63 197 BBC WM F 1X A. Lockwood 16:28.9 150.06
64 151 Portora BC B WJ16 8+ E. Reynolds 16:46.4 152.71
65 170 BRC WJ16 4X+ M. Taylor 16:47.0 152.81
66 183 BRC MN 2X T. McAughtrey 16:58.6 154.57
67 180 Portadown BC MM D 4+ R. Walker 17:06.6 155.79
68 187 LSC B MM E 1X D. O'Hara 17:24.1 158.43
69 190 BRC B WN 2X C. Coulter 17:41.6 161.10
70 198 LSC WN 1X T. Florence 18:05.0 164.64
71 196 Neptune RC WM B 1X L. Feldman 19:00.8 173.11
72 195 Portora BC WJ14 4X+ E. Keane 21:13.3 193.21
73 194 Portora BC B MJ14 4X+ A. Beacom 23:13.6 211.47
p 113 BBC MS 2- A. Boreham
117 BBC/RBAIRC MS 2- J. Mitchell
127 BRC MI 1 1X J. Baird
129 Neptune RC MI 1 1X D. Brett
132 Belfast BC MJ18A 1X Murray
134 De Mass MM C 1X R. Shirley
142 BBC WI 1 4+ A. Clayton
149 Portadown BC MJ18A 2X L. Chambers
163 Portora BC B WJ15 8+ C. Blackwell
165 BBC A WJ18A 1X K. Turner
167 BBC B WJ18A 1X H. McKeever
174 Neptune RC WN 4+ A. Hall
179 BRC C WN 4+ P. Griffith
182 LSC B MN 1X T. McGivern
186 LSC A MM F 1X G. Fettis
189 BRC A WN 2X K. Flack
Lagan Head of the River is organised by Belfast Rowing Club
with assistance from Queens University Boat Club, Lagan Scullers Club, RBAI
Rowing Club and Belfast Boat Club
and the following organisations –
Belfast Harbour Commissioners
Belfast City Centre Regeneration Directorate
Odyssey Arena
Powerhouse Sport
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# ROWING: The Neptune Head of the River at Blessington gave Niall Kenny and some other top Galway rowers a chance to blow off the cobwebs in the run-up to the National Assessment in two weeks’ time in Newry. Kenny, a lightweight, won the single sculls well with his effort in the better conditions of the second head.

The honour of being the fastest eight was taken with ease by Trinity – St Michael’s damaged the fin on their boat in the first head and did not do as well as they would have liked in a borrowed boat in the second. Trinity were the women’s eight winners and Marie O’Neill of Cork the fastest women’s single sculler.

Neptune Head of the River, Blessington, Saturday (Selected Results)

Men

Eight – Senior: 1 Trinity (head one) 12 minutes 13 seconds, 2 St Michael’s (head 2) 12:24, 3 St Michael’s (head 1) 13:13. Intermediate: Trinity (2) 12:23, 2 Neptune (1) 13:24, 3 Trinity (2) 16:17. Novice: 1 Trinity (2) 13:31, 2 NUIG (2) 13:40, 3 Trinity (1) 13:42. Junior 18: Neptune (2) 12:39, 2 Neptune (1) 13:39, 3 Cork BC (1) 13:41. Junior 16: 1 Portora (1) 13:26, 2 Neptune (2) 14:03, 3 Commercial (2) 14:24. Masters: Old Collegians (1) 14:17.

Four – Senior: 1 St Michael's 12:51, 2 NUIG A/Grainne Mhaol/UCC (head 1) 13:07, 3 NUIG/St Joseph’s (1) 13:08. Intermediate: 1 NUIG B (2) 13:18, 2 NUIG (2) 13:33, 3 Trinity (1) 13:38. Junior 18: 1 Neptune (1) 14:11. Masters: Old Collegians (1) 14:49.

Sculling,

Double – Senior: 1 Trinity (Flaherty, Hughes) (Head 2) 13:57, 2 Commercial (1) 14:11, 3 Graiguenamanagh (2) 15:24. Single: 1 UCC (N Kenny) (2) 14:48, 2 NUIG (Mullarkey) (2) 15:03, 3 NUIG (S O’Connor) (2) 15:23, 4 Commercial (A Maher) (1) 15:26, 5 University of Limerick (Brinn) (1) 15:42, 6 Commercial (Gleeson) (1) 15:50. Intermediate: 1 NUIG (Egan) (2) 15:34, 2 Neptune (O’Connor) (1) 15:35, 3 St Michael’s (Stundon) (1) 15:45.

Women

Eight – Senior: 1 Trinity (2) 14:09, 2 Trinity (1) 14:26, 3 Trinity B (2) 14:26. Intermediate: Trinity (1) 14:36. Novice: 1 Trinity (1) 16:10, 2 Trinity (2) 16:32, 3 Commercial (2) 16:46Junior: 1 Carrick-on-Shannon (2) 15:25, 2 Portora (2) 15:34, 3 Graiguenamanagh (1) 16:10. Junior 16: 1 Portora (1) 15:32, 2 Carlow (2) 17:02, 3 Portora (2) 17:15.

Four – Senior: 1 Cork BC (2) 14:38, 2 St Michael’s (1) 15:30, 3 Commercial (2) 15:30. Intermediate: 1 NUIG (2) 15:58, 2 NUIG (1) 16:53, 3 NUIG B (1) 16:59.

Sculling

Double – Senior: 1 NUIG (1) 15:42, 2 Three Castles (2) 15:43, 3 St Michael’s (2) 16:05.

Single – Senior: 1 Cork (M O’Neill) (1) 16:45, 2 Three Castles (Quinn) (1) 16:53, 3 Trinity (Cooney) (2) 17:00. Intermediate: 1 Trinity (Dolan) (1) 16:53, 2 Trinity (O’Brien) (1) 17:02, 3 NUIG (Hurst) (2) 17:18.

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Last year's Grand League winners, Skibbereen Rowing Club, will host the first of four Rowing Ireland Grand League regattas at the National Rowing Centre in Cork this weekend (April 9)

Other challengers this season will be runners up Neptune along with St. Michael's, Limerick, Commercial and UCD who all finished in the top five last season. Skibbereen Regatta sees a number of impressive crews start their challenge to become Grand League winners. With the absence of an NUIG entry, UCD's Senior 4 - stand out as the crew to watch. Muckross Olympians Sean Casey and Cathal Moynihan race together for the first time in the Senior 2x. As has been the trend, the men's Intermediate 1x has a large entry, as do all junior events. The Novice 8+ and 4+ Grand League titles look set to be fought for, mainly by the University clubs.

This is the second year the new Grand League will run at selected Irish regattas. The new format is designed to give competitive rowers more race time and allows all rowers to compete on speed as opposed to competing in strictly age-related or  wins-related categories. The new system remains virtually unchanged from the 2010 season with all boats racing off in a series of heats which are timed, with the fastest six going into the A final and the next six into the B final.

Regatta hosts, Skibbereen RC, celebrated their 40th anniversary last year in impressive style, winning the Grand League and taking 14 national titles to bring the clubs' overall total to 123. They also hosted one of the country's best attended regattas last year with 456 crews racing. At international level, the club were well represented on national teams winning medals at the under 23 Worlds, the Coupe de la Jeunesse and Home Internationals.

The club capped off the year by opening a new boathouse, one of the largest ever built in Ireland. While the club's main emphasis is competitive rowing, they also take in 180 students for their annual schools rowing programme – an annual eight week course involving nine local schools.

The second Grand League regatta will be hosted by Queen's University in Castlewellan, Co. Down on May 14th.

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The last in the series of Rowing Ireland's National Blade Heads takes place in Belfast this Saturday with the Lagan Head of the River hosted by Belfast Rowing Club.

There are 148 crews over the three races starting with pairs and sculls, then doubles and fours and finishing in the afternoon with eights and quads. The third race features 35 eights and 26 quads.

The big race of the day, the men's senior eights, which starts at 3.45 pm, will feature a high intensity race between the two Queen's University eights.  The A Queen's crew, with new strokeman, Mike Ewing, have been relatively the same crew for the last three years. This is the crew which mounted serious challenges to the victorious NUIG team at the Irish Rowing Championships, narrowly missing out on a national senior eight by a mere few feet on two occasions.  The A team's Ewing won a Wyfold cup (men's coxless four) at Henley last year.

The women's intermediate eights should prove interesting with a crew entered from St Andrews in Scotland who will be up against Queen's University Ladies and St Michael's, Limerick.

The men's junior 16 eights sees all the Ulster crews up against each other whilst the men's junior 18 quads sees Blackrock College, Dublin, Shandon ,Limerick and Offaly Rowing Club take on the Ulster schools.

Eight crews will contest the men's Master's pennant (over 28s) with Galway, Bann and Athlone pushing the Belfast-based masters crews, Belfast Boat Club, Belfast Rowing Club and the Lady Victoria Boat Club, all the way. The former Queen's ladies rower ,Frenchwoman Solange Garrais is bringing a men's Masters and a women's Masters quad from Aviron Grenoblois, France to compete.

The 10.45 am and 13.15 pm races start at the Albert Bridge in Belfast and finish at Queen's boathouse at Stranmillis. The 15.45 pm race starts at the Odyssey building in Belfast Harbour and finishes at Queen's boathouse at Stranmillis. There are viewing points along the full length of each race.

The official start to the regatta season takes place on Saturday 2nd April with the Neptune regatta at Islandbridge, Dublin.

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Neptune Rowing Club (Dublin) top the new Rowing Ireland Grand League table with two regattas under their oars but this could all change by next Saturday when the third regatta of the six series league takes place at the National Rowing Centre in Cork.

 

While Dubliners Neptune will be there in force with crews in most grades from under 14 to senior, they will be strongly challenged by the other big clubs, Skibbereen, UCD, Dublin Commercial and St. Michaels from Limerick. In particular, Skibbereen will compete strongly in mainly small boats. (Note: See current league standings below.)

Rowing Ireland spokesperson, Pat McInerney explained, “The overall entry for the regatta is well ahead of previous years which shows that clubs are embracing the new league format and enjoying the enhanced competition structure it offers.”

“From here on this season the top racing group of senior, intermediate and junior A will be collectively known as Division 1 while the novice, junior B and junior 16 group will be known as Division 2.  With a massive entry of almost thirty junior 16 men’s single scullers, this is indicative of the health of sculling in the younger ranks and must augur well for the future.”

University of London, who are coached by former Irish lightweight rower, Brian Young, .are sending their men’s squad to challenge for senior eights, fours and pairs.  They will line up in the eights against NUIG, Neptune, St Michaels, University of Limerick, Muckross and the top Junior eights of St Josephs and Presentation. This presents a very attractive prospect in store for the famed Leander trophy for eights which was first presented at Cork City regatta in 1904 when the world famous Leander club from London came to challenge for the trophy. 

The Grand League offers an overall prize for top club based on all entries and this suits the bigger clubs. Smaller clubs can challenge for individual boat class or one of the four major categories of senior men, women, junior men and junior women

 

Current Grand League standings:

 

1    NEPTUNE ROWING CLUB                                       219

2    COMMERCIAL RC                                                      206

3    SKIBBEREEN RC                                                       192

4    UCD BOAT CLUB                                                       171

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8    BANN ROWING CLUB                                               93

9    LEE ROWING CLUB                                                  86

10  GARDA SIOCHANA BOAT CLUB                           83

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