All roads lead to Sneem last saturday afternoon and we were treated to some wonderful races and finishes. The conditions were pretty much perfect and the day started with the Under 14 Ladies and again the Portmagee Girls proved too strong for the other crews. The Mighty Under 14 Mixed crew of Sive made it 4 wins out of 4 and have a perfect record to the delight of Padraig Shea their cox. One of the best finishes of the day was in the Under 16 Ladies with Valentia and Cromane fighting it out all the way until the finishing line with Cromane taking the Gold. The Under16 and Under 18 Boys crew of Killlorglin took the gold in these races and we were treated to a great race by our youngest class the Under 12s which was won by Templenoe followed in by Cromane and the second Templenoe crew. Portmagee Senior Men took the honours again in the Senior Men Race to make it two wins in a row and it was the home crew of Sneem Senior ladies who took the honours in a hard fought race and to the delight of the home supporters this class crew took the Gold with a massive battle between Valentia and Callinafercy who fought it out for the Silver and Bronze.
All eyes turned to the Seine Boat the final race of the day and it was great to see the home crew of Sneem take to the starting line. It was to say the least a very interesting race and with 4 boats heading to the first buoy it looked like the Valentia crew were going to take the buoy but the Liberator and Valentia tangled and missed the buoy with some cute coxing by Michael Driscol in the Cnuicin boat he kept out side the tangle and got clear away both Valentia and The Liberator had to back around the buoy and the hunt was on to catch Cnuicin and slowly but surely the Liberator rowed her way up to get less than a boat length from Cnuicin from the Point in and it was still all to play for with a minute to go the Liberator and Cnuicin both wanting the win never gave up and with a half a boat length of an advantage The Liberator took the honours all are looking forward to the next duel in this race fair play to Sneem they took the Bronze and Valentia finsihed the race to close the Sneem Regatta well done to all in Sneem Regatta Committee for a very enjoyable day out.
U14 Girls 1st Portmagee 2nd Callinafercy 3rd Cromane
U14 MIx 1st Sive 2nd Cromane 3rd Sneem/Portmagee
U-16 Girls 1st Cromane 2nd Valentia 3rd Sive
U-16 Boys 1st Killorglin 2nd Valentia 3rd Ballinskelligs
U-18 Girls 1st Valentia 2nd Sneem 3rd Sive
U-18 Boys 1st Killorglin 2nd Cromane 3rd Callinafercy
U-12 Mix 1st Templenoe 2nd Cromane 3rd Templenoe
Senior Men 1st Portmagee 2nd Callinafercy 3rd Valentia
Senior Ladies 1st Sneem 2nd Valentia 3rd Callinafercy
Seine Boat 1st The Liberator 2nd Cnuicin 3rd Sneem
Unfortunately Valentia Regatta was cancelled on Bank Holiday Monday and will be rescheduled at a later date and before the Portmagee Regatta.
We change boats for the County Championship next weekend where the Kerry Coastal County Championship Regatta takes place in Fenit. The All Ireland draws took place last Saturday in Portlasoie and great credit must go the the travelling clubs who will fly the flag of Kerry Coastal Rowing in Donegal in two weeks time you can check out the Lane Draw for the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships on face book or website this is the biggest regatta in the country and again massive numbers entered so it will be huge to even make a final again this year.
Fenit Rowing Club will be welcoming all clubs and ask all clubs to be there on time with a start time of 12 o clock sharp Draws for Lanes will be circulated by the board previous to Sunday and best of Luck to all Crews.