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Callinafercy Regatta - Perfect Rowing Conditions gave us a Classic
The second points regatta of the season took place Sunday the 17th of July in Callinafercy. The Callinafercy Rowing Club in the year it is made it a Historical Occasion and had a Wreath Laying Ceremony to remember the men who died at Ballykissane Pier in 1916 it was fabalous to see the nephew Sean Keating nephew of Con Keating address the crowd and Donal Keating and Noreen Twomey laid the wreath the National anthem was played by piper Jerry Baynam and tow other members of Killorglin Pipe band and all in all it was a fablous tribute by the club and well received by the rowing clubs present.
The attention turned to the waters and the first race of the day was won by Cromane Rowing Club taking the gold in the Minor Boys with Killorglin second and Sive third, the winning of this race was getting to the buoy and rounding first. We were served up some great races and the home club took the honours much to the delight of their supporters in the Senior Men. Valentia were in flying form and their cox Dermot Walsh was very happy with his crews winning three races on the day U-16 boys U-18 Girls and Senior Ladies. The U-16 Girs was shaping up to be another classic between Templenoe and Cromane and Sive with Sive taking the gold at the finish but this is one to watch for the season. The best finish of the day was left to the final four oar and this was the Under 14 Mixed where four leading boats Sive Sneem Valentia and Cromane could not be seperated all the way to the buoy and indeed when they turned the 4 bunched up on the far side and it was an absolute classic with Sive winning on the line by a couple of feet Joint second for Sneem and Cromane and Valentia took the bronze.
The first Seine Boat of the season saw The Liberator from Cahersiveen, Valentia and Cnuicin and the home boat of Callinafercy take to the start line and this turned out to be another battle royal. I had the previledge of being in the Commentary boat and had a birds eye view on this race. Valentia and Cnuicin and The Liberator rowed a very tactical race and each boat tried to take the lead but the other two would counter we were less than two minutes from the buoy when The Liberator and Cnuicin tangled neither cox giving way and Valentia stole a march and went into a 6 length advantage the Liberator went into second and went in chase of the front boat this is a long race and you could see within another 7 minutes the momentum was back in the Liberator and she slowly but surely reeled in Valentia you could say there was plenty temper in the boat and Mike Connor cox of the Liberator didnt spare and got a great come back row out of the crew. The pier was in site and we were heading down for the final buoy and at this stage the Liberator had put down Valentia and never looked back and at just over the 32 minute mark to the delight of The Liberator crew she took her first win since 2004 and took the shot to the absolute delight of their cox Mike Connor Valentia came in second and had about a 3 length advantage over Cnuicin in third the Callinafercy boat crossed the line to finish off a great days rowing. It has to be said that this race could be very interesting in Templenoe next Sunday one to look forward too.
Great credit must go to Callinafercy Rowing Club and all their members on a great regatta and all roads lead to Templenoe next weekend with Draw for the buoys down for 3.30.
Minor Boys 1st Cromane 2nd Killorglin 3rd Sive
Minor Girls 1st Valentia 2nd Sive 3rd Sneem
U-16 Girls 1st Sive 2nd Templenoe 3rd Valentia
U-16 Boys 1st Valentia 2nd Ballinaskelligs 3rd Cromane
Senior Men 1st Callinafercy 2nd Valentia 3rd Portmagee
U-14 Girls 1st Portmagee 2nd Callinafercy 3rd Cromane
Senior Ladies 1st Valentia 2nd Sneem 3rd Fenit
U-14 Mix 1st Sive 2nd Cromane/Sneem 3rd Valentia
Seine Boat 1st The Liberator Cahersiveen 2nd Valentia 3rd Cnuicin