Skibbereen Grand League Regatta launched

Posted on: 7th April, 2015

Category: Sport & Fitness

Contributor: West Cork People

Pictured above: Pictured at the press launch of Skibbereen Grand League Regatta, part of the Rowing Ireland Grand League Regatta Series, taking place on April 11 and 12, 2015. Picture Back Row L-R Tony Walsh (Chairman Skibbereen Rowing Club SRC), Sean O'Brien (Captain SRC), Violet Hayes (SRC), Eddie Davis (Lee Rowing Club), Dominic Casey (Coach SRC), TJ Ryan (Secretary SRC), Morten Espersen (HP Director of Irish Rowing), Dan Buckley (Hanley Calibration-Event Sponsor), Hamish Adams (CEO Rowing Ireland), Front Row L-R Mary Walsh (SRC) Denise Walsh (SRC), Nuala Lupton (President SRC), Richard Hosford (Founder Member SRC) Photo Debbie Heaphy (PRO SRC).

The Skibbereen Grand League Regatta, part of the Rowing Ireland Grand League Regatta Series, takes place at the National Rowing Centre, Farran on April 11 and 12, 2015.

The Grand league was established by Rowing Ireland in 2010 and has since become the premier domestic Rowing League in Ireland, contributing to the development of numerous athletes at both junior and senior level. The Grand League series provides rowers at all levels with the opportunity to perform and develop their racing prowess in a fair and competitive environment. There is a range of competition, with eights, fours, pairs, single sculls, double sculls and quads offered from junior 16 up to senior level. There are also quads and single sculls offered for younger Junior 14 and 15 athletes. Rowing Ireland has invested heavily in supporting the grand league through the enhancement of the tracker system with timing and a photo finish. Around 700 crews and 2000 athletes compete at Skibbereen Grand League Reggata every year with a six-lane race running every four minutes over a two-day event. It’s a mammoth event to organise and takes up to 100 volunteers to run sucessfully each year.

Prizes for the overall and divisional winners of the Rowing Ireland Grand League Regatta Series are kindly sponsored by Tony Dooley, Kanghua Boats.

Skibbereen Rowing Club was Founded in 1970 by three Skibbereen men with a passion for rowing — Danny Murphy, Donie Fitzgerald and Richard Hosford. They affiliated to the Irish Amateur Rowing Union in 1971 and thus Olympic class rowing was introduced to Skibbereen and the Ilen River. Skibbereen’s first International representation was from current club President Nuala Lupton at the 1975 World Championships in Nottingham and the Club’s First National Championship Title was won in 1976 in the Women’s Senior coxed four. The club has won 146 National Titles and has had 100 athletes representing Ireland at all levels — including at the Sydney, Athens and Beijing Olympics, in addition to the inaugural Singapore Youth Olympics.

Skibbereen rowers, both Junior and Senior have competed with prowess at Senior, Under 23, and Junior World Championships and World University Games. This is in addition to European Rowing Championships and Coupe de la Jeunesse and Home International Regattas over the past 40 years.

The club has been a nursery for producing top class athletes over the years that have represented their country with distinction and great pride in the Green Vest. Skibbereen Rowing Club has been the overall winner of the Grand League for five consecutive years since its inauguration. As well as being a very competitive club Skibbereen Rowing Club has run a very successful National schools rowing programme with 10 local National Schools over the past nine years with 200 students taking part annually as part of their school curriculum.

Skibbereen Rowing Club would like to acknowledge the overall Grand League Regatta series sponsor, Tony Dooley, Kanghua Boats and Skibbereen regatta event sponsor Dan Buckley, Hanley Calibration.

Grand League Regatta Dates 2015: Skibbereen Regatta: April 11 and 12 at the National Rowing Centre, Farran. Dublin Metropolitan Regatta: May 23 in Blessington, Co. Wicklow. Cork Regatta: June 20 and 21 at the National Rowing Centre, Farran Wood Cork.

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