The pull of the sea

Cillian Walsh

Published 14/08/2013 | 05:36

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THERE was a landmark win for the Cnuicin crew at the Over the Water Regatta on Sunday evening in Cahersiveen as they collected a hard fought and very welcome win in the main event of the day, the Seine Boat race.

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THERE was a landmark win for the Cnuicin crew at the Over the Water Regatta on Sunday evening in Cahersiveen as they collected a hard fought and very welcome win in the main event of the day, the Seine Boat race.

All eyes were on the race as Cnuicin hit the front by half a length and never relinquished their lead all the way around the course. Huge applause greeted the victorious crew at the finishing line.

Sneem and Valentia finished second and third respectively, leaving the last race of the season to decide the destination of the Johnny Mahony Cup, and making the Portmagee Regatta next Sunday a hugely interesting finish to the South and Mid Kerry season.

There were some other very competitive races on the day and the Senior Men's race again caught the eye, this time it was the men of Cahersiveen who won. Another brilliant race was the U14's mixed, with 11 boats taking part and a gallant crew from Sneem taking the spoils.

The previous evening, Saturday, saw the Ballinskelligs Regatta entrants rip through the water in glorious sunshine - all four oar races were decided within the last few strokes to make for nail-biting finishes.

Sneem came home first in the Seine boat race, which turned out to be a titanic battle.

The senior men's race went to Valentia and the Valentia girls took the U16 race ahead of Sneem.

This weekend there are two more regattas in south Kerry. Saturday is the County Championship Regatta in Waterville, starting at 3pm.

The last regatta of the South and Mid Kerry season takes place in Portmagee on Sunday, with the draw for the buoys down for 12pm.

Then all roads lead to Carnlough, Co Antrim the following weekend for the All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships to wrap up the 2013 season.

Kerryman

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