Valentia power to impressive win
SNEEM'S iron grip on the Seine Boat series has been loosened after Valentia powered to an impressive victory in the last race of the day at the Ballinskelligs Regatta.
Coxed by Dermot Walsh, it was Valentia's first Seine win of the season and it came in style in perfect conditions.
The crews were evenly matched from the start but Valentia just edged it to the first turning buoy ahead of Sneem, closely followed by Cnuicin and Cromane. By the second buoy Valentia had developed a belief that the win was on the cards and they stretched ahead, pushed to the limit by Dermot Walsh.
Indeed, MC Kieran Murphy was in fine fettle as Valentia kept the lead and he was even heard shout: "Bar the Valentia boys falling out of the boat no one will pass them"!
He was right and Valentia duly took the honours ahead of Sneem, with Cnuicin in third.
It was fitting conclusion to a wonderful day's rowing which featured several close-run finishes.
First up was a home win for Ballinskelligs in the U-14 Mixed race while in the U-16 Girls category it was Sneem who took the honours, with Caherdaniel second and Sive third.
The most compelling four-oar race of the day was the U-16 Boys where five boats fought for the lead to the first buoy but it was David Hussey's Portmagee crew who eventually came in ahead of Cromane and Sneem.
Valentia's U-18s made a clean sweep with both the Boys and Girls taking the honours, while the Men's crew of Killorglin continued their impressive season with another win ahead of Cahersiveen and Callinafercy.
Meanwhile, the Senior Ladies of Sneem picked up where they left off last weekend and came home well ahead of Valentia with Portmagee in third.
Next weekend it's a double regatta and on Saturday it's Fenit who host the first County Championship regatta from 1pm featuring the One Design Boats for the All Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships.
Then, on Sunday, it's the Callinafercy Regatta which starts with draw for buoys at 3.30pm and first race off at 3.45pm with the Seine down for 6.45pm.