Dunbar and Patterson excel
SLIGO Rowing Club were on the water early at the Neputne Regatta in Islandbridge with Daniel Hackett (Mens J18 1X) and Tara Dunbar (Womens J16 1X) representing the club in their respective categories.
Hackett, the youngest in his age bracket, was unlucky not to qualify in the top 16, missing out on a place in the heats by 9 seconds.
Dunbar was more fortunate and after putting in an outstanding row, she beat Taylor of Belfast R.C. by 4 clear lengths.
Moving on from this Dunbar put in two more strong performances to make it to the semi-final of the Womens J16 1X. After fighting hard for the whole 1200m race Dunbar edged out her opponent claiming a well deserved place in the final battle for the winner's medal. Having produced four outstanding victories over the day this proved to be one race too far for Dunbar's body as a recurring hamstring problem forced her to retire from the event 800m down the course. The future looks bright for this young, competent athlete.
Dunbar was not the only sculler for Sligo R.C. to achieve success on the day. Glenn Patterson (Mens Inter 1X) retained his impressive form from last season and began his day with a superb row over Molloy of Athlone B.C. Continuing on from this he put on a rowing master class and eased past all competitors to assure himself a spot in the semi-final.
This was a fiercely contested race but through sheer grit and determination Patterson crossed the line a canvas ahead of his fellow sculler, with Patterson proceeding to the final where he was awaited by an excellent sculler from Trinity B.C.
It was a hard fought encounter with both men giving it their all but unfortunately for Patterson, coming past the club house, he lost touch with his adversary and he lost out on the medal by less than a length.
Along with these achievements the club had a hugely positive day with all rowers putting in sterling efforts.
The Womens J16 4X+ and Womens J16 2X both won their respective heats but were disqualified after drifting into the opposing lane.
The Womens Club2 4X+ and Mens Club2 4X+ B failed to secure a win in their heats but gained valuable race experience which will stand to them in later events throughout the year. The Mens Club2 4X+ A managed to win their heat and make it to the quarter-finals. The crew put in a brilliant effort against strong opposition but missed out on a place in the semi-finals by 2 lengths.
Sean Mc Garry (Mens Club1 1X) was the other sculler in action for Sligo R.C. on the day. He started well from the stake boats creating a 2 length lead over Toland of U.C.D. B.C At this point Toland collided with a boat coming up the river and the umpire called a restart. McGarry could not regain his advantage and lost out in the end by a length to the U.C.D. man.
Sligo R.C. is holding its own regatta this season in Doorly Park on Saturday, May 10th.
It will be a fun day for all the family including quality rowing on display from clubs from around the country and a BBQ.