Sunday 19 January 2020

Festive river racing

Sligo Rowing Club continued with the St. Stephen's Day tradition of a fun day regatta which attracted a large crowd of both past and present rowers.

They were racing over a short 300m course at Doorly Park on the  Garavogue river. Also joining in the day's fun were the club's social rowers and the club's close neighbours and friends from Sligo Kayak Club.

The day was filled with cakes, mince pies and plenty of screams of support from the bank as the two racing boats dredged through the course in panic and mayhem.

The day culminated in the two fastest boats racing in the grand finale, side by side and to the mighty support of those watching from the bank at Doorly Park.

Sligo Champion photographer Donal Hackett had a vested interest in one of the boats in the final as it contained three of his children; Ailish, Daniel and with Cora in the cox's seat.

The Hacketts were supported in their boat by veteran coach Tommy Colsh and up and coming star Rosie Sporenburg.

To add to the interest, their opposing boat was stroked by Tommy's son Brian so the ultimate bragging rights were at stake. After a very exciting race and numerous reruns of the finish line camera, which incidentally was recorded by Donal, the Hackett's boat was declared the winner by the narrowest of margins.

Rory Clarke, Sligo Rowing Club PRO said: "The day was an extremely enjoyable success and Sligo Rowing Club would like to thank Sligo Sports Partnership, Sligo Leader, The Sligo Champion, the parents, supporters and friends of the club for all the assistance during 2019 and we're looking forward to their continued support as we're hoping for a successful 2020 racing season," he added.

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