Busy weekend in Donegal
It was another busy weekend for Arklow Rowing Club, who were back on the road last weekend, this time to Narin Beach, Portnoo, Co. Donegal, for the qualifying and ranking regatta for the World Rowing Coastal Championships and European Rowing Coastal Championships, which will be held in Saundersfoot, Wales, and San Sebastian, Spain, in October.
Those competing in the event were Síonna Healy, Xena Jordan and Mary Ann Kent in the women’s single, Andrea Kinsella and Mary Ann Kent in the women’s double, Cormac Kelly in the men’s single and in the mixed double, Síonna Healy teamed up with Cormac Kelly while Xena Jordan teamed up with Tom Stafford of Killurin Rowing Club.
It was a very successful event, with all crews seeking a ranking for the World and European Championships and securing them.
The event comprised of a beach start and finish, with a 4 km course on the water, which the Arklow crews had to make their way around while facing coastal conditions. The crews from Arklow were up against other crews from around the country, most notably Donegal, Cork and Kerry.
First on the water was Cormac Kelly. He was one of the first out of the start line and after navigating his way around the course, finished in seventh position.
The next up were the Women’s Double with Andrea Kinsella and Mary Ann Kent, who were looking to continue their success from the previous weekend in Wales.
After a slow start off the beach, by the second turn, the crew were out in front and brought home the gold in great style, with just under a minute and a half to spare between first and second place.
Next up was the Women’s Single race, which was the most competitive race of the day with the largest entry of 11 participants. Síonna Healy and Xena Jordan went off the beach with speed and came home in third and fourth position, respectively, and Mary Ann Kent came home in eighth position.
The final race of the day for the club was the mixed doubles, which saw another close battle between the two Arklow crews, where Síonna Healy and Cormac Kelly got over the finish line in third position, just ahead of Xena Jordan and Tom Stafford of Killurin Rowing Club, who came home in fourth.
All crews would like to thank everyone who made the long trip up to Donegal to help with boat handling and supporting the crews on the day. This includes Eamonn Kavanagh, Gina Farrell and Therese, Katie and Lorcan Shelton. It was very much appreciated by everyone.
The club would also like to thank the host club, Loughros Point Rowing Club, for hosting the event and for the hospitality the provided. All crews will now be getting their training in on the water and on land as they prepare for the World Rowing Coastal Championships, which is only 3 months away, with the European Championships taking place not too long afterwards.
Before they go, they still have competitions in Ireland to look forward to in places such as Kenmare and Bantry, as well as hosting the Rowing Ireland Offshore Championships on September 10 and 11 at the Wicklow Pier, in partnership with Wicklow Rowing Club. This event will be open to all spectators over the weekend, if you want to see for yourself what offshore rowing is all about.
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