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Rowing: Carlow team stay on course despite winds

A blustery wind caused problems for Irish crews on the second day of racing at Henley Royal Regatta.

Carlow faced the worst of the breeze when their eight took on Star Club of Bedford in the second round of the Thames Challenge Cup. Despite an early lead, the River Barrow men could not break clear but dug deep to hang on to their one-length lead.

"That was a tough race -- they never let us get away, so all credit to them," said stroke man Niall Murphy. "The wind was against us, but it's the same for both crews, and that's what you have to remember in a race like that."

Carlow were not alone in victory, with Galway storming off the start in the same event against Thames Tradesmen, who had no response to the onslaught.

But St Michaels came unstuck against Molesey, with weight giving the Surrey men the required edge.

In the student eights event the seeded Queen's, Belfast 'A' crew moved steadily ahead of University of London. And later, the Queen's 'B' crew dispatched Nottingham by more than three lengths.

Commercial took an early lead against London-based Vesta in their heat of the Wyfold Challenge Cup for club coxless fours and they rowed a confident race to take a one-length verdict. Muckross wavered off the start and lost ground in their race against Molesey before pulling back at the Barrier to win by three-quarters of a length.

In the men's intermediate fours, Muckross Olympian Paul Griffin and his Galway composite crew came up against a crew of ex-Argentinian internationals. The South Americans' steering problems allowed the Irishmen to lead at the halfway mark before a push reversed the result.

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