Skibbereen leave rivals in their wake as they power to glory
Skibbereen teamed up with Lee Valley to form a winning combination in the men's senior quad when, taking a slight lead off the blocks, they stretched out to a clear water lead, leaving the other three crews to battle for position.
Queen's made second place, while the Garda/UL composite (that also featured in the Senior Four) crossed the line in fourth.
This was a winning day for Skibbereen. Earlier, in the women's senior quad they pipped the Old Collegians/Three Castles crew in a nail-biting race.
It was the composite crew who led until the closing stages when their boat clashed with a marker buoy breaking their rhythm momentarily, allowing Skibbereen the opportunity to take the lead.
Meanwhile, Christine Fitzgerald and Denise Walsh continued Skibbereen's winning ways by claiming the women's senior pair ahead of Commercial.
In the women's junior eight, St Michael's of Limerick crossed the line a distance ahead of Cork Boat Clubs crew.
UCD's Anthony English won the men's intermediate single by clear water over Skibbereen's Andrew Hurley.
In the men's intermediate eight, Queen's emerged victorious over one second ahead of Trinity College.
Fermoy's Hillary Shinnick was the winner of the highly contested women's junior single scull.
The premier event of the championships, the men's senior eight, takes place this afternoon.