Limerick primed to witness unique boat race

LIMERICK will this month witness boats unique to the Shannon estuary racing in a “spectator friendly” course on the river.

LIMERICK will this month witness boats unique to the Shannon estuary racing in a “spectator friendly” course on the river.

Gandelows, a boat unique to the Shannon Estuary, will race against one another from 2pm onwards on Sunday October 28.

This unique event has attracted 10 teams from Limerick city and county to race around the course which is located on the picturesque banks of the Shannon.

Mike Grimes, competitor, explained: “The course will begin adjacent to Clohessy’s bar. It will then go across the river, then down to a point near Shannon Bridge and then circle back to Clohessy’s.”

The Bank Holiday Weekend races are set to draw an impressive crowd, he believes.

“I think the races will draw great crowds. People are looking for something to do on Bank Holiday weekends. The route of the race is very spectator-friendly so crowds can definitely enjoy the day’s events.”

Each Gandelow will have a crew of two. There will be heats with five boats competing at a time. First and second place from each heat will go through in each heat. After that the winners from each heat clash and the winners are decided there will be another “fun race”.

The race is open to any crews to enter and there will be cash prizes and trophies for first and second places.

“After the main race is won there will be a fun race. People will be picked out of hats and put together in teams of three instead of two. This race will follow the same course as the previous races,” said Mike, adding that he expects a great event and is sure the races will be “a great success”.