St Michaels RC - The host of Saturday's Racing
The club will run an old school ‘Head of the River’ which will see over 70 crews take part in a 5.5km time trial event on Saturday February 24.
The race will run from just beyond the Cement Factory bend of the Shannon all the way up past Barrington’s Pier, the Dock Wall with the finish line in between the Clayton Hotel and Shannon Bridge.
The head of the river race is a unique event as all crews will launch from the club’s slip with an armada of 70 crews rowing en masse down river to the race start.
NUIG, winners of nine National Championships, will be firm favourites for the Men’s 8’s race as they have 2 Senior 8’s competing for the fastest overall time. In hot pursuit will be UCD’s Intermediate 8 and UL’s Club 8. In the Women’s 8’s it’s NUIG who will lead the charge from the front with crews from UL, Shannon and St Michael’s vying for the top spot.
Crews from the city of the Tribes have a very strong entry with Galway RC, Colaiste Iognaid and St Joseph’s travelling to the event. St Joseph’s are a dominant force in Junior Men’s rowing and they have opted to race four Men’s Junior 4’s in what will be a battle for crew selection coming into the regatta season. The Men’s Junior 4’s race is bound to be one of the highlights of the race.
There is a very strong entry from the local crews from Athlunkard, Limerick, Shannon, UL, Castleconnell and of course hosts St Michael’s, who have the largest entry.
The event has also attracted an international entry as St Michael’s hosts Societe des Regates Messines (Metz, France), who will compete in the Women’s Masters 4x event.
St Michael’s clubhouse will be open for tea/coffee and refreshments throughout the day.
St Michael’s President, John O’Sullivan, will be on hand to present pennants for category winners and St Michael’s have commissioned a distinctive pin for the fastest overall crew.