Limerick rowers take home titles at 'Virtual Regatta'

Leader Reporter


Leader Reporter


Limerick rowers take home titles at 'Virtual Regatta'

Rowing Ireland’s very first Virtual Regatta sponsored by Kinetica was held last weekend. After calculating all the meters submitted Rowing Ireland have confirmed the full list of winners and not to anyone's surprise on this side of the country, the rowers of Limerick proved they are as adept at their skills both in and out of the water. 

The overall club in Munster, clocking up 1,564,000m in 3days , averaging 130,314m each was Castleconnell BC. While in the individual categories, Eabha Benson (St Michaels Rowing Club) won for the most metres from an individual over the two days and finished second for the 2k timings.

Fionn McDonnell (St Michaels Rowing Club) claimed the J14 prize, as Annick Frohburg (Castleconnell BC) topped in the J15.

Full results:

Top Overall Club in the Country: Commercial RC

Top Regional Club Averages in the Country:

Munster: Castleconnell BC

Leinster: Commercial RC

Ulster: Coleraine Grammar School RC

Connacht: St Joseph’s College RC


Individual Prizes:

Kinetica Hampers for Most Distances throughout the Virtual Regatta (2x Male & 2x Female):

Michael Cronin (Cork BC)
Eabha Benson (St Michaels Rowing Club)
Sam Daly (Commercial Rowing Club)
Rachael Bones (Coleraine Grammar School Rowing Club)

Rowing Ireland Hoodies for the Fastest 2K Times :

Joseph Kerins (UCD Boat Club) 06:10.5 – Senior
Aifric Keogh (UCC Rowing Club) 06:59,7 – Senior
Niamh Cassidy (Enniskillen Royal Boat Club) 7.43 0 – Junior
Fergus Bryce (Coleraine Grammar School) 06:37.1 – Junior
Best Male and Female Rower in each Category:


Fionn McDonnell (St Michaels Rowing Club)
Olivia Jordan (Enniskillen Royal Boat Club)


Annick Frohburg (Castleconnell BC)
Adam Cullen (Graiguenamanagh Rowing Club)


Alexander Gillick (Neptune Rowing Club)
Zoe Elliott (Enniskillen Royal Boat Club)


Alexandru Porumb (Commericial RC)
Rachael Bones (Coleraine Grammar School)


Michael Cronin (Cork BC)
Eabha Benson (St Michael’s Rowing Club)


Sam Daly (Commercial Rowing Club
Molly Curry (Colerain Grammar School)


Barry O’Flynn (Cork BC)
Claire Feerick (Neptune Rowing Club)


Andrew Breen (Wicklow Rowing Club)
Niamh Casey (Skibbereen Rowing Club)

Patrick Fowler (Commercial Rowing Club)
Orla Hayes (Skibbereen Rowing Club)

In a 3 day period, rowing Ireland had over 2,700 entries submitted, with many Irish and World half marathon records broken.

Records Broken:

Aifric Keogh broke the world record for the 19-29 category- 01:18:59.9

Sanita Puspure broke the world record for the 30-39 category- 01:18:13.6

Phil Doyle broke the Heavyweight Irish and British Half Marathon Record- 1:15:12.7

‪Rosie Bell has set the record for a Half Marathon in the Women’s 60+ Category- 1.44.38

Hugh Moore broke the Irish Half Marathon Record in the 19-29 Lightweight Category- 1:15:09.08

Irish Half Marathon Records:

Hugh Sutton-01:18:38.7

Giselle Coulter – 1:31:02.4

Sam O’Neill – 1:17:47.4

Patti Mullin – 1:36:35.6

Rowing Ireland’s Chief Executive Officer and Limerick native, Michelle Carpenter said, “We organised the virtual regatta to give members something to row towards over the lockdown weekend. Generally, at this time of year, we are in full swing of regatta season around Ireland or Internationally. We were blown away with the participation in this event by everyone from our World Champion medallists to our Masters, Junior 15 and 18’s breaking world records while competing for their clubs. Over 150 entries alone were submitted in the last 15 minutes of the competition yesterday evening bringing a phenomenal total of 2,700 entries and 27,205.780 meters covered throughout the weekend.

I want to congratulate every club athlete, coach and administrator who encouraged their members to take part in this event. Monumental work went into supporting the results from preparing food to keeping athletes busy with lingo bingo games. It’s a true testament to the comradery and family-like atmosphere in our clubs and athletes around the country. Kinetica has been our proud sponsor since 2019, and we were delighted they could join with us on our inaugural journey and celebrate as many as six World Indoor records.
Our next step is to look at putting a safety plan in place in line with Governmental and Sport Ireland guidelines so that we can all return to our clubs and National Rowing Centre safely within the dedicated timelines.”