West Cork crews in fine form ahead of county coastal finals
KILMACSIMON’S senior men’s crew pulled off a great win last Sunday in Baltimore in the fourth of South West’s five championship regattas.
They came in ahead of championship leaders Galley while the previous week’s winners, Ring, came in third.
In the senior ladies’ category, Castletownbere won for the second time in the four championship regattas with Kilmacsimon in second while the championship leaders, Galley, finished third.
In the mixed category, Ring won just ahead of the previous week’s winners, Kilmacsimon, with Courtmacsherry finishing third. Ring maintained their overall momentum from the previous regatta, again winning the club-of-the-day award by securing five gold, four silver and and bronze medal.
In the championship tables, the final picture for the season is emerging in several categories. In the four adult men categories, Myross have secured two titles in impressive style with four-in-a-row wins for both their veteran and junior men’s crews, while Galley are in pole position to take both the pre-veteran and senior men’s titles.
In the four adult ladies’ categories, Kilmacsimon have secured the junior title with four-in-a-row wins, but the other three titles will all go down for decision on the final regatta in Schull, as will the fiercely contested mixed category.
In the underage categories, a few teams have been unbeatable, securing their titles with four-in-a-row wins – Courtmacsherry U16 men, Rosscarbery U14 ladies and Kilmacsimon U18 ladies.
Ring are poised to take the U18 men’s title as are Rosscarbery’s in U12 boys, both having won gold in three of the four regattas to date. All of the other categories will go down for decision at the final regatta.
The South West championships now pauses for a few weeks before that final decisive regatta in Schull on August 12th. In the meantime, the Passage West Club are hosting the county coastal rowing finals this Sunday, where the leading crews from east Cork take on the best from the west.