Bantry Rowing Club star is impressive winner of single sculls in Castletown
ANDREW Hurley of Bantry Rowing Club won the men’s single scull race in impressive style at the offshore rowing regatta for FISA class boats held at Castletownbere on bank holiday Monday.
Barry Hooper of Galley Flash finished a close second with Albert O’Sullivan Green of the host club coming in third.
Bantry’s other medals at the regatta came in the men’s double where Luke O’Shaughnessy and Charlie Lavin finished second behind an impressive Killorglin crew.
In the mixed doubles category, Castletownbere’s Jack Sullivan and Susan Power won gold, just ahead of the youthful Courtmacsherry’s crew of James O’Leary and Shannon Chapman who won silver.
Laura O’Neill of Kilmacsimon flew the flag for West Cork in the women’s singles, taking silver, but top honours went to Killorglin, as did third place.
The Castletownshend crew of Eimear Walsh and Sarah O’Mahony finishing second in the women’s doubles with again irrepressible Killorglin crews securing gold and bronze.
Reigning Irish women’s quad champions, Castletownbere won gold while their men’s quad took silver behind an impressive young Kenmare crew.
This regatta provided an indication of current form as crews count down to the Irish Open Offshore Championships in Kerry in September. The strong performances in Castletownbere from Kerry crews, particularly from the Kenmare men and the Killorglin women, shows what West Cork crews can expect to face.
Placings in the Irish Open will determine the qualifiers for the World Championships in Canada in October.