Early bird gets the worm as UCC senior eight take fastest boat of the day.
An overcast Saturday greeted the competitors as they arrived at Farren Woods for Muckross Head of the River 2016. The combination of forecasted headwinds and a rolling head saw many crews take advantage of the light winds in the morning. The UCC Senior Men’s Eight set a blistering time of 10:04 over the 3.1 kilometer course in the National Rowing Center. This being some 40 seconds ahead of National Champions Commercial RC who went when conditions weren’t as favourable. We will leave the speculation up to you. The UCC/Skibbereen Senior Women’s Eight composite proved fruitful again as they won by 3 seconds over a strong Cork Boat Club crew. Both crews building on their earlier wins at Skibbereen Head of the River.
The combination of Aifric Keogh and Aoife Feeley proved to be a winning one as they took top spot in the Women’s Senior Pair in a time of 13:29. Ronan Byrne built on his earlier win at Skibbereen Head of the River with a win in the Men’s Senior Scull. The margin of victory was slim with only one second between Byrne and UCC crew mate Stephen O’Connor. Deirdre O’Sullivan took the Women’s Club 1 Scull in a time of 15:04 bringing the club wins for the day to five out of nine. Another good outing for UCC as they take fastest boat of the day in both the Men’s and Women’s categories.