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Galway & Athlone Regatta

The weekend of June 17, 18 was another very busy one for the Jes rowers. On the Saturday, the J14s and J15s went to Athlone while on Sunday, it was the home regatta at Dangan - always a very enjoyable occasion. This year, we had great weather for both days and this certainly added to the occasion.

Galway Regatta

There were some great highlights from a very exciting day of rowing at this year's Galway regatta. The Jes girls were entered for the senior eight and took on local rival from Galway rowing club. The young Jes crew rose to the challenge against their experienced rivals and it turned out to be one of the most exciting races of the day. Despite being down by almost a length at one stage, the Jes girls battled back and just got up on the line to take the victory by the very narrowest of margins. The Jes crew was The girls crew who won both the senior eight and the J18 eight (l to r): Katie Ryan, Rachel Trench, Ciara Walsh, Roisin Gavin, Laoise NiGhriofa, Sarah Curtis, Elise Carney-Frazier, Caoileann NicDhonncha and Roisin McGrath (cox). Later in the afternoon, the same Jes crew took on Galway again at the J18 level with the Jes again prevailing in this race. The Jes then completed a clean sweep in the ladies eights by also coming out on top in the J16 eight.

The girls crew who won both the senior eight and the J18 eight (l to r): Katie Ryan, Rachel Trench, Ciara Walsh, Roisin Gavin, Laoise NiGhriofa, Sarah Curtis, Elise Carney-Frazier, Caoileann NicDhonncha and Roisin McGrath (cox)

The J16 boys continued their really good season with another very clear win in their eight over the Bish. The winning crew was Niall Cahalan, Daire Elberse, Luke Flynn, Eamon O Tuathail, Thomas Hume, Sam Reidy, Tom Kavanagh, Tom McGuinness and Fionn Ryan (cox). However, there was disappointment for the J18 boys as they missed out in the Anderson by a couple of lengths.

The boys J18 crew heading to the start of the Anderson (l to r): Thomas Hume, Sam Reidy, Mark Ryder, Brian Maye, Daragh Coen, Shane O'Halloran, Tom Kavanagh, Philip Buckley and Niall Cahalan (cox)
The winning boys J16 eight (l to r): Niall Cahalan, Daire Elberse, Luke Flynn, Eamon O Tuathail, Thomas Hume, Sam Reidy, Tom Kavanagh, Tom McGuinness and Fionn Ryan (cox)

In the girls J16 scull, there was a very good win for Ellen Forde. There was also a sculling with at J15 where Amy O'Gorman had another win. Amy also teamed up with Lanah Acton in the J15 double and again they took the honours.

Ellen Forde who won the girls J16 scull
Lanah Acton (ieft) and Amy O'Gorman after their win in the J15 double

The first years also got onto the winners podium. Firstly it was the J14 girls who beat Colaiste na Corribe in the final and not to be outdone, the J14 boys were also on the winners podium after their race.

The girls J14 quad winners with their medals (l to r): Sarah Trench (cox), Rachel Dempsey, Tara O'Neill, Clara O'Gorman, Charlotte Conneely
The boys crew who won the J14 quad

So it was a great day for the Jes rowers and, with nine wins, they were the most successful club at the regatta for the third time in four years.

Laoise NiGhriofa who came 2nd in the girls J18 scull
Seamus O'Donoghue was also in 2nd in the club scull
The boys J15 eight in action in their race (l to r): Dylan Finan (cox), Gavin Dempsey, Niall Cahalan, Oliver Kelly, Aaron deBurca, Eamon O Tuathail, Mark Ward, Alex Morales-Glynn, Paul Tannian
Tom Maye (left) and Mark Ward were in the boys J14 double
Aaron de Burca (left) and Oliver Kelly competed in the boys J15 double
Kate Hume (left) and Emma Ryder finished second in the girls J14 double.
The new Jes tent got its first outing

Athlone Regatta

A view of the Athlone regatta venue

Our 1st and 2nd years got some great experience at the Athlone regatta on the Saturday. All of the Jes victories came in the sculls and we had four winners on the day:

Amy O'Gorman - girls J15

Emma Ryder - girls J14

Gavin Dempsey - boys J15

Mark Ward - boys J14

Mark Ward who won the boys J14 scull

 

 

 

A particular highlight for the girls crews was meeting with the O'Donovan brothers. As the photo below shows, everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves.

Caoileann NicDhonncha who won the girls J18 single scull at the Skibbereen Regatta