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Lively day of racing at this year's Trinity Regatta

Published: 18th April 2017

This year’s annual Trinity Regatta featured 181 national and international crews, who provided a lively day of racing on the 1,800m course along the Liffey.

The Islandbridge boat house, located in the picturesque War Memorial Gardens, was a hive of activity throughout the day, from the first race at 7.30am right through to the final race at 6pm.

There is something special about winning your home regatta, however only the novice women managed this feat this time round. Andrew Coleman’s charges emerged victorious from their final against Dutch side KSRV Njord.

The novice men lost out to Queens, while the women’s senior 8 were disappointed not to have beaten Commercial. A poor start by the men’s senior 8 meant they never made up sufficient ground to overtake their main rivals, UCD, in the penultimate race of the day.

None of this detracted from the event, however, which also featured a regatta lunch in the boat house, jointly hosted by DUBC and DULBC. This was attended by Head of Sport Michelle Tanner, Deputy Head of Sport Matthew Dossett, and Chair of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine Cathal Moran.

Other special guests included the new President of Rowing Ireland, Eamon Colclough as well as the Dutch Ambassador to Ireland, His Excellency Paul Schellekens.

Just prior to lunch the men’s senior 8 from 1987 did a row past. Showing that rowing is in the blood, part of this 1987 crew was Brendan Flynn, who is also current DUBC captain Cian Flynn’s father.

Crews from both clubs now face into an exam period, after which the plan is to get back to training hard and refocus their efforts for the remainder of the season, which culminates in July.