Sunday morning 17th July was perfect, with glorious sunshine and calm water for the swimming races.
We had thirty five junior swimmers competing in the Junior Sprints;
Under 6 Boys:1st Ewan Lennox 2nd Bill Guinan.
Under 6 Girls:1st Emily Binnon 2nd Grace Vigors 3rd Olivia Guinan.
Under 8 Boys:1st Ben Fry 2nd Frank Ahearne 3rd Eoin Mitchell.
Under 8 Girls:1st Aoife Traynor 2nd Ruby Hasler 3rd Mei Wilson.
Under 10 Boys:1st Jacob Fry 2nd Andriy Kravchenko 3rd Chris Huilin.
Under 10 Girls:1st Abby Copeland 2nd Emma Jane Reid 3rd Katelyn Keogh.
Under 12 Boys: 1st Brian Johnston.
Under 12 Girls:1st Orla Long 2nd Sophia Martin 3rd Orla Lacey.
Under 14 Girls:1st Emma Sheeran Purcell.
Twenty three swimmers swam the Junior Challenge;1st Orla Long 2nd Sadbh Drennan 3rd Chris Huilin.
The intermediates were racing fot the Coello cup, which is kindly sponsored by the Sheekey family;1st – Abby Horner,2nd – Dirrean Drennan,3rd – Olivia O’Donovan.
The Youths had a tough swim of 1 kilometre for the B C Sports cup, with some of it against the tide. It was a very close finish with Eve Cowdrey taking first place, just ahead of Darragh Owen in second and Nicky Moulders in third place.
There was a large field of ninety six swimmers competing for the Rocky Newsome cup. Mrs Newsome and her family were on the pier to present the prizes to; 1st Jane Frazer, 2nd Sinead O’Neill, 3rd Jane O’Neill.
It’s a busy week of racing ahead, starting Tuesday 19th July at 6.45 pm Intermediate – Peter Davis cup, 7.15pm Senior – Irish Rubies cup, sponsored by Dan Brennan. The Glenbay Challenge is on Friday 22nd July at 6.45pm and is an R.N.L.I fundraising event. There are three races on Saturday 23rd July; the Intermediate Vartry and the Youths Vartry for the Esmonde cup starts at 2pm with the Byrne/O’Reilly Masters Vartry starting at 2.45pm. The Masters Vartry is open to anyone over 25 years old, it is a 600 metre swim up the river, with the tide, starting at the Sailing club slip and finishing at the Parnell Bridge. All past members are encouraged to participate in this event, please register at 30 minutes prior to start. The annual Duck race, will be held following the Masters vartry. Racing for Sunday 24th June starts at 10.15am Junior Sprints, 10.30am Junior Challenge, 11 am Intermediates – Mini Harbour, 11am Youths – Mick O’Reilly cup, and 12 noon – the seniors race for the Mick O’Reilly cup .