The 50th Cork Sculling Ladder time trial has a strong entry of 190 competitors. The event, sponsored by Argos Fire will be run on an 1800-metre course at the Marina on Sunday from 8am to 12.30pm.
Colm Hennessy of Shandon Boat Club won the 49th time trial last June, but he faces strong opposition from Olympian and three-time ladder winner Ronan Byrne and Hugh Sutton, both of UCC Rowing Club, and Andrew Sheehan of Lee, who won a silver medal at World Under-23 Championships this year.
 Byrne is aiming to win the time trial for a record-equalling fourth time.
The women’s holder, Natalie Long of Lee Valley takes on Jessica Legresley, who won in 2019-20, and Holly Davis of Lee Valley, a medal winner at the World Junior Championships this year.
The sculling Ladder includes some scullers racing and competing for the very first time as well some older scullers. Local clubs are out in force, while there will also be competitors from Cahir Rowing Club, Cappoquin Rowing Club, Clonmel Rowing Club, Commercial Rowing Club (Dublin), Galway Rowing Club,  Kenmare Rowing and Boat Club, Muckross Rowing Club and Tralee Rowing Club.
Some competitors who were winners of years gone by include Tony Corcoran and Brian Crean – the only person to win the Cork Sculling Ladder four times – David Heffernan and Albert Maher.
The presentation to the 50th Cork Sculling Ladder time trial winners will take place at 2.00pm at Cork Boat Club. The 2020–2022 Cork Sculling Ladder will continue with two-boat racing until early April 2022. New competitors can join at any stage.