Castleconnell’s men’s junior 18 eight were the fastest crew at the St Michael’s head of the river. The host club’s junior 18A quadruple (Fionn McDonald, Shane Rafferty, Aiden Kearney and Cormac Benson, pictured at the Irish Championships) came a  close second in terms of time taken to cover the 3.4 kilometres.

 The competition in the junior 18 quads, won by that St Michael’s crew, was one of the most serious of the day.

 The new scheduling of the event worked well in terms of weather – it was a fine and dry day. The entry of 205 crews was primarily made up of junior crews.