Commercial’s men’s senior eight (above) were the fastest on the day at the Erne Head of the River on Saturday. Trinity’s senior eight (pictured below)  were the fastest women’s crew.
There was snow in Enniskillen on Friday, but Saturday had different tests. The women’s head was preceded by a heavy shower and both men’s and women’s crews had to deal with a stiff headwind.
Commercial covered the course in a competitive 19 minutes and 11.2 seconds. St Joseph’s won the junior 18 men’s category, while Neptune’s junior 16 crew recorded an impressive time.
The women competitors had to deal with trickier conditions, but it did not deter Trinity, who looked good in their win in 22 minutes 25.4 seconds. Enniskillen’s junior 18 eight placed a very good third, in 22:47.2.
The organisers of Cork head of the river had to change the start of the second fixed head because of a sad incident, unconnected to the event, in which a car drove into the river. This made judging the winners of the categories a very difficult process, and results were slow in coming out.
Shandon’s men’s masters eight had done well in the first head, while Waterford’s junior 18 women’s quad were clocked marginally ahead of the UCC women’s senior quad as the fastest of the women’s crews.