After a delay of one hour due to heavy fog, the 50th Cork Sculling Ladder Time Trial, sponsored by Argos Fire, finally took place on the 1800 metre Marina course today.
Andrew Sheehan of Lee Rowing Club (pictured), a World Under-23 silver medallist this year, caused a shock when he won in a time of six minutes 16.3 seconds, from Olympian and three-time winner of the Cork Sculling Ladder, Ronan Byrne of UCC Rowing Club. Byrne clocked 6:18.7, while last season’s time trial winner Colm Hennessy of Shandon Boat Club covered the course in 6:33.9.
Natalie Long of Lee Valley Rowing Club retained the women’s Time Trial crown in 6:53.5. Next in the rankings were Clodagh Hayes of Lee Rowing Club (7:16.3) and Kate Reidy, aslo of Lee, in 7:19.8.
Once the fog lifted, sculling conditions were good on an incoming tide.