Two big events in Munster and Ulster should give a lift-off to the rowing season on Saturday.
The Skibbereen Head of the River at the Marina in Cork has 521 crews entered, with approximately 300 in fixed heads. One interesting entry is the composite quadruple featuring Gary O’Donovan and Ronan Byrne, with Ryan Spelman and Colm Hennessy.
The forecast is for wet and sometimes windy weather, but the Marina has a good record of holding events in weather which would be difficult at other venues.
Enniskillen Fours Head has 62 men’s crews entered and 57 women’s.
The first head of the day is the women’s race, which goes off at 11 o’clock, with the senior quadruple from the University of Galway (the former NUIG) leading it out. The men’s race off at 2 o’clock. The senior Queen’s quadruple is the first crew off.