Trinity Regatta was held on the River Liffey on Saturday 19th April 2014. As crews gatherd for racing starting from 7am the sun began to break through the morning fog for a day when it would shine brightly all day for a very successful Regatta. And as the fog lifted from the Liffey, the Garda Crews were some of the first crews to emerge from the mist coming around the Army bend.
The first of the Garda Crews to race were the Womens 4+, (Sheila Kenny, Mary Moore, Martha Coyne, Liza Galvin). Coxed by Gavin Connolly he steered them well of the start however the DULBC crew that they raced against pulled away slightly and it was a lead the Garda women were not able to pull back.
After that, Olive Holden was in the final of the Womens Inter 1x against Gemma Foley of Commmercial. Olive was well up on her competition and had a good lead coming towards the Army bend. However, poor steering let her down and gave Gemma Foley a chance to come back at her and take the victory. Olive later went on to compete in the Club 1 event but again came up against stiff opposition. Continuing to train well, her coach Willie Ryan, is sure that she will make the breakthrough yet.
The mens crews broke into singles for a time trial in the mornng for inclusion in the single events later in the day. With the fastest four singles in each category going through, Garda Daire Mac Eoin secured qualification in the Mens Club 1 1x category and Club Captain Garda Damien Kelly securing qualification in the Mens Club 1 and Intermediate 1x category.
After the Luncheon break there was still plenty more racing for the Garda Crews. The Womens Novice 8 were unlucky to be beaten by Trinity but they have made great strides since last year and are continuing in the right direction.
The Mens Club 1 4+ of Kevin Sheehan, Phil Murphy, Ronan Allen and Daire Mac Eoin were coxed through their first heat by Gavin Connolly and the win settled them for their next race against the strong opposition of UCD. The Garda men were down off the start but worked hard in the water and pushed past the UCD crew to secure their place in the final. They went on to race the same Blackrock crew that had beaten them in Neptune Regatta. With that in the back of their mind they were determined to right the wrongs of that experience. They most certainly did so and despite Blackrock putting up some very tough resistance at first, the Garda Crew again pushed past to secure their first Regatta win together. No doubt this will spur them on for further regattas in the season.
The last Garda races of the day was for Garda Damien Kelly in the singles. Having made it through the time trial and the semi final, Damien was faced with Sam Toland of UCD who had beaten Daire Mac Eoin on the other side of the final. Damien got off to a good start and got a lead on Toland. Thankfully it was not as close an encounter as their last occasion and Damien managed to hold onto the lead for the win. With one in the bag, Damien went back up to the start again to face Turlough Hughes of UCD in the final of the Intermediate 1x a short time later. They both got off to good starts with the UCD sculler getting an early lead. Garda Kelly made a number of pushes on the way down the course and put the UCD sculler under pressure and had the boats overlapping. Damien made one final push at the 500m marker but the UCD sculler managed to hold it off to take victory for UCD.
Following the races and prize giving cermonies, all the Garda Crews retired to the Garda Club for refreshments. Joined by oarsmen and women from UCD and Neptune, the party went on well into the night”.
The next scheduled race for the Garda Crews is Dublin Metropolitian Regatta on 17th May 2014 at Blessington Lakes.