DSC08578The first of two back-to-back regattas in Ringsend saw St. Michael’s return to winning ways in style!

Again, it was the first race that brought medals, but this time it was the turn of our Senior Ladies, who won a hotly-contested Silver. Having led the race into the turn, the home crew stole pole position, leaving our girls to fight out a photo finish with a very strong Arklow crew.

DSC08592Our 8 crews battled hard throughout the day, with yet more just-shy-of-the-medals finishes for our mixed, novice, and junior ladies’ crews. These crews’ days will come very soon!

The sun was splitting the stones by the Liffey, and conditions were just perfect for rowing, with the host club putting on a great spread of burgers and snacks for those that had finished their racing for the day!

DSC08599There were a few pauses in the racing to let ships come and go, along with the odd bridge lift, but this is all to be expected in a working port. It was towards the back of the race-card that things got interesting for St. Michael’s.

 

DSC08670Our Junior men made a position change during the week between stroke and 2nd bow, which seemed to be just the tweak that was needed as they rocketed from last place to… FIRST! The prestigious Caulfield cup is the first Junior Men’s cup for us in many years, and indeed for one of the crew, it was his first gold from 12 years as an oarsman!

More records were yet to be shattered, with our new Senior Men’s crew bettering their 4th from last week with a bronze this week, the first Senior Medal. And what’s more, they were leading for the first leg and a half, so there may yet be more to come from this crew! Well done to all the medal-winning crews (pictured below), and to all our crews who are improving at a great rate this season.

DSC08680more pics of the day here.