On Saturday the Intermediate and Senior Men went to Limerick to compete at Limerick Regatta over 1500m. With limited facilities and land to rig the boats the rowers ended up rigging their boats in the mud and wet and hiding in the van in between races.
Below is a picture of Mark and Ben rigging their double scull in the vegetable plot.
The day began with the Intermediate 1x with Liam Moran competing in his first sculling race and Ben Evans competing in the time trial. Unfortunately neither of the scullers made it into the final. With the regatta getting off to a slow start the regatta quickly began to run behind time. This resulted in the following race, the club 2 4x, attempting to begin swiftly. This meant that our club 2 4x, which Moran was also racing in, was unable to get to the start on time resulting in no race in that category for Queen's. This was unfortunate as the odds looked good for Queen's in that category.
Next up was the Senior 4x in which Queen's took a close win over a Carlow/Three Castles composite 4x. The Queen's 4x line up consisted of Christopher Beck, Adam Boreham, Tiernan Oliver, and James McKelvey. 40 minutes after the Senior 4x were the Senior 1x in which each member of the 4x raced again. Tiernan Oliver won his heat bringing him into the final in the afternoon in which he placed 3rd.
Next up were the Intermediate 2x in which two Queen's crews of Jason Armstrong & Luke McCann and Mark McMullan & Ben Evans raced. Jason & Luke comfortably won their heat bringing them into the final later in the afternoon in which they placed 3rd. Mark and Ben finished 3rd in their heat.
After the long day all that there was left to do was de-rig in the rain, collect the medals and make the tiring journey home...and stop for pizza!