Commercial does Good at 2015 St. Michaels Head

On Saturday, 21st Feb, Commercial Rowing Club set the alarm clocks early to travel to Castleconnell for St. Michaels HeadJimsNovice8

The day brought ‘scattered showers and sunny spells‘.  It started very calm, but cross-winds blew up in the afternoon and every cloud seemed to bring a new adventure.

Well done to those who remembered to bring wellingtons as it got a bit muddy underfoot.

Commercial entered 34 boats this year.  St Michaels is probably Ireland’s biggest Head.  And, in spite of the tough competition, Commercial managed to translate our big numbers into several successes: –

The Men’s Club 2 4+ were the joint-fastest in their MC2 4 event, crossing the line in 12:44 and eyebrows were raised by a very promising time in the 8 event (third fastest eight on the day at 11:05).

The quality miles in Islandbridge paid off for the Boys J16’s who won the 4X+ event (ahead of 20 challengers), and Ed Meehan captured the title of fastest J16 sculler (ahead of 22 other scullers).  Additionally, the Boys J15’s rowed with great confidence to win their 4X+ event (ahead of eighteen challengers and even ahead of Commercial’s J16 4X).

Jim Butcher’s Women’s Novice 8 turned on the style to comprehensively defeat six other eights and in the process sent the Trinity Ladies back the drawing board!     The Women’s Club2 eight produced a good time, but were pipped by GalwayRC and will surely avenge them at the next meet..


For a full listing of finalized results, click on the links below: –


Many thanks to all the parents, rowers, coaches and trailer drivers and coxes for their huge organisational efforts to make this event possible and, even better, smoothly run.

Finally, the captain would like to remind all crews to please double check that all boats are properly secured to the trailer – as we nearly had an (expensive) incident on Friday evening.  If anyone is unsure of the tie-down procedure, please consult your coach