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Monday, 13th May 2024

Eighth annual Boyne Boat Race a great success

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Members of Inver Colpa Rowing Club pictured at Clogherhead ahead of the start of the 2024 Annual Boyne Boat Race. Photo: Tony Campbell.

The 2024 Annual Boyne Boat Race, hosted by Inver Colpa Rowing Club, took place last week with crews from all across the country making their way once more to the starting point on the beach at Clogherhead and it was a very early morning start! 

From 5am, rowers from all across the country arrived with their boats (a mix of East Coast Skiffs, St. Ayles Skiffs, All-Ireland One Design boats and Celtic Longboats), looking forward to a challenging race for approximately 15.5km along the coast to the mouth of the River Boyne and down the river underneath the viaduct for a sprint finish to the de Lacy bridge

With perfect weather conditions, unlike last year when the participants had to contend with four seasons in one day, there was a real sense of excitement in the early morning air.  For the host club, it was a big day as it was the first time that Inver Colpa had three crews competing, pointing to the growth of the club over the last few years.

Reflections in the Boyne as a rowing crew make their way up the river in the 2024 Annual Boyne Boat Race Photo: Richard Hatch.

After the race, Club Chairperson, James McKevitt said it had been a hugely successful day for the club on and off the water.

“Inver Colpa’s mixed crew of Andy, Sarah, Tom, Joanne & Gerry (cox) did the club proud and took home the honours, winning the coveted Cassidy Cup. “Great participation by all club members and visitors whether from within a boat or on the shore.

“It was the club’s first time entering three boats into the event and there were Boyne Boat Race debutants in Cliona, Tammy, Linda, Saoirse and Claire. Some boats took the scenic route across the Mornington flats, but all made it to the finish line in the end!

Crews racing for trhe finish line during the 2024 Annual Boyne Boat Race Photo: Richard Hatch.

“We witnessed some great duels on the river and sea. Great support from friends and family, and the townsfolk of Drogheda. The Boyne Boat Race was a fitting prelude to the ‘Drogheda 10k’ later in the afternoon. A wonderful day for all involved, and whets the appetite for Boyne Boat Race 2025!”

Inver Colpa Rowing Club would like to thank everyone who rowed or helped out in any way on the day along with the Boyne Fishermans' Rescue and Recovery, Clogherhead RNLI Lifeboat Station (especially Barry Sharkey), Clogherhead Coast Guard Eric Kirwan, Padraig Rath for Safety, Laurence Kirwan of Drogheda Port, Last Lap Cafe, St Nicholas GFC, Richie Hatch and Tony Campbell, Leinster Farm Machinery, Hurleys, and especially all of our sponsors - Flogas Ireland, Premium Pellets,, KC Shipping, The Mariner and Grennan's Pub.

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