Carrick-on-Shannon Rowing Club have announced that the 2019 Head of the Shannon will take place on December seventh.
The annual winter event will be the last competitive event for crews nationally which consists of two time-trial races of 3500m, at 11am and 2pm respectively.
Participating crews warm up and row to the start, south of Carrick-on-Shannon after slipping at Carrick Rowing Club.
From there crews wait to race back to the Boardwalk opposite the Landmark Hotel at timed intervals under the direction of Race Director and Event Secretary Mark Butler.
This event has grown from strength to strength in recent years as the course guarantees a great stretch of river for racing.
A challenging course for coxswains, excellent facilities for river access and egress, a warm friendly atmosphere and excellent food and entertainment between races.
Ultimately however crews are coming to track their fastest times in the hope of winning a category pennant.
On the racing front, early indicators are the very cream of Irish Rowing will be in attendance and we look forward to some very fast times and perhaps even a new course record.
Carrick Rowing Club will hope to pick up a number of our own pennants with crews all working hard at the weekends under the stewardship of our hard working club coaches.
The club will enter boys and girls crews in Eights, Quads, Doubles and Singles on the day.
Taking charge of this unenviable task is Junior Club Coach Orna Gilhooley well known for her meticulous attention to detail and split second accuracy.
Orna will be assisted on the day by a number of parents and volunteers to ensure timely results and communication of same.
Safety is as always of paramount importance and as always Carrick Rowing Club are indebted to Leitrim Civil Defence, Leitrim Sub Aqua and the team of river enthusiasts who marshal the course to assist crews.
This is a mammoth task undertaken by the club and it could not take place without these willing volunteers.