Traditional skiff rowing was the order of the day at the Big Pier in Mountcharles on Sunday, 1st September and there will be a sequel this Sunday.
All the boxes were ticked and the course set for what was to be the final regatta of a very successful rowing season throughout county Donegal.
Streams of cars, buses, jeeps and trailers made their way along the shore front of one of most idyllic locations of south Donegal.
It was clear on arrival the Mountcharles Rowing Club had everything organised – the one thing they had no control over however was the weather!
As the tide came in and covered the sandbar the white horses were riding high in the bay.
It was early afternoon before the final decision was made – there would be no skiff racing. The sighs of disappointment could be heard at the Wee Pier.
Then came plan B – Given the nod from Mountcharles Chairman Michael McGroarty – Moville Rowing Club quickly offloaded their 2 coastal rowing boats and along with the Mountcharles Coastal boat headed for the slipway.
Mickey Kerrigan, the newly appointed Town Mayor, then fired the starting gun as the clubs joined into what turned out to be the “ Best – non Regatta ever held” described by Paddy Solan from Tráighéanach.
Gale force 8 conditions gave the spectators some amazing sights as boats were lifted high above the water level. “It’s like being on a wet rollercoaster,” one rower described on their return to the slip.
Ladies from Tráighéanach, Killybegs, Moville, Teelin, Inver and Mountcharles took part in the event while the men’s racing was contested by Moville, Tráighéanach, Burtonport, Cloughaneely, Killybegs, Inver, Teelin, Loughross/DBRC and Mountcharles.
The event clearly ended up on a high with all those who took part expressing their delight in getting the opportunity to try out something different in difficult situation and the chance to relax and enjoy the event. Photos of this event can be seen on Facebook Mountcharles Rowing Club page.
Mountcharles Rowing Club have rescheduled their Skiff regatta for this Sunday 15th of September at 12.00 noon where its hoped that the weather will be a little kinder.
The club would also like to extend a hugh thank you to all the clubs that joined in on the event and look forward to seeing all the clubs again on Sunday 15th for the Finale.
Mountcharles Rowing Club were also joined on the day also by the local St Peters NS Band whom have recently reunited and to whom the club would like to extend their thanks to each and every band member who attend and made the event one to remember.
Finally, a special word of thanks to Moville Rowing Club whom without their continued support this event would not have been possible.