Rowing Report March 2009

Two 'Bish' 8's crews travelled to Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh last Saturday to participate in the 52nd Erne Head of the River, home course to Portora Boat Club. In the Men's J16 8+'s the 'Bish' J16 8+ raced away from the start leaving Coleraine behind. The crew performed well, closing Portora's lead of 10 seconds off the start within the first 300m. 'Bish' shadowed Portora down the long straight (approx. 1.5km) until close to the first severe bend, when they pulled alongside on the inside and held position. Once around the corner 'Bish' eased forward of Portora until the next bend when Portora attempted to cut across 'Bish'.

However, Gavin Clarke, coxing 'Bish' held position, forcing Portora to concede the bend, and 'Bish' went on to take the honours and the Kemp Trophy. The 'Bish' J15 8+ also participated in the J16 (as there was no J15 event run on the day) event and produced an excellent time showing that they are a force to be reckoned with and have high hopes for their J16 chances next year.

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