6 Trinity 8s descended the Weir last Saturday to take part in the annual Dublin Head of the River in challenging conditions of up to 40 mph winds. This wasn’t to prevent further domination of the domestic head season however.
Although poorly subscribed, the first VIII comfortably collected the pennant for men’s Senior VIIIs with the Intermediate VIII finishing just behind, collecting the Intermediate Pennant well ahead of the chasing pack. Although competition was not quite what it was at Erne Head last weekend, as coach Nick Dunlop made clear, there is no substitute for race experience- this was particularly relevant of course for the Senior and Novice 8s who will race over the very same course in the Colours Race against UCD this coming weekend.
As for the Novice squad, although their first choice Colours 8 chose not to race, the “Goonan” crew put in a fantastic performance finishing only 8 seconds off UCD’s first Novice Boat which will give them a big boost coming into the Goonan fixture this coming Friday at 5:30pm in Islandbridge. A word of congratulations also to the third Novice VIII who, when thrown together somewhat last minute, still put in a stellar performance in tough conditions. This is testament to the commitment of both the rowers and coaches, Charlie Cunningham and Mike Ryder- well done all and well rowed Trinity!