With Ciaran Gannon’s 75th anniversary approaching, UCD Boat Club reclaimed his namesake trophy in difficult conditions on the River Liffey.
The 71st UCD Gannon Cup crew were tipped as favourites going into the day, with the advantageous North station and more experienced crew, but Trinity ensured it was a fierce contest.
Racing conditions were extremely tough with a strong headwind along with gusts and a heavy flow. Trinity gave the first blow, stretching out to a half length lead in the first 250 metres, but the UCD crew remained calm and held onto their bend advantage. UCD made their move at Capel Street bridge, calling for a push which took them out to a clear water lead which they held until the last stretch. Trinity made a final push at the Blue Bridge to narrow the gap but the race finished with UCD ahead by 2/3 of a length.
The win brought the overall standings to 37-33 in Trinity’s favour and returned the Gannon Cup to UCD just in time for Ciaran Gannon’s 75th anniversary.
The Novice Men were unfortunate to crab early on in the Dan Quinn Shield which hampered their chances but there’s no doubt they will be back, strong and hungry, for a big race at University Championships on 13th April.
UCD’s men also took a clean sweep in the reserve races. An early lead in the Inter 8+ Naggon Cup event secured the victory while a late crash by the Trinity 2nd Novice crew ensured the Goonan Cup went to UCD.
UCD Ladies Boat Club were successful in the Sally Moorhead Trophy for Novice Women while the Corcoran Cup was won by the more experienced Trinity crew.