Third Annual Blue Light Regatta Enjoys its Biggest and Best Year Yet

By Alan Sheehan

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Ian Clohessy, Elaine O Sullivan, Ricki Roche and Aoife Murphy.

The third annual Blue Light Regatta was a massive success this past Sunday, 7 May as it attracted its biggest crowd yet to watch and enjoy a series of closely-fought races.
Hosted by and at the Whitegate Rowing Club the Blue Light Regatta fundraised for both its hosts Whitegate Rowing Club and East Cork Rapid Response (ECRR) with all monies raised being divided evenly between the two. The event combined a family-orientated fun day and a series of races, both competitive and non-competitive, culminating the competitive Blue Light Boat Race between teams from four different emergency services.
“This was our best organised and best attended event yet,” said Austin Cleary, Chairman of Blue Light Boat Race Committee. “We had a full house. All crews due to race turned up. We got a fantastic turnout. There wasn’t a spare piece of beach in front of the clubhouse, it was so well attended. Sun splitting the stones. Nature helped on the day in that regard. Members of the East Cork Camera Club were snapping away for the day. We had attractions for the younger members and even as crews were getting off the boat they were resigning for next year.”
The First Blue Light Boat Race took place in 2013 as a single race incorporated within the Whitegate Regatta but held as a separate event the following year, branching out to include teams from non-emergency services such as schools and businesses.

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