THERE will be a regatta at Knockninny next week for the first time in almost 150 years, and the public are being urged to come along and take part.
Organised by Lough Erne Heritage and the Aughakillymaude Community Association, the first Knockninny Regatta since the 1880s will take place next Saturday, June 3.
The aim of the race is to determine the Knockninny Champions and anyone who wants to participate is urged to either enter or come along and watch.
“It’s an excellent opportunity for people to see for themselves Lough Erne Cots being raced and to see at first hand how these unique vessels have been put together,” said Fred Ternan of Lough Erne Heritage.
Mr Ternan said it was hoped not just the regatta could be re-established, but a county-wide tradition that has died out over the centuries.
“Regattas such as these were a memorable occasion for all and could be so again particularly as we develop the water based activities based around a little bit of fun competitive rowing of the Lough Erne Cots,” he said, explaining groups from all around the Erne could get involved and even restore old boats or build new ones based on designs unique to the lough.
“Local regattas with a winner established in each area could lead to an overall Lough Erne Regatta held in a different place each year where the Lough Erne Champion Cot rowing team could be decided.”
Teams of three, including a paddler to steer, are needed for the race, and two Lough Erne cots will be provided. Team entries will be limited to the first eight received, and entry is £5 per person.
Entries and registration takes place at Knockninny Quay on Saturday, June 3 from 10am. For further information and entry forms, contact Liam Boyle on 07801641927.
For more information visit Lough Erne Heritage on Facebook.
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Posted: 9:30 am May 28, 2017