The 63rd Erne Head of the River scheduled for this Saturday, March 7, has been cancelled due to high water levels.

This is only the third time that regatta has been cancelled following on from 2002 due to Foot and Mouth precautions and flooding in 2014. There are no plans to reschedule the event.

Derek Holland, Head of Rowing at Enniskillen Royal Boat Club is gutted at having to cancel the event. Erne Head of the River is now the main head race in Ireland and all but one or two clubs from right across Ireland had entered crews for Saturday.

“No Heads have taken place so far in Ireland in 2020,” he said. “Enniskillen Royal Boat Club’s crews were due to race at Lagan Scullers Head, Sligo Head and Lagan Head and they were all cancelled. The rowers have been off the water for just over two weeks due to flooding but training has continued in the gym to prepare rowers for the rest of the season.”

The focus for the ERBC rowers now switches to the London Schools Head of the River which takes place on March 18. Four crews from the Club will travel to compete against crews from all over the UK.