The coin toss to determine on which side of the river each university will compete in the 2020 Colours Boat Races will take place on Saturday, February 29th, at 2:30pm.
The coin toss will be officiated by Irish rowing legend Seán Drea. Originally from Bagenalstown, Co. Carlow, Drea began rowing at Neptune Rowing Club, after moving to Dublin for work. He went on to represent Ireland at two olympic games as a single sculler, finishing 7th in Munich in 1972, and finishing 4th in Montreal in 1976 having broken the world record for 2000m in his semi-final. Drea won the Diamond Challenge Sculls at Henley Royal Regatta three times, from 1973 to 1975. In 1975 he won Ireland’s first medal at a rowing World Championships, coming second in the Single Sculls event.
The venue for this year’s coin toss, at the Civic Offices on Wood Quay, overlooks a fine stretch of the race course, and represents the close the relationship between the Colours Boat Races and Dublin City Council, whose ongoing support of the event is crucial to it’s continued success.