The 2017 Irish Rowing Championships take place this weekend running from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th July at the National Rowing Centre, Farran Wood, Cork.
We are looking forward to a bumper weekend of racing due to a record entry of over a thousand crews to take to the waters of the River Lee.
The three day event will showcase some of the best racing Ireland has to offer with 1049 crews competing in 264 races. The National Rowing Centre will welcome 60 clubs, including Waterville and Flesk Valley who will compete at the Championships for the first time, as well as a reformed Newry RC. Many of our High Performance athletes including our Olympians Gary & Paul O’Donovan, Sanita Puspure and Claire Lambe will be among those competing for the much coveted “Pots”, as well as European Champions Shane O’ Driscoll and Mark O’ Donovan and European Silver medallist Denise Walsh.
There will be plenty of merchandise to purchase throughout the weekend as the Rowing Ireland Merchandise tent will be open each day selling official Regatta T-shirts and other items of gear. A team of photographers from DE Photo will also be present to take photos of crews on the water and at each of the presentations, and all photographs will be available to purchase on the day.
Three amazing days at the NRC were enjoyed at last year’s Championships, which came to a spectacular end with the men’s senior 8+ being fought right to the line. Commercial RC came away with the “Big Pot” in the end after a thrilling race, which saw them finishing less than a second ahead of rivals UCD, making them the new Champions of Ireland. Skibbereen, in combination with UCC, won the women’s senior eight, again pipping UCD to the post but by a more convincing margin. This win took Skibbereen’s overall tally for the Championships to a staggering 13 – they now have 163 in total, 11 clear of nearest rivals, Neptune (152). Who will step up to the mark this year? Will the Champions of 2016 be knocked off their perch?
We look forward to welcoming you all to Cork over the coming days – make sure to bring your club flag to be flown proudly from the balcony of the NRC during the weekend’s racing!
For full information on the event click here.
Best of luck to all athletes, coaches, organisers and volunteers for a very successful Championships. The long hours of hard work are done, now it’s time to race and above all, enjoy!