Recreational rowing is a non-competitive activity for those who enjoy tourism, sight-seeing, sport and friendship. Crews do not compete against one another. This aspect of rowing has been practised in Ireland for years.
In order to be a recreational rower, you must be a competent rower in both sweep and sculling, be able to swim, be able to look after yourself in a critical situation and be equipped with your own life jacket. Individual insurance is required for any rower participating in a recreational rowing tour.
In 2008 a single touring quad with four veteran rowers, sharing coxing duties, travelled from Belturbet in Co. Cavan to Enniskillen in Co. Fermanagh. Since then there have been very satisfactory tours on different parts of the Shannon; on the Slaney in the company of the local coastal clubs; on the Nore from Inistioge down to New Ross ; on the lower Barrow and most recently, on the Lower Bann from Toome Bridge to Coleraine. This latter was probably the best to date with a tour dinner on the Saturday night and a very picturesque river.
The best time for a tour is late May/early June as weed growth is minimal, can clash with club commitments for rowers during the peak of the racing season. September, usually a dry, calm month, is also a good choice.
For more information on recreational rowing, contact Michael O’Dwyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
World Rowing has a section dedicated to recreational rowing, available here.
Annual Rowing Ireland Tour Weekend in Graiguenamanagh (2016)
A weekend tour will take place in Graiguenamanagh on the weekend of May 6th , 7th and 8th . All equipment (boats, oars etc.) will be provided and the target number of participants is 15. The target is to make this tour an annual event taking place in May each year. Participants must be registered members of Rowing Ireland (Note that there is a half fee registration option for Recreational i.e. non-competitive members). Further details and an outline of the proposed schedule for the weekend is available in the attached link. The fee for the weekend is €240 and is non-refundable but it can be transferred to another participant if required. Applications should be made to email@example.com and the fee can be paid by credit card to Rowing Ireland. The closing date for applications is 4th of March and all fees must be paid by April 8th.