Training Camp at Lough Rynn – Cumann Rámhaíochta Choláiste na Coiribe

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Here is a report on the Cumann Rámhaíochta Choláiste na Coiribe training camp on the 15-17 May 2015 in Lough Rynn. The focus is on information that would be useful to clubs planning to use the facility to train there.

There was no cost for using the facility although there is a fair bit of paperwork with insurance indemnity and event safety plans required. You should get this process started a month or two before your camp as there may be a bit of back and forth involved.

There is lots of room to load/unload and store boats on trestles but there are no racks https://www.google.ie/maps/@53.8995769,-7.8552635,505m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en . There is plenty of space to leave singles and doubles on grass with an overhang for fins near the slip. There is CCTV on site, we left the boats and oars on site and our launch in the water with a chain running through the engine and attached to a metal ring at slipway for the weekend and had no issues.

Other than the slip, there are no rowing specific facilities (launches, boat racks, gym etc) but we were given key cards by Leitrim Co. Co. for the caravan/camping facitities building This building has a few hot showers and tea-making/cooking facilities. It is small but means you can leave bags etc indoors while on the water. There is an large new floating pontoon designed for rowing boats so slipping was easy.

 

We did two sessions on Friday and Saturday and one on Sunday morning before heading home. The weather was windy the first day so we did early morning and late evening sessions from then on, when the wind was a bit calmer. The course is fairly sheltered and at least one section should be calm from most wind directions. There was quite a strong westerly one day but even then a few lanes had water that was calm enough between 500m and 1500m for our J14 1Xs to row in. The course is absolutely fantastic: 8 wide lanes perfectly buoyed and there is another 1000m or so of deep water for training on after the buoyed course. The lanes would be perfect for doing seat-racing on if the weather was calm.

 

We stayed in the self catering houses owned by Lough Rynn Castle which were about 5 min drive or 25 min walk from the course. They are new, well furnished and comfortable. Each house had 2 doubles and one single room and we were charged €35 per person per night. The castle offered to put an extra camp bed in each house free of charge. There was a big couch in each house and plenty of floor space also which could have been used if required.

The nearest shops are in Mohill about ten minutes drive away. The area is very rural so there are no distractions from training!

The only potential negative about the facility is that if it is too windy to row there is no gym or ergs to use so I imagine it would be frustrating if you ended up not being able to row after travelling there.

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