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Recreational Rowing Tours have been growing in popularity this year with the most recent Limerick Tour taking place this past Saturday 18th of September.

Tours are organised by the Rowing Ireland Recreational Committee which has a representative from each province.

On Saturday 18th of September, 16 recreational rowers set out from St Michael’s Rowing Club in Limerick City heading down the estuary initially. After 4km, they turned around and set back towards the city centre rowing under Shannon, Thomond and Sarsfield bridges, past the Treaty Stone and King John’s Castle. Conditions were mixed, initially dry, with later some rain but the water was flat calm throughout. The crews rowed up to the Ardnacrusha Power Station and then around King’s Island and down the historic Abbey river, finishing their 17km tour by coming through the weir by the potato market. 

Lunch was sourced locally and packaged in paper wraps with boxed water, as organiser Hannah Fitch (Rowing Ireland Recreational Rowing Committee Munster representative) made stellar efforts to be environmentally friendly. It was a social, fun day enjoyed by rowers from Dublin, Limerick and Wicklow. Many thanks are extended to St Michael’s Rowing Club for supporting the event.

The next recreational rowing tour will be held in Dublin on Saturday, September 25th, rowing through Dublin City on the Liffey and is sure to be a very unique and enjoyable event. 

Event Doctor

The Championship committee request any available doctor to volunteer for shifts at the Irish Rowing Championships on Friday 20th to Sunday 22nd of August to email champs-vm@rowingireland.ie

Duties – While an ambulance and paramedics will be on-site for the duration of the event, we require a doctor on call in case of emergency.

Shifts – There are morning and afternoon shifts Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Trailer Plan

A trailer plan and request for information from participating clubs has been issues to clubs via email to club secretaries. Please ensure your club has read and replied to the email by Monday the 16th of August.

Cork Regatta Committee had a meeting and a consultation with Met Eireann regarding the weather on this Saturday and Sunday the 7th and 8th of August 2021.  We have looked at rescheduling the event from Saturday to Sunday, but from our consultation with Met Eireann this is not going to be possible.  Winds are predicted to reach speeds of 40km/h, which will not allow for rowing to take place.

A lot of preparation has taken place in the last few weeks in order to get Cork Regatta up and running for 2021, especially since the 2020 season was wiped out due to Covid-19.  It is regrettable that we now have to cancel Cork Regatta 2021.  This decision has been made in the interest of safety and wellbeing of the competitors, coaches, volunteers and the committee. 

To say that we are disappointed is an understatement and any decision like this is never taken lightly. Cork Regatta is a premiere event on the Rowing Ireland calendar and we always strive to hold a regatta that is safe, competitive and fun.  It is an event that is enjoyed by everyone.

On behalf of the committee I would like to thank each of you for your entry and commitment to Cork Regatta.  We would also like to wish your clubs well with your preparations for this year’s Championship Regatta which will be held in 2 weeks’ time. 

Entry fees that have been paid will be provided a refund in the next few days.

Kind Regards

Susan Dunlea

Event Secretary, Cork Regatta Committee

The August Bank Holiday Weekend included the Junior Festival of Rowing at O’Briensbridge, hosted by Limerick Regatta Committee. and Loughros Point Masters Offshore Regatta, held at Portnoo, Donegal.

Limerick Junior Festival of Rowing 

On Saturday the 31st of July, the junior 14s, 15s, and 16s of Irish rowing descended on O’Briensbridge for some much anticipated racing. For 14s and 15s in particular, it was their first experience of racing. There was a high standard of racing throughout the day, with close finishes being commentated by Brian Richardson (St Michael’s Rowing Club), as well as a live stream of the finish line from 9am on facebook provided by Sean Willis and Aoife Willis (Limerick Boat Club). 

Conditions were calm and flat, with the day starting out cloudy. The sun appeared at lunchtime, just in time for an ice-cream from the mobile van on site which the juniors all enjoyed (as did some adults!). Men’s J16 8+ closed out racing for lunchtime with St Joseph’s Rowing Club celebrating a thrilling close finish against St Michael’s Rowing Club, Muckross RC and Castleconnell Boat Club to win the event.

Other notable performances of the day included Ayla O’Neill (Kenmare RC) in the Women’s J16 1x final and Shane Rafferty (St Michael’s Rowing Club) in the Men’s J16 1x. Many thanks are extended to the volunteers who assisted in making the event safe and enjoyable, including slip stewards, traffic marshals, umpires and stakeboat holders. 

Limerick Regatta Committee wishes to also thank neighbours and business owners in the village of O’ Briensbridge for their support in running the event, particularly in relation to traffic flow and car parking.

Loughros Point Offshore Regatta

Saturday 31st July saw Loughros Point Rowing Club hosting the Masters Regatta off beautiful Narin Beach. Inclement weather and threatening seas could not dim the spirits of organisers and competitors alike, and a card of eighteen races took place throughout a long fun day.

Teams from Cove, Donegal, Cairndu, Kincasslagh and Loughros point battled it out in quads, doubles, and singles throughout the day, with honours evenly spread.

Much thanks is due to so many great people, starters, safety boat crews, timers, commentators, covid officers, first aiders beach masters, ambulance personnel, tractor drivers, burger makers, sandwich creators and tea providers.

Special mention should be made of the younger crews who – apart from rowing – kept us laughing all day and still managed to organise the beach clean up at the end. They are a credit to themselves and their families alike.

We hope we can do it all again next year and we look forwards to even more crews and the opportunity to make even more new friends.

Event Results can be found on the Events Tab on the Rowing Ireland website. Upcoming domestic events can be found on the Domestic Calendar which is also available on the Events tab of the Rowing Ireland website. 

Upcoming Events this weekend, the 7th of August, include Cork Regatta held at the National Rowing Centre and Wicklow/Arklow Offshore Regatta.

If you have any event queries please contact either the regatta secretary in the first instance or events@rowingireland.ie  

The Championship Committee would like to issue a friendly reminder that the closing date for entries is this Wednesday the 4th of August.

This is one week earlier than usual. All entries can be made via the Rowing Ireland website. Payments for all entries must be received by 7PM on Wednesday the 4th of August.

If you have any enquires please contact championships@rowingireland.ie.