The 2018 Irish Rowing Championships will take place in just 35 days’ time, running from Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July at the National Rowing Centre, Farran Wood, Cork.
This year, Rowing Ireland is proud to host the Championships as part of our first international ‘Festival of Rowing’ – a high profile series of sporting events encompassing the Irish Rowing Championships, the Home International Regatta and the Coupe de la Jeunesse Regatta, over the course of three weekends in July.
The three individual race weekends will vary in attendance from 5,000 to 10,000 spectators who will travel to Cork to watch up to 3,000 rowers compete in the championship events.
Last year a record entry of over a thousand crews took part in the Irish Rowing Championships, and this year’s entry is expected to match if not excede this number.
The highlight of the Championships is always the senior eights races and last year’s contests did not disappoint. The experience and strength of a boat containing Olympians Sanita Puspure and Claire Lambe in a UCD/Old Collegians crew took the women’s senior eights title over rivals Skibbereen/UCC, who were attempting to retain their 2016 title. In the senior men’s eights, a freshly formed Skibbereen crew (including Olympic silver medallists Gary and Paul O’ Donovan and European/World Champions Shane O’ Driscoll and Mark O’ Donovan) gave 2016 champions Commercial a fantastic race, however the Dublin crew were once again crowned Champions of Ireland, crossing the line to a tremendous reception.
NUIG emerged as the club winning the most titles across last year’s Championships, nine in all.
With just over a month to go to the 2018 Championships, clubs around the country are busy preparing their crews for Championship racing – are you ready to row alongside the country’s best?