THE final countdown to the 2018 Irish Rowing Championships has commenced with just one week to go until the biggest rowing regatta ever to take place in the island of Ireland.
More than 1,600 athletes representing over 60 clubs from all four provinces will travel to the National Rowing Centre in Farran Wood, Cork next weekend for the highlight of the Rowing Ireland domestic calendar which takes place from Friday July 13th – Sunday July 15th.
This year’s event will have an international element and a real festival feel with visiting crews from the U.S and U.K and a food market offering more than 5,000 spectators a taste of Cork’s quality local food and beverage produce.
Championships Secretary, Kieran Kerr, said entries have increased from 1,048 to 1,127 crews. The Championships races are closed events with the exception of masters races.
Masters rowing has also seen an upsurge in competitors. Fairmount Rowing Club from Philadelphia in the U.S will have four crews competing while the U.K based Roxbourne Rowing Club has a single sculler entered in the men’s masters x1.
“This year’s Irish Rowing Championships will be the biggest in the history of Irish rowing and the committee has been working hard to ensure that everything is in place to make it a fantastic weekend of racing,” Mr Kerr said.
This year’s Championships regatta is also the first event in Rowing Ireland’s three-part Festival of Rowing which includes the Home Internationals Regatta between Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales on July 21, and the Coupe de la Jeunesse from July 27 – 29 which will see junior rowers from 14 European countries compete over two days at the National Rowing Centre.
Mr Kerr said that despite the recent warm dry spell of weather, water levels are holding well and haven’t dropped much since Cork Regatta at the end of June. Six lane racing will take place over the 2,000 metre course from Rooves Bridge to the finish line in in front of the grandstand at the National Rowing Centre.