Record Breaking entry for the Offshore Championships
There are 53 crews from 14 clubs entered in the 2017 Offshore Championships which take place in Arklow on Saturday 9th Sept. This includes entries from Wales and France so competition should be intense. This event also acts as the qualifying event for the FISA World Championships. The event was originally meant to be a two day event but had to be curtailed to one due to the unfavourable forecast for Sunday.
Two years ago this event was held in Arklow as the Irish Open and attracted 27 entries. In Courtmacsherry last year it had 41 entries. Since RI took over FISA Coastal Rowing, and rebranded it as Offshore, there has been a phenomenal interest in this exciting sport and 10 clubs are considering buying new boats.
Reigning World Champion Monika Dukarska is competing in the solo. Regardless of the outcome, she is automatically qualified for the Worlds as the Offshore Committee have decided that any reigning World Champion is automatically designated IRL1 the following year so they can defend their title.
The top 3 or 4 crews will be eligible for the Worlds. Others who do not qualify directly will have an opportunity to qualify in the preliminary round the day before.
Results will be updated throughout the day on Arklow Rowing Club’s Facebook page and at the
following link: http://tinyurl.com/y7cdc8rx
Wishing all competitors, coaches, organisers and volunteers a successful event on Saturday.