Irish Coastal Rowing Championships 2019
5th September 2019
Oars were at the ready last weekend at the National Rowing Centre in Cork, which played host to the Irish Coastal Rowing Championships 2019 hosted by East Cork based Whitegate Rowing Club. The event welcomed more than 330 crews from 21 clubs from throughout Ireland to take part in the hope of achieving the title of Irish Coastal Rowing Champions 2019.
The event saw crews compete against the best in the country across two days with 60 races featuring a mix of qualifying heats and finals. While the majority of the racing took place in the Coastal Four racing boats the event also featured races for the more traditional craft including the Cork Yawls, Traditional Gigs, East Coast Skiffs, Wexford Cots to mention a few.
On Friday there were 33 races with a mix of Heats, finals and all the traditional races. The Saturday then was the finals day in which 25 Coastal Four finals took place. The quality of racing over the two days was exceptionally high and when compared to the results and times from last year’s event it is clear to see that the standard of rowing is improving year on year.
There was a great spread of the successes from across the country with the Senior Ladies Race being won by Killorglin from Kerry and the Senior Men’s title going to Myross RC in West Cork.
Commenting after the event Rowing Ireland Coastal Championships Chairperson Eddie Farr: ‘I must thank all involved in the organizing, and running a very successful championships which were the highlight to our season, we hope all crews and supporters enjoyed what was a truly great event with some fantastic racing on display.
Host Club Chairperson Rachel Barry thanked everyone who made the event a success saying ‘it was an honour for Whitegate RC to play host to this year’s event. I would like to congratulate all the crews who took part and thank everyone who put in the effort to make this event a massive success. I would like to thank all of the event sponsors without whose support the event would not have been possible.’
With such a fantastic display of rowing over the two days, it was always going to be a tight race for the most coveted Club of the Championships award. This award is won by the most successful club over the two days based on their results. It did come down to the wire this year with Kilmacsimon from West Cork and Whitegate from East Cork battling it out to the line and it was the East Cork club who came home in front with six overall wins to Kilmacsimon’s five.
Commenting from the venue after the final presentations Regatta Director Shane Russell: ‘ It has been a fantastic weekend’s rowing here at the NRC in Cork with some of the most competitive and close racing I have seen in years. On behalf of the entire Regatta team, I would like to thank everyone who made this event the success that it was. To host an event of this size is no small undertaking and it is only possible with the large number of volunteers who have given of their time to make it a success. I would like to thank Rowing Ireland, Whitegate Rowing Club, the team at the National Rowing Centre especially Denis O Regan and Michael O Callaghan and to the entire championship committee for the support throughout the year. I would like to especially thank all of the clubs and their members who worked with us throughout the weekend. The 2019 Championships have left people with some great memories to take away and I do hope that they will fondly remember Cork 2019 long into the future’.
As the dusk settled on the venue in Farran Cork, thoughts had already turned to the 2020 Championships which will be hosted by Donegal Bay Rowing Club at the Lakeside Centre in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal.