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.