The third Irish Offshore Rowing Championships took place in Ballygally, Co Antrim on Saturday 7th September. Hosted by Cairndhu RC and sponsored by Swift Racing, the event was the largest to date with 27 clubs and almost 100 crews participating. This included regular guests from Jersey, England, Wales and the USA. The events offered were the seven FISA categories. Offshore Rowing (used to differentiate it from the fixed seat coastal rowing) has exploded since it was taken over by Rowing Ireland just over two years ago. Since then the number of boats has increased fourfold with both coastal and river clubs now participating.
Strong winds resulted in a delay of an hour to the start and also a change to the course. Once the racing commenced, however, the strong gusts moderated resulting in good challenging conditions.
The star of the day was former CW1X World Champion Monika Dukarska. Fresh from helping to qualify a W2- for the Tokyo Olympics, Monika won the CW1X and was a member of the CW2X & CW4X+ winning crews for Killorglin RC. In the CM4X+ another former World Champion, Niall O’Toole who won the LM1X in Vienna in 1991 was a member of the Wicklow RC/Killurin RC/Ring RC composite which won the CM4X+.
Next stop for the Irish Offshore rowers is the World Rowing Coastal Championships in Hong Kong with 27 crews have expressed preliminary interest in travelling.
Full results can be found here – https://tinyurl.com/Irish-OffshoreChamps