The 2017 Portadown Boat Club Marascull takes place on Saturday 14th October starting at 12pm. The 16k course is along the River Bann from Bann Foot to Portadown Boat Club.
Portadown Boat Club is in the enviable position of having a great expanse of waterway to hold this unique event. The Club holds two large events every year – the Marascull in October at the start of the Head season and their renowned Regatta in May.
In 2016 thirty boats took part in the Marascull and we are expecting more entries this year. The winning boat from 2016 was Portadowns own Men’s Junior Under 18 coxless quad who completed the course in 1 hour and 6 minutes. What a time to beat!
Skill, Endurance and Determination
It is a test of the competitor’s skill, endurance and determination to complete this challenging 16k course which starts from Bann Foot at the edge of Lough Neagh along the meandering River Bann to Portadown Boat Club.
To keep competitors fuelled for the event, Irwin’s Nutty Krust hot toast with dripping butter will be provided at the start. A light lunch of soup and fresh Irwin’s rolls will be served at Portadown Boat Club at the end of the event along with the important medal ceremony. However, this really is an event were everyone who completes the course is a winner.
Portadown Boat Club Captain, Christine McCullough said:
“I would like to thank everyone who gets involved in making the event a success, from the parents who get their children to the event, the other Clubs who support us by taking part and the Portadown Boat Club members who run the Marascull.”
Entries are invited from Junior, Open and Masters categories sculling Singles, Doubles, Pairs, coxed and uncoxed Quads. The launch area is not big enough for Eights. Closing date for entries is midnight on Monday 9th October 2017.
For all entries and queries regarding the Portadown Marascull please contact PortadownBoatClubSecretary@gmail.com.