Recreational rowing is a non-competitive activity for those who enjoy tourism, sight-seeing, sport and friendship. Crews do not compete against one another. This aspect of rowing has been practised in Ireland for years.
In order to be a recreational rower, you must be a competent rower in both sweep and sculling, be able to swim, be able to look after yourself in a critical situation and be equipped with your own life jacket. Individual insurance is required for any rower participating in a recreational rowing tour.
In 2008 a single touring quad with four veteran rowers, sharing coxing duties, travelled from Belturbet in Co. Cavan to Enniskillen in Co. Fermanagh. Since then there have been very satisfactory tours on different parts of the Shannon; on the Slaney in the company of the local coastal clubs; on the Nore from Inistioge down to New Ross ; on the lower Barrow and most recently, on the Lower Bann from Toome Bridge to Coleraine. The latter was probably the best to date with a tour dinner on the Saturday night and a very picturesque river.
The best time for a tour is late May/early June as weed growth is minimal, can clash with club commitments for rowers during the peak of the racing season. September, usually a dry, calm month, is also a good choice.
For more information on recreational rowing, contact Michael O’Dwyer at firstname.lastname@example.org.