This weekend sees crews from 30 clubs all over the country participate at the Swift Irish Offshore Rowing Championship in the scenic setting of Bantry Bay.

The entry is the biggest yet with heats needed in all grades on Saturday to bring each grade down to 12 boats for the finals on Sunday.

It is shaping up to be an absolute feast of rowing and from a season that was promising very little for so long, the opposite is now true with all clubs and crews in full regatta mode.

We would like to wish the Offshore & Bantry Championship committee the best of luck with the champs this weekend and also wish all our crews the best of racing for the weekend and then on to the WRCBS & WRCC in Portugal at the end of September.