World Rowing Beach Sprints

– Barletta, Puglia, Italy

Racing was disrupted this weekend at the World Rowing Beach Sprint Finals as the course was hit with difficult weather conditions on Sunday which pushed the remainder of the racing program to the reserve day.


While conditions were still challenging, the 2023 world rowing beach sprints finals concluded on Monday with team Ireland represented by Monika Dukarska in the CW1x Women’s solo final. Dukarsaka put in a phenomenal effort against Christine Cavalloof, USA but was unlucky to just miss out on a bronze medal in the event.

Kate Verling and Luke Nunan had a fantastic quarter final race in the u19 CJMix2x mixed double but also just missed out in a semi-final spot.

Earlier this weekend:

Friday saw fantastic performances by the Mens and women’s U19 solo crews:

Eoin O’Connell in the CJMX1 Won his 2nd time-trial but unfortunately was eliminated in the last 16 knockout by France today after a great race.

Aoibhe Horan won her CJWX1 2nd time-trial but was also eliminated in the last 16 knockout by Sweden after another fantastic race.


The second day of racing, crews faced knockout races where boats went head-to-head with only the winners progressing in the competition.

First up, was the repechage CJW2x Women’s u19 double of Meabh McNamara and Grace Masterson from Donegal Bay Rowing Club. The pair had a fantastic performance, going toe-to-toe with a strong German crew but although they fought hard, they fell just short of advancing to the next round.

The CMix4x mixed coxed quad of  Rhiannon O’Donoghue, Monika Dukarska, Kealan Mannix, Ronan Byrne and David Hussey went up against a strong New Zealand crew in a battle to get into the semi-finals but in a closely contested race, the crew narrowly missed out on advancing to the next stage of the competition.

Noel Creedon and Karen McCarthy of Ring RC also had a strong performance in the CMix2x Mixed Double, but it was New Zealand that was again successful in advancing to the quarter finals.

In his second race, Kealan Mannix unfortunately received a time penalty which placed him 20th in the CM1x Solo Men’s time trial 2.


The St. Michaels CJM2x Men’s double with Colm Murphy and Eoin Balfe battled difficult conditions on Sunday, the pair made it to the quarter final in a challenging race against GB.

Congratulations to all athletes and team manager Pat Churchyard.

World Rowing Beach Sprints

The World Rowing Beach Sprint Finals (WRBSF) will take place from 29 September to 1 October in Barletta, Puglia, Italy. 

This year’s event has attracted a record number of 187 crews with nine of the 39 nations attending competing at a WRBSF for the first time.

The Irish team will be competing in nine events across the weekend.

Team Announcement

Senior Team

Women’s Single (CW1x) :

  • Monika Dukarska -Killorglin Boat Club

Men’s Single (CM1x):

  • Kealan Mannix -Rosscarbery Rowing Club

Mixed Double (CMix2x):

  • Noel Creedon – Ring Rowing Club
  • Karen McCarthy – Ring Rowing Club

Coxed Mixed Quad (CMix4x):

  • Rhiannon O’Donoghue – Killorglin Boat Club
  • Monika Dukarska – Killorglin Boat Club
  • Kealan Mannix – Rosscarbery Rowing Club
  • Ronan Byrne – UCC Rowing Club
  • David Hussey- Portmagee Rowing Club

Junior Team

Junior Men’s Single (CJM1x):

  • Eoin O’Connell -Lee Rowing Club

Junior Women’s Single (CJW1x):

  • Aoibhe Horan -Killorglin Rowing Club

Junior Men’s Double (CJM2x):

  • Colm Murphy -St. Michaels Rowing Club
  • Eoin Balfe -St. Michaels Rowing Club

Junior Women’s Double (CJW2x):

  • Grace Masterson -Donegal Bay Rowing Club
  • Meabh McNamara – Donegal Bay Rowing Club

Junior Mixed Double (CJMix2x):

  • Luke Nunan – Courtmacsherry Rowing Cub
  • Kate Verling – Ring Rowing Club

Best of luck to all our athletes and Team Manager Pat Churchyard – Commercial Rowing Club

Coupe de la Jeunesse Beach Sprints

Marina di Carducci, Italy, hosted the first edition of the Coupe de la Jeunesse Beach Sprints, which took place from the 20th to the 24th of September.

Team Ireland made history by picking up its first-ever medal at the event. Michael O Boyle of Loughros Point Rowing Club claimed a bronze medal in the B final, despite challenging conditions.

The Donegal Bay Rowing Club JWx2 team of Grace Masterson and Méabh McNamara, the JMix2x team of Seléena Connolly and Jack Hehir from Rosscarbery Rowing Club, and the JM2x team of Frank Beechinor and Jack O’Donovan of Ring Rowing Club also delivered phenomenal performances over the weekend. They bravely faced the tough conditions of the Donoratico beach and proudly represented Ireland in the quarterfinals of their respective events.

A huge congratulations to all the athletes who competed this weekend.

Also, a big thank you to Team Manager Séamus Maguire (Donegal Bay Rowing Club) and the boat handlers who travelled to the event and provided invaluable support.

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