Rowing Ireland Coastal Rowing prepare for inaugural Irish Coastal Rowing Championships

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The Irish Coastal Rowing Championships are just a few days away and final preparations are being made at the spectacular setting of the National Rowing Centre, Cork. This year’s championships, which will be the inaugural one run under the auspices of Rowing Ireland, will take place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August and there promises to be a spectacular showcase of coastal rowing, with Clubs from all four Provinces of Ireland coming to Cork to compete at the highest levels of the sport.

Speaking at the venue, Eddie Farr, Chair of the Coastal Championships Committee, explained what these championships mean to coastal rowers: “Our coastal rowing community from around our country are warmly looking forward to the inaugural Irish Coastal Rowing Championships which are being held here at our National Rowing Centre in Farran. This is an incredibly proud moment in all our rowing lives, to at last get to row at our National and International rowing venue. We must thank Rushbrooke Rowing Club for raising the bar and putting in a tremendous effort to make this an enjoyable, safe and comfortable occasion for all the families, friends and supporters from the four provinces of our land who will come to witness history being made. With the quality of facilities that Rowing Ireland have made available to us at the venue, this should make for a fantastic rowing finale to our season.

The Championships will see clubs race in over thirty different race categories, ranging from Under 12 to Masters, with race lengths ranging from 800 to 2300 metres. What makes coastal rowing unique in a sporting context is that whole families will compete for their club on the same day, with mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters all contributing to the success of their club as they try valiantly to bring home a coveted Irish Coastal Rowing Championship medal.

Several thousand rowers and spectators are expected to attend the two day Championships. Detailed planning has been undertaken for almost nine months to ensure both rowers and spectators have an unforgettable weekend. That plan is about to be put to the test as host club chairperson Ted McSweeney explained, “We as the host club have planned every aspect of the running of the 2018 Irish Coastal Rowing Championships at the National Rowing Centre, to make the event of a standard of which rowers and spectators will be proud to have been associated with. Rushbrooke Rowing Club will let no stone unturned to achieve that standard.

The Championships will provide a fantastic boost to the region with the event likely to attract in excess of 2000 competitors and 3000 spectators to the National Rowing Centre over the two days.

The Irish Coastal Rowing Championships will take place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th August at the National Rowing Centre, Cork.