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St.Michael's Rowing Club Set for Irish Sea Challenge

20th April 2010
St.Michael's Rowing Club Set for Irish Sea Challenge

St. Michael's is the only club entering wooden East Coast Irish Skiffs in to this year Celtic Challenge, a biennial rowing race across the Irish Sea, from Arklow Co. Wicklow to Aberystwyth in Wales, a trip of 150km, or 81 nautical miles.

While there is the competitive aspect to the race, it is also being used a fundraising opportunity. 50c of every euro raised will go straight to Our Ladies Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin, with the remainder contributing to the development of the rowing club. In 2006 the club raised over €5,000 for Crumlin, a total they hope to surpass this year.

Each race crew will consist 3 crews of 4 rowers i.e 1 hour on, 2 hours off.- The crossing is expected to last for 18-24 hours (through the night!), so each rower is expected to row for up to 8 hours. St. Michael’s last took part in the Celtic Challenge in 2006, finishing in a time of almost 18 hours.

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Dublin Bay

Dublin Bay on the east coast of Ireland stretches over seven kilometres, from Howth Head on its northern tip to Dalkey Island in the south. It's a place most Dubliners simply take for granted, and one of the capital's least visited places. But there's more going on out there than you'd imagine.

The biggest boating centre is at Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the Bay's south shore that is home to over 1,500 pleasure craft, four waterfront yacht clubs and Ireland's largest marina.

The bay is rather shallow with many sandbanks and rocky outcrops, and was notorious in the past for shipwrecks, especially when the wind was from the east. Until modern times, many ships and their passengers were lost along the treacherous coastline from Howth to Dun Laoghaire, less than a kilometre from shore. 

The Bay is a C-shaped inlet of the Irish Sea and is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and 7 km in length to its apex at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south. North Bull Island is situated in the northwest part of the bay, where one of two major inshore sandbanks lie, and features a 5 km long sandy beach, Dollymount Strand, fronting an internationally recognised wildfowl reserve. Many of the rivers of Dublin reach the Irish Sea at Dublin Bay: the River Liffey, with the River Dodder flow received less than 1 km inland, River Tolka, and various smaller rivers and streams.