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The Irish Offshore Rowing Championships take place in the village of Portmagee on the weekend of the 26th/27th of September. This is the second time that the Portmagee Rowing Club has been awarded the honour of hosting the National Championships. The event is being run under the auspices of Rowing Ireland, the National Governing Body for all types of rowing in Ireland.

Running any event in these challenging times is difficult, but the club is delighted with the support they have received from the local community, the volunteers from other clubs and the club members who have freely given their time over the last few months. The restrictions imposed by the Covid 19 pandemic will mean a lot of extra work in contact tracing, sanitising and crowd control, but these are necessary to run a safe event under the government guidelines. With hardly any regattas this year, the athletes are really looking forward to competing and training has been stepped up in all clubs around the country during the last few months.

The event will start at 8 am on Saturday morning with the crew captains meeting and the racing will start at 9 am. First up are the heats for the men's double. The heats will run all day Saturday and only the top five in each heat will qualify for the finals. There will be two finals run on Saturday, the women's quad at 10 am and the women's double at 12.30.

The favourites for the women's quad have to be Killorglin who are aiming to make it 3 in a row. They have two-time world champion Monika Dukarska and World Junior finalist, Rhiannon O'Donoghue in their ranks. However Castletownshend also have a very strong crew and with the local Portmagee crew medalling in Bantry three weeks ago as well, it has the makings of a very competitive race. The second Saturday final is also dominated by Killorglin who have three crews and Castletownshend, but the course on the Portmagee channel is tight and tricky and requires excellent navigational skills as well as rowing ability so a surprise result is quite possible here.

Sunday racing begins at 9.30 with the men's double final. In the Bantry regatta Callinafercy, Killorglin and Myross gave a great account of themselves before being led to the line by the winners, a composite crew of Dave Duggan from Kilmacsimon and Tom Stafford of Killurin. With more crews entered this time around it's anyone's race. This will be followed by the men's single final. James Lupton from Myross had a fine win in Bantry and would be the favourite in this race, but there is real quality in the opposition he faces. Andrew Hurley from Bantry was a close second last year and if he gets out in front it will be very hard to reel him in. Former three-time gold medalist Cormac Kelly from Arklow lines out alongside powerful Galley Flash oarsman, John Harrington, as well. Dark horses for this event could be the former Czech international Marko Tot and Rosscarbery's Kealin Mannix while Bryan Foran will represent the home club.

Next up is the men's quad. Myross have a lot of work put in this year and put on a superb display to win in Bantry. However last year's champions, Wicklow will be returning to the water and Muckross have 2 crews, one containing Irish Olympian, Paul Griffin and they have a very strong chance. St Michaels from Limerick will also compete along with Callinafercy who were also placed in Bantry.

The women's single has two very strong boats from Killorglin, Zoe Hyde and the aforementioned Monica Dukarska. They will line up against 2018 champion, Sionna Healy from Arklow and Xena Jordan who medalled in 2018 as well.

The mixed double is the last race and has a large entry of 16 crews. It's the hardest one to call. In Bantry three weeks ago, there was nothing much between the first 8 boats at the first mark, but Cormac Kelly and Sionna Healy from Arklow did just enough to clear their boat and steer clear of the packed field. Again good navigation will decide the winners of this race. The Portmagee club would like to extend a warm welcome to all clubs for the weekend and wish you all the best of luck on the water.

Published in Coastal Rowing
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27th February 2018

Big Year for Three Rowing Codes

#Rowing: The year 2018 is set to be big one for Rowing Ireland. The National Rowing Centre will host a festival of rowing over three weeks in July. The Irish Championships, with an anticipated entry of over 1,100 crews, is first up. This is followed a week later by the Home International Regatta between Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales. The highlight of the festival will be the Coupe de la Jeunesse, which is a European junior tournament, with crews from 14 countries set to compete. All of this activity is taking place in Olympic or river style boats.

 Now there are two other rowing codes under the Rowing Ireland umbrella.

 In 2017 Rowing Ireland formed an Offshore Division. Offshore rowing or “FISA Coastal” rowing takes place in single, double and quad scull boats which are wider than Olympic boats and are self-bailing. The crews race a course with multiple turns around a single buoy where navigation is as important as pulling hard. The inaugural Irish Offshore Rowing Championships were held in Arklow in 2017. Over 20 crews competed in the FISA World Championships in France and they returned with a silver medal, taken by Monika Dukarska.

 Rowing Ireland also created a Coastal Division in 2017. Coastal rowing has a tradition going back centuries and was often associated with boats rowing out to arriving ships to obtain work. Competition in traditional wooden boats or coastal fours takes place in lanes, with crews rounding individual buoys before returning to the start/finish line. The inaugural  Irish Coastal Rowing Championships under the aegis of Rowing Ireland will take place in the National Rowing Centre in August on a separate part of the lake to the Olympic course.

 Rowing Ireland brought boats from all three codes together for the first time at the National Rowing Centre on Saturday, February 24th for the picture above.

Published in Rowing

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.

Dublin Bay FAQs

There are approximately ten beaches and bathing spots around Dublin Bay: Dollymount Strand; Forty Foot Bathing Place; Half Moon bathing spot; Merrion Strand; Bull Wall; Sandycove Beach; Sandymount Strand; Seapoint; Shelley Banks; Sutton, Burrow Beach

There are slipways on the north side of Dublin Bay at Clontarf, Sutton and on the southside at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, and in Dalkey at Coliemore and Bulloch Harbours.

Dublin Bay is administered by a number of Government Departments, three local authorities and several statutory agencies. Dublin Port Company is in charge of navigation on the Bay.

Dublin Bay is approximately 70 sq kilometres or 7,000 hectares. The Bay is about 10 kilometres wide along its north-south base, and seven km in length east-west to its peak at the centre of the city of Dublin; stretching from Howth Head in the north to Dalkey Point in the south.

Dun Laoghaire Harbour on the southside of the Bay has an East and West Pier, each one kilometre long; this is one of the largest human-made harbours in the world. There also piers or walls at the entrance to the River Liffey at Dublin city known as the Great North and South Walls. Other harbours on the Bay include Bulloch Harbour and Coliemore Harbours both at Dalkey.

There are two marinas on Dublin Bay. Ireland's largest marina with over 800 berths is on the southern shore at Dun Laoghaire Harbour. The other is at Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club on the River Liffey close to Dublin City.

Car and passenger Ferries operate from Dublin Port to the UK, Isle of Man and France. A passenger ferry operates from Dun Laoghaire Harbour to Howth as well as providing tourist voyages around the bay.

Dublin Bay has two Islands. Bull Island at Clontarf and Dalkey Island on the southern shore of the Bay.

The River Liffey flows through Dublin city and into the Bay. Its tributaries include the River Dodder, the River Poddle and the River Camac.

Dollymount, Burrow and Seapoint beaches

Approximately 1,500 boats from small dinghies to motorboats to ocean-going yachts. The vast majority, over 1,000, are moored at Dun Laoghaire Harbour which is Ireland's boating capital.

In 1981, UNESCO recognised the importance of Dublin Bay by designating North Bull Island as a Biosphere because of its rare and internationally important habitats and species of wildlife. To support sustainable development, UNESCO’s concept of a Biosphere has evolved to include not just areas of ecological value but also the areas around them and the communities that live and work within these areas. There have since been additional international and national designations, covering much of Dublin Bay, to ensure the protection of its water quality and biodiversity. To fulfil these broader management aims for the ecosystem, the Biosphere was expanded in 2015. The Biosphere now covers Dublin Bay, reflecting its significant environmental, economic, cultural and tourism importance, and extends to over 300km² to include the bay, the shore and nearby residential areas.

On the Southside at Dun Laoghaire, there is the National Yacht Club, Royal St. George Yacht Club, Royal Irish Yacht Club and Dun Laoghaire Motor Yacht Club as well as Dublin Bay Sailing Club. In the city centre, there is Poolbeg Yacht and Boat Club. On the Northside of Dublin, there is Clontarf Yacht and Boat Club and Sutton Dinghy Club. While not on Dublin Bay, Howth Yacht Club is the major north Dublin Sailing centre.

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