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Calling All Boat Owners! Who Will Support St. Michael's Irish Sea Rowing Challenge?

23rd April 2014
Calling All Boat Owners! Who Will Support St. Michael's Irish Sea Rowing Challenge?

#celticchallenge – Less than two weeks away from the start of the Celtic Rowing Challenge and a couple of strong contenders for suport boats for a Dun Laoghaire bid on the Irish–Wales race have fallen through.

As Afloat reported earlier, over the May bank holiday weekend (2nd-5th May), St Michael's Rowing Club have teamed up with GOAL to send two crews across the Irish Sea to participate in the biennial 'Celtic Challenge'. The race sets off from Arklow, Co. Wicklow with the finishing line in Aberystwyth, Wales. At 150km, this relay race is billed as the longest 'true' rowing race in the world. Both teams are taking on this challenge to raise funds in aid of the people of the Philippines and a much needed skiff for St. Michael's Rowing Club, Dun Laoghaire.

We urgently need help in finding a support boat for the challenge. The support vessel must not be less than 10m in length. If you have a yacht, licensed angling or dive boat, pleasure cruiser and would be willing to come along for what will be a memorable journey, please get in touch.

"We're stuck at this point and will not be going anywhere unless we get a support boat and fast"  Gareth Whittington of St. Michaels told

If you can help please contact Gareth Whittington on 086 044 7241 or email [email protected]

Published in Coastal Rowing Team

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