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Full Calendar for Bumper Rowing Year

30th December 2019
Racing at the NRC Racing at the NRC Photo: Liam Gorman

The year 2020 may be the busiest so far for Irish rowing. The highlight will be the Olympic Games in July, where the men and women in green are in the hunt like never before for medals. There is also a full programme of World Cup events – and qualification events for Tokyo 2020. The World Championships are sited in Slovenia in Augutst and again feature junior and under-23 competition alongside the senior, non-Olympic events.

 Back in Ireland the domestic season is mostly packed into the first part of the year, though August is now home to two Coastal Rowing championships and the Irish Offshore Championships, while masters regattas also stretch through a bumper year.

Rowing Calendar 2020


25th: Irish Indoor Rowing Championships, Univ of Limerick


7th-8th: World Rowing Indoors, Paris. 8th: Lagan Scullers’ Head of the River, Belfast; 15th: New Ross Head, Sligo Head. 29th: Cork Head, the Marina, Lagan Head, Belfast.


7th: Erne Head, Enniskillen, Women’s Eights Head, London; 14th: Corrib Head, Galway; 18th: (British) National Schools Head, London; 21st: St Michael’s Head, Limerick, Head of the River, London; 22nd: Vets Head, London;  29th: Boat Races, London (women 3:44, men 4.44)


4th: Neptune Regatta, Islandbridge; 5th: Commercial Regatta, Islandbridge; University Championships; 10th-12th: World Cup One, Sabaudia, Italy; 18th: Lough Rinn Regatta; 19th: Irish Schools’ Regatta, Lough Rinn, 17th-19th: Memorial Paolo d’Aloja, Piediluco, Italy; 25th: Limerick Regatta, O’Brien’s Bridge; 26th: Limerick 750 (Sprints). 27th-29th: European Olympic and Paralympic Qualification Regatta, Varese, Italy.


1st-3rd: World Cup Two, Varese, Italy; 2nd-3rd: Skibbereen Regatta, NRC, Portadown Regatta, 2nd-4th: BUCS Regatta, Nottingham; 8th-10th: Final Paralympic Qualification Regatta, Gavirate, Italy; 9th: Castleconnell Sprint Regatta, Trinity Regatta, Islandbridge; 16th: Belfast Sprint Regatta, Lee Regatta, Marina; 17th-19th: Final Olympic Qualification Regatta, Lucerne, Switzerland; 22nd-24th: World Cup Three, Lucerne, Switzerland;  23rd: Dublin Metropolitan Regatta, Blessington, Bantry Sprint Regatta, 22nd-24th: (British) National Schools Regatta, Dorney Lake; 30th -31st: Carlow Regatta. 30th-31st: Metropolitan Regatta, Dorney Lake. 30th-31st: European Junior Championships, Belgrade, Serbia.


5th-7th: European Championships, Poznan, Poland; 6th: Galway Regatta; 13th: Athlone Regatta; 13th-14th: British Masters Championships, Nottingham; 19th-21st: Henley Women’s Regatta. 20th: Cork Regatta, NRC, Craigavon Lakes Regatta, Marlow Regatta, Dorney; 26th: Henley Qualifying Races; 28th: Fermoy Sprint Regatta


1st-5th: Henley Royal Regatta; 10-12th: Irish Rowing Championships, National Rowing Centre.

24th-31st: Olympic Games Regatta. 25th: Home International, Strathclyde Park, Scotland.


1st-2nd: Coupe de la Jeunesse, Linz-Ottensheim, Austria. 2nd: Carrick-on-Shannon Sprint Regatta; 15th: Shandon Masters Regatta; 15th-16th: Irish Coastal Rowing Championships, Ballyshannon; 16th-23rd: World Rowing Championships (senior, under-23, junior), Bled, Slovenia; 21st-23rd: ICRF All-Ireland Coastal Rowing Championships, Dingle, Co Kerry;  22nd: Neptune Masters, Islandbridge; 22nd-23rd: Irish Offshore Championships, Loughros Point, Donegal; 27th-29th: World University Championships, Zagreb, Croatia; 28th-30th: Paralympic Games Regatta, Tokyo; 29th: St Michael’s Masters, Limerick.


2nd-6th: World Masters Regatta, Linz-Ottensheim, Austria; 5th-6th: European Under-23 Championships, Duisburg, Germany.


3rd: Tullamore Time Trial; 2nd-4th: World Coastal Championships, Oeiras, Portugal; 17th-18th: Head of the Charles, Boston; 24th: Castleconnell Head, Tribesmen Head, Galway.


7th: Bann Head, Coleraine; 14th: Skibbereen Head, National Rowing Centre; 21st: Provinces Indoor Rowing Championships, Limerick, Erne Fours Head, Enniskillen, Veteran Fours Head, London; 22nd: Head of the River Fours, London; 28th: Dublin Head.


5th: Head of the Shannon, Carrick on Shannon, Muckross Head, National Rowing Centre.

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Liam Gorman

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Liam Gorman is a writer and reporter. He is the co-author of Little Lady, One Man, Big Ocean, published in the United States and Canada as Crossing the Swell. He is the rowing correspondent of the Irish Times.  

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