Arklow Rowing Club will join forces with Wicklow Rowing Club to co-host the Irish Offshore Rowing Championships. The Swift Racing Irish Offshore Rowing Championships are the national championships for Coastal/Offshore rowing in Ireland. The championships are run under the auspices of the Rowing Ireland Offshore Committee. They are due to take place on 10th & 11th September 2022.
In a statement Wicklow Rowing Club said:
“Both Wicklow and Arklow Rowing Club have great knowledge and experience of hosting and participating at the highest level of Coastal/Offshore events. This will ensure that this will be a safe, fair and above all an enjoyable Championships for participants and spectators alike.”
“Wicklow and Arklow’s joint bid to host this championship regatta won through despite stiff competition from Donegal nearly two years ago. The event has been in the planning since then. Wicklow is a fantastic venue for the championships with all the facilities required for the athletes and spectators alike with a complete view of the racing from start to finish.”
What is Coastal/Offshore rowing?
“It is basically a sliding seat fibreglass/carbon fibre boat. The boat is very similar to what you would see at the Olympics except it is built for the Sea. This means the rough conditions are no problem to them over a 4km or 6km course of buoys very similar to a sailing course.”
“What makes it very exciting is that all boats must turn the same buoys which can lead to pile ups or clashes as everyone vies for the best turning line. Not only is speed required but also good navigation skills are essential especially in the doubles and singles where you have no cox to steer you out of trouble. There are three types of boats. Singles, doubles and quads all are built to (FISA) World Rowing specifications which is the standard that is used world wide.”
“The sport is so popular now that its not only the coastal rowers that are doing it there is a large crossover now with the flat water rowers. A number of prominent Irish Olympians have also taken it up too. Hopefully we will see some of them in Wicklow along with the large numbers of athletes from every part of the country and from overseas. There are nine categories on offer at the championships”
“Men’s singles, Men’s Double’s, Men’s Quad ,Women’s singles, Women’s Doubles Women’s Quad, under 18 Men’s quad Under 18 Women’s Quad and Mixed Doubles”
“Entries are invited from Rowing Ireland affiliated clubs with entries closing on 31/08/2022 at 7pm. Entries are accepted via Rowing Ireland’s Tracker system from club secretaries or authorised persons only. Using the portal at the foot of the Rowing Ireland Website www.rowingireland.ie”
Arklow has a long tradition of rowing history and has recently seen two brothers deep in preperation for the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge on 12th December 2023. The event sees competitors attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean with a total distance of 4,800km
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