The Irish are coming – Part One!
As we count down to the World Rowing Coastal Championships in October in Canada, we are reaching out to coastal competitors from around the world to explain to us what makes coastal rowing so special.
Photos and information from Margaurite Deasy
Vice chair of Rowing Ireland Offshore Rowing
“Offshore coastal rowing is growing strong in Ireland. From a half-dozen boats eight years ago, there are now 80+ boats in clubs around the country, and the numbers are increasing quickly,” said Margaurite. “The Irish are no strangers to the World Coastal Rowing Championships. Ireland is a small island but rowing is in our blood, our veins and our souls.”
Because the sport is becoming so popular, clubs approached Rowing Ireland a year ago for help with developing a stable platform to grow the sport and support offshore rowing clubs. Rowing Ireland has delivered and exceeded.
“We were extremely happy to hear that Victoria, Canada took on The World Rowing Coastal Championships,” said Margaurite. “There’s another flag going on the map for our rowing holiday travels.”
Over the years, other rowing clubs have been quietly attending these international events, including participants from Arklow Rowing Club, who are regular attendees.
In addition, rowers from Kilmacsimon, Killorglin, Portmagee EL Nino, Courtmacsherry Rowing Club, Galley Flash Rowing Club, Commercial RC, Bantry, and Castletownbere have started travelling to compete at the world coastal level over the last six years. Some, such as Kilmacsimon and Killorglin that have travelled to the world championships have brought home nothing less than glorious silverware with a proudness that echoed around the Island of Ireland.
A few who may be travelling this year include:
Arklow Rowing Club
with Cormac Kelly and Sionna Healy
Arklow Rowing Club was founded in 1990 and has participated in all but one World Rowing Coastal Championships since 2006.
Located on the East Coast of Ireland, crews regularly train in tricky conditions on the Irish Sea.
Arklow RC hopes to have at least two crews heading to Sidney for the WRCC and are really looking forward to being part of this wonderful event.
Commercial Rowing Club-Dublin
Johnny Casey from Dublin
Johnny Casey rows for Commercial Rowing Club in Dublin and this will be his third world coastal champs.
Last year Johnny won the All-Ireland 1x and came 18th in the A final at the world champs in Thonon, France.
Portmagee EL Nino Rowing Club
David Hussey from County Kerry decided to start rowing a coastal single six weeks before the All Ireland prior to the WRCC in Peru.
In addition to Peru, David has attended WRCC events in Monaco and Thonon. He loves all types of rowing and is a great ambassador for the sport in his area.
Portmagee has been around since the old days of rowing out to fish for mackerel in seine boats. David began rowing with Caherdaniel Rowing Club in 1990 and then in 2003 borrowed a boat to raise Portmagee Rowing Club from the ashes.