The Irish are coming – Part Two!
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
Courtmacsherry Rowing Club
The Coastal Rowing Club in West Cork never stands still and legend has it that certain members would row any boat, anywhere, anytime.
Clearly, they have a long standing love affair with rowing!
Not only have they been one of the most influential clubs in West Cork. There aren’t many rowing clubs in Ireland have not heard of Courtmacsherry Rowing Club and their senior men’s team.
“Courtmacsherry Rowing Club will have participants at the 2018 World Rowing Championships in Canada. This will be Courtmacsherry’s fifth straight championships,” said club chairman Brian Whelton. “Club members who are attending the event are planning on making a holiday of it, taking time after the event to tour the area and experience that part of the world.”
“We are looking forward to visiting the west coast of Canada and taking part in this year’s WRCC.”
Courtmacsherry Rowing Club is based on the South Coast of Ireland and is involved in traditional fixed seat coastal rowing as well as FISA Coastal (offshore) rowing. The club currently has 11 boats and has ambitious plans to build a club house in the coming years.
Galley Flash Rowing Club
Speaking to Barry Hooper– 1X Offshore Coastal Rower from Galley Flash
Barry Hooper is a member of Galley Flash Rowing Club who first started rowing in 2011 with the Galley Flash. After winning the senior men in 2012, he went back to work at sea and therefore couldn’t commit to rowing in a crew. Missing rowing, he began researching FISA boats so he would be able to row during leaves. It wasn’t until 2016 that he had an opportunity to row again regularly, at which point he invested in a single with the aim of potentially travelling to the WRCC later that year.
“After winning the senior men’s title in Ballyshannon I began training for the Irish Open and World Championships. I won the men’s singles in Courtmacsherry and travelled to Monaco with high hopes of reaching the A finals, however I finished just outside the qualification times.”
“Last year I was once again at sea however I was determined to compete in the Worlds again and improve on my performance. I believed bringing my own boat would make a difference so I organized a trailer to travel to France with eight boats from all over Ireland.”
Unfortunately the draw for the heats meant Barry was up against the best including Olympians, former world champions and medalists, “My time on the day put me at 13th fastest of all the boats but due the draw 10 of those were in the same heat as me and once again I missed out due to circumstances beyond my control.”
A burning desire for a win has cemented Barry’s motivation and determination to travel to Canada this year at the top of his form and to lay down a marker. Third time lucky?
Monaco saw the arrival of the senior men’s team from the Galley Flash RC and last year had a senior ladies team who won the B final.
Bantry Rowing Club
Andrew Hurley from Bantry RC has been rowing since 2002, “Having raced my first worlds in France last year I’m eager to improve on last year’s performance in the men’s single. The hope is to enjoy the worlds and then stay and travel for a few weeks after the event.”