History was made on Sunday, 26th November at the inaugural Annual Delegates Meeting of the new Rowing Ireland Coastal Rowing Division at the Maldron Hotel, PortLaoise. Attendance at the Annual Delegates Meeting was one of the largest gatherings of Coastal Rowing Clubs in Ireland in the history of the sport.
Following the submission of a detailed, and exceptionally well-structured proposal to hold the Irish Coastal Rowing Championships 2018, Rushbrooke Rowing Club, based in Cobh, Co. Cork were deemed to be the successful bidder, with the proposal being voted on unanimously by the large number of clubs in attendance. Delegates at the meeting also voted on a date for the Championship, with the weekend of the 18th and 19th August 2018 being decided on.
Rushbrooke Rowing Clubs proposal involved hosting the Championships at the National Rowing Centre, Farran Woods, Ovens, Co. Cork, which is known internationally as the home of Rowing in Ireland.
Commenting on the announcement, Ted McSweeney, Chairperson, Rushbrooke Rowing Club said that ‘this is the greatest honour to be bestowed upon our Club. Our club has been in existence since the early 1900’s, and although the original club ceased in the late 1960’s when the original wooden clubhouse and boats were engulfed by a fire, in 1989, local residents decided to restart the club and agreed on using the ‘Yawl’ class Racing boat. Over the last 28 years, we have gone from strength to strength and have established ourselves as one of the top Coastal Rowing Clubs in Cork.
As a club, we are delighted at the opportunity to host the inaugural Irish Coastal Rowing Championship and will endeavour to deliver an event that will meet the superb standards that have been set over the past few years. Even at this early stage, we have received immense support, both from the Coastal Rowing community and local organisations. We would to especially thank the Management Team at the National Rowing Centre in Farran Woods, who have been exceptionally helpful and forthcoming in assisting us with our bid. A new chapter in Coastal Rowing has begun and Rushbrooke Rowing Club will strive to maintain the high standard of Regattas that we have been accustomed to. We look forward to welcoming all Coastal Rowers to Cork in 2018 and we can ensure you of a Ceád Míle Fáilte.’
Kieran Kerr, Chairperson of the Rowing Ireland Coastal Division, said ‘On behalf of Rowing Ireland, I would like to congratulate Rushbrooke Rowing Club on a very professional bid. We look forward to an exciting inaugural Irish Coastal Rowing Championship in the National Rowing Centre in August’