22nd August 2018
Dear Coastal Rowing Clubs,
As the dust settles on the Inaugural Irish Coastal Rowing Championships 2018 as Regatta Director I am writing to you to thank you and your club members for being part of this historic event at the National Rowing Centre in Cork.
The feedback from the event has been immensely positive with tributes coming in from all corners of Ireland on how much of a success the event has been. To make an event of this magnitude such a success it takes a lot of planning, hard work and a team of volunteers who have given of their time freely to ensure that the ICRC 2018 will be one to remember for years to come.
I would like to thank Rushbrooke Rowing Club and especially their Chairperson Ted McSweeney who took on the immense challenge of delivering an event of this magnitude. I can assure you that from the very first championship committee meeting Rushbrooke RC’s primary aim was to deliver an event that wold be an outstanding success across the board. They wanted to make sure that the event that they delivered would be one each and every attendee would be proud to be part of. They left no stone unturned and every member of Rushbrooke Rowing Club should be very proud of what they achieved.
As with any event of this size it cannot exist with people volunteering is a variety of roles across the weekend. To the volunteers who gave up of their time so as that each and every rower, spectator, coach etc were able to enjoy the event thank you very much. It is often forgotten the amount of work the boat and shore stewards, launch drivers, shop / catering team, starters, time keepers, score keepers, first aid, merchandise, etc do throughout the event. I can assure you all it is greatly appreciated.
To our first aid team The Irish Red Cross, our safety boat crew and our safety officer many thanks for all the work you did throughout the weekend ensuring that all our competitors and spectators alike were kept safe and well.
The National Rowing Centre is known as the home of Rowing in Ireland and I think you would all agree it was fitting that the Inaugural ICRC was held here. This gave the coastal rowers of Ireland an opportunity to see at first hand the outstanding facilities on Offer at the NRC. I would like to thank Mick O Callaghan and Denis O Regan for their assistance and support both in the lead up to and during the event itself.
The event would not have been possible with the support of you and your clubs. It was fantastic to see the large number of clubs and crews in attendance at the inaugural Championships and to see the camaraderie, sportsmanship and the outstanding competition on the water was a joy to behold. I have no doubt that in future years this event is going to continue to grow and that this is just the start of something very special for Coastal Rowing in Ireland.
I would like to thank the Championship Committee of Rowing Ireland Coastal, chaired by Mr. Eddie Farr for their assistance and support in the lead up to and during the event. I would also like to thank Mr Kieran Kerr, Chairperson of the Rowing Ireland Coastal Committee who gave valuable guidance and support for this event, and to the entire Coastal Committee of Rowing Ireland.
If I have forgotten to acknowledge anyone I do sincerely apologise it is not intentional on my part, just a fact that so many people assisted the event in so many ways throughout lead up to and the weekend itself.
In closing it was a privilege to have been elected to the role of Regatta Director for the Inaugural Irish Coastal Rowing Championships 2018 and it was a greater honour to have been part of an event that I think we can all agree has the set the standard for future championships.
I do hope that you and your members had an enjoyable weekend and will take home fond memories of Cork 2018.
Irish Coastal Rowing Championships 2018