Ladies limber up for this year's Celtic Challenge row
The Arklow Rowing Club ladies are gearing up for this year's Celtic Challenge event and have been training hard under Eamonn Kavanagh in a bid to retain their title.
As always the Celtic Challenge which is a gruelling 90 mile rowing race from Arklow to Aberystweth in Wales takes place on the May Bank Holiday weekend and is a punishing test of endurance for all involved.
The team is hard at work fundraising as well as training and enjoyed a successful Table Quiz in The Old Ship on Thursday.
The Arklow Ladies and every other crew will have a support boat, a navigation lead boat, and a transfer rib for crew changeovers. Race strategies and crew changeovers are vital to attaining and holding a lead position.
There will be a huge influx of rowers, boats and supporters to the town from Donegal, The Foyle, Malahide, Dunlaoghaire, Wexford and many different Welsh Clubs. The race start can be viewed from the South Beach area of the town.
Crews will be battling the winds and the waves of the Irish Sea for anything up to 24 hours of flat out racing.
Testament to the difficult nature of the Celtic Challenge 23 crews left the start line but only 12 crews finished. Due to extreme wind and sea conditions many had to retire from the race.
The Arklow Ladies are the only Irish ladies crew ever to compete and have been successful in winning the Ladies Category in the last 3 challenges, 2008, 2010, 2012. Arklow men have won the mens category twice since the Challenge started in 1993.