Wednesday 18 September 2019

Celtic Challenge crews come home

John Manning

Fingal Rowing Club. has welcomed home its heroes who took on the might of the Celtic Challenge.

This year Fingal Rowing Club took on the Celtic Challenge the world's longest true rowing race, rowing a distance of 90 nautical miles from Arklow to Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast.

A spokesperson for the club: 'This is a big achievement for our club, but also an opportunity to give back to the local community.

'So it was time to celebrate and handover the money raised to our two wonderful charities.

'We raised over €4000 for Child Vision and the Irish Cancer Society in association with Rush Daffodil Committee'

Fingal Rowing Club was established in 2016 and are based out of Rush Sailing Club and now the 10th club within the East Coast Rowing Council.

The club's style of coastal rowing is in Wooden clinker-built skiffs with four crew and a coxswain.

The club competes in regatta's along the East coast that are affiliated with the ECRC from May to August.

It had a great season last year with five crews competing in the East Coast regattas and placing each week.

Three Crews hold East coast Champions in their categories, and also three Crews received medals in the All Irelands in Wexford 2018.

this is a community based club, volunteer-driven and as a new club, it relis on the generosity and support of individuals and business alike in order for us to grow and provide this service.

A club spokesperson said: 'With this in mind we saw the Celtic Challenge as an opportunity, not only as a challenge and achievement for ourselves and club, but the opportunity to give back to the community.'

The spokesperson explained: 'Each of teams doing the Celtic Challenge consisted of 12 people who take it in turns to row, we have three crews and each crew will row for an hour on and two hours off for the duration of the challenge.

'It was an extreme test of endurance. It took 20 hours 24 mins for us to complete which we were delighted with.'

Last year the club also hosted The Lambay Rowing Challenge which is happening again this year, September 28, 2019. This is the second year Fingal Rowing Club has run this event.

The club already have international crews travelling from around the world and aim to have 24 rowing boats accompanied by a flotilla of yachts made up of local sailors. This event could not happen without the support of all the members of Rush Sailing Club and the local community who have offered their unending support to the fledgling rowing club.

Fingal Independent