Thursday 21 November 2019

Eighty crews dig deep in 18km Barrow Challenge

New Ross team preparing their boat for the challenge
New Ross team preparing their boat for the challenge

David Looby

Eighty crews took to the water at St Mullins to compete in New Ross Boat Club's annual Barrow Challenge.

This is a unique 18km challenge for the fittest and toughest rowers and paddlers around. Crews from river, off shore and coastal rowing codes came together along with dragon paddlers and kayaks to complete the beautiful course along the Barrow, finishing up at New Ross Boat Club.

The fastest crew of the day was the mens club 8+ from Graiguenamanagh in an impressive time of 1:03:53, with the fastest female crew of the day going to the J18 8+ of Carlow in a time of 1:04:41.

The fastest New Ross crew of the day was the J18 mens double of Sam Furlong and Justin Kossel in a time of 1:06:28.

The first coastal boat home was the very familiar face to Rowing Ireland 3 time Olympian and World Champion Niall O'Toole.

Niall, who recently competed at in the off shore All Ireland championships, raced in a coastal single in an impressive time of 1:16:11.

The event also saw some crews travel from overseas with a Celtic long boat coming from Portmadog in Wales and the returning Christy Job from Marlow rowing club in London.

The event committee would like to thank all those who helped make the event such a success especially all safety drivers and crew, marshals, launch and slip crews, cooks and volunteers.

They are hoping to see Rowing Ireland clubs for the club's Head of the River competition in February.

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