2019 has been a busy year for Fingal Rowing Club (FRC) with crews competing in the East Coast Regattas from May to the August and in long distance races in September and October.
The year started with an incredible achievement as 12 club members trained for and completed the Celtic Challenge; a gruelling 150km charity relay race billed as the longest true rowing race in the world.
If you were anywhere near Rush Sailing Club or the estuary on the bright summer evenings, you’ll have spotted the club’s wooden skiffs in the water for hours at a time as crews at all levels trained in preparation for the seasons races. This hard work was rewarded with plenty of silverware coming home to Rush this year, including three East Coast Rowing medals and three medal from the All Ireland Rowing Championships in Dingle last August.
On the 28th September, 30 boats and crews from around Dublin, and further afield from the US, Netherlands and Scandinavia travelled to Fingal to take part in the third annual Lambay Challenge. Despite choppy conditions, a fantastic day was had by local families and our visitors, with success for FRC with the Intermediate Ladies winning the Ladies skiff race.
FRC made an excellent showing in other long races his year too – with crews rowing 18km through three counties in the Barrow Challenge, and claiming gold in the 6k charity Hope Race on the Liffey and in the challenging 28km Hobbler Challenge in Dun Laoghaire.
Fundraising is a hugely important part of the clubs activities and there was plenty of fun off the water at the Mr and Mrs Night in September and Family Fortunes in November, among others. The club also works hard to raise money for other local and national charities, including the RNLI.
Several ‘Try Rowing’ days over the course of the season introduced new and potential members to the club and there are more of these already scheduled for 2020 for anyone curious about the sport.
We’re looking forward to lots more silverware, good craic and time on the water in 2020!