***UPDATE: Long Race 2017 (09/09/17) has been cancelled.
The subcommittee for the Long Race 2017 met on the evening of Friday 8th September to consider the viability of the race. Based on forecasts, advice, and consultation, the 6-person subcommittee have decided unanimously to cancel the race in the interests of safety. We would like to thank all clubs and crews who entered and trained so hard, the support boat skippers for pledging their time and the use of their boats, and all our club members who volunteered to help out on the day. We hope to be back with the event in 2018, and that mother nature will play her part next time. Watch this space! ***
St. Michael’s Rowing Club are delighted to announce that we will be hosting the ‘Long Race 2017’ on Saturday 9th September 2017. All East Coast clubs are hereby invited to enter crews (adult only), with the last date for entries of Monday 4th September.
This race builds on the tradition of the ‘Hobblers Challenge’ race, hosted by St. Michael’s Rowing Club at various times since the 1990s, which used a number of courses, predominantly from Dun Laoghaire Harbour to the Kish Lighthouse and back.
The 2017 course follows an inshore course of the same length, but still begins and ends in Dun Laoghaire Harbour. This exciting new course also ties in with Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary , with which the club is proud to be associated.
In summary, the course starts at Dun Laoghaire Harbour, at the east breakwater beneath the Hobblers Memorial , out the harbour mouth, around the landward side of a ‘gate boat’ off Merrion Strand, around Poolbeg Lighthouse, up the Liffey as far as the ESB towers, before doubling back, across the mouth of Dun Laoghaire Harbour, across Scotsman’s Bay, past Sandycove and Bullock Harbours, turning at Coliemore Harbour, before returning to Dun Laoghaire Harbour, finishing at the end of the East Breakwater. See the Maps (jpeg and embedded) below.
The course is 27km long (purple line below), with an option of a ‘short course’ of 18km (red line below), which runs parallel to the long course, but without the section east of Dun Laoghaire Harbour – i.e DL > Poolbeg > ESB > Poolbeg > DL. It is recommended that only strong and experienced crews enter the long course. Winning times on the previous Kish course were in the order of 3hrs, with times of 4.5hrs+ being recorded for the back of the field. Both racees will start on Saturday 9th September at 9.00am sharp. Boats may launch from the Coal Harbour Slip in Dun Laoghaire.
Entries and Safety
Only East Coast skiffs crewed by adult members of ECRC clubs may enter. Crews may be male, female, or any mix of male and female. There must be 5 people in the boat at all times, and the same 5 must finish the race as start it! Crews may substitute cox for rowers at any stage and as often as they wish, depending on strategy or circumstance.
For any club wishing to enter crews, please get in touch via the club email address (info [at] websiteaddress.com) or via http://www.dunlaoghairerowing.com/contact-us/ . Following this enquiry you will be issued with the password for this Cox’s Instructions and Crew Entries Page which also contains the cox’s instruction pack and safety requirements. Bear in mind, the last date for entries is Monday 4th September.
Safety boats will be provided by the host club on the day, and all crews will be required to abide by the cox’s instruction pack and the instructions of these safety boats at all times. Complience with Dublin Port’s Guidance notes for Leisure Craft is vital. All crews will be required to present for inspection a full set of mandated safety equipment, including VHF, lifejackets, bailers, and boat identification numbers, and will not be allowed to enter if they do not pass this inspection.
Viewing and Afters
The best viewing for the beginning, middle, and end of the race will be from the East Pier Battery in Dun Laoghaire. All crews and suporters are welcome to refeshments after the race and into the night at McKenna’s Pub in Dun Laoghaire.