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Celtic Challenge - May Bank Hol - yacht needed!!

  • 18-04-2010 2:25pm
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    Does anyone with a yacht fancy an expenses-paid trip across the Irish sea on the May bank holiday weekend?

    We are a coastal rowing club in Dun Laoghaire and are entered in the ‘Celtic Challenge’, a biennial rowing race from Arklow to Aberystwyth in Wales. We are entering 2 teams, and so need 2 support boats to accompany the rowers. We have managed to get one, but are still looking for the second! Idealy, a yacht and 2-3 crew would be perfect, but we also have an experienced skipper (without boat) available in needed.

    You would be getting us out of a sticky situation, and can assure you that last time we did the Celtic Challenge, the support boat crew thoroughly enjoyed themselves. We are using the event to raise money for Crumlin’s Children’s hospital, so you’d be helping out a good cause. The main details are posted below, with more available at and

    Fingers crossed someone out there can help!

    Ger Ryan, Club Secretary, St. Michael’s Rowing Club – Dun Laoghaire.
    We can be contacted via

    · All your fuel and accommodation, costs will be paid for by the rowing club.
    · The race is scheduled to begin at 4pm on Saturday 1st of May, and finish the following morning (total time 18-24 hrs). Support boats need to be in Arklow on Friday at noon (30th April) for briefings and safety checks.
    · Depending on the weather, the race start could be pushed to Friday afternoon or Sunday morning.
    · Support boats can return home at their leisure or stay for the celebrations in Wales ; the rowers and skiffs take the ferry back.
    · A RIB ferries the crews from the support boat to the skiff and back once an hour.
    · Boat requirement - not less than 10m in length with a GPS navigation system, and enough room for a support boat crew of 2-3 plus 7 rowers, and 12 rowers if needs be.
    · Speed under engine at least 7kts.


  • Registered Users Posts: 188 ✭✭sallysaucer101

    Hey I Think our guy based in cork may have someone else intrested. Let me know if you have this sorted and if not i'll pass on our guys details