Lambay Challenge set to make a splash this weekend

by Rachel Darcy

A rowing club in Fingal will be hosting their annual challenge next week, battling the elements while adhering to Covid-19 regulations.

Fingal Rowing Club, based in Rush Estuary, run the annual Lambay Challenge – a 19km row from Rush Estuary, out and around Lambay Island and back.

The challenge this year will take place on Saturday, September 19, with 12 boats set to head out onto the water to battle the elements. The club say they are committed to running a safe, Covid compliant event for all of those taking part, as well as the wider community.

Now in it’s third year, the Lambay Challenge is an all-inclusive row, open to traditional wooden working boats, currachs, skiffs, singles, gigs and longboats.

From eight boats in the first year, the 2019 event was fully sold out months in advance with over 30 boats starting on the day. Crews from around Dublin and Ireland were joined by visiting boats from the US, UK, Netherlands and Denmark. This year, due to Covid-19 restrictions, 12 boats will take part.

Fingal Rowing Club compete in regattas all along the east coast, and have represented Rush and Fingal at longer races across Ireland and internationally as well.

As part of health and safety measures for the day, the club have said they are required to limit the numbers on-site and to register all attendees in advance. The event has already sold out this year, and guidelines around spectator numbers and other attendees will be published closer to the day in line with public health advice

The first boats are expected to get into the water at 10:30am, departing from Rush Sailing Club at 12pm. The first boats will then return at 1:30pm.

For more information, visit their website here.

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