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.