A crew of Zennor men took off for Ireland in a mini bus while towing their gig Melusine and came back triumphant with some silverware. The crew consisted of coxswain Greg Williams, stroking Will Donaldson Coyle then Steve Gardener, Rob Dymond, Ian Oliver, Jonathan Pollard and James Green.
They were 1st Cornish Pilot Gig and 1st international crew on the day which what turned out to be a fantastic event.
With record breaking sunshine and perfect conditions for the 28km row of Cork Harbour, this year’s Ocean to City race opened Cork Harbour Festival 2018 in spectacular style!
Cork Harbour and City was filled with colour, drama and great excitement with over 30 different types of boats all competing in Ocean to City – An Rás Mór on Saturday 2 June.
Michelle Whooley, Festival Manager said, “Ocean to City is a very special event and really shows off what an amenity we have here in Cork, in our beautiful harbour and river. This year we had crews from the U.S., Germany, Spain, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and of course from Ireland who all left with great memories and want to come back again next year”.
- Naomhóga Chorcaí member, Alan Macnamidhe challenged himself to be the first blind participant to cross the finish line of Ocean to City. Along with his four crew members and rowing a 4-hand working Naomhóg, the Rón Dubh, he completed the Ocean course in excellent time.
- With Ocean to City on Saturday 2 June and Cork City Marathon on Sunday 3 June, there is a growing number of participants who are taking part in both events. This year, over six hardy men and women participated in Ocean to City and also ran in Cork City Marathon the next day.
- Paddy McCormick was the proud winner of the inaugural Ocean to City Perpetual Trophy – (Stand Up Paddle) SUP class in special memory and grateful recognition of Jason Coniry and his contribution to the race.Jason sadly passed away on February 28th this year after battling a cancer diagnosis. Jason was Ocean to City’s first and only SUP entrant in 2015. After his cancer diagnosis Jason used training for Ocean to City as his way of getting fit again. He completed the half-marathon (13km) Monkstown Course 2015 in record time, ahead of 17 kayakers who were also on that course. It was a major accomplishment which earned Jason the Special Endeavour Award that year and paved the way for a new class to be developed.
Behind the scenes, Jason continued to work with Meitheal Mara and Cork Harbour Festival to develop the SUP class, advising on regulations and safety for SUPs. He encouraged other paddlers to come onboard and was a great ambassador for both the SUP sport and the Ocean to City race. “Jason was such a positive force and an all-round wonderful guy who loved life and showed us how to live it to its fullest. We are honoured to remember him with this Perpetual Trophy”, Cathy Buchanan, Manager, Meitheal Mara.
- There was such an impressive diversity of craft taking part in Ocean to City again this year; from currachs to longboats, gigs to dragonboats and kayaks to Stand Up Paddle boards. With over 30 different kinds of craft, either rowed or paddled with great skill and plenty of grit and determination, spectators were treated to a spectacular show along the race route.
Ocean to City – An Rás Mór, the flagship event of Cork Harbour Festival is organised by Meitheal Mara, the community boatyard, training centre and charity located in the heart of Cork City. The Festival is sponsored by Cork City Council, Cork County Council, Port of Cork, Failte Ireland, RCYC and MaREI, and made possible with the help of dozens of Event Partners and hundreds of volunteers.
Cork Harbour Festival continues until Sunday 10 June. corkharbourfestival.com for festival events.
Please see summary of Ocean to City 2018 results below:
Ocean Course – 28km
AWARD BOAT NO. WINNER
1st 4-Hand working Naomhóg – Ocean 12 Naomhóga Chorcaí – Martin Schwedes
2nd 4-Hand Working Naomhóg – Ocean 13 Naomhóga Chorcaí – The Lotarians
1st Veteran Crew Ocean 28 Salcombe Estuary Rowing Club
2nd Veteran Crew Ocean 22 Dundrum Coastal Rowing
3rd Veteran Crew Ocean 30 London Cornish Pilot Gig Club, Hurricane
1st Cornish Pilot Gig 31 Zennorr Gig Club Penzance – Melusine
1st Currach Ocean 43 West Clare Currach Club, Doonbeg
1st Racing Currach Ocean 43 West Clare Currach Club, Doonbeg
1st Celtic Longboat 52 Vartry RC, Challengers – Vartry Champion
2nd Celtic Longboat 56 Bois y Parrog – Angarahad
1st GRP (Miscellaneous) 39 Corporation of Trinity House – Trinity Tide
1st ICRF Ocean 63 Passage West – Barr an Che
2nd ICRF Ocean 59 Vartry RC Contenders – Vartry Contenders
1st St Ayles Skiff 22 Dundrum coastal rowing – Danny Boy
2nd St Ayles Skiff 16 Strangford Coastal RC, Northern Lights –
1st International Crew 31 Zennor Gig Club Penzance – Melusine
1st Women’s Crew – Ocean 23 EACRC
1st Mixed Crew – Ocean 16 Strangford Coastal RC, Northern Lights
1st Crew Ocean 14 St Michaels Rowing Club,
Crockford – Dun Laoghaire Nua
1st GRP Ocean 63 Passage West Rowing Club
2nd GRP Ocean 45 Mount Charles Rowing Club
2nd International Crew 28 Salcombe Estuary Rowing Club
1st Mixed Currach 26 Naomhóga Chorcaí, NC 3
2nd Mixed Crew – Ocean 24 St Ayles Coastal Rowing Club
1st Veteran Currach Ocean 42 Naomhóga Chorcaí, x-man
1st Veteran GRP/plastic Ocean 40 London Port Health Authority
1st Veteran Mixed Crew – Ocean 61 Edermine Ferry Rowing Club, Boro
2nd Veteran Mixed Crew – Ocean 19 Dundrum Coastal Rowing, Mystic Wave
1st Wooden Boat – Ocean 14 St Michaels Rowing Club,
Crockford – Dun Laoghaire Nua
1st Working Currach Ocean 12 Naomhóga Chorcaí – Martin Schwedes
1st Sliding Seat Coastal Quad – Ocean 89 Courtmacsherry Rowing Club – Euro Diffusion
1st Single Sliding Seat – Ocean 75 Bantry, Andrew Hurley – Euro Diffusion
City Course – 22km
1st Currach – City 36 Naomhóga Chorcaí, Domestic Blisters – Caitlin
1st other boat type City 81 Whitegate Rowing Club 1
1st City 36 Naomhóga Chorcaí, Domestic Blisters – Caitlin
1st Mixed – City 81 Whitegate Rowing Club 1
City – Kayak Race – 22km
1st Veteran Kayak 246 Salmon Leap Canoe Club – Malcolm Banks
2nd Veteran Kayak 253 Cellbridge Paddlers Canoe Club
1st Expedition Kayak single 232 Tomas Walsh
2nd Expedition Kayak single 240 Lawrence Buckley
1st Kayak (CITY COURSE – OVERALL) 244 Tadhg de Barra
2nd Kayak (CITY COURSE – OVERALL) 246 Salmon Leap Canoe Club – Malcolm Banks
1st Unlimited Kayak 244 Tadhg de Barra
1st Women’s Kayak 242 Heather Clarke
2nd Women’s Kayak 203 Sandra Bickerdyke
Monkstown – Kayak – 12km
1st Kayak Monkstown 362 Jamie Walsh
2nd Kayak Monkstown 360 Nigel Ducker
1st Veteran Kayak 360 Nigel Ducker
1st Single Sit on top Kayak 334 Chris Coady
2nd Single Sit on top Kayak 336 Fabian Murphy
1st Women’s Sit on Top Kayak 342 Passage West R, Jill Treacy
Monkstown – SUP – 12km
1st SUP Jason Coniry Award 320 Paddy McCormick
Dragon Boat Race – 20km
1st Dragon Boat 93 Frankfurter Kanu-Verein 1913 E.V. (Fkv)
Blackrock Youth Race – 4km
Fiachra Ó Callanáin Memorial Trophy 110 Ballincollig, Luke and Jack
First Lassies 112 BBBS, Becky and Brenda
First Junior Crew 114 BBBS, Lee and John
Special Endeavour Award 119 Life Centre, William
First Veteran Crew 120 Life Centre, Cormac and Alan
First Adult Youth Crew 122 Life Centre, Adam and Zach
First Mixed Crew 124 Mayfield, Michael and Sarah
First Youth Crew 125 Glnthn/Bshpst, Linda and Tami
First Currach – Special Class 128 Naomhóga Chorcaí, Ciara and Eoghan