Skibbereen Rowing Club is a voluntary organisation catering for people of all ages, male and female, in the sport of flatwater rowing.
Founded in 1970, the club became affiliated to the Irish Amateur Rowing Union (I.A.R.U.) in 1971. Since then the success of the club is manifest by competition at local, national and international level. Located just outside Skibbereen, the club is based on the banks of the River Ilen, a protected stretch of water second to none. As they say about us: “There must be something in the water”, for Skibbereen Rowing Club is the most successful club in country, with 195 national titles we are the leaders in the overall national titles record.
If you would like to try rowing and you are in 6th class (born before 31/12/2011), 1st or 2nd year in school, join us for a rowing camp starting at 10am on Sunday 24th September 2023, please contact us beforehand to secure your place. The camp is four weeks, usually Wednesday evenings and Sunday mornings, days to be confirmed closer to the time. Email email@example.com for full information and to register. You must be able to swim. The cost is €40 for the 8 sessions. Call Janet on 087 616 6993 for details. Places are limited, so do get your name in asap for the September intake.
The development of Skibbereen Rowing Club into the major force that it is in Irish Rowing today is due to the vision and hard work of many people, who still work tirelessly to maintain its many successes. The club is managed by a committee comprising of Chairperson, President, Treasurer, Secretary, PRO, Captain, Head Coach and coaching committee, as well as committee members. As a totally voluntary organisation, many fundraising events are organized throughout the year to provide the money necessary to fund the top class racing boats and training equipment demanded by top athletes, as well as covering the day to day running costs of the club itself.
The club caters for both male and female athletes, from 6th class in junior school/1st year in senior school upwards. Members compete at all levels from Olympic to ordinary domestic regattas. The club prides itself on its record of coaching oars-people from beginner level to world class.
The growth in the number of crews in training and in competition requires continuous updating and expansion of the clubs fleet of boats and equipment. This fleet eventually outgrew the available boat storage space and consequently the club opened a 3,600 square foot state of the art boathouse. This facility freed up the space necessary to expand the clubs gym facilities. We have recently purchased land adjacent to the club to future proof our river access and create a safe space for running. And we continue to fund raise to purchase new equipment and to renew and upgrade our existing fleet of racing boats. There are further plans in the pipeline to extend the club house.