Skerries Rowing club was founded in 2012 by a small group who were determined to get rowing and to enjoy the sea around Skerries. Some had previous rowing experience while most had none but were keen to get involved in a new and exciting sport.
Na Sceiri was purchased from Skerries Seascouts and was renovated and made seaworthy by the keen rowers. The club competed in ECRC regattas for the first time in this year.
In 2013 the club undertook a huge fundraising drive and rowed from Carlingford to Skerries as part of the drive. Enough money was raised to build the clubs second boat An Gabhar. Club members assisted in building the boat. The boat was built by Martin O’Toole and Ciaran McCarthy. It was the first east coast skiff to have been built in many years.
The clubs membership grew and tried to host its first regatta unfortunately it was blown out by a big summer storm. The club sent a crew to the Great River Race in London for the first time.
2014 saw membership grow further, more regatta attended. The Club went to Ocean to City in Cork for the first time and the various other events including a return trip to the Great River Race in London. The club also held its first regatta at Red Island Skerries.
2015 saw more crews than ever in the club, some success in ECRC regattas and an even better regatta.
The club has grown year on year with more adult rowers including a unique mix of leisure and competitive rowers and the development of a juvenile rowing section.
2017 saw the need for a new boat becoming a priority and a huge fundraising drive was undertaken with the monster club draw being the main source of funds. The club ordered its third boat..
2018 was the clubs most successful year both on and off the water. In April 2018 the club took delivery of its third boat Inis Rua which was built in Bray by master boatbuilder Terry Keogh.
The club held its biggest and best regatta in June in perfect sea conditions. We also modified our regatta course to incorporate a new 2 turn course for the long races, a Saturday regatta and a novel race start method.
The juvenile section grew with the first ever U12 and u16 crews. The U18 girls crew had an amazing year medalling in all ECRC regattas and coming second in the U18 girls league to win the clubs first ever ECRC medal. They were also the first crew from the club to take part in the ICRF All-Irelands in Wexford.
Adult crews also fared very well. Novice men came third in the ECRC league and medalled in several regattas. The club entered an Intermediate Mens crew for the first time and in a longer race they competed very well against many experienced crews.
Novice ladies crews had a fantastic season finishing Second in the ECRC league and also winning the clubs first All-Ireland medal, a silver medal at the ICRF All-Irelands in challenging sea conditions in Wexford.
Towards the end of the season the club purchased its fourth boat, Dasher from Arklow Rowing Club. We also got an little shed on Skerries Harbour to store some of our equipment , a little place to call home…..
Skerries Rowing Club competed in numerous long distance rows all over Europe and Ireland:
Great River Race London (2 crews), Barrow ( 2 crews),
Boyne (1 crew, came second in a very tough race), Dun Laoighre (won mixed), Hope Race (3 crews)
La Traversee de Paris (1 crew).
A phenomenal year on and off the water for a young and rapidly growing club… 2019 has a lot to live up to!