Skerries Rowing Club is a member of the East Coast Rowing Council (ECRC). We are the most northerly club in the ECRC area. All clubs row in East Coast Skiffs, boats synonymous with the area. Each year between late May and early August, each club hosts a regatta usually on a Saturday or Sunday. All clubs attend each other club’s regatta and race from u12, to Senior level and numerous grades in between. Men race a 2.8km course while others race over a 1.4km course.
Skerries Rowing Club has held 5 regattas to date and are the youngest ECRC club to host an annual regatta. It draws over 2500 people to Skerries from as far away as Arklow. We are fortunate enough to have one of the most beautiful and spectator friendly venue. Races start at the perch at the back of the RNLI station with crews racing eastwards towards the Captains where each boat turns a numbered mark they have been assigned at a lane draw held on the morning of the regatta before racing back to the finish line at the back of the RNLI station.
There is a great buzz on Red Island with a wall of oars lined up against the wall at the beach beside the RNLI station. Boats are lined up on the sand between races. All the rowing clubs set up their tents on the green areas on Red Island.
As a club it is the biggest event everyone gets involved. The event could not happen without the support of the local community in Skerries which includes local businesses that sponsor races, Skerries RNLI, Skerries Sailing Club, Skerries Gardai local fishermen and the club members that put in hours of work to make the event a success.