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Cork Ocean to City

Mike Gilbert
Dear Giggers those who are not Cutters will have missed this call for those interested in Cork..

"Cutters, this year the Cork Ocean to City Race is on the 8th June.

For those not unfamiliar with this the Cutters have sent a boat for the last couple of years with a crew. Its a 15 Mile race from the entrance to Cork Harbour - its about a 3 hour row/race. The blurb goes like this:
An Rás Mór ('The Big Race') is a traditional & fixed seat rowing race that takes place annually in Cork Harbour, Ireland. It includes races over four distances through Cork Harbour:
- Ocean Course (15 nautical miles)  
- City Course (12 nautical miles)
- Monkstown Course (7 nautical miles)
- Youth Course (2.5 nautical miles)

The race attracts entries from all over the world competing in all types of rowing boats and kayaks. More than just a race, there’s something for everyone at the Ocean to City Festival; dragon boat races, currach & kayak trips, Corkumnavigation, harbour cruises, Navy tours, angling trips, maritime exhibitions, films and talks, food and craft markets, music, craic and lots of free family entertainment.

Usually Colin or I take the Landy and carry 6 or 7 and a boat.  We go across Friday on the Ferry, stay in an acceptable/economic Hotel in the centre of Cork and go rowing Saturday... there is a large party in the evening with much as to be expected Irish hospitality. We then catch an overnight ferry Sunday arriving home very early Monday Morning.  in 2011 it cost £280/person; and 2012 the costs per person - Hotel; petrol;ferry; entry fees etc worked out at £324.  

If anyone is interested in taking a Galley or  2 to this event this year, let me know by May 3rd as the early booking fee of €40 (March 14 - May 11) applies otherwise its Just-in-time Fee: €50 (May 12 - May 25)."