Coastal Rowing Association
Up to the late 1980's clubs from both East and West Cork competed at the SWCYRA (South West Coast Yawl Rowing Association) championships. Initially the clubs that would have competed from East Cork were Passage West Cobh Fishermans and Cobh Commodore. At the All Ireland Championshiops which were helt in Valenita in Co Kerry in 1991 twenty two crews lined up for the senior mens race, with the Cobh Fishemen Crew taking home gold and the privilege of hosting the All Ireland Championships in 1991. This was to be the begginning of a significant increase in the interest in the sport in East Cork. As more and more clubs started to form and re-form, a decision was made to split the association into two distinct division with the Bandon River being used as the natural dividing point. Club to the East of the Bandon would become the Irish Yawl Rowing Association Eastern Division and club to the West of the Bandon would become the Irish Yawl Rowing Association Western Division.
Starting in 1992 the club in the west operated under the banner of the South West Coast Yawl Rowing Association and the clubs in the East operated under the Coastal Rowing Association, and so the CRA in in its current format was born.
The initial clubs in the CRA were Passage West, Cobh Commodore, Cobh Fishermans, Kinsale and Dock, Crosshaven, Rushbrooke, and Whitegate.
In 2005 / 2006 Blackrock Rowing CLub was reformed in Cork City and following a near 30 year break they were back on the water and they became a member club of the CRA. In 2012 the CRA welcomed in East Ferry based outside Midleton in East Cork.
At present we have eight of the nine clubs competing annually with just Cobh Commodore having ceased to operate in the late 1990's. In 1992 the innaugural Cork County Coastal Rowing Championships was held where the top crews from boath associations compete to seek the title of Cork County Champions. This event alternates between the two associations each year. In 2001 both associations also competed at the Irish Naval Base in Haulbowline in a commerative regatta for the Irish Naval Service. This was a very special occasion and we were delighted to have been invited to be part of it. To mark the occasion a very special commerative medal was commissioned on a once off basis.
The Coastal Rowing Association (CRA) is the Representative Association for the Sport of Coastal Rowing in South East Cork. The Association is affiliated to the Irish Coastal Rowing Federation who are the governing body of Coastal Rowing in Ireland. We organise regattas both Championships and fun days throughout the summer months at various location throughout our division.
The Association covers a large area of South East Cork and has eight affiliated clubs namely:
- Blackrock Rowing Club
- Crosshaven Rowing Club
- Cobh Fishermens Rowing Club
- East Ferry Rowing Club
- Kinsale & Dock Rowing Club
- Passage West Rowing Club
- Rushbrooke Rowing Club
- Whitegate Rowing Club
To find more about our clubs please visit our website www.coastalrowingcork.com for more information or you can find us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Coastal-Rowing-Association/236424643052159?fref=ts
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