This year's Ocean to City - An Rás Mór is on Saturday 4 June 2016
Ocean to City - An Rás Mór is Ireland's very own long-distance rowing race attracting hundreds of participants annually.
Now in its twelfth year, it has grown from its origin as a race for traditional fixed-seat boats into an all-inclusive rowing event, embracing everything from traditional wooden working boats, currachs, skiffs, gigs and longboats to contemporary ocean racing shells, kayaks and canoes.
With thousands of spectators each year, the race is a real flagship event for Cork Harbour; one of the largest natural harbours in the world. An Rás Mór (''The Big Race'') appeals to a wide range of rowers and paddlers from across Ireland and beyond. It includes races over four distances, all finishing to a warm welcome in Cork's city centre:
- Ocean Course (15 nautical miles / 28km) from Crosshaven to Roche's Point to Cobh, Monkstown and through Lough Mahon to Lapp's Quay in Cork city. The Ocean Course can also be undertaken as part of a relay team, whereby crews change over in Monkstown.
- City Course (12 nautical miles / 22km) from Crosshaven to Cobh and in to Lapp's Quay.
- Monkstown Course (7 nautical miles / 13km), from Monkstown to Lapp's Quay.
- Youth Course (2.5 nautical miles / 4.5km), from Blackrock harbour to Lapp's Quay.
Modelled on London's Great River Race, start times are staggered with the slowest boat types leaving first, and the fastest boat types leaving last. With ocean and city course finishing times varying between 1:45 and 4:30hrs, An Rás Mór is much more than just a race... it is a test of endurance, a personal challenge and a shared effort. It is Ireland's very own harbour marathon, and a coming together of people who love these waters and love their boats.
Ocean to City is hosted by Cork's currach club Noamhóga Chorcaí.
Please click below for our 2016 flyer: