Ocean to City – An Rás Mór is Ireland’s very own long-distance rowing race attracting hundreds of participants annually. Started in 2005, it has grown from its origin as a race for traditional fixed-seat boats into an all-inclusive rowing and paddling event, embracing everything from traditional wooden working boats, currachs, skiffs, gigs and longboats to contemporary ocean racing shells, kayaks, canoes and even stand-up paddle boards. Ocean to City is the flagship event of the Cork Harbour Festival.
This year’s Ocean to City takes place on Saturday 2 June 2018.
Important accommodation notice for travelling participants: In 2018 the Cork City Marathon takes place on the day after Ocean to City, which will bring thousands of runners into the city. To avoid lodging difficulties we strongly advise travelling participants to reserve their accommodation as early as possible. See Accommodation Guide.
Ocean to City 2017 Highlights
Ocean to City 2016 Highlights
- Dalkey Rowing ClubJune 2015''We had a fabulous weekend and found the famous Cork hospitality all it cracks up to be.''
- Exmouth Rowing Club, UKJune 2016''The first time for Exmouth Rowing Club to this event. Absolutely loved it. The organisation, charm, helpfulness and overall welcome and camaraderie displayed were a credit to all. Competitive, friendly, fun, challenging and extremely enjoyable. A magnificent event which should be a model for organisers everywhere.''
- Skerries Rowing ClubJune 2016''What a fantastic weekend in Cork. Great event loved every minute of it. Very proud to collect Boat Build of the Day Award with Skerries Rowing Club. Looking forward to 2017 already!''
- Kildysart Currach ClubJune 2016''We had a fantastic time and are already looking forward to next year''
- Myross Rowing ClubFebruary 2015''The organization is first class, very helpful in every way. Previous rowers from the Club have said it's a challenge and are looking forward to taking part again this year. For the sea-loving its a "must do."
Recent Journal Articles
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**08/06/17 Weather update for Ocean to City participants** We have been monitoring…