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Ocean to City
c/o Meitheal Mara
Crosses Green House
Crosses Green
Cork City |聽T12 HF38

This year's Ocean to City is on 3 June 2023

Are you ready for the challenge?

Ireland's premier multi craft race



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Ocean to City 鈥 An R谩s M贸r, 3 June 2023, Cork Harbour

Ocean to City is Ireland鈥檚 largest rowing and paddling race, attracting 550 participants from Ireland and beyond. There are over 30 different types of boats taking part, including dragon boats, currachs, longboats, gigs, skiffs, kayaks and even stand up paddle boards.聽 Come along to Cork Harbour and see the spectacular fleet of 200 boats with lots of free family entertainment.

Race Route & Times:

  • 11:30 Crosshaven: The official start of the main fleet
  • 12:00 Cobh (The Promenade): With a DJ, live commentary and the Cobh Animation Team.
  • 12:30 Monkstown: Soak up the action and cheer on the participants starting their 鈥榟alf marathon鈥 from Monkstown.
  • 13:00 Blackrock Harbour: Fun at the pier as Meitheal Mara鈥檚 youth crews join the Ocean to City for the final 4.5km race to the finish line.
  • 13:30 Lapp鈥檚 Quay, Cork City: Immerse yourself in the colour and excitement of the finish line and cheer on the participants as they complete this spectacular race. With live commentary from Cork鈥檚 96FM, food, entertainment, balloon artists, DJ and drummers.
  • 20:30 Idle Hour Pub, Cork City: Afterparty with food, live music, participative street dance by Gotha and ceil铆 dances with Craic’d Ceil铆.

Ocean to City 鈥 An R谩s M贸r, 3 June 2023, Cork Harbour

Ocean to City 鈥 An R谩s M贸r is Ireland鈥檚 very own long-distance rowing race attracting hundreds of participants annually. 聽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,聽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.

This year’s race takes place on Saturday 3rd June 2023 in Cork Harbour, Ireland. Sign up to our mailing list below to get all the updates for 2023.

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Created by Andrew King for Meitheal Mara

Here’s what our participants have to say about Ocean to City!

  • Purple Cutter Partnership 2019
    "What a great event, you have to be the friendliest bunch of race organisers and I am in awe of the smooth operation of start, finishing and recovery that you facilitate. We were also amazed that you managed to turn the rain on Saturday morning off and bring on the sunshine for the race itself. Perfect conditions, thank you for that"!聽
  • Kildysart Currach ClubJune 2016
    ''We had a fantastic time and are already looking forward to next year''聽
  • Strangford Coastal Rowing 2019
    "Just a word of thanks to you and all the team for organising and running an excellent event. All the crew from Strangford had a ball"!聽
  • Catherine - Ocean to City Participant 2019
    "The event was amazing and I hope to be there again next year. I stayed down for the week and enjoyed so much of the festivities. The event is amazing you guys do such a super job".
  • The AHOY Centre 2019
    "What an AMAZING experience we, Arthur鈥檚 Crew, have had this weekend.Our first experience of Ocean to City and certainly won鈥檛 be the last. A massive 鈥榯hank you鈥 for all your support and assistance from you guys at the coal face to the safety support.聽 Everyone! Here鈥檚 to next year".
  • 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!''
  • Dalkey Rowing ClubJune 2015
    ''We had a fabulous weekend and found the famous Cork hospitality all it cracks up to be.''聽
  • Dundrum Coastal Rowing 2019
    "On behalf of Dundrum Coastal Rowing Club I would like to send our thanks to you and your team for a well organised and highly enjoyable event which you obviously put so much work into at the weekend".聽 Winners Ocean Crew and Ist St Ayles Skiff
  • Exmouth Rowing Club, UKJune 2016
    ''The first time for Exmouth Rowing Club to this event.聽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.''
  • Fiona - Ocean to City 2019
    "The race was , as always, a credit to Meitheal Mara and everyone involved".
  • 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."
  • Peter Coreless - Ocean to City 2019
    "I would like to thank you on behalf of my children and grandchildren for the wonderful hospitality and organisation of the whole event. We had an incredible time".

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