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The num­ber of row­ing crews from Ire­land and Wales ex­pected to de­scend on Ark­low for the

Celtic Chal­lenge event this week

AP­PROX­I­MATELY 23 row­ing crews from all over Ire­land and Wales will de­scend on Ark­low to­mor­row (Thurs­day) in ad­vance of this year’s Celtic Chal­lenge event, a 90 nau­ti­cal mile row­ing race from Ark­low to Aberys­t­wyth in Wales.

As the May Bank Hol­i­day looms ahead an­tic­i­pa­tion and ex­cite­ment are reach­ing their peak at over 22 clubs who will en­ter crews into the gru­elling race that is set to de­part Ark­low on Satur­day af­ter­noon.

Crews from the lo­cal re­gion from Ark­low, Wick­low, Dun Laoghaire, Malahide and Wex­ford will all make their way to the coastal town where they will en­joy a night of rest on Thurs­day be­fore the weekend’s fes­tiv­i­ties.

They must be pre­pared to de­part on Fri­day is weather con­di­tions re­quire, other­wise Satur­day at 2p.m. for ladies, mixed and miscellaneous crews and 4p.m. for men’s teams will re­main as the de­par­ture times.

Ark­low Row­ing Club the ded­i­cated ladies’ team pre­pare to de­fend their ti­tle for the fourth time in The Celtic Chal­lenge.

The race, which is one of the tough­est en­durance chal­lenges in the row­ing com­mu­nity takes place ev­ery two years and the Ark­low Row­ing Club ladies are proud to have such an ex­cel­lent track record. Two years ago when 10 of the 22 boats which de­parted had to turn back due to ter­ri­ble weather con­di­tions the Ark­low ladies ploughed ahead to fin­ish the race in 25 hours.

This year crew mem­bers Tilly Jordan, Deirdre Magh­ery, Jes­sica Lee, Amy Snell, Lora Ka­vanagh, Emma Fitzger­ald, San­dra Dun­bar, Ta­mara Pen­ston, Maeve Tyrrell, Jeanne O'Gor­man, Vanessa An­nes­ley and Lisa Mel­lon will bat­tle it out on the course from Ark­low to Aberys­t­wyth in Wales and only time will tell what con­di­tions they will be row­ing in.

The crew has plenty of backup with their lead boat ‘ The Hal­sion’, skip­pered by Ro­nan

The ladies crew from Ark­low Row­ing Club.

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