The high point of Meitheal Mara’s calendar, Ocean to City – Án Ras Mór is Ireland’s largest and most inclusive rowing race, and the anchor for the week-long Cork Harbour Festival each June. The 18-person crews in our regular Dragon Boat Challenges bring the colour and buzz of sprint racing to Cork city centre.

The Interfirm Dragon Boat Challenge:
Saturday 13 May & Saturday 15 July 2017

Are you looking for an activity in Cork City which involves:

  • Fun
  • Adventure
  • Teambuilding
  • Rivalry

Then you have been looking for the Interfirm Dragon Boat Challenge!
So form a crew with your colleagues and friends, sign up to the challenge today and try your hand at paddling a 40ft dragon boat.

Twice a year teams are invited to take part in a spectacular event. This event, taking place on the River Lee in the heart of Cork City, and has been growing in popularity year-on-year. With some of the biggest companies and organisations in Cork participating in the challenge the rivalry can be fierce both on and off the water. With over 300 participants on the day, the river will thrum and the boardwalk will throb with energy and excitement.
Form a seventeen-strong crew and hop aboard one of our impressive 40ft-long dragon boats in a mission to become this summer’s champion of the Interfirm Dragon Boat Challenge. In a thrilling race from the iconic R&H Hall to Cork’s Lapp’s Quay, four of these colourful dragon boats, each with a drummer aboard, will sprint against each other over a distance of 250m. In a series of exciting heats, semi-finals and then a final, 20 companies from all over Cork will compete for the coveted Dragon Boat Challenge Trophy. Don’t forget the Dragon’s Roar trophy will also be up for grabs on the day. Psyche out the competition with your best team chant, battle cry, Hakka or roar and win a trophy for your efforts. Sign up now and let the fun begin!
Started in 2013, the event is an important fundraiser for Meitheal Mara. Meitheal Mara is a community boatyard, local charity and nationally-accredited training centre in the heart of Cork city. The organisation is dedicated to promoting and fostering maritime culture and traditional skills through currach and wooden boat building, as well as woodwork and seamanship as the means to help groups of people and individuals to learn, progress and develop. Meitheal Mara in particular provides training to those who are at risk of social exclusion for example young people, those recovering from addictions and people living with disabilities. As a registered charity (CHY 12929), your contribution towards this event is tax-deductible and an ideal opportunity to demonstrate your company’s support.
We hope that you will come on board for the 6th Interfirm Dragon Boat Challenge and look forward to hearing from you. Should you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us: / 021 4847673. As this is a hugely popular event places are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. We advise companies to contact us as soon as possible to register their interest.

Ocean to City – An Rás Mór: Saturday 10 June 2017
Cork Harbour Festival: 3 – 11 June 2017

Ocean to City – An Rás Mór is Ireland’s premier long-distance rowing race attracting thousands of spectators each year. Featured as part of our new Cork Harbour Festival, the race takes place in Cork Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world.
The highlight of the festival, An Rás Mór (”The Big Race”), draws hundreds of participants from all over the world competing in everything from traditional wooden boats, currachs, gigs and longboats to Chinese dragon boats, kayaks and canoes. More than just a race, An Rás Mór represents a personal challenge, a shared effort and a coming together of people who love these waters and love their boats.
Ocean to City & Cork Harbour Festival offers something for everyone. Watch our spectacular fleet of boats from the many vantage points along the race; then come aboard our harbour cruise; try some rowing and see the city like you’ve never seen it before; put together a team for our dragon boat challenge, or get creative with your children in our model boat competition! Many free family events available throughout the week.
The festival is a maritime experience like no other. Whether you want to watch, try it out, take part or simply soak up the festival atmosphere, don’t miss this year’s Ocean to City!

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