NBRC took part in the Ocean to City long distance race in Ireland, bringing home silver and gold. The team of four men and four women journeyed to the Emerald Isle, where they met with over 100 participants rowing in everything from wooden working boats, currachs, skiffs, gigs and longboats to kayaks and racing shells.
A mixed crew (Lizzie Cowan, David Davidson, Rachael Porteous, Louise Presslie and Steve Thomson) rowed Skiff John B around the Ocean Course of 28km from Crosshaven to Lapp's Quay in Cork city, (check out the GPS route. They won second place in the Mixed Crew category overall behind ‘Edermine Ferry’ of Cork's currach club Noamhóga Chorcaí. Amongst the seven St Ayles Skiffs that attended from Coigach and Ullapool (Scotland), Blakeney (Northumberland) and Strangford and Portaferry (Ireland), the NBRC ‘Skiff John B’ crew picked up the trophy for second place behind a men's crew from Achiltibuie.
Coxed by Jacque Turner, John Irvine and Robbie Wightman rowed the City Course 22km from Crosshaven to Cobh and in to Lapp's Quay in ‘Speedwell’, a Teifi Skiff. The pair sculled the skiff to win first position in both the Veteran Crew and City Crew categories.