Ocean to City - Cork's Maritime Festival
01 June 2013 - 10 June 2013
Ocean to City – An Rás Mór ('The Big Race') is a 15 nautical mile (28km) rowing race and maritime festival celebrating Cork's unique maritime heritage and natural harbour. The race attracts entries from all over the world competing in all types of rowing boats and kayaks. The festival celebrates Cork’s maritime history and unique harbour, and is set to be the biggest to date with a packed programme of events. This is the ninth year of the festival which is organised by Cork based community boat builders Meitheal Mara, with the support of Cork City and County Councils and Fáilte Ireland. The highlight of the festival, An Rás Mór, which takes place on Saturday 8th of June, has an estimated 12,500 spectators expected to cheer on the boats at the numerous vantage points along the route. The course will begin at Crosshaven at 12:00 before traversing over 28 km (15 nautical miles) through Cork Harbour, via Cobh, Monkstown, Passage and Blackrock before reaching the finish line at Lapps Quay in Cork’s city centre. Rowers will compete in a diverse range of vessels including currachs, Irish coastal rowing boats, Bantry longboats, kayaks, Cornish pilot gigs and Chinese Dragonboats. On-street entertainment, food markets and live music will also reverberate from the Lapps Quay finish line throughout the day before the finale event and prize giving which will take place in the Clarion Hotel. Other events throughout the week will include free family entertainment, live music, boatbuilding demonstrations, kayak and boat harbour trips, free events at CIT Blackrock Castle Observatory, Passage West, Cork Harbour Summer School at the National Maritime College of Ireland and much more.
Telephone:+353 (0)21 484 7673
Address: Crosshaven & Cork City, Co Cork