Mark Schembri in attempt for longest ever Olympic-style coastal rowing solo row in Ireland

Today Siġġiewi rower Mark Schembri will be setting a new milestone for Maltese rowing by attempting the longest ever Olympic-style Coastal Rowing solo row in the “Ocean to City” event in Ireland. This is Ireland’s premier long-distance rowing race attracting hundreds of participants annually. This event started in 2005 as a race for traditional fixed-seat boats, rather similar to the ones we row in Malta, and developed into an all-inclusive rowing and paddling event, which brings together everything from traditional wooden working boats, currachs, skiffs, gigs and longboats to contemporary ocean racing shells, kayaks, canoes and even stand-up paddle boards.

Mark will be rowing a C1x single in this event, a boat which can reach remarkable speeds but can be equally challenging since it is uncoxed and much less stable than the traditional rowing boats we are accustomed to.

The participation in this event was made possible with the financial assistance and support received by Siġġiewi Rowing Club from SportMalta through the International Participation Scheme.

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