Ocean to City – An Rás Mór is Ireland’s very own long-distance rowing race attracting hundreds of participants annually.
Now in its twelfth year, it has grown from its origin as a race for traditional fixed-seat boats into an all-inclusive rowing event, embracing everything from traditional wooden working boats, currachs, skiffs, gigs and longboats to contemporary ocean racing shells, kayaks and canoes.
With thousands of spectators each year, the race is a real flagship event for Cork Harbour; one of the largest natural harbours in the world. An Rás Mór (”The Big Race”) appeals to a wide range of rowers and paddlers from across Ireland and beyond. It includes races over four course distances: the 28km Ocean Course, 22km City Course, 13km Monkstown Course – all finishing to a warm welcome in Cork’s city centre.
Modelled on London’s Great River Race, start times are staggered with the slowest boat types leaving first, and the fastest boat types leaving last. The race also features a dedicated Kayak Race as well as a relay option. Ireland’s harbour marathon, Ocean to City An Rás Mór is much more than just a race… it is a test of endurance, a personal challenge and a shared effort.