Curragh Racing

Curragh racing is a feature of the many regattas that are held on the Connemara coast during the summer.

Both men and womens teams take part in fast skillful rowing races. Teams can consist of 1 to 4 individuals depending on the boat size. Some teams use use specially built curraghs whch ride high in the water and as they have no rudder must be steered by the oars. The currach is steered using the oars. Winning in a racing currachs is all about skill, stamina, strength especially in windy conditions.  Races generally involve a course of multiple kilometres with teams racing to a mid point and then returning to the start line. 

The growing interest in curragh racing plays a ital part in preserving the boat building skills all along the west coast of Ireland.