Twenty oarsmen from the Isle of Islay enjoyed the challenge of rowing 44 miles from their island to Moville in Co.Donegal. They were invited to take part in the challenge by Foyle Rowing Club. The 42 mile crossing invovled crew changeovers on the way.
This race kicked off a twin “Festival of the sea” in both Port Ellen and Greencastle, Donegal, involving events based on the common maritime, historic and culture common to both locations. (It is hoped that the event will be a biennial event). Proceeds from the event are to be donated to the Foyle Hospice celebrating 20 yrs of inpatient care this year. The Islay community raised £1700 prior to departure thanks to the work of the Lagavulin Fundraisers and presented the cheque to Foyle Hospice founding member Dr Tom McGinley on arrival and Greencastle.
More information here: http://blog.islayinfo.com/article.php/islay-festival-of-the-sea