Barrow Challenge

The 2016 Barrow Challenge was sponsored by Waterways Ireland

The Barrow Challenge is a 18km river race from St. Mullin’s to New Ross Boat Club.

The 2017 Barrow Challenge will take place in September.

Boats will launch and depart at high tide at St. Mullin’s, Co Carlow:

  • Latitude – Longitude: 52.487739,-6.929425
  • Lat: 52° 29′ 15.8598″ Long: -6° 55′ 45.93″

On the day:

– assembly at 7am
– coxes meeting at 8am (outside the registration shed)
– on the water for 9am

Once you have arrived please go to registration and take instruction from stewards and registration people. You will need to have paid your €5 per seat (including cox!) plus a refundable deposit of €5 per boat to get your bow numbers.

Enclosed parking for trailers is available in and around New Ross Boat Club, please follow signs and directions as given by our marshalls. There will be plenty of hot food and refreshments available at the club house after the race – all are welcome!

Don’t forget, you’ll need to leave a car in New Ross so that you can run the crew up to collect cars in St. Mullin’s. If you are in any way stuck please talk to anyone from New Ross Boat Club and they will help out.

The-Barrow-Challenge-River-RaceThe race map is available to download here: The-Barrow-Challenge-River-Race and a laminated print out will be given to every boat.

The event is hosted by New Ross Boat Club and is the biggest water-based event on the River Barrow. It is over 40 years since the event was first held in February 1973 and we expect approximately 60 crews to row the 18km course from St Mullin’s to New Ross this September.

Clubs from all over the country and international crews will be present and compete in the event. This means we will have about 550 people on the river for the 2017 Barrow Challenge! We will use over 20 boats to provide safety cover. These boats will be manned by over 60 volunteers including the members of the Civil Defence who will be providing First Aid and Ambulance cover. Timers, marshals, slip stewards and traffic management will demand 30+ additional volunteers. A total involvement of in excess of 650 people and then there are the supporters and spectators who will come to view and support the days racing!

If you are looking for accommodation for the event have a look at our local tourism website

For more information please contact John Dimond or Sonya Nolan, Barrow Challenge Co-­Ordinator,