Ocean to City is Ireland's very own long-distance rowing race and maritime festival attracting thousands of spectators each year. Taking place in Cork Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in the world, Ocean to City is a true flagship event celebrating Ireland's unique maritime culture and heritage.
The highlight of the festival, An Rás Mór (The Big Race) draws hundreds of participants from all over the world competing in everything from traditional wooden working boats, curachs, gigs and longboats to Chinese dragon boats, kayaks and canoes. More than just a race, An Rás Mór represents a personal challenge, a shared effort and a coming together of people who love these waters and love their boats.
For visitors, the Ocean to City Maritime Festival offers something for everyone; from cheering on the spectacular fleet of boats from the many vantage points along the race, to a vast variety of on-street entertainment, boat trips, navy tours, films, talks, food markets, music, craic and free family events.
Celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2014, this year's festival promises the ultimate maritime experience with a jam-packed programme of exciting events. So whether you want to watch it, try it, race it, or fully immerse yourself in it - don't miss this year's Ocean to City!