The 2017 Blue Light Regatta took place earlier this summer at Whitegate Rowing Club on Sunday 7th May, with all contributions from local businesses and the East Cork community shared equally between East Cork Rapid Response and Whitegate Rowing Club.
The Blue Light has been a vital fundraiser for Whitegate Rowing Club since its inception in 2014 to support its community, family and competitive activities. Equally, the event helps fund the vital work that East Cork Rapid Response undertakes in our community.
The Regatta originated in 2014 as a stand-alone race called the Blue Light Boat Race. It was the brainchild of Whitegate Rowing Club member Eoghan Healy as a fundraiser for Whitegate Rowing Club, as a means to promote the sport of Coastal Rowing and to highlight the importance of the emergency services in East Cork. In 2015, it developed into the Blue Light Regatta and became a much bigger event in the annual coastal rowing calendar.
Whitegate Rowing Club is East Cork’s Premier Coastal Rowing Club. Founded in 1991, the club prides itself on their family friendly ethos. The club is run by a committee of volunteers from their ever expanding membership and they go from strength to strength annually with local and national success. Whitegate Rowing Club welcomes all age groups and abilities and parental involvement is encouraged at all times at their facilities at The Sawmills in Whitegate Village.
East Cork Rapid Response aims to create and provide a sustainable emergency medical service through volunteers serving the community. Their objective is to support the Ambulance Service, the Fire and Rescue Service, the Coastguard and the RNLI.
Whitegate Rowing Club and East Cork Rapid Response would like to extend sincere thanks to the people of East Cork for supporting this event annually, and look forward to welcoming teams back for the 2018 Blue Light Regatta!