Learn to row an Irish currach on Saturday October 15 at Hains Park in Old Lyme.

OLD LYME — Learn to row Irish…remember, yyou do not need to be Irish to line Irish!

Readers are invited to try the ancient art of Rowing Irish Currach, Saturday October 15 at Hain Park, Rte. 1/Boston Post Rd. in Old Lyme from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Send an email to reserve your time: 9:00 a.m., 9:30 a.m., 10:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:00 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. [email protected]

An Irish currach is a traditional vessel made of wood lathe and covered in canvas. The currachs date back thousands of years. They were used for trade between the islands, between the islands and the mainland, and along the coastal villages of the mainland. Relatively light (for their size) fishing/trading boats, which could withstand heavy swells, were streamlined in design for rowing competitions.

Veteran rowers and beginners are all welcome. Pre-registration before October 15. You should sign a waiver.

Request the forms from [email protected] Pre-registration and also take an introductory lesson to receive a free team t-shirt.

The organizers suggest that participants bring gloves.

There is no obligation to join the group — sinvolves coming to try currach rowing.

for more information contact [email protected]

This event is sponsored by New London Currach Rowers with support from the Ancient Order of Hibernians of New London County and the Irish Coastal Club, New London Maritime Society/New London Custom House and Forty Thieves Irish Pub.