The Republic of Ireland is basically an island extension of Great Britain. Its closeness to water bodies makes it ideal for various water sports such as Coupe de la Jeunesse. This international rowing regatta sees competitors row over 2,000 meters every year. Since its novel tournament, the Coupe has only been won by Italy, Great Britain and France. The advent of technology brought about the establishment of this website that covers the various aspects of the tournament.
Chairman’s Welcome Address:
On behalf of the local Organising Committee of the Coupe de la Jeunesse, I would like to extend a traditional Irish welcome or “céad míle fáilte” to all competitors, coaches, officials and spectators. Ireland has been a proud member of the Coupe rowing family for many years and several of our more successful rowers started their international career at the Coupe.
This is Cork’s third year hosting the competition after previously welcoming the Coupe in 1999 and 2008. On each occasion we have strived to provide the competitors with a memorable experience both on and off the water. Our Organising Team have been working hard to ensure that no detail is overlooked.
Following the election of the Czech Republic to the Coupe, the competition now has 13 members and we look forward to seeing all of them compete in Cork.
Chair – Organising Committee
County Mayor’s Welcome Address:
It is my great honour to welcome the Coupe de la Jeunesse to Cork in July. Rowing has always played an important role in the lives of those in Cork. I am very fortunate to have an exceptional vantage point from my office in County Hall that overlooks the River Lee in which I regularly watch young rowers take to the water. Seeing these young rowers always fills me with a great sense of pride to witness such skill, drive and dedication in Cork’s youth. I am therefore thrilled and honoured that Cork is playing host to this fantastic international regatta, which encourages young rowers.
I would like to welcome all the visiting athletes, their coaches, families and supporters to our great county and commend these young rowers for the hard work, passion and dedication that has brought them here. While this is a competition, I wish to remind all participants to take some time to enjoy all that this city has to offer. Cork is truly a remarkable place with so much to do, see and experience. Go and kiss the Blarney Stone; take a trip on the Dursey Island Cable Car, running 250m above the sea; visit Mizen Head, the most south-westerly point in Ireland or sample some mouth-watering Cork artisan produce. There is so much to do in our beautiful county, I hope you enjoy each and every minute.
Lastly, I want to wish all rowers the very best of luck and looking forward to seeing you all on the water next July.
Cork County Mayor
The About Section
This section of the website provides information about the coupe. It is divided into three subsections. One of the such is the “about the coupe” subsection. This gives web users a brief history about the coupe. The “Entry List” gives adequate information about the various nationalities that have registered to take part in the event. It also includes features like the date of registration and so on.
“Course and facilities” covers the equipment, machines and other facilities of the venue of the coupe. It also takes you through the waterways that will serve as courses for the races. You can always practice or warm up using these facilities. This will help you adjust to the nature of the tournament better.
The period of the competition is very short. Everything has to be planned to the tiniest detail for the event to be successful. This also implies that everybody part of the event play their role. The “schedule” section takes you inside the rowing events by providing you with the fixtures or provisional race timetable. This is necessary for clarification especially for a first-time rider. It will notify participants of the schedule of activities. Don’t forget that the event holds a lot of value for the spectators and participants.
This section also has the “draws” subsection. It gives participants update on the course of activities as it pertains to them. This is where they get to access the opponents in their categories and so on. The “Crew List” is the list showing the athletes of the different countries. This will help viewers keep up with the happenings of the event.
The winner of the coupe is the team with the highest aggregate. Knowing what your team has scored so far is important. “Results” provides participants with the results or outcomes of the events. More often than not, results are posted after the competition for all parties to view. This is no longer the case, thanks to the invention of technology.
Unlike most other results system, this one updates the outcome of each event as soon as they are done. These events are sorted according to their various dates and times. They are available to everyone at every point in time. The event is won after the average performance of every team is accumulated. Provision of results will encourage participants to reorganize their team and increase their chances of winning.
No fewer than 12 countries participate in this event every year. The participants often travel far and wide to be part of this event. These people are sportsmen and women. They may not know anything about preparing an accommodation or general traveling plans. The organizers of this tournament are aware and this is why they are creating options for these foreign participants to work with.
The “Visitor Information” section of this website covers the traveling plans if there is need for it. “Getting Here” subsection guides individuals on how to locate the venue depending on where they are coming from. “Accommodation” provides them with options they can choose from when selecting suitable accommodation.
There is “Things to do in Cork” for those who will not be traveling immediately but want to while away some time. The city of Cork has lots of places to visit and things to do. This website helps you sort it out by providing you with tips on places to visit in Cork and what to in those places.
People will have questions to ask, inquiries to make or reasons to complain. There are provisions to accommodate such in the “contact us” subsection of the website. It contains the physical address or location, phone number and email address as mediums of contact.
There is also a form people can fill out and submit them directly on the website. You only input your name, email, phone number and the message containing your intentions before submitting the form. Copies of the response is also sent via email to serve as references.