Crana Fest 2014 took place in Swan Park Buncrana, County Donegal from 18th-19th October 2014. The event is growing year on year with record numbers of competitors and spectators attending this year. Over 300 competitors of various skill levels from beginners to advanced registered to compete at the event, a significant increase on the previous year. The atmosphere at the event was electric and the October showers certainly did not dampen spirits, in fact the wetter the better at this top watersports event! Crana Fest 2014 was co-sponsored by MalinWaters, which is the brand launched as part of the Sail West project, a Donegal County Council led EU funded project to develop marine tourism.
Taster Sessions for All
According to Sail West Project Marketing Officer, Joy Harron who attended the event, “I was delighted with the opportunity to attend Crana Fest 2014 representing MalinWaters. To see the various kayaking competitions, the large crowds of spectators and to have the chance to try white water rafting myself during a taster session organised by Inish Adventures, it was clear that the event was really well planned and organised. This event will leave many people inspired with a real taste for more watersports adventure! ”.
A Moonlight Charge!
One of the newest additions to Crana Fest this year was the New Wave Sport Moonlight Charge, which took place on the Saturday night under moonlight. This event was very unique and turned out to be one of the highlights of the weekend, something that organisers plan to repeat next year. Following the Moonlight Charge event competitors and spectators attended the very popular Palm Paddlers fancy dress party in the Drift Inn where an array of great prizes were on offer.
Competitions to Suit All Skill Levels
This adrenalin packed event took place over two days of white water action along the Crana River, Swan Park, Buncrana, Inishowen, Co. Donegal. All paddle abilities were invited to take part in the competitions and coaching sessions over the weekend. Crana Fest had some of the best coaches in Ireland attending including; three-time Olympian Eoin Rheinisch, who finished 4th in the K1 Slalom in Beijing and Robert Hendrick, who recently won silver at the Youth Olympics in Nanjing. Coaching sessions included; Advanced Techniques, Open Canoeing, Moving Water Techniques, Ladies Only Coaching Sessions, Fundamentals Core Skills, Boofs & Drops, Progressive/Dynamic Skills and Freestyle Coaching.
Fun for All the Family
This year’s competition categories also included; the Sea Kayak race, Slalom, Wild Water Race, Freestyle, Boatercross, Dagger Dash and Palm Throwbag Olympics. To keep the competitors and spectators well energised for the day, delicious hot food, drinks and snacks were available all day at the marquee. The white water rafting taster sessions were hugely popular and allowed spectators to take part in an activity that they would perhaps not normally consider trying. This event was a credit to Inish Adventures and all the sponsors and a great family day out where everyone could experience the exhilarating water gushing activities along the Crana River.
A Bright Future Ahead
Crana Fest was a significant addition to the MalinWaters maritime calendar of events for 2014 and one which the brand was proud to support. We are excited to see what the future holds for Crana Fest which attracts more and more people each year and certainly has a very bright future ahead. MalinWaters is part financed by the European Union’s European Regional Development Fund through INTERREG IVA Cross-Border Programme managed by the Special European Unions Programmes Body with co-funding provided by the Department of the Environment in Northern Ireland and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government in the Republic of Ireland.
For more information on Crana Fest please contact Inish Adventures:
Tel: +353 87 366 6075