LONGBOAT ROWING, CONWY
Celtic longboats are coxed 4, sea going rowboats: that is four rowers with one oar each with a cox to steer and control the craft. Similar in some aspects to the Pilot Gigs (rowing boats used to take pilots out to waiting sailing ships) from Cornwall they are a modern GRP hulled , fixed seat craft.
There are over 100 of these boats around the coast of Wales from Pembrokeshire to here in Conwy. Boats are used for gentle social rowing, adventure days around the Orme, racing in leagues and point to point local races with more ambitious outings such as the Irish Sea race from Arklow, south of Dublin to Aberystwyth. The Welsh Sea Rowing Association, WSR, governs the sport and googling the WSR site will give an overview of the organisation.
At Conway Yacht club we have two longboats and invite members and non members alike to get on the water and join in rowing sessions from the pontoon in Deganwy, next to the signal box.
We are currently rowing most of the week, all year. Regular sessions are as follows:
Sunday 0930 and 1100
Tuesday Mornings Race training
Wednesday 0930 and 1800
Friday sculling with members boats
Saturday 0930 and 1100
Beginner sessions are planned all year to cater with demand
Other sessions can be organised by demand.
All abilities are welcome. We have easy launching from the pontoon on Deganwy beach and can row at any stage of the tide.
Sessions are weather dependant, winds above 20mph can be a problem, but we have sheltered waters in the harbour. A row up to Conwy town quay and under the bridge is an excellent introduction to the boat.
Life Jackets will be provided.
We welcome rowers of all ages and abilities. This is a sociable, stress free way to get some exercise and enjoy the lovely Conwy river scenery.