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 (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 up to the coast here in Conwy. Boats are used for gentle social rowing, 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, WSRA, governs the sport and googling the WSRA site will give an overview of the organisation.
At Conway Yacht club we have secured a longboat 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 three or four times a week. Regular sessions are as follows:
Sunday 10.00 am
Tuesday 6.00 pm
Wednesday 10.00 am
Other sessions can be organised by demand.
All abilities are welcome. We have easy launching from the pontoon on Deganwy beach for getting on and off the boat, 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.
Please contact :
Life Jackets will be provided.
We ask that if possible, booking a session is done by Thursday of the week so that we can organise additional sessions if needs arise. If you just want to turn up to take a look at the boat please do.
Additional enquiries please call Martin, contact details above.
At this time of the year wrap up warm with layered clothing and wind proof jacket…but be prepared to unzip layers to cool off.
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.