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On the left is Merioneth Yacht Club's first Celtic Longboat "Merlyn y Môr" outsite the Yacht club. On the right is the second boat "Draig y Fawddach" in the estuary, carrying a passanger in practice for the Great River Race 2005.

The rowing section of the Meirioneth Yacht Club (the Mawddach Rowing club), is going from strength to strength. We have a growing number of committed and enthusiastic members, and both of our celtic longboats (“Merlyn y Môr” and “Draig y Fawddach”) are rowed out of Barmouth harbour whenever tide and weather conditions permit.

There are numerous established longboat rowing clubs, and the Wales Longboat Rowing Association (WLRA) currently with over 20 clubs is growing fast, with regular race meetings and events. One of the best known races is the bi-annual Celtic Challenge race covering 90 miles across the Irish Sea from Arklow in Eire to Aberystwyth.

A specialised safety boat has recently been purchased by the Yacht club following receipt of funding. This increased safety cover now allows for a wider scope of rowing activities and competitive events - both on the sea and up the estuary.

The club has a programme of training courses, and several members have already successfully completed courses that include:

  • Safety boat
  • First Aid
  • VHF radio

Last season, the Mawddach rowers competed in the majority of league events (North), the Menai Straits race, and the Great River Race (on the Thames through the heart of London).

The club is actively applying for further grants and raising funds to meet the considerable costs involved with the sport, and to develop the club further. The intention is to develop a Junior section in the future under the guidance of qualified coaches.

The rowing is open to all who wish to participate in social and competitive rowing, and the rowing section meets regularly on Tuesday nights (7.30pm) in the Yacht Club. Please come along if you would like to join us.

Rowing Fixtures
Barmouth Race 2007 Results
Barmouth Race 2006 Results
Rowing Pictures
GRR Pictures
Celtic Longboats

Comments to Paul Rendell