Return of Sea Rowing to Barry: Get involved

Barry And District News: ON THE WATER: Sea rowing boats. ON THE WATER: Sea rowing boats.

THE Welsh Sea Rowing Association is working closely with Barry Yacht Club to re-establish the sport in Barry.

Rowing first began in Barry in around 1892 when a club was formed, and operated from the boat house just behind the Knap swimming pool. It survived for many years until finally, with the development and landscaping of the area coupled with the silting up of the old harbour, rowing ceased.

Sea rowing is one of the fastest growing sports in Wales, with renewed interest from all age groups. Boating clubs have become established all along the Welsh coast with regular events and races, including a race across the Irish Sea.

Long boats are designed for sea rowing and are not like the boats seen recently in the Olympics. They are 26ft long, made of glass fibre with fibre composite oars, and row with four oars and a cox.

Barry Yacht Club has two boats, one in commission and the other being refitted. With the assistance of the newly appointed Welsh Sea Rowing development officer it is planned to apply for a grant to purchase one of the new Celtic One design longboats with a trailer, which will enable rowers to attend events around the coast.

Barry Yacht Club sea rowing will operate from the club house next to Jacksons Bay, with its extensive views over the channel, a newly refurbished lounge, bar, Sunday lunches and social events throughout the year.

Sea Rowing is open to all age groups and the club is particularly keen on having a strong junior section. Previous experience is not necessary, just the ability to work as a team.

You may not wish to row but like the idea of being involved and out on the water, so why not become a cox, or just enjoy the clubhouse and regular events as a social member.

For further information or to register an interest contact Roger Donkin via email at rogerdon37@googlemail.com

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