The rowers are back racing at Barry Yacht Club. Following a return to rowing at the beginning of May the club were able to get involved in a remote time trial organised by the Ocean to City Race based in Cork and our local organization Welsh Rea Rowing.

The event involved completing a 5 mile course in your own waters within a 48 hour window and then submitting a GPS log and time to the organisers.

The most recent event which took place over the 9/10/11 June had 139 entrants in a range of crafts; Cornish Gigs, St Ayles Skiffs and Celtic Longboats , to name a few, from across the UK, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands.

Barry Yacht Club had two boats entered and the crew Island Rowers excelled themselves with the fastest time in their class of 27 Celtic Longboats posting a time of just over 48 minutes for the 5 mile race. A great result and we’ll not even mention any help from the tides in the Bristol Channel.

All the rowers thoroughly enjoyed getting back into racing mode and are looking forward to any opportunities to repeat the experience.

We’ve seen a lot of interest in Sea Rowing since the restrictions were lifted. If anyone is keen to try out this exhilarating sport you can book a trial row by contacting Roger Donkin on email at

1. Island Rowers leaving the harbour

Cox – Bev Hopkins

Crew – Christine Pullen, Rhiannon Lion, Steven Pullen, Jon Wride

2. Island Rowers at start

3. Island Rowers return

4. Island Rowers Team

From left – Christine Pullen, Rhiannon Lion, Steven Pullen, Jon Wride

5. Jackson’s 5 Team

From left – Joseph Frearson, Bev Hopkins, Charlotte Hopkins, Karen Alexakis, Paul Fisher


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