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A new Beach Sprint and Coastal Rowing facility in Goodwick

 

This new facility will house our coastal sculls providing easy access to the water, with parking, train access, toilets, disabled facilities, café, beach, children’s play area and other local amenities. The site needs to be made secure with mesh weld security fencing (to meet landlord specifications) as well as providing running water to keep our boats and equipment in good order and the appropriate racking to store them safely.  We would be very grateful for your help to fulfil our vision by donating through our Crowdfunding link below.

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The full story

 

Coastal Rowing and, more specifically, Beach Sprints has fast become popular and competitive.  The Beach Sprint World Championships are being held in October 2022 in Saundersfoot, and it is due to become an Olympic discipline in 2028 (Los Angeles) with involvement in the Youth Olympics in 2026. The British Coastal Rowing Championships will take place in June and the World Coastal Rowing Championships will take place in October in Saundersfoot as well.

 

Beach Sprints is a fast shore-based race which is best understood as sprinting down the beach to your boat (held by boat handlers), jumping into it, rowing a 500m slalom course then sprinting back up the beach.  In 2021 members of our club achieved a gold, bronze and two fourth places at the inaugural Welsh Beach Sprints Championship in Saundersfoot and Jerry Owen went on to retain his British Champion status as men’s solo in Exmouth. 

Coastal Rowing is an endurance row of 4k – 6k around a plotted course offshore. In 2021 we had 11 competitors representing FGJRC at the World Rowing Coastal Championships in Portugal.  Several members achieved a Top 20 World Seeding at that event including Martha Owen as 19th women’s solo and our Men’s Quad (comprising Theo Owen, Jerry Owen, Owen Steele, Ben Curtis, Harry Perry) achieving 20th seed.

We are already a well-recognised rowing club (recipients of the Pembrokeshire County Council Sports Club of the Year 2021) with a strong tradition of rowing Celtic longboats both socially and in the highly competitive Welsh Sea Rowing league.  This important aspect of Fishguard and Goodwick Jemima Rowing club will continue to thrive and remain based in Lower Town.