ALL aboard! The guys from Frome Men’s shed made an appearance at the Cheese Show earlier this month – showcasing their handmade, oar powered floatation device – the almighty coracle. It was made for a race which took place in July – after the Welsh Men’s Sheds Association threw down the gauntlet late last year.
Insh Coracle Club at STBF Portsoy
29 June 2017
Six members of our club, together with two coracles, joined forces with Dave Purvis at Portsoy on Sunday 25 June. We had built a trolley to transport the coracles from the car park to the harbour and back specially as it a long walk up quite a steep grade. OK, we chickened out on carrying them on our backs. Unfortunately we could not go on the Saturday and missed a great deal.
Dave and his team started building a coracle for later auction and was well on in construction by the time we arrived. It was very pleasing to note that Dave had copied our idea from last year of covering it with pond liner! We also missed any chance of a paddle as unlike Saturday when the weather was fine allowing a large number to try a coracle, the wind was so strong that all water activity was cancelled on safety grounds. We managed just one launch when Jeremy, one of our members, simply had to try out his brand new coracle. He was held on a tether but still looked rather worried on a wind-swept water.
The Vikings came over for a photo shoot and guess who had to get in on the act in front of the Coracle Society stand? We did see the final completion of Dave’s coracle which looked rather splendid - not the Insh ones in the photo We will be back next year, hopefully for both days as we still enjoyed ourselves so much.