Welshpool regatta

30 June 2015

On a wonderful summer's Saturday, the inaugural Welshpool coracle regatta took place at the Town Wharf. Coracles have been absent from Welshpool for some time, so this event was truly historic. Despite not being able to raise enough entries for the planned Macmillan coracle regatta in the morning, a brilliant day was had by all who attended.

In the morning, general paddling demonstrations took place on the wharf with members of the public trying their hand at coracling. In the afternoon, the Coracle Society regatta took place with races for beginners, intermediates and experts, whirling dervishes and poachers run, with teams relaying across the wharf to collect fish from the opposite bank.

The day concluded with a general paddle session where more members of the public - including the local Mayor - took to the water to experience coracling.

Throughout the day, visitors viewed the displays in the Coracle Society and Ironbridge Coracle Trust tents, learning more about coracles, their history, and the work the ICT has done so far to secure and restore the Rogers' hut in Ironbridge.

Many thanks to all those involved in making the day such a success and lets hope we've helped to start a new annual event in Welshpool!

We've included a selection of photos from the day below (thanks to Ian Francis for sharing his photos with us) - you can view more, including a video of one of the races, on our Facebook page