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23 June 2012

After a year off, the Macmillan World Coracle Championships took place on Friday 15th June at the Pengwern boathouse in Shrewsbury. Despite the dismal weather and the deluges of the preceding week, the river was only slightly faster than previous years. Just as well, as most of the competitors are not expert coraclers. Needless to say there was a satisfying number of capsizes. The wise were wearing wetsuits under their fancy dress.

07 May 2012

"I've been interested in coracles since I can remember, in fact I built one in the early seventies with a view to going down the Thames, but my expedition partner pulled out and that was that for about 35 years. However last year I attended a coracle building course with the Nautical Archaeology Society at the Cranbourne Ancient Technology Centre and built my own Bronze age style boat, very similar to my own design from years ago.

01 November 2011

A Coracle Demonstration and Coracle Race was held during Carmarthen’s annual River Tywi Festival on the 9th & 10th July. On Sunday, Malcolm Rees and David Siggery, both members of the Carmarthen Coracle & Netsmen’s Association, demonstrated the art of coracle fishing to the huge crowd that had gathered to watch on the Quayside. The Coracle Race saw several members of the CCNA race against each other.

01 November 2011

It has been over 50 years since I explored the backwaters and backwoods of Norway as a young man, spending two successive holidays there with a crowd of friends from Teesside. I was delighted therefore to receive an invitation from woodsmith Maurice Pyle, who runs a green wood workshop and training school in the old Flint Mill at Beamish Museum.

30 July 2011

The 21st Annual General Meeting and Regatta took place on 10 July at Broughton Castle, Banbury. As with the rest of the weather this summer, the forecast was for a wet day, however the exact opposite happened - the sun shone out and we were graced with a perfect summer's day.

04 July 2011

Possibly for the first time ever the coracle was introduced onto the river Mawddach over the weekend of May 21st - 22nd 2011

30 June 2011

On 19th June, Shrewsbury re-enacted the Olympian Festival of 1864.  Held at the Quarry, in the loop of the River Severn, this featured many of the events from the original festival.  The sport of jingling is unfortunately not included in London 2012, otherwise you might have been able to get tickets.