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23 July 2020

We’ve been picking up a lot of trash during this pandemic and wanted to be able to reach trash in the middle of a nearby swale. One of our friends suggested we could get it if we had a round boat. You know a coracle, something I’ve only encountered in books till now. Using YouTube and the Coracle Society directions I was able to construct my first coracle.

18 July 2020

Sadly the Bures coracle regatta has been cancelled for this year. We've left it as late as possible before deciding to cancel, due to the uncertain current situation.

We are looking to run next year's regatta on August 7th 2021. Hope to see you then.

28 June 2020

The Ironbridge Coracle Trust, who organise the annual Ironbridge coracle regatta, regretfully decided this week to cancel this year's coracle regatta, which would have been held on Monday 31st August.

Due to the ongoing uncertainties regarding coronavirus, even if it would be possible to hold the event this August, they do not feel they have sufficient time now to organise a safe event.

06 June 2020

I’ve wanted to paddle a coracle for many years. My wife promised me a coracle building course for my 70th birthday but by the time it came to book, she had become too ill to leave for a weekend. Lockdown provided an opportunity to fulfil that ambition.

11 May 2020

One of our US members, Walt Peebles, exhibited coracles and curraghs at this year's Quiet Adventures Symposium, held at Michigan State University near Detroit back in February, before the coronavirus started to take effect in the western hemisphere. We hope to receive a report from him in due course, but some initial feedback from Walt was that the event went well and he was kept busy chatting to visitors.

11 May 2020

Well, what a year it has been and we are only 4 months in to it!

We are all concerned about Covid-19 and when we will be able to get out safely on the water again with our friends. We have forgotten what life was like during the February floods.

11 May 2020

Carmarthen Coracle and Netsmen’s Association have recently published an educational booklet on the Carmarthen Coracle.

We have been working with retired teacher and local story teller, Mr Andy Edwards and with the backing of the Heritage Lottery Fund, we have been able to preserve and record the old stories of the River Towy.

11 May 2020

Following the change to the fishing by-laws, this year's coracle season for the Towy will commence on the 1st May (usually 1st March).

As we are classed as a commercial fishery, we are still permitted to fish but will obviously be practicing the self distancing guidelines (which is no problem when you’re on a big river!).

11 May 2020

Sadly due to the current situation, the organisers have made the decision to cancel the 2020 Carmarthen River Festival, which was due to take place on the 20th June.

Plans are now underway for 2021 to ensure it’s another successful community event.

Julie Rees - Carmarthen Coracle & Netsmen's Association

23 April 2020

We have been forwarded a request from the organisers of APF Exhibition 2020, the UK’s largest forestry, woodland, arboriculture, fencing and biomass show, for someone to exhibit coraclemaking at their show this September (Thurs 24th-Sat 26th September).

If you are interested, please contact Euan Raffel for more information