Technical advice and the detail about sea/coastal rowing in and around Wales.
Celtic Longboat or Yole???
Here we have the men's crew from 2012 racing at Ramsey island. They are in a Celtic Longboat and did the 7.5 mile race in 1 hr and 2 minutes.
The Celtic Longboat hast fixed seat which means that each stroke is completed with just body lean and arm strength. The legs are mainly just used as a brace to push against the foot box. It's sort of like a dead lift in the gym. You use one oar and the cox steers. The boats are stable, very good in rough water and can be rowed across the widest part of the Irish sea in a little under 17 hrs (in decent conditions!!). There are men's, women's and mixed team, with no upper age limit.
This boat is a continental style sea boat, referred to in Wales as a 'yole'. This one is made in France. they have sliding seats and you have two oars to each rower (Sculls). the one pictured is a 'double scull'. This boat is also good in rough conditions but takes more skill and it has a sliding seat which means it is a faster boat than a Celtic Longboat. this is the type of boat you would row in the FISA World Coastal Rowing Championships.