The Mawddach Paddlesports Festival held on the weekend of May 21st/22nd was devised by the Rotary Club of Mawddach aiming to promote the Mawddach area and to raise money for Rotary supported projects, good causes and charities.
The main support for the event came from Canoe Wales - the National Governing body for Paddle Sports in Wales and also from the British Canoe Union Life Guards
All types of paddle sports enthusiasts took part, including, rafters, kayakers,and also of course celtic longboat rowers.
Jude reported that she ,Dylan, Rich, Alex and Dave Seabourne had thoroughly enjoyed the event!
" It was great fun. There were 5 longboats taking part including us- 1 from Mochras and 2 from Barmouth.
The idea was to row from Barmouth Harbour to the George 111 pub and back to the harbour again - a distance of 20k. At the start we flew down to the George with the tide and strong wind, then stopped there to watch the raft race ( and have a pint!) and then rowed back.
It took us 45 minutes to get to the George, and 75 minutes to get back to Barmouth Harbour! The wind had picked up by then and the swell was huge and washing the boat- we haven't rowed in conditions like that for a long time!
Everyone rowed really well Although it wasn't a race on the way out we were the first longboat to the George, and even though Barmouth crew started back 10 minutes before us, we still managed to overtake them and get back to Barmouth Harbour first!
We all had a good time- everyone took it in turn to cox- Richard coxed the last and wildest part and he did a fantastic job. My arms and shoulders are still aching!"
The Festival was unable to complete the second day due to the weather conditions, but the event has so far raised over £3000 for charity. The main beneficiary from this year's event is Ty Gobaith - The Hope House Children's Hospice for North Wales.
The event was the first of what will become an Annual Paddlesports Festival , hopefully Aberdyfi will be represented there again next year.