Welcome to Solva Rowing and Watersports Club FAQs page. 

We hope to answer any questions you may have about the club, the sport of Celtic Long Boat rowing or just rowing in general. If you still have any questions we haven’t answered do not hesitate to contact us using the contact details in the top banner.

What boats do you row?

The club owns three 24’ long Celtic longboats, which seats four rowers (each with one oar) and a cox. These traditional Welsh boats have fixed seats and we use them for rowing all over the UK & Ireland at league races and various other rowing events.


Can I have a go?

Yes of course, we welcome all new comers. Generally you can start rowing from the age of 14 up to any age. So long as you have a reasonable level of fitness anyone can row.  Rowing is a great form of physical exercise and you choose the level you want to row.


Where do you row from?

We are based at Trinity Quay, Solva Harbour in west Wales. We operate from a club room on the quay itself and during the season we are lucky enough to store all 3 longboats on the Quay for easy access for rowing activities. Our postcode is SA62 6UQ.


When do you row?

During the rowing seaon March to October we row on Club night - Thursday 6pm and then generally on other nights as arranged by individual crews. We do row some weekends during the winter on an ad-hoc basis. Fancy a go, come down on a Thursday night.


What do I get for joining? 

Your first two trial rows are free but membership is required before the third row to ensure the club complies with the WSRA insurance requirements. Once you join you benefit from being insured and able to use all the equipment in the club. You also very quickly become part of a group of people who all have one thing in common – the love of rowing.


How much does it cost to join? 

We offer different levels of annual membership depending on age or standing as follows:

  1. Family (2 Adults & up to 3 Juniors) £80
  2. Adult (age 22+) £55
  3. Adult (age 18-21) £26
  4. Juniors (under 18s) £20
  5. Associate (ie full member of other WSRA affiliated club) £20
  6. Honoury Life (no fee)

Our membership year runs from 1st April – 31st March. We request that members renew memberships during March. Click ‘Get Involved’ at the bottom of this page to fill in the membership form.


Do I have to take part in races if I join?

The club aims to provide a fun and social way to enjoy rowing in St. Brides Bay. It is up to individuals to decide if they wish to form a race crew, there is no pressure from the club to do so but we will always support anyone wanting to race in the League races. We want our members to enjoy the sport of Celtic Long Boat rowing in a safe and rewarding way in some of the most beautiful locations in the UK.


What is the WSRA?                 

The Welsh Sea Rowing Association – Cymdeithas Rhwyfo Môr Cymru (WSRA) is the national association for coastal and ocean rowing clubs in Wales, and is affiliated to Welsh Rowing, which is the National Governing Body for rowing in Wales. The WSRA is represented at Welsh Rowing at board level and on the Performance, the Development, Coaching and Education, and the Events Sub-Committees. The WSRA provides Membership Benefits and Insurance, as well guidance on coaching development, technique and safety.


What do I wear for rowing?

Suggested Clothing for Rowing.

Rowing is a very aerobic activity and we row in sunshine and rain. Rowers get wet from the weather, splashing and sweat. There will be times when you will be sitting on the water, so you will need warm, breathable clothes to keep from getting chilled.

Click on one of the the following links for more info. on recommendations for what to wear when rowing. British Rowing website or Rowperfect UK website.


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Want to Join The Club?

So you have had a couple of free taster sessions already. You loved rowing and want to get more. Well all you have to do is click on the ‘Get Involved’ button, fill in the form, pay a very small amount of money for an annual membership and before you know it you will be rowing overnight on the Celtic Challenge from Arklow in County Wicklow, Ireland to Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast 🙂

Seriously though, just join, click the button. You can even pay directly by debit / card on our secure Stripe payment system – it’s really easy. it will be the best money you spend all year.