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image for Sporting Event item typeCeltic Challenge at Aberystwyth

Sporting Event, Fri 3 - Mon 6 May 2019

Aberystwyth

Aberystwyth

Details

The Celtic Challenge is the World’s Longest true rowing race where teams race from Arklow in County Wicklow, Ireland to Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast, a distance of about 90 nautical miles. Celtic and Pembrokeshire longboats take part (and occasionally other similar boats also join in) – each boat is about 24 feet (8m) long and has 4 fixed seats and one cox.

Each team doing the Celtic Challenge consists of 12 people who take it in turns to row, spending the time in between on a support boat. A small inflatable is generally used to transfer people between the support boat and the rowing boat. How often teams swap rowers and how people are utilised is all part of the tactics of the race.

The race is an extreme test of endurance and generally takes between 15 and 24 hours, depending on the weather. The race usually starts in the afternoon with all teams rowing throughout the night and sometimes arriving in Aberystwyth very early in the morning!

The race happens every 2 years and the 2019 Celtic Challenge will commence between the 3rd to the 6th of May.

Event details

Dates Times
Fri 3 - Mon 6 May 2019
Celtic Challenge event starts on Saturday 4th May n County Wicklow, Ireland finishing in Aberystwyth, Wales

Location

Directions

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Map reference: SN 584814  Lat: 52.41246 Long: -4.08311

By Car: Follow the A487 from the North or South and the A44 from the East.

Parking: free

Parking: with charge

Accessible by Public Transport: 0 miles from Aberystwyth station