New Coastal Rowing Facility in Goodwick

by Martha Owen in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom

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On 5th April 2022 we successfully raised £12,400 ( + est. £1217.50 Gift Aid ) with 103 supporters in 28 days

With your help we can develop a new Beach Sprint and Coastal Rowing facility in Goodwick extending the opportunity for all in the community.

by Martha Owen in Fishguard, Pembrokeshire, United Kingdom


Funding for our New Facility

We need funding for our new Beach Sprint and Coastal Rowing facility in Goodwick that will have better access to the boats and the sea and will be available to more people in our community. 

We have already secured the lease on a site on Goodwick seafront but our coastal sculls are currently being stored on a farm in Dinas!

This new facility will house these boats providing easy access to the water, with parking, train access, toilets, disabled facilities, café, beach, children's play area and other local amenities. The site needs to be made secure with mesh weld security fencing (to meet landlord specifications) as well as providing running water to keep our boats and equipment in good order and the appropriate racking to store them safely.  


Our Club and its Story 

The Fishguard and Goodwick Jemima Rowing Club has been established since 1975. We are a friendly rowing club based in Lower Town, Fishguard and are always keen to welcome new members of all ages and abilities.

We have a variety of boats which members can either row competitively or for fun and fitness. Most of the club’s rowing has historically been in Celtic Longboats. In addition, we now have a range of sculls as well as several indoor rowing machines. 

Most of our rowers started as complete beginners and had their introduction to the club by just turning up to one of our weekend rowing sessions. We cater for all ages and abilities – one of our rowers became the World Indoor Rowing Champion in her 90’s. If you think you’d like to try it, more information can be found on our website  

We are already a well-recognised rowing club (recipients of the Pembrokeshire County Council Sports Club of the Year 2021) with a strong tradition of rowing Celtic Longboats both socially and in the highly competitive Welsh Sea Rowing league.  This important aspect of Fishguard and Goodwick Jemima Rowing club will continue to thrive and remain based in Lower Town. 

Now we want to develop our new facility in Goodwick for Beach Sprint and Coastal Rowing that will have better access to the boats and the sea and will be available to more people in the community. 


Beach Sprints and Coastal Rowing

Coastal Rowing and, more specifically, Beach Sprints has fast become popular and competitive.  The Beach Sprint World Championships are being held in October 2022 in Saundersfoot, and it is due to become an Olympic discipline in 2028 (Los Angeles) with involvement in the Youth Olympics in 2026. The British Coastal Rowing Championships will take place in June and the World Coastal Rowing Championships will take place in October in Saundersfoot as well. 

Beach Sprints is a fast shore-based race which is best understood as sprinting down the beach to your boat (held by boat handlers), jumping into it, rowing a 500m slalom course then sprinting back up the beach.  In 2021 members of our club achieved a gold, bronze and two fourth places at the inaugural Welsh Beach Sprints Championship in Saundersfoot and Jerry Owen went on to retain his British Champion status as men’s solo in Exmouth.

Coastal Rowing is an endurance row of 4k – 6k around a plotted course offshore. In 2021 we had 11 competitors representing FGJRC at the World Rowing Coastal Championships in Portugal.  Several members achieved a Top 20 World Seeding at that event including Martha Owen as 19th women’s solo and our Men’s Quad (comprising Theo Owen, Jerry Owen, Owen Steele, Ben Curtis, Harry Perry) achieving 20th seed. 

We would be very grateful for your help to fulfill our vision. If you can help by donating, even a small amount, it would be greatly appreciated.



This project offers rewards in return for your donation

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2 Tickets to any film at Theatr Gwaun

Theatr Gwaun, our community theatre is pleased to offer two complimentary tickets in support of the new facility at Goodwick

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Tide Timetables

Our local independent bookshop, Seaways, has kindly offered 10 tide timetable books.

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Yacht Club Cafe Coffee & Cake

Free coffee and cake for 2 on the opening day of the cafe on 01 April 2022

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