1st September 2010 - 'Gwyddno Garanhir' Boat Naming Ceremony

Borth's school children chose a number of alternative names for the boat, and the members of the Rowing Club selected the one they thought most appropriate. The name Gwyddno Garanhir was suggested by Alex Homer, and so Alex was asked to come to the boat naming ceremony. Alex was presented with a sports bag emblazoned with the club crest for selecting the name.

Celtic Longboats.

Cantre'r Gwaelod

Legend tells of an area of Wales called Cantre'r Gwaelod which disappeared under the waters of Cardigan Bay. Cantre'r Gwaelod was protected from being swamped by a series of dykes and dams.

The shifting sands of Borth beach often show traces of a sunken forest that was part of the are of Cantre'r Gwaelod. See Wikipedia - Cantre'r Gwaelod

The church bells of Cantre'r Gwaelod ring out in times of danger, and are said to be audible from Borth Beach.

Our First Celtic Longboat - Saeth Seithennin

Saeth Seithennin at Ynyslas Boatyard

Our first boat was built in 2003 and is numbered 45.

One night, a party was held at Cantre'r Gwaelod. Seithennin's job was to oversee the manning of the watchtower that night and ensure that the gates were closed at high tide. He {allegedly} joined the party and got drunk and thus wasn't watching as the sea breached the defences and the land of Cantre'r Gwaelod was completely swamped. See Wikipedia - Seithennin.

Without Seithennin's [in-]action there wouldn't be Coastal Rowing in Borth, so the local school-children decided to name our boat after him.

Our Second Celtic Longboat - Gwyddno Garanhir

72 at Dale Sailing

Our second boat was built in March 2010 and is numbered 72.

Our first boat was named by the school childern at Borth Primary, and they gave it a really good name, so we asked them to name this boat as well. They chose the name Gwyddno Garanhir. See Wikipedia - Gwyddno Garanhir.

Gwyddno was the lord of Cantre'r Gwaelod ('Lowland Hundred'). His chief fortress (caer) was said to have been 'Caer Wyddno' located west of Borth. The whole kingdom was protected from the sea by floodgates and a sea wall. Gwyddno Garanhir was the King who's was hosting the party on the night that Cantre'r Gwaelod was flooded.

The name dervies from gwydd (knowledge), gno (famous) and garanhir (long shanks). Thus the name means 'famously knowledgable/wise and tall/long-legged'.

Celtic Longboats are all produced by Dale Sailing Company Ltd. to a single design so that there are no advantages to anyone from the boat design. They are all numbered in sequence.

Our Grebe - July 2013

The Grebe is a sliding seat Coxed Pair or Coxed Double, which can also be converted to a triple. It is suitable for Ocean Rowing and was developed by Rossiter Rowing Boats Grebe.


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