Trireme Ynys Mon Rowing Club, or just Ynys Mon for short, is a sea rowing club based in Bull Bay on the North coast of Anglesey, affiliated to the Welsh Sea Rowing Association. Some members compete at the highest level of sea rowing, having represented the club at numerous International events, whilst others prefer to row just for fun and fitness and only row recreationally. Some enjoy the challenge and excitement of the roughest of seas, whilst some stick to only the calmer of days when you can really enjoy the finesse of rowing along with the fantastic Anglesey coastline. Membership is made up of a wide range of ages, abilities, fitness and confidence at sea – we’ve had people go from petrified of the sea to confident rowers in just a few months on a number of occasions.
Training and recreational rowing takes place in Bull Bay, from where we row along most of the North Coast of the island. Rowing from Bull Bay to Cemaes Bay is a regular training row for the Great River Race and other endurance events, and we also row as far round as Dulas Island on occasion. Mostly though we row in and around the Bull Bay area, with some fantastic places to stop at for a break such as the Porth Wen disused brickworks, Amlwch Port, or Llaneilian beach. We can often be seen from the main road or the viewing point car park rowing beneath the cliffs or around the island off the Octel headland – why not come and see for yourself sometime, and maybe nip down to say hello when you see us coming in?
Racing takes place mostly along the West coast of Wales, each race organised by a different club. With 29 clubs based from Pembrokeshire all the way up to us as the most Northerly, there are a quite a number of races each year. Ynys Mon mostly race in the Northern League and attend races as far down the coast as Aberaeron and Aberystwyth, although on occasion we’ll head further south for a weekend. We also compete in the annual Great River Race in London, which is a 21 mile endurance race on the River Thames, with more than 300 boats entering each year. The club has a successful history having dominated the Pembrokeshire Longboat class for a number of years, as well as a number of wins in the Celtic Longboat and Teifi Skiff classes, and have even been the fastest of any boat class on a few occasions. At the end of the racing season the clubs focus moves over to Yole racing in the eurodiffusion sculling boats, and heads to sunnier climes (most of the time) to compete in the FISA World Rowing Coastal Championships against the best sea rowers in the world. The clubs highest place finish was achieved by Kelly Potter who came 8th in the women’s single scull event – a truly fantastic feat from such a small club.