On Good Friday, teams from the sea rowing section of Barry Yacht Club, South Wales took part in the “Turn of the tide challenge 2019” – an event that requires teams rowing Celtic Long Boats, at sea, from Barry, South Wales to Mumbles, Swansea and back, a distance of 80 miles.

The challenge, taken on by the members of Barry Yacht Club, one member of which is our very own contracts manager Jon Wride, was both an endurance test and a sponsored fundraising exercise. The club supports a local charity, LLAMAU, which provides guidance and assistance to young people between the ages of 16 to 25 giving them skills and confidence for them to become independent adults. Some of the money raised will also go towards the purchase of an urgently needed new Celtic Long Boat to join the two currently in use. As part of the clubs support several young people will join their Sea Rowing Section where they will be integrated into a team as part of their development, taking part in races and events around the coast of the UK.

T&T Facades is proud to support the club and their fundraising by sponsoring their two current boats which took part in the challenge.

Four teams, consisting of four rowers and a coxswain, set off at 7am on the day. Each team was challenged to row one leg each of 40 miles with one team rowing both ways! Being at the mercy of the elements, tides, wind and the hazards of the Bristol Channel each leg was estimated to take approximately 6 hours. Jon’s team consisting of both male and female rowers came in at an impressive 5 hours, 27 minutes with the two-way crew rowing for an incredible 12.5 hours. It was a fantastic achievement by all teams who took part.

To support the club and their charity, all donations are welcome through their JustGiving page.