Mike is The Urban Oarsman.
He rows his boat, “Gwragedd Annwn” in the waters around Vancouver’s Lower Mainland.
She is baised on Phil Bolger’s “Defender” design. “Gwragedd Annwn” is 130% bigger, 14’6″ long from 11′. Gwragedd Annwn was built for the 180km row down the Fraser River from Hope to the Hollyburn Sailing Club.
Gwragedd Annwn on a gravel bar in Widgeon Creek.
“Gwraged Annwn” (goo-RAG-eth ANN oon), named after Welsh water fairies, is an epoxy & cedar strip built boat displacing 220 lbs. Her LOA is 14’6″, her WL is 14′. She is 5′ wide and her depth from keel to gunwale is 2′. She draws 10″ of water giving her 14″ of freeboard. The spread of her oars is 18′. She has two fixed-seat rowing stations. She has four red cedar “D” section spoon oars, 8′ 6″ long.
The Urban Oarsman