On Saturday 30th July 2016 we held our annual Sweaty Fish Event – a chance for complete novices (and those who should know better) to jump in a boat and see what we’re all about.
After a short introduction on where to sit, what to hold and what you’re meant to be doing and avoiding, there’s an even shorter practice run and off you go. In all twelve boats set off this year on a timed race course to the Powder House in Borth y Gest and back. Each boat held a cox, two experienced rowers and two novices, so plenty of advice on hand for the newbies. Over twenty new victims – oops sorry, novices – this time ranging in age from 12 to 62, so no excuses!
Our rowers, Steve and Rhian, helping some novices get into position.
New for this year was the land based Ergo Rowing Machine – quickest 500m. the winners were Ladies Sarah T 2.13, Ladies Vet Christine 1.59.03, Ladies S Vet Jackie 2.10, Mens Senior Aled 1.39, Mens S Vet Richard 1.51
The overall winners won this prestigious fish trophy and each won a medal – who needs to go to Rio!
Our next event novice event will be the Frosty Fish, usually held on Boxing Day or thereabouts, a change to give it a go and work off a mince pie or two at the same time. Keep an eye out for posters at the yacht club or on our Facebook Page (MYC Rwoing Porthmadog) for more details and see you there!
We usually book glorious sunshine to welcome clubs to the Madog Yacht Club when we host our league race. Our request this year seemed to have got lost in the post and though the water was almost flat calm it rained miserably throughout the day. Not that any of this put a dampener on our racing skills!
Ironically, with the deluge coming from above, the Ladies Race was late to start as there wasn’t enough water to launch. However, the timed race results revealed we had two category winners – Ladies Vets and Ladies Super vets
Ladies Vets Winners
Ladies Super Vets Winners
Senior men from other clubs were heard to mutter ‘that race gets longer every bl**dy year’ on their way back up from the pontoon. That wasn’t the case for our Senior Mens Vets who again pressed the home advantage to also win in their class, coxed by Leslie.
The safety of the races was overseen by Jon E and he saw that everything went smoothly, thank you Jon!
Many thanks to Helen and Jackie for manning the teas, coffees and cakes, to the Jills for their excellent coordination of the catering and putting on a great buffet and Jono and Cerys for their supreme barbecuing skills.
Most of us look forward to the Ynys Mon League Race and not just for the bacon baps on arrival and the hog roast. It’s a fabulous place to row with dolphins and seals in abundance if you could only take your eyes off the rower in front of you to have a look.
First off all the ladies, as usual testing the watersfor the rest of the crews. If we thought we’d improved our fitness and dashed along the course quicker than usual, our bubble was burst when we found out that the turning buoy was half a mile further in than it should have been!
The Silversurfers – Jackie, Maggie, Christine, Julie M and cox Sarah
The weather was showery, a pleasant change from the sweltering heat of the last couple of league races and it obviously suited the more mature, sophisticated rower as Porthmadog cleaned up in all Super-Vet categories – Ladies; Mens and Mixed. The mixed Super-vet crew being an impressive fourth over the line and in front of the winning Vets crew from Ynys Mon. It was the sixth year in a row that the Super-Vet framed print had gone back to adorn the Madog Yacht Club wall. Another year and I think we should get to keep it….
Thank you Ynys Mon for a well organised and wonderfully hosted event, we look forward to giving you the same welcome at the end of the month for our own race.
The winning Men’s Super-Vet crew – Bob, Dave J; Rich A, Steve M and cox Geoff
The winning Mixed Super-Vet crew – Team captains Bob and Christine, Rich A, Julie M and cox Jackie