The racing at Newquay this Sunday could be described in one word. Tough (though the words ‘brutal’, ‘horrendous’ and ‘bl**dy hot’ were also bandied about….
We left a rainy Porthmadog at 7.30 to arrive in an already sunny Newquay in time for registration. The temperature continued to rise and it was bikini weather by the time the ladies rowed out to the start line of over 30 boats at 11.00.
The race began with rowing straight out to sea against a strong outgoing tide and wind against us. Several hours later (or so it felt) and after the turn the water was with the boats but rowing was still hard to maintain any lead that had been gained. After the final turn it was the toughest, but thankfully shortest, section to the finish line against the tide, waves and wind. Porthmadog entered a Senior Ladies and Ladies Vets boat.
Pictures of Newquay beach with the boats ready to go.
Strong rowing and excellent coxing by Geoff meant our Porthmadog Ladies Vets made two great turns, taking the inside line tight to the buoy. The crew came in sixth overall and second Ladies Vets over the line.
Both our Senior Men and Mens Vets crews were strong in a highly competitive field. This was followed by a Novice and Junior Race.
The final race of the day was the Mixed Race. This broke the meet record with thirty five boats entered in total.
Post will be edited when there are more results confirmed and published.
A special thanks to Newquay Rowing Club for all their hard work in organising such a well attended event in such a narrow roaded beach town (especially to whoever made the apple crumble for the after race dinner…..it was delicious )
It seems we’ve only just finished a rowing season, nursing our blistered hands with a celebratory drink or six, when it’s time to start all over again. This weekend Caernarfon played host to the Northern league teams for the first points race of he 2016 season.
Ladies race was an early one – 10.30 we bravely set off to test the waters on behalf of all. The tide was against the boats on the way out to the first buoy with wind, sea and weather against us on the way back in.
Setting off to the start line for the ladies race.
Those who thought it impossible to be as soaked as 2015’s meeting were sadly mistaken, especially if you were a bow pair. The tough row spread out the field of seven boats with Ynys Mon seniors coming over the line first, followed a couple of minutes later by the Porthmadog Ladies Vets, with not only some fantastic rowing (only slightly biased ) but excellent coxing by Geoff.
Our winning ladies vets crew
The Men were obviously unnerved by the course and a decision was taken to change the proposed Seniors course for a shorter one, though by the time the buoys had been moved the wind had dropped considerably. Ynys Mon did one better on this one coming in first and second, winning the senior and the vets prize.
There were no novice or junior races so after a short break ten boats went out for the Mixed Race. Ynys Mon again took first place with their senior crew. All the running and over winter training from the Celtic challenge team mates Christine, Elaine BW, Lawrence and Steve must have paid off as they were a strong third overall and took home the Mixed Vets trophy.
Porthmadog Mixed Vet Winners Picking up the trophy
Thank you to the lovely Caernarfon rowers and club for making us all feel so welcome and for the great food.
With the emphasis on our Cob2Cardiff Challenge this year it had been decided that just two of our boats would be entering the Great London River Race in 2015. So while our Powered by Purple Moose Rowers were powering into the limelight at the 10 year anniversary celebrations in Cardiff, two crews were powering up the Thames.
Captain Bob and Gavin, were suitably limbered up – coming straight from the challenge team and over a weeks hard rowing. They were joined by Jono Walsh, Jon Eastwood, Sarah Thomas and MYCs Thames Underwater Expert Steve Mundy to make up the Senior Men’s Crew in Fleetwing.
Getting the boats ready
Tracey, Debbie, Nicola, Sian, Leslie and Tina made up our strong ladies crew.
Our Lovely Ladies
The wind was against the boats the full length of the race making it tough going and making it a much slower race than in 2014.
Our girl’s were still the second to finish in their class in 2 hours 49 minutes 37 . Our Men Seventh in 2 hours 43 minutes 47. Aberdyfi Men were, unsurprisingly, first Celtic in 2 hours 25 minutes 23.
With our Cob2Cardiff Challenge taking many of our rowers to the south coast of Wales and the rescheduled league race being held on the same weekend as Festival 6, it was left to just a handful of us to sneak down to Aber to get enough points to seal the season in our favour.
The sea was choppy, the wind was blowing and it was mentioned more than once that the races were ‘too bloody long”!! 5.2 miles for the seniors where we entered a Vets boat and 4.2 miles for the Ladies. As MYC had already taken the season prize for Ladies Vets and Ladies Supervets (yeah!!) we entered a Ladies who’s hard slog on the first two sections were rewarded when we managed to surf row the final leg of the course.
The race was mercifully shortened a tad for the mixed where we entered two boats, Mixed Vets in Fleetwing and Mixed in a boat kindly lent by Aberaeron.
All our boats did very well, no one came last and though it wasn’t the spectacular end to the season as it was last year we sneaked back off with the points we came for….