Great River Race 2016

Huge congratulations to the Ladies and Senior Men crews on their phenomenal performances at  this years twenty-two mile marathon row down the River Thames.

Our ladies finished a fabulous second Celtic, beaten only by Aberdyfi and were the third ladies boat in all classes – fantastic! Our gents finished an equally brilliant third.


During the epic race.


Celebrating with a few Tizers after the race….

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Pilot Race and 15th Anniversary Celebrations

Rhwyfo MYC Rowing celebrated it’s 15th birthday with members old and new on Saturday 27th August 2016. The Madog Yacht Club held their Bank Holiday Regatta Fun day with games, stalls and bouncy castles all raising funds for the fantastic work the RNLI do round the year.

9 Celtics from clubs across North Wales set off from Borth y Gest harbour in a race to send their pilot to collect a barrel from the first Portmeirion beach. The first boat, was the only one to navigate the channel and actually land on the beach, as opposed to hitting a sandbank and then trying to drown their pilots. A blend of strong rowing, great coxing, a speedy pilot and just a whisper of cheating meant that Fleetwing emerged the winning crew.

Pilot race winning crew

Pilot race Jackie

Fleetwing the ‘winning’ Crew





Jackie a little bedraggled in her finery following her impromptu swim




Pilot race 3 Pilot race 4Race back to the beach!

The Pilot Race was followed by a barbecue, the presentation and a drink or three….here’s to the next 15 years!



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Sweaty Fish Success

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


sweaty fishes  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!

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Porthmadog Home League Race – Sunday 26th June 2016

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

Port league Ladies Vets winners   Ladies Vets Winners

Ladies Super Vets Winners  Port league 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.

Port league Senior Vets winners

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.

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