On Saturday 19 June Clwb Rhwyfo Porthmadog welcomed coastal rowing clubs from North and Mid Wales to its annual race day. Seven clubs from Aberystwyth to Caernarfon entered crews of four rowers in Celtic longboats, each with a cox who steers the boat.
After stocking up on barbecue food, cakes and refreshments at the yacht club, spectators gathered on the harbour for the first race at 1 pm. The ladies’ crews took to the water first, with Senior and Veteran crews racing 3 ½ miles in a time trial race, starting and finishing in Porthmadog harbour outside the yacht club. Each crew started one minute behind the crew in front. The crews battled out to the Powder House against the tide, with Porthmadog ladies overtaking three crews who had started ahead of them. All boats faced a strong head wind that made the race quite challenging. Aberdyfi Ladies completed the course in the fastest time, just two seconds ahead of the Porthmadog ladies’ crew, who took second place. Porthmadog Veteran Ladies had a great row and took home the Veterans’ trophy.
The men’s crews raced next, with more favourable wind conditions but still fighting a strong rising tide on the outward leg of their five-mile course. The sun, tide and jet skis ensured no one had an easy row! Aberdyfi Men recorded the fastest course time on the day, beating rivals Mochras to the finish by 38 seconds. Porthmadog Super Vets came second in their class.
The last race got underway shortly after 3 pm in the Mixed class. A strong Aberdyfi crew once again brought home first prize, followed by an excellent row from Mochras Vets who came in second place, with Porthmadog mixed crew coming fourth out of ten crews.
Everyone had a fantastic day with stunning weather and plentiful refreshments. Thanks to everyone who helped to make the day a success!
Clwb Rhwyfo Porthmadog have recently secured a sponsorship deal with the Purple Moose brewery in Porthmadog and would like to thank their sponsors for their generous support and lilac t-shirts.