ABERDYFI Rowing Club held it’s annual longboat rowing regatta on Sunday last, 11/07/2010. Unfortunately only the Ladies team were available to attend to challenge the 11 other clubs that turned up from all over Wales to take part in the event. Some clubs even fielding two or three teams at a time. Clubs present were Aberystwyth, Borth, Mochras, newly-established Aberporth, Pwllheli, Llangwm, New Quay, Porthmadog and hosts Aberdyfi.
It was extremely windy, with gusts of up to 17mph at times, which made the decisions about the course of the races very challenging for the officials. With a strong ebb tide and a strong NW wind, standing waves were present for some of the course. The ladies’ race went off first and were timed rather than the usual Grand Prix-style start, and this meant that for crews, it was very hard to judge how well they had performed. The ladies race proved to be extremely tight with; Portmadog finishing third in 33mins 20secs, Aberdyfi second in 31minutes 44 secs, and the winners were Aberystwyth in a time of 31 mins 14secs.
Calmer seas followed for the seniors and mixed races, where Aberdyfi went on to take the titles. The next scheduled race regatta is in Aberaron, 15/08/2010.