Castle to Castle Success for the Ladies

Sunday October 15th, saw the Porthmadog Ladies take on the challenge of the Castle to Castle race, organised by the Royal Welsh Club, Caernarfon. The 11 mile course, originally planned to begin in Beaumorris and end in Caernarfon was changed at the last minute due to adverse weather conditions past Britania Bridge, and ended up starting and finishing at Caernarfon Castle, with teams turning at Lord Nelsons Monument on the banks of the Menai straits.

The purple ladies on their way to yet another victory

The purple ladies on their way to yet another victory

All teams, men, women and mixed, in both Celtic Longboat and Yoles took to the start line at 11:30. In the ladies category, against wind and tide, Bull Bay (Ynys Mon) took off to a blistering start, leaving Porthmadog, Mochras and Caernarfon over 100 meters in their wake. But thanks to crafty navigating by cox Simon Pendrell using his knowledge of eddy currents, and the determination of the crew, the Porthmadog ladies took to the lead after 40 minutes, about a third of the way through the race. The ladies continued on to create a substantial lead with no competition in site, completing the course in a time of 2 hours 10 minutes, over 20 minutes ahead of the other ladies crews.

Winning ladies crew -castle to castle race 2011

Due to illness only a ladies team was entered into this race and due to the weather conditions it was rowed from Caernarfon to Britania bridge and back. It was a tough race but the crew of Simon (cox), Bethan, Tina, Elaine and Nikki finished 10 minutes ahead of the next ladies crew in a time of 2 hours, 10 minutes.

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