MYC Rowing sent two boats down to the Montford Challenge Row in Shrewsbury this Saturday 18th March 2017, our Mens Super Vets and our Ladies.
In all 21 boats entered and kindly the organisers allowed them to row the 11 miles with the flow of the water instead of against it. The boats set off in timed intervals tow to three minutes apart. Though it was raining at the start of the race, that eased off to a refreshing drizzle. The rain had brought plenty of sticks, trees and debris down into the flow which made for some excellent tactical maneuvering.
The first three boats over all were Senior crews – 1st Ynys Mon 1hr 25 Llangwm 1 hr 25.33; 3rd Aber 1hr 26.35 but our Men’s Supervets were first in their class with a time of 1hr 30min 37. Our ladies again brought back the half a kayak trophy with the fabulous time of 1hr 32m 30 seconds. Every trophy cabinet needs a kayak!
The winning crews! Ladies – Elaine H, Sarah T, Elaine W, Christine and Sophie
Supervets – Cox Jill G – Simon, Bob, Richard G and Jono W
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….
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
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!