Double Success at Montford Bridge

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

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End of Season (Festive and Rowing) Party – 6th January 2017

The Royal Sportsman Hotel once again hosted our end of season party this year for 32 of our rowers their and accomplices.

Sophie was named as our most improved female rower of 2016. Already picked for the Celtic Challenge this year, Sophie competed her first distance races in the 2016 season, as well as in the league. Newcomer Dan Anderton was awarded the most improved male rower so we’ll be expecting more good things from him this year.

Pippa and Godfrey both received lifetime awards to acknowledge our appreciation for their dedication and all the fantastic work they continue to do for the club, it couldn’t run without them.

The Bosun’s cup was awarded to Gerry Clarke; best team player to Gaye Harvey; Most enthusiastic to Caroline; Most sandbanks landed on went to Geoff (again – he really should give someone else a chance with this one); Most swearing cox to Steve ***** Mundy; Biggest natterer to Leslie and Best rowing attire to Rich A – those shorts are indelibly imprinted on the minds of all that witnessed them.

A special thanks was deservedly given to Sarah T, Simon and Rich G for all their hard work in 2016.

The evening was finished off with a beverage or twelve and entertainment from Carron and a disco.

 

 

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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.

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During the epic race.

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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.

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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!

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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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