Aberporth do the double and the Men are crowned League champions!
From front - Oli Box, Owen Harries, Chris New, Andy Mayer & Kathy French (cox)
Aberporth’s Dolwen Men team (Andy Mayer, Chris New, Owen Harries, Oli Box, Tim Ogilvie & cox Kathy French) are the South Wales League Champions after winning their first ever Welsh Joint League Race. Going into the race Aberporth where just one point ahead of rivals Llangwm and so needed to finish ahead of them to cement the league title. Llangwm got off to a flying start and Aberporth where lying in around 4th place half way down the first straight. They didn’t panic though and worked hard to pass Llangwm, New Quay & Aberdyfi to get into 1st place going around the final buoy. It was a long slog to home, and despite a great late surge from Mumbles, they held on to win the race by four boat lengths.
Back left to right - Charlotte Bleach, Leanne Philips, Hayley Morris, Kathy French and Carl Rich (cox)
Aberporth Tily Ladies team (Leanne Philips, Hayley Morris, Charlotte Bleach, Kathy French and cox Carl Rich) also ended the season on a high by claiming their first win of the season and also their first ever Welsh Joint League Race win. It was a stunning performance by the ladies who lead the race from start to finish and crossed the line over 10 boat lengths ahead of the league winners New Quay.
Also well done to the Veterans, Novices and Mixed teams who competed well and added to this fantastic day for the club.
And once again a massive thank you to our supporters for coming up and cheering us on, you really are the best!
Despite a severe lack of training over the last few weeks the club put in an excellent performance. Conditions were interesting to say the least, I know bow rowers particularly enjoyed it
The highlight of the day was the Mens Vets team: Charlie Millar, Tony Watmough, Carl Rich, Andy Cushley and cox Haley Morris (pictured above) winning their first race in the Senior Veterans category. Well done guys!
The Dolwen Men’s team kept themselves top of the league with one race to go by finishing second. Tilly Ladies battled hard to try and get that illusive first win of the season but also had to settle for second place. Dyffryn Ladies came in a very respectable fourth. And In the Mixed race Tilly finished third.
A Fantastic effort today from the Juniors completing their Sponsored Row from Cardigan bridge, around Cardigan Island and back to Aberporth, over 10 miles!
The sea perfect for the occasion but unfortunately 3/4 of the row was completed in heavy rain. Despite this the Juniors and supporting Seniors left in high spirits, made many crew changes and landed on Aberporth beach just gone 1.30pm, completing the row in 3hr 24mins 19 secs. A fantastic result, well done guys!
All the money raised from the row will go towards ‘Amanda’s Chemo Fund’. Thank you to all who supported and donated, a fab team effort!
Aberporth Olympics 2012
The Aberporth Ladies Fundraisers also held ‘Aberporth Olympics’ event this afternoon, again all money going towards ‘Amanda’s Chemo fund’. A fantastic turn out, a great opening ceremony, 10 Olympic events for children, women and men to compete in, followed by a medal presentation.
Well done to all the organisers and helpers for a fantastic community event, all pulling together for a great cause.
What a fabulous day, great weather, great racing and great support!
The sea was quite rough and a mixture of rowing and surfing was required. This made for some fun racing with positions continually changing as teams caught the waves.
New Quay seemed to handle the tricky conditions better than others and took first place in the Seniors, Ladies, Novice, Girls U16′s and Mixed Races.
Of course our regatta wouldn’t have been such a success if it wasn’t for all the fantastic support we had on the day. A massive thank you to all the safety boat crew, all the helpers in the marque, Dai Ogilvie and Steve Harries (race commentary), Gily Llewelyn (photography), Howard & Ryan (time keeping), our race sponsors, our fantastic families and friends aka Green Army and Sue & Terry McGonigle for our fantastic new club banner.
Well done to all teams that took part and thank you for supporting our event, hopefully see you all again next year!
Well done everybody today, was a real team effort! Injuries, changed teams, people rowing in unfamiliar positions, rough conditions, Gaz only having one leg (see pics) and all teams still managed excellent results. Confirmed results to follow soon.
Aberporth Dolwen Men claim their second win of the Welsh Sea Rowing League season and the clubs new members win the Novice ladies race.
Winners of Senior Race PYC 2012 Oli Box, Andy Mayer, Chris New, Tim Ogilvie, Owen Harries (Front)
Winners of Ladies Novice Race PYC 2012 - (From left) Tanya Evans, Amy Nicoll, Charlotte, Emma Jones
The Dolwen Men team had to work hard in tricky conditions to hold off a New Quay team who pushed them all the way. Going around the final buoy, the two teams were neck and neck but Aberporth managed to pull away on the final straight and claim their second league win in a row.
In the Novice race, four new members who have only been rowing for a couple of weeks, managed to battle their way around the choppy course and finish third overall and first in the Novice Ladies class.
In the Ladies race Aberporth Tilly Ladies finished fourth in a very strong field that saw Wisemans Bridge take first place.
In the final race of the day, Aberporth Tilly Whim Mixed team started poorly but worked their way through the field to finished third out of nineteen.
Well done to all 6 Aberporth teams who competed, Pembrokeshire Yatch Club Rowing Team for an excellent event and of course our Green Army supporters!
Winners of Llangwm Seniors Race 2012. Aberporth Dolwen Mens Team from left: Tim Ogilvie, Own Harries, Oli Box, Andy Mayer & Chris New
The Men’s team win in style in first South league race of the season! Managing to get the lead into the first buoy they held off the challenge from the home team and last seasons league champions, Llangwm to finish with a few boat lengths to spare.
We also had great results with all the other teams. The new men’s vets team finished second in the Veterans category. The ladies battled hard and claimed third place in their race. The mixed team had an excellent row and finished in second place despite having a bad start and two of our newest members Amy Bird and Sina Rapthel, competing in their first ever race, made up half of a mixed team that did really well to finish seventh out of thirteen.
Well done everyone, as always thank you to our fabulous supporters and roll on the Aberaeron Race on Sunday 24th June.
An excellent first league race regatta! Sea was calm, sun was shinning, huge Green Army support and excellent performances from all the Aberporth teams.
Aberporth’s Results – Ladies finished 4th of 16 with new member Deanne Jones competing in her first race, well done! In the Mens there were also changes in the crews, Dolwen finished 7th and Tilly Whim, with new member Tony Watmough in his first race, finished 14th out of 20, nice one guys. In the mixed race both teams did really well to finish 7th and 11th out of 24.
Here are some New Quay Celtic Longboat league race 2012 photos
The Celtic Challenge is the World’s Longest true rowing race where teams race from Arklow in County Wicklow, Ireland to Aberystwyth on the Welsh coast, a distance of about 90 nautical miles. Celtic and Pembrokeshire longboats take part and the challenge consists of 12 people who take it in turns to row, spending the time in between on a support boat.
The Celtic Challenge 2012 took place over the bank holiday weekend 5th – 6th May , it was touch and go whether the race would go ahead due to rough sea conditions. It was agreed to start the race 4pm on Saturday, when the waves dropped enough to exit the harbour. It was a very sketchy start, with 23 crews in the water, the first 16 hours were gruelling to say the least. Many teams dropped out due to extreme conditions, sea sickness and equipment failures. By morning only 11 teams remained in the race, exhausted crews finally able to enjoy the row as conditions improved. At 3.24pm on Sunday, with our huge team of supporters cheering us in we crossed the finished line in at a very respectable seventh place in a time of 23hours 24 minutes.
Massive thank you to Skipper Mark and First mate Bob of Wandrin Star, Fishguard and Stuart Forsyth and Kevin Dobson our rib support crew, you were all amazing and kept us all safe. A big thank you to Jeff English for transporting the boat and supporting us throughout the event. A huge thank you to Wendy Davies Cushley who kept us fed and watered for 24hrs without a minutes break! Also a massive thank you to Charlie Millar who dedicated a huge amount of time and effort to organise our challenge. Special Thank you to all our family and friends who have supported us throughout the event, without you it wouldn’t have been possible.
Massive thank you to Carrentals.co.uk for your very generous sponsorship. Our new jackets were perfect for the challenge, they kept us dry and warm, and made us really easy to spot! If you dont hear us coming you will definitely see us!
Team Photo from front left: Charlie Millar, Tim Wilcox, Leanne Phillips, Hayley Morris, Andy Mayer, Oli Box, Wendy Davies Cushley. Back left: Carl Rich, Chris New, Andy Cushley, Gareth Edwards, Owen Harries & Tim Ogilvie.
Aberporth Rowing Club are holding our Annual ‘Halloween Family Disco’ on Saturday 29th October 2011 from 5-8pm at Parcllyn Social Club.
There will be a Disco, Fancy dress competition, BBQ, Treasure Hunt, Prize for the best carved Pumpkin (remember to bring these with you), Apple bobbing, Spooky Cakes and Toffee apples. Join us for an evening full of tricks and treats. Tickets on the door, Adults free, Children £2.50 each, to include a drink and biscuit. All children to be accompanied by an adult.
At their third attempt Crannog were finally given a break with weather and sea conditions and put on a great event.
Aberporth Teams Race highlights:
Tilly ladies did it again, winning their second league race in a row! They did it in some style finishing a considerable distance ahead of the rest of the 11 strong field. Well done team!
Leanne Philips, Donna Philips, Hayley Morris, Kathy French & Tim Ogg (cox)
We had our first junior team competing since the club reformed 3 years ago. Tilly Juniors did really well in difficult sea conditions to win the under 18 girls race. Well done to all the girls and to Chris New (junior coach) who has worked hard with the juniors over the last few weeks to get the team ready to race.
Girls Under 18's Team with coach Chris New
There was a good battle in the mixed race between the two Aberporth teams. Despite both teams being unfortunate at the start of the race they worked their way through the field but couldn’t shake off each other. They battled right to the end finishing in 7th & 8th with Dolwen finishing just 4 seconds ahead of Tilly Whim.
We managed to get 2 teams together for this excellent evening event. The teams were split to make them as even as possible and it couldn’t have been much closer with Tilly Whim beating Dolwen by just 4 seconds! Tilly Whim completed the course in 1:02:35 and Dolwen in 1:02:39.
Tilly Ladies - Ladies Winners Leanne Philips, Donna Philips, Hayley Morris, Kathy French & Tim Ogilvie (cox)
Back to South League Racing with a bang. Aberporth Tilly Ladies get their first ever win! After a slow start they worked their way to the front and held of the challenge from Llangwm and New Quay to claim first place. Excellent performance, hopefully first of many.
Well done all the other crews, good effort everyone!
Our new boat Dyffryn also had its maiden voyage today