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
This was a cracking day! Sunny and hot with lovely sea conditions (a rare thing this year). Sat on New Quay beach we felt like holiday makers.
We had a good club performance today with the two mixed teams finishing middle of the pack. The Mens team battling back from a very bad start due to confusion at the start line to finish 3rd and the performance of the day, the ladies finished 2nd pushing Llangwm all the way to the line, fantastic effort!
Aberporth Dolwen Mens Team - Men's Race Winners (Owen Harries, Andy Mayer, Oli Box, Tim Ogilvie & cox Leanne Phillips)
This was Aberporth’s first race for over 15 years and what a great day it was. 37 crews competed in beautiful conditions and put on a great show for the hundreds of spectators. It was made extra special when in the Men’s race Aberporth came across the line in first place to claim their first ever win.
Ladies Vets Winners
Crannog Men 1
Whoop a Daisy
Aberaeron Super Vets
Supa Vets Winners
Crannog Super Vets
Boys U18 Winners
New Quay One
Aberystwyth Mixed Vets
Mixed Vets Winners
New Quay Two
Guys & Dolls
Aberaeron Mixed Vets
Race Pictures will follow soon here, please check later in the week.
The whole day was a great success and wouldn’t have been possible without the following sponsors, donations and helpers on the day.
Tanygroes Car Dismantlers
O C Davies & Sons Ltd Honda & Renault
Aberporth Community Council
Penrhyn Pharmacy Aberporth
Derek French Plumbing & Property Services
Loving Memory of Chris Fagan
Loving Memory of Ioan Davies
Bob Mayer Trophy
Deli Delights Cardigan
Kathy’s Kids Childminding Services Aberporth
A Cushley Heating Pacllyn
Golden Dragon Chinese Takeaway Aberporth
Londis Stores Parcllyn
Safety Boats & Lead Boat – Stuart, Kevin, Steve (Tresaith Mariners), Andrew & Ben (Aberporth Surf Life Saving Club), Jimmy (Lead Boat)
BBQ – Ian, Jean, Bev, Fran, Annette, extra special thanks to Richard & Lynne (Ship Aberporth) for saving the day. Refreshments – Rachael & Helen. Marshals – Chris & Danny. Photography – Paul Fenrich. Time Keeping – Howard & Ryan (Velo Teifi).
Event PA & Race Commentary – Extra special thank you to Dai Ogg who kept the rowers and spectators well informed and entertained throughout the day and to Steve for his in race commentary.
Well done everyone at Clwb Rhwyfo Aberporth Rowing Club, same again next year!
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