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PYC Race 2012

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 - Pembrokeshire Yatch Club Rowing Regatta 2012

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!

PYC 2012 Rowing Race photos

Llangwm Race 2012

Winners of Llangwm Seniors Race 2012

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.

Llangwm race photos

New Quay Race 2012

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

Celtic Challenge 2012

Start Celtic Challenge 2012

Start Celtic Challenge 2012

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.

Special thanks to our main sponsors: and to all our other major sponsors Lewtress, Old Post Office Aberporth, Granant Precast Concrete, Aberporth Community Council and Deli Delights for donating all our drinking water.

Start of the race! From the left in Yellow boat Dolwen: Andy Cushley, Andy Mayer, Carl Rich, Charlie Millar & Cox Hayley Morris.

Here are some of our Celtic Challenge pictures sponsors our 2012 Celtic Challenge

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Massive thank you to 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.

Halloween Disco Party 2011

Halloween Disco

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.

Llangrannog Race 2011

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.

Well done everyone today.  Race pics

Sponsored Row for Celtic Challenge

Sponsored Row 2011

On Sunday 28th August 2011 , August Bank Holiday weekend, we will be doing a 12 hour sponsored row to raise money for the Celtic Challenge in May 2012.

It will be held in Dyffryn car park (opposite the Ship Aberporth)

First rower starts at 8am and last rower finishes at 8pm.

There will be BBQ, Raffle, Cakes, Stalls and a chance for visitors of all ages to have a go on the rowing machine to try and win the 500 meter challenge.

Mermaid Race 2011

On the 27th August 2011 the 11 mile race around Cardigan Island is back with £1000 worth of prize money up for grabs!!!  For full details visit here The Mermaid Race

Dinas Head 2011

Dinas Head 2011 Rowers

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.

Click here for full race report and results

Big thank you to Newport Rowing Club for another great Dinas Head Challenge.

Tilly Whim team:

Chris New, Charlie Millar, Gareth Edwards, Mike Hodges (Newport) & Wendy Cushley (cox)

Dolwen team:

Andy Mayer, Andrew Cushley, Hayley Morris, Oli Box & Lisa Mayer (cox)

Llangwm Race 2011

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 🙂

Llangwm Race 2011 Photos

Our New Boat Dyffryn

Our new boat Dyffryn

Well done everyone for fundraising to get our new boat, oars and trailer. Big thank you from everyone at the club to Charlie for collecting.

Aberystwyth Race 2011

Aberystwyth Race 2011

Aberystwyth Race 2011

Part two of the double header Joint league race weekend.

It was a really well attended race with 24 boats competing in the mixed race!The first buoy turn was good fun 🙂

Aberystwyth Race 2011 Photos

Aberaeron Race 2011

Aberaeron Harbour

First Joint race of the season. Held on a Saturday so a couple of teams missing but still a great event.

Good effort everyone!

Just a couple of photos from the day.

Aberaeron Race 2011 Photos

New Quay Race 2011

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!

New Quay Race Photos

PYC Race 2011

After a big gap due to a lot of cancelled events, we are finally back racing again!

The lack of race practice showed as we had a few rusty performances, but still great to be back competing and looking forward to New Quay next week.

PYC Race Photos

Return of the Cleddau 2011

Aberporth Mixed Crew win the Mixed race in the annual Return of the Cleddau Race from Haverfordwest to Neyland!

Cleddau Mixed Race Winners 2011 - Pictures from left to right Chris New, Donna Phillips, Leanne Phillips, cox Wendy Cushley and Andy Cushley

Cleddau Mixed Race Winners 2011 - Pictures from left to right Chris New, Donna Phillips, Leanne Phillips, cox Wendy Cushley and Andy Cushley

Aberporth Race 2011 Photos

Better late than never 🙂

Aberporth Race 2011 photos

Cardigan Race 2011

In difficult conditions all 5 of our teams did really well, in particular the ladies team Tilly Ladies who finished 3rd and Dolwen Mens team who won the Senior race.

Cardigan Race Photos

Aberporth Rowing Race 2011

Clwb Rhwyfo Aberporth Rowing Club 24thApril 2011


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.

Race Results

Ladies Race

Position Club Name Crew Name Time
1 Llangwm Mel’s Belles 33.16 Ladies Winners
2 New Quay Wild Ones 33.56 Ladies Vets Winners
3 Llangwm Double D’s 34.06
4 Aberystwyth Aberystwyth 35.08
5 New Quay Charlys Angels 35.30
6 Aberporth Tilly Ladies 35.47
7 PYC Dazzlin Daisies 36.48
8 Aberaeron Aberaeron Vets 37.07 Vets
9 Crannog Crannog Ladies 38.35
10 Mumbles Mumbles 39.14

Seniors Race

Position Club Name Crew Name Time
1 Aberporth Dolwen Men 37.32 Seniors Winners
2 New Quay Trojans 37.51
3 Llanion Llanion Men 37.55
4 Llangwm Kiddles 38.16
5 Llangrannog Crannog Men 1 38.38
6 Aberystwyth Aberystwyth Vets 39.00 Vets Winners
7 Aberporth Tilly Men 39.33
8 Mumbles Mumbles 39.44
9 PYC Whoop a Daisy 40.48
10 New Quay Scorpions 41.16
11 Aberaeron Aberaeron Super Vets 41.36 Supa Vets Winners
12 Crannog Crannog Super Vets 42.51 Vets

Juniors Race

Position Club Name Crew Name Time
1 Llangrannog Crannog Juniors 36.00 Boys U18 Winners

Mixed Race

Position Club Name Crew Name Time
1 New Quay New Quay One 31.11 Mixed Winners
2 Aberystwyth Aberystwyth Mixed 31.22
3 Llangwm The Brokes 32.16
4 Llanion Llanion Mixed 32.38
5 PYC Cheeky Vimtos 33.09
6 Llangwm Double D’s 33.10
7 Aberystwyth Aberystwyth Mixed Vets 33.14 Mixed Vets Winners
8 Aberporth Dolwen Mixed 33.30
9 Aberporth Tilly Mixed 33.54
10 New Quay New Quay Two 34.12
11 PYC Guys & Dolls 34.43
12 Aberaeron Mixed A 35.15
13 Mumbles Mumbles 35.26
14 Aberaeron Aberaeron Mixed Vets 35.35 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.

Trophy Sponsors

Tanygroes Car Dismantlers
O C Davies & Sons Ltd Honda & Renault
Aberporth Community Council
Penrhyn Pharmacy Aberporth
Derek French Plumbing & Property Services
Hoffnant Stores
Loving Memory of Chris Fagan
Loving Memory of Ioan Davies
Bob Mayer Trophy
Quinnell Shield


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. PhotographyPaul 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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Aberporth Rowing Club Hall of Fame

2013 Welsh Club Champions

2013 South League Champions

2013 Ladies Joint League Winners

2013 Ladies South League Winners

2013 Mixed Joint League Winners

2013 Mixed South League Winners

2012 Men South League Winners