Aberdyfi Men win Celtic Challenge!
hat trick victory for Aberdyfi...


 
..great success for Aberdyfi with both a men's team and a ladies team completing the 2014 Celtic Challenge!
 

  The 2014  biennual Celtic Challenge rowing race from Arklow in Ireland to Aberystwyth took place over the weekend of Friday and www.wrist-watches.biz Saturday, May 2nd and 3rd with Aberdyfi Rowing Club’s men’s team rowing to victory for the third time !

Our Aberdyfi crew completed this tough race in a time of 16 hours 29 minutes and 13 seconds and with this hat trick win they were First Overall, First Men’s Crew and First Welsh Crew to finish.

 Race Co-ordinator Dai Jenkins described this year’s race as “ the most successful Challenge we have ever had”

  This year 21 teams started and everyone finished – unlike two years ago when extreme weather conditions meant that out of 18 starters only 12 boats managed to cross the line.”

 “ Aberdyfi men thoroughly deserved to win for the third time.  The whole team functioned like a ‘ well oiled machine’ and you could see the hours of training that had gone into their preparation for this huge challenge.  This year’s winter made it had for everyone to keep up with regular training and some crews suffered because of that.”

“ However, although this is a race, and an extremely tough race, every team who cross the line is a winner.”

“ We had quite a few new rowers taking part this year and every single one is elated to have taken part and to have completed this challenge.”

“ The Challenge Committee are extremely grateful for the hard work that everyone puts in to ensure that all goes smoothly  - special thanks to all the scrutineers over in Ireland and also to Charlie Bartlett, Mike  Harris and Andy Kirk on the safety boats that are of course essential to the success of the Celtic Challenge.”

“For the first time ever this year all the boats were equipped with trackers – issued for safety reasons but it also meant that everyone on shore could follow and track the competitors.”

“ The race started a day earlier this year due to weather conditions closing in on the Irish side.”

“ Conditions were calm for the majority of the race until about 30 miles away from Aberystwyth when a south easterly wind blew up – blowing  at about 10 – 15 miles an hour – making conditions more difficult for the rowers, but 6 – 8 miles from the finish the breeze dropped.”

“ I am very pleased to say that this year’s Challenge was a very, very successful event.”

 

Our men’s captain Paul Chesworth, said, “ We are very pleased to have won again this year – no other club has achieved a hat trick victory ".

"Training has been tough this year because of the bad winter, but all our efforts have paid off with this great win. Huge thanks must go to all our support team – we couldn’t have done it without all those guys…so thanks to Dave Rice for providing our support boat ‘Catryn’-  all the crew - Pete Jennings, Cath Havard, Phil Britton, Harold Northholt, the boys on the rib Mark Fox and Dave Fowles  and of course our amazing support crew on shore - in particular Richard Grant, Dave Seabourne and Nigel Pearson. Everyone has been simply fantastic and the organisation of the whole event once again has been superb.”

Aberdyfi men’s winning crew were,  Captain Paul Chesworth, Lindsay Parry, Ian Andrews, Tom Jones, Ian Brown, Dave Rice, Paul Cruickshank, Ed Moss,Tim Chesworth, David Chapman, John Ward, Alan Mordue.

Aberdyfi Ladies team were,  Captain Claire Lever, Kara Chesworth, Kathy Iffla, Rhian Jones, Beth Edwards, Sandy Andrews, Deb Wood, Nuala Dunn, Sue Gladwin, Catrin Owen , Sarah Thomas and Pippa Owen.

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Ist ladies to finish were Arklow ladies in a time of 19 hours 48 min 25 sec

Aberdyfi ladies came in as 2nd ladies to finish in a time of  22 hours 41min 15 sec

 Aberdyfi ladies captain Claire Lever said , “ We are thrilled to have completed the Challenge this year after having to retire in 2012 because of the horrendous conditions,  so its great that an Aberdyfi ladies team has crossed the finishing line of the Celtic Challenge!  I would like to give huge thanks to two team mate rowers from Porthmadog -Pippa Owen and Sarah Thomas - we couldn’t have achieved it without them!”

" A very big 'thankyou!' of course goes to Chris Smith ,Skipper of 'September Joy' ,our support boat-who came to our rescue with only a few days notice! Massive thanks goes to Julian Brown and Pete Benson who never failed to keep our spirits up and also to our three great guys on the rib -Paul Hughes, 'Smiler' and Tony Price. Everyone was amazing!”

 ( times subject to committee scrutiny)

 

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Posted: 09:57:06 - 04/05/2014

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