A very dramatic, close finish for Aberdyfi!
"We sent two teams this year for the River Race ...
" Our first team consisted of Tim Chesworth, Paul Chesworth, Dave Chapman, Paul Cruickshank, Ian Brown with passenger Evie Cruickshank, and in our second team were Nigel Pearson, John Ward, Mike Rogers, Alun Stedman, Dom West and James Willis.”
“ About 330 boats started from Greenwich on the 22 mile course which runs through
“ As we know the Race has a handicap system based on the type of boat rather than the ability of the crew, so the first and slower types of boat leave over an hour before the fastest. The race takes place with the tide and umpires are all along the river to ensure coxes keep to the correct side of the river”
“ In the first few miles, the passengers - the unique feature of this event - got very wet due to the waves but after a short shower had passed, things brightened up and it became very sunny “
“However, the south westerly wind made rowing conditions difficult in patches as it was usually a side or head wind that we had to deal with"
“ There were also many clashes between the boats when the crews had to pass through designated arches of the 21 bridges and none of the dragon boats managed to cope with the conditions.” central London to Ham Common just past Richmond. “
“After 2 hours 25 minutes and 23 seconds, and in a dramatic finish with clashing
oars, our first Aberdyfi crew of Tim, Paul, Dave C, Paul Cruickshank and Ian B crossed the line second overall, having been passed in the very final few metres of the race by an Hawaiian outrigger!”
“ Our Aberdyfi first team had held the lead for the last two miles of the race after passing over 180 boats."
"This was a fantastic performance by our Aberdyfi first team, and as well as being second over the line they also had the second fastest time, meaning that the faster category boats that started later did not match their speed.”
“In doing this they won the Celtic Longboat class and the 4 oar class.”
“They won their class by 11 minutes”.
“Our club’s second boat of Nigel, Alun, Mike, John, Dom and James exceeded expectations -especially after having had fewer training sessions than they would have liked - and were the third Celtic boat to finish in a time of 2 hours 39 minutes and 2 seconds”
“Taking part in this race involves a lot of planning -especially transport to the start and then afterwards back from the finish. Thanks must go to all involved in this and also to our our supporters who watched, and certainly made themselves heard, cheering loudly for our Aberdyfi crews! “