ABERDYFI RACE TO VICTORY
Last Sunday saw the convergence of an impressive number of Celtic longboats upon Aberystwyth - 25 in total - for Aberystwyth’s sea rowing regatta. The conditions were bright with a fair wind but the sea state quite tricky with a steady swell combined with an onshore wind. This made rowing quite tough in unpredictable water.
The ladies race went off first at midday. Aberdyfi ladies had a good start and from then on never really looked back over the entire course. Progressively, they pulled further and further ahead of the main pack with no challenge in site. Rowing at stroke was Catrin Owen, who although has not raced many races this season, set a magnificent pace, which enabled the three other ladies, No 2 Toni Francis, no 3 Kathy Iffla, and no 4 Rhian Jones to really get behind her and exert full pressure and technique despite the conditions. They came in to finish in a time of 29mins - a full 57 sec ahead of any contender. A fantastic race. All best prada replica
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Aberdyfi men faced a serious challenge in their race with 18 boats competing. The day before having won at the Aberaeron regatta, the rest of the boats were determined to have their revenge. Near rivals in the league table Ynys Mon, who on Sunday were only 1 point ahead, were absolutely determined to stop Aberdyfi from winning. It was a closely contested race with several boats in contention – but Aberdyfi again demonstrating their prowess coming in ahead of the pack in 24.56. Stroke Mike Chesworth, No 2 Paul Chesworth, No 3 Dylan Evans, in bow Ian Andrews and Ian Brown Cox.
This win means we now head the North points total - great effort.
Superb performances were put in by Aberdyfi Super Vets who have consistently showed what tough competition they provide over a number of regattas this season. On Sunday they once again competed in the top group of leading boats to come 2nd in their category overall and the vets were 3rd in their class. Finally, the mixed vets finished off a perfect day for Aberdyfi coming 1st in their category and 4th place in the overall mixed race.
The mixed senior crew also battled to a well earned 7th place overall By this stage of the day the swell made surfing a very real advantage and the day ended with longboats being surfed in towards the finish line only metres apart, creating a spectacular finale for the gathered crowds. With over 25 boats attending the number of people involved was well into the hundreds. A credit to this popular sport so uniquely found up and down our Welsh coastline.
Thanks must go to Aberystwyth rowing club for excellent organisation and running of such an enjoyable and competitive day .