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Aberporth 17th July 2016

Sunday 17th July 2016

Aberporth 17th July 2016           It was an early and misty start to the day as the Wisemans crews met at the compound to hitch up the boats and head north. Luckily by the time they arrived at Aberporth the sun was breaking through and the mist clearing.

The first race of the day was the ladies, where we entered two teams Bryony, Lois, Sian and Lucy (Llanion) coxed by Owian (Towey), and Libby, Gabi, Caroline and Di coxed by Mark. Of the two teams the super vets probably had the better start but both boats were mid pack during the first leg. After a relatively uneventful first turn, the field split into two packs the super vets pulling clear with the first pack, the senior ladies chasing in the second group. Both boats had a challenging final leg, with the field being closely packed the pace was fast and furious until the finishing line.

Next up were the mens team consisting of Neil, Gary, Gareth and Nigel coxed by Jim. The men have really struggled this year and were determined to end their run of disappointing results. With Jim at the helm they kept out of trouble and the team gelled together to put in a gritty performance finishing second in the supervets category being denied first place by two seconds.

The juniors were next, Lowri, Harry, Jayde and Naomi coxed by Neil.  With the sun now beating down and the sea proving to be a bit lumpy they were in for a challenging and hot race. They pulled hard and together as a team, stayed with the main pack and came in second in their class.

The mixed race was next and we were lucky to enter two teams. Morja, Bryony, Harry (straight from the juniors race!) and Sian coxed by Lois. Libby, Gareth, Gabi and Graham coxed by Mark. This was a fiercely contested race with lots of boats fighting for the best spot on the start line. Lois proved to be an excellent cox distracting many a boat with her subtle tones, which could be heard in Fishguard! Mark’s was also having a very vocal race cajoling the team to put in a strong performance.  With excellent coxing both boats enjoying a close fought and competitive race, the Super vets making a last minute dash and overtaking one of their rivals just a few yards before the finishing line.

Thanks to the team Captains, towers, the Crosses for dashing up from Skomer Island and Jim for taping himself into rubber trousers(?!)