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Cardigan League Race

Sunday 10th May 2015

Since the turn of the year the weather has not lived up to last year’s promise, Wreck Race and Milford Marathon both cancelled due to bad weather, Castle to Castle and Return of the Cleddau both run in tough conditions. So with the 2015 season up and running so to speak the first league race was upon us and the weather continued to be an issue, by the time the towers hit the mist over the Preseli hills on route to Cardigan the wind had picked up considerably. As the tow vehicles entered the venue there was a stiff south westerly sand blasting anything and everything in its path. The shelter of the club house was a welcome break and also offered superb views out over the estuary towards Poppit Sands, also together with the customary hot drinks, bacon rolls and sugary delights. The normal race layout was not possible given the adverse weather conditions which created a wall of water over the sand bar, therefore the alternative timed challenge up stream into Cardigan Town was the only alternative for the assembled rowers.

First up the ladies and as always it’s up to them to test the course, the first leg was against the wind with only a few sheltered areas to provide rest bite Away from the wind. Once around the second buoy the boat had the freshening wind assisting all the way back to the finish line with the ladies finishing 17th. By the time the men’s race came around the combination of wind and tide meant that race officials had to shorten the race to the first bridge. The launch was a challenge which sort of prepared the rowers for a tough first leg until the bridge turn and then the boat sailed back with the wind but by this time most of the boats had also made the most of this assistance with the men finishing 11th.

With the weather not improving the junior and novice race was cancelled due to safety concerns, but organisers felt that the conditions were not bad enough to cancel the mixed race. So with a short rest period for the rowers and our weathered cox there was a chance to take on some much needed fluid before the start of the race. Again the start was staggered with Wisemans just starting ahead of Llanion, this was all the motivation the crew needed to forget about the aches and blisters and put another shift in to stay in front of Llanion around the course and finishing in 14th place.

So with the rowing all complete it was time to experience the comfort of the club house for some very hot!! Chilli and a few drinks. A great but tough day was had by all including the support crew with special mention to Cardigan for running a league race in conditions which not many other clubs could cope with. Also big thanks to Nigel for towing and of course our weathered cox captain Ryan for coxing all the races.

Results:

Ladies – Gabi, Diane, Joanne and Natalie – 17th – 41:36

Men – Neil, Andy, Nigel and guest rower from Aberystwyth – 11th – 50:44

Mixed – Gabi, Neil, Andy and Bryony – 14th – 30:15

More pictures on the gallery.