Clwb Rhwyfo Mochras Rowing Club - a year in the life of!

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Mochras crews in training

Mochras crews in training

Mochras Rowing Club was established in 2007 and held its second regatta at Shell Island last Sunday 13th June. This was the first of this year's Welsh Sea Rowing Association Northern league fixtures and provided an exciting day of racing between numerous teams based from as far North as Ynys Mon and other coastal towns right down the coast all the way to South Wales. The Ladies race was held under testing sea conditions and was won by a crew from Bull Bay on Ynys Mon, Mochras Mens A team won their event by a large margin and the mixed Race was decisively won by Aberdyfi Rowing Club with Mochras winning the mixed vets category.

Clwb Rhwyfo Mochras has firmly established itself as both a friendly and welcoming club with an inclusive policy for rowers of all ages and ability, yet has performed consistently well within both the Northern and Southern Welsh leagues winning many races throughout each season. On Sunday 6th June a skeleton team of six travelled to Solfach in Pembrokeshire to win the seniors race by a† good margin, though it must be said their main rivals Llangwm were a few short in their 'Mens A team' as they were cycling round Portugal! Chris Rayner of the Mochras team said what an achievement it is for such a young club to be doing so well, particularly this year where many clubs have already completed the Celtic Challenge in early May, an arduous row from Arklow in Ireland to Aberystwyth, so these clubs are commencing this season very fit with a winter of training already behind them.

During the 2009 season we †rowed the Cleddau from Haverfordwest to Neyland, rowed the Menai from Anglesey to Caernarfon, regularly rowed the Mawddach Estuary from Barmouth to the George and back again, two members competed in the Ocean to City Race in Cork, Ireland, the club competed in the Northern and Southern leagues winning the Seniors in the South and coming second in the North behind the infamous Aberdyfi, but winning the North in the Mixed Vets category and also the U18 boys, so this really is a club and a sport for all ages. Four of our men completed the Pembrokeshire challenge, a 20 mile bike ride followed by a five mile row and then a 10k run! Additionally we have rowed with the porpoises off the local beaches and won the round Ramsey Island race. Our season culminates in the Great |London River Race, 22 miles from Greenwich to Richmond where last year 20 members and some friends and family spent the weekend in London having a superb time and again our men came second in the Celtic Longboat category and 7th overall out of 276 boats competing. This is really a spectacular event to be a part of and much enjoyed by all who go and most importantly we raised over £1500 for the Anthony Nolan Trust. This year is proving to be just as eventful.

Contact:

Jayne Brooks jayne@welshsearowing.org.uk.

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