It’s spring at last and Mumbles Rowing Club began their rowing season last weekend with ‘The 3 Ships Challenge’ which was organised and hosted by Aberporth Rowing Club. Instead of racing it was an 8 mile social row to ease us back into it gently after a long winter’s indoor training, as well as meeting up with old friends and making new ones. Taking part we had one team from Mumbles as well as teams from Lower Thames Rowing Club, Barry, Towy, Pembrokeshire, St Dogmaels, Aberporth, Llangrannog and Aberaeron.
The 3 Ships were not of the marine variety though, but were pubs! The plan was to set off from Aberpoth beach and row to Llangrannog, run up the beach and solve a riddle in The Ship Inn. Then row to Tresaith and play a game in The Ship Inn. But alas, the sea was too rough at both locations to beach-land our boats so instead we missed out on having a pint or two and had to solve our riddles at sea. Then finally we rowed back to Aberporth and visited The Ship Inn for the last task which was to write a poem about our experiences at sea, followed by celebratory beer and BBQ, whilst watching the Oxford/Cambridge Thames Boat Race.
We all had a fantastic weekend thanks go to Aberporth Rowing Club for a brilliant social row on Saturday from Aberporth to Llangrannog and back …and a superb cheeky row in the sunshine on Sunday morning to cure the hangover.