Mumbles Rowing Club ‘spring’ into action.

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.

No Dummies Here!

The above shows some of the fun we had playing with the dummies at the recent first aid day run by CRT Medical.  Instructor Russ showed a lot of patience and was able to answer all our concerns about possible scenarios at sea including hypothermia, hypoglycaemia and all other hypos we could think of.  No dummies were broken in the process.

Novice Ladies come up trumps at Wisemans Bridge

A chilly but great day out at Wisemans bridge saw the Novice Ladies pick up their first win and trophy, for most of the crew this was their first race and with the help of experienced coxing from Stephen Chambers and despite rough water the team came through in a field of six to win their category.  Strong performances also from the Long Distance Ladies, the Supervet Ladies and the Mens Open crews meant a lot of tired but content rowers come home time.  Maybe the hardest race was left till the end of the day where the mixed crew had a flying start and kept perfect timing from beginning to end.  A great event was put on once again by the folk at Wisemans and so a big thank you from us to them.

Milford Haven Marathon No Go

The weather Gods have spoken and this years marathon row has been postponed.  With safety obviously of paramount importance, certainly the right decision was made, we look forward to the new date being announced, below an image from the marathon row in 2014.

Eoin before the race

Geranium won on Bratwurst night

(Nepal fund raiser)

The BBQ was scrubbed, the gazeebo erected and the evening boasted four types of sausage. Four! Everyone ate slightly more than they should have so our compliments to the chef, the simplest of suppers washed down with a pint was just the thing.  And with more prizes than attendees literally everyone was a winner at the raffle! I think Tom was particularly pleased with his geranium, and Ellie was thrilled with her t shirt. Annick wanted the t-shirt but settled for a wash bag. C'est la vie.   Donations for the tasty snacks and raffle ticket monies were collected in a stylish Kilner jar (a company originally based in Yorkshire don't y'know) and more than £60 was raised. Not bad for some stuff in buns. 

Let's have another soon!  NH

Visitors from Japan enjoy a jar at MARC bar.

 Photo Credit: D.Richards

Photo Credit: D.Richards

The club continues its international relations with a summer visit from Richard Davies and his wife all the way from Japan.  A pint of beer in Japan can cost around nine pounds and the levels of humidity are extremely high, so a welcome relief was felt from both these issues at the pier road club last week, we wish Rik and family a safe journey home. 


Rough times at the Cleddau

The wind was up but there was no turning back at this years Return of The Cleddau, despite a blow out on one of the trailers which Nigel was left to deal with roadside.  Reports of the wind conditions at Neyland started to filter back to Picton Fields and most were ready for a battle in the last couple of miles of the course.  Mumbles entered five boats in categories ranging from single yole to Mixed supervet Celtic and put in strong performances across the board.  All were relieved however to cross the line and reach dry land.

Great day, even though the last couple of miles were brutally choppy and windy. Everyone rowed and coxed brilliantly, and some great results prove it. Great to be a part of it!
— Stephen C

Celtics come up trumps on day trip to Caswell

Photo Credit: Molly Mallari

The longboats can often be the focus of some criticism; being heavy, uncomfortable to row, slow etc.  When they are put to the test however, in rough waters or when a burst of speed is needed, it becomes apparent that they are actually  quite elegant, well designed boats, fast and strong in the water.  Our recent escapade at Caswell in the surf made us grateful that the Celtic Longboat is a vessel that protects its crew and also gives us straight line speed when needed, on Monday allowing us to power over the cherry stones to the safer waters of Swansea Bay.  They are boats that allow us to experience adventure and when surprises happen give us a certain amount of protection from our ever changing environment.

Training singles back in use.

Training single without outriggers.

Both training singles are now ready for use. The boats were missing bolts and clips, all of which have been fitted. Its worth remembering, even though it does not effect their buoyancy that the boats are non bailing, so not great in rougher waters. Also we may consider fitting a bung to each boat as they are very difficult to empty of water which tends to seep into the hull during longer sessions.
— CH