August offers a bit of a break in the schedule of rowing on Anglesey, with the last two races in Aberaeron and Aberystwyth on the 23rd & 24th July, there's a much needed break of just over a month until the next race in Caernarfon.
Aberaeron and Aberystwyth were two difficult race days, not least due to the prospect of some members racing four times over the two days. The club finished well in all the races, coming away from the weekend with a very good points haul for the end of season trophies. There was renewed competition for the men in their race from Aberdyfi, along with new competitors from the Southern league clubs for all the other race classes. We also saw our first Junior entry this season, with the guys just getting beaten in a very good race - with a few less injuries, and a little more coaching they are sure to turn that result around in the next joint league race at Aberdyfi in September.
And so to our quieter August; not just a chance to have a bit of a break, but most importantly to build on strength and fitness as well as getting plenty of time in the boat. The club enjoyed a good day at a friendly race held In Porthmadog and organised by Porthmadog Rowing Club. The race celebrated the building of the cob in the town, and involved mixed crews racing from a beach start out with their 'pilot' to a waiting yacht. We had two boats, and managed to get 1st and 2nd. Many thanks to Porthmadog for a great day.
Looking ahead, we will soon be hosting Rex Boat Club, a Chester based river rowing club who fancy giving sea rowing a try. A club (or clubs) social along with some friendly racing on Sunday should make for a great weekend for both clubs.
Sooner than we know it Caernarfon will be upon us, marking the start of a hectic few weeks with Aberdyfi and the 21 mile Great River Race in London on the following two weekends - makes me exhausted just thinking about it!
More on those events when they're a little closer.
If you've never tried rowing, and like the sound of these events then please do get in touch and come and have a go some day. If you're a current member, then have a great few weeks of training and lets get the results in the last few races!