Date, September 4th, time 06.45 hrs, place Llangrannog beach, view, flat seas and blue sky, this can only mean one thing, the much anticipated, and long awaited Llangrannog Rowing Regatta is on, hurrah!
Up went the marquee, on went the barbecue, and people started crawling out from beneath their duvets to lend a hand getting the event organised. A fantastic turnout from most of the clubs south of Aberystwyth meant big fields for all the events. Ladies were away first, on a course set earlier in the day by Gari Jones, eventually won by the ladies from Aberporth in Tilly Whim. Congratulations to them, commiserations to the girls from Llangrannog, who, when in fourth position and challenging well, became involved in a racing incident at the first buoy and lost a lot of ground which they were unable to make up. Never mind girls, there’s always next time!
The men’s race was next, with our men’s team and our super vets competing. The men were doing really well, but again became involved in an incident around a buoy, which by the time was sorted out, scuppered any chance of competing for honours, but they still managed to finish in a commendable 6th place, well done. At the time of writing this, we are still waiting for the super vets to turn up! Only joking boys, ever consistent in bringing up the rear, it’s not about winning, it`s about taking part… The race was eventually won by Newquay, congratulations to them.
The final race was the mixed, with a strong field of 16 teams taking part, and with no incidents at the buoys this time Crannog finished in 10th position, well done. The race was won by Newquay, again congratulations to them.
All in all, a great day, a big thank you to the crews of the safety boats, to the catering crew, to the administators, and to everyone else who helped out on the day. Lessons learnt from the day, ‘must practice buoy turns’ more often!
There will be a gallery up soon (thanks to Brad Davies), so watch this space.