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On Friday evening the sailing club hosted Wisemans Bridge Rowing
Club who came along primarily to entertain us with their exploits
on the high seas with the Celtic Challenge but also to outline
what they actually get up to and achieve during the year.
Mark Attwell from the rowing club was the guest speaker and
he kept a good number of around 40 interested guests entertained
who it must be noted had just dined on an excellent meal of
curry and rice which had been organised by Martin Andrews with
assistance from Bodil who cooked the rice assisted by Andrew
and I am sure others who must be thanked, there did not seem
to be any left afterwards which is always a good sign and thumbs
up to “Seven Spice” from Kilgetty who supplied the
I don’t think it was generally known around the sailing
club how much fundraising the rowers do for not only the RNLI
who seem to be very high on the list but also many smaller local
charities that have benefited from their many social and organised
events throughout the year. Well done to the Wisemans rowers
and keep up the good work which may well need many more social
events to keep the good work going. Please note that the SSC
committee were slightly concerned about holding a social evening
on the same night as a local RNLI fund raiser but apparently
it was well attended with over 97 people so good news there.
Mark with the help of a very entertaining overhead display
outlined that they had not only completed the Celtic Challenge
once but actually done it twice in both 2012 and 2014, and on
both occasions there were as the many as the name of the event
suggests “challenges” to keep us all listening intently
for what was coming next.
WHAT IS THE CELTIC CHALLENGE ?
The Celtic Challenge is a Bi-Annual Rowing Race across the Irish
Sea from Arklow in Ireland to Aberystwyth in Wales a distance
of about 90 miles. The boats used are fixed seat Celtic / Pembrokeshire
longboats, All-Ireland one design boats, or wooden Irish skiffs;
all of these carry 4 rowers and 1 Cox at any one time. Teams
comprise of 12 men or women or 6 men and 6 women. The event
starts in Arklow in Ireland and ends when boats cross the harbour
entrance in Aberystwyth and all is of course dependent entirely
on the weather conditions.
To achieve this race on more than one occasion in a small rowing
boat in conditions that are very un predictable, with very much
larger boats floating about around you that do not stop easily
and of course a big part of the race is at night and in the
dark and of course you could well be feeling sea sick and very
cold and wet took a lot of determination, courage and a great
deal of logistical organization. A fantastic result and achievement
that made I am sure all the competitors feel very proud of what
they had done and also benefited a few local charities as well,
due to the fact that each member pays their own expenses and
all funds raised go directly to a charity. For more information
just visit either www.celtic-challenge.org.uk
or the WBRC website. www.wisemansbridgerowingclub.co.uk.
The photo below is of the WBRC Celtic Challenge team 2014 presenting
a cheque for £1927.00 to the RNLI
The evening was a good chance for sailing club members to get
together and chat about the new season ahead, normal club sailing
is getting ever closer and the committee are busy trying to
organise what will be a slightly different start to the season
than normal due to the work being progressed in the harbour,
I am informed though that business will be as usual and the
first race is on Sunday 5th April and starts at 17.30.
Mick Lightwood aka a saltyseadog