Our third annual Madog Dash race took off from Pwllheli Sailing Club Saturday 12th August. With challenging conditions from the start, a total of seven boats set off, including two mixed crews from Porthmadog.
The fifteen mile race was meant to finish in Port Harbour but the safety crew checking the route could see that crossing conditions over the bar and into the bay would be too dangerous.
A decision was made to divert the race to finish on Criccieth beach. The two leading crews – Ynys Mon senior men and Porthmadog mixed were already approaching Morfa Bychan and therefore had to turn round and battle both wind and tide on the hard slog back to Criccieth. Both boats managed to land before all others with Ynys Mon Seniors way ahead of any other boat out there. One of our two mixed boats, coxed by the calm and collected Jackie, came in second and were the winning mixed boat.
Our second mixed boat had to go one better and practice their capsize drill, stroke catching a crab, turning the boat sideways in the water and sending rowers and cox for an early bath. No one fancied being in for long and were soon on the beach heading back for the yacht club barbecue and presentations.
Most of our mixed crew getting their winners trophy (Bob missing)
Lawrence (left) ran the coastal path from Pwllheli to Port and didn’t have to cut it short in Criccieth.
Gavin (right) had a special ‘Spirit of the Dash’ award for spotting the guys needing help on the Criccieth beach and coming to help bring the boats safely in.