Monmouth boys make a splash at Penarth Regatta with double win

September 27, 2023

Ben, Patrick, Tomos, Harry and Will win double at Penarth Regatta

After the long summer holidays, Ben J, Patrick S, Tomos W, Harry C and Will L joined a squad of town club masters rowers at the 60-boat Penarth Regatta on the Bristol Channel – the oldest amateur rowing event in Wales, winning both the mens open four man sculls, and the mens open four man sweep – after just two days of pre-season training!

The boys’ first rowing event since Henley Royal Regatta in June could not have been more different! Despite unfamiliar boats and the novelty of a bouncy row on the sea, the team blew us out of the water with their fantastic achievement.

Our boys saw off Ross and Carmarthen/Swansea opposition in their quad heat before racing home over 2L clear of Llandaff opponents in the final. Then in the fours, they beat Penarth and Carmarthen to set up a final with Llandaff, and raced clear in the second half to take the pots by 1 1/2L.

Races took place over a 600m course along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast shorefront to Penarth Yacht Club, with the 128-year-old pier just beyond. Conditions were mixed, with the first hour of racing dominated by a thick sea mist, rendering the finish invisible, which finally lifted to brilliant sunshine and one of the hottest days of the year.