SRWC had a steady rowing season for 2016. There were some entries to some of the League Races, we had a crew enter the maiden race Cork Ocean to City in Ireland which I understand was extremely enjoyable, once they had completed the 18 miles and got to the bar! We also had an entry to the London Great River Race, well done to all involved.

Membership remained buoyant throughout the year and we also had some Junior members show some interest with rowing, hopefully we can nurture and encourage them this season.

The very generous grant from Solva Community Council, the sum of £1000 was spent on maintenance of the 3 longboats and trailers and for renewal of safety equipment. The boats are starting the season looking clean and ready for rowing. Some of this money has also been spent on renewing Lifejackets with the purchase of 6 new Marinepool Automatic jackets. We also received a £500 donation from Solva Regatta Committee towards upkeep of the RIB and trailer.

I am pleased that we finally held a winter frostbite race on 22nd January. A one mile course out of the harbour and back saw the Ship Inn as eventual winners beating the Royal George into 2nd place with Café on the Quay coming third. A thoroughly invigorating afternoons rowing was enjoyed by everyone, thanks to Café on the Quay for providing yummy hot Cawl which was appreciated by all.

Looking ahead to this season, the club is supporting a team who are entering this year’s Celtic Challenge. I encourage them to get as much training as possible and wish everyone a safe trip. Also we may not be hosting a League race this year but we are hosting the extremely popular ‘Round Ramsay Island’ race on 3rd June. This takes place right in the middle of the season and hopefully will be a great opportunity for the club to raise some funds and organise another successful event.

Finally, I would like to personally thank everyone on the SRWC committee for their help and enthusiasm in running the club in the last year. I especially want to thank Rhian Evans for stepping up to do the 100 Club and Josie Lloyd for taking on the role of minuting secretary.

Here’s looking forward to a busy season of rowing.

Stephen Probert

Chairman SRWC