Awards Presentation Evening. Saturday, 13th October, 2018.

Awards Presentation Evening. Saturday, 13th October, 2018.

Wightlink sponsored Ryde Rowing Club celebrated another successful season at an Awards Presentation at their Clubhouse on Saturday (13th October 2018).  

The Club President Peter Allsopp welcomed around seventy members and guests and thanked them for attending and for their support of the Club over the last year with a special thanks to the Clubs main sponsors Wightlink and the main sponsor of the Regatta – TLM Laser.

He then welcomed a representative from the Island based charitable organization the Wight Aid Foundation – founder and trustee Geoff Underwood - who presented the Club with a cheque for two thousand five hundred pounds towards an exciting new Coastal Four boat building project. The Ryde Club – and other Clubs – have an urgent need for a new Coastal Four. There is currently very few boat builders making competitive Coastal Fours and the waiting list is more than two years. So the Club – in conjunction with the Isle of Wight boat builders AB Composites – and with the support from Wight Aid – is going to build a new mould for a Coastal Four – which will allow the Club and the other IW Clubs the opportunity to have competitive racing Coastal Fours built on the Island by an Island firm – which will hopefully also attract interest from the mainland clubs. Geoff gave a brief explanation of the Wight Aid Foundation work whose primary purpose is to provide funding to charities, groups and organisations which aim to improve the lives of people who are living on the Isle of Wight

Following a presentation on the Clubs achievements in 2018 the Club Captain, Graham Reeve, supported by the Rowing Captain Micky Jenner, President Pete Allsopp and Wight Aids Geoff Underwood presented the Clubs Annual Awards. The Coxswain's Cup was awarded to Dan Sanderson for the second year in a row; the First Year Oarsman Trophy was awarded to Paddy Kearney; the First Years Ladies Trophy to Grace Bolland; Austin Smith received the Oarsman of the year award and Freya Drage was awarded the Oars lady of the year award. The Coaches Cup was awarded to her father Martin Drage for his support for the Clubs  Junior Coaching Team. The Committee Cup was awarded to Matt Smith – for towing the clubs trailer to most of the mainland events this season and generally supporting the clubs activities and the Captains Cup was awarded to Tom Starkey for the commitment he has shown. Finally the traditional "First Hants & Dorset ARA win" Club spoons – a tradition that goes back more than seventy years were awarded to Austin Smith, Tom Starkey, Tye Cameron and Ben Sanderson. There were also special awards to Maggie Sanderson and Angela Clark for their support of the Club – with the catering team and behind the bar.

Ryde Coxswain Bryony Reeve – who having moved to the mainland – now rows for Southsea was in attendance – and bought over the Poole Regatta Novice Fours Trophy thatSouthsea had won – with Ryde’s Ben Sanderson racing in the composite crew so he could have a photo with the trophy.

The evening concluded with a substantial buffet, a photo montage and films of some of the seasons racing.

See the Ryde Rowing Club Facebook page for photos.

RYDE ROWING CLUB The Ninth FISH & CHIP SUPPER AND TALK on the season takes place on THURSDAY 18th OCTOBER at 7.30PM at the Clubhouse.

RYDE ROWING CLUB  

The Ninth FISH & CHIP SUPPER AND TALK on the season takes place on 

Thursday, October 18th at 7.30PM at the Clubhouse.

Note: One week earlier than usual due to School Half term.

The talk is by - Malcolm 
-on the Isle of Wight Distillery.

– guiding us through the process of distilling using local ingredients from the Island.

ALSO – MONTHLY “150 CLUB” CASH DRAW AND RAFFLE.

All Club & 150 Club Members plus family and friends welcome.

FISH & CHIP SUPPER: £8.00. 

IMPORTANT NOTE - Steph is back! ALL FOOD ORDERS TO STEPH BY MONDAY 15th OCTOBER at the LATEST. 
TEL: IW 613077 OR EMAIL : steph.hickman1944@gmail.com  
NB. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE MEALS IF ORDERS ARE PLACED AFTER THE DEADLINE.

Fish & Chips Suppers and talks will continue – usually on the last Thursday of the month - until November - a month longer than last year - due to popular demand then there will be a break over the Christmas and New Year period.
Coming up is –

Thursday 29th November 2018 – Karen Eeles – Challenge and Adventure – helping disadvantaged and challenging 12 – 19 year olds on the IOW.

Also we are now in a position to advise on some of the talks booked for next year - which will begin again in February - 

Thursday 28th February – Kevin Shaw – Charles 1: His Later Days: From Carisbrooke to the Chopping Block

Thursday 28th March – Mike Brooke- ‘Three Fighters from Three Wars’ and what they were like to fly
Thursday 25th April – Stuart Bennett – Flores, Island hopping, diving and a visit to see the Komodo dragons
Thursday 30th May – Dr Ruth Waller – Pig Leg Lane

Thursday 27th June – Margaret Jessup – Debtors All – (Ships, Debts and a Duel in Cowes)
More information to follow.


Itchen Junior Regatta, Saturday, 29th September, 2018.

Wightlink sponsored Ryde Rowing Club took a large squad of fifteen juniors, some making their competitive debuts for the Club, to Itchen Imperial Rowing Clubs Junior Regatta on Saturday (29th September) which is raced over a straight 300m course on the River Itchen in Southampton in a range of boat types and ages for boys, girls and mixed crews.

 The Club produced two winning performance, both from their successful Boys J16 squad where Austin Smith and Tom Starkey won the double sculls event and the J16 coxed for of Tye Cameron, Tom Starkey, Ben Sanderson, Austin Smith and cox Dan Sanderson won the closest race of the day, beating the host club – Itchen - by the smallest of margins - of less than a foot - in what will be their last race in this age group.

 There were several other encouraging performances from this young and relatively inexperienced squad.

 The mixed J12/J13 Coxed Quad of Dan Sanderson, Frankie Leftley, Poppy Starkey, and Bonita Hunnybun – the Clubs youngest crew on the water – with experienced Coxswain Austin Smith steering sculled exceptionally well to finish 2nd in their final.

 A Mixed J14 Coxed Quad of Poppy Starkey, Harry Jones, Frankie Leftley, Emily Davies and cox Dan Sanderson finished 2nd in their final as did a mixed J15 Coxed Quad of Paddy Kearney, Freya Drage, Jonah Lewin, and Gully Roghan coxed by Dan Sanderson once again and a mixed J15 double scull of Freya Drage and Jonah Lewin who were all racing against all boy opposition.

 In the boys J16 Coxed Quad the crew of Paddy Kearney, Jonah Lewin, Freya Drage and Gully Roghan with Dan Sanderson coxing finished second in their heat just missing out on a place in the final.

 Harry Jones also raced in the J14 Single sculls finishing 3rd in his heat and three of the J16 boys competed in their age groups single sculls event – with Austin Smith finishing 3rd in his heat after equipment failure and Tye Cameron and Ben Sanderson finishing 2nd in their respective heats – all three failing to make the final with the same fate befalling Poppy Starkey and Emily Davies in the J14 Girls double sculls and the Boys J14 double scull of Harry Jones and Dan Sanderson.

RYDE ROWING CLUB  

The Eigth FISH & CHIP SUPPER AND TALK on the season takes place on THURSDAY 27th SEPTEMBER at 7.30PM at the Clubhouse.

The talk is by - Peter Jackson - on Sailing Thorughbreds.  

ALSO – MONTHLY “150 CLUB” CASH DRAW AND RAFFLE.

All Club & 150 Club Members plus family and friends welcome.

FISH & CHIP SUPPER: £8.00. 

IMPORTANT NOTE - Steph is back! ALL FOOD ORDERS TO STEPH BY MONDAY 24th SEPTEMBER at the LATEST. 
TEL: IW 613077 OR EMAIL : steph.hickman1944@gmail.com  
NB. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE MEALS IF ORDERS ARE PLACED AFTER THE DEADLINE.

Fish & Chips Suppers and talks will continue – usually on the last Thursday of the month - until November - a month longer than last year - due to popular demand when there will be a break over the Christmas and New Year period.
Coming up is –

Thursday 18th October 2018 - Malcolm – Isle of Wight Distillery – guiding us through the process of distilling using local ingredients from the Island.
Thursday 29th November 2018 – Karen Eeles – Challenge and Adventure – helping disadvantaged and challenging 12 – 19 year olds on the IOW.

We are also well into the planning and booking for next years talks - more news to follow shortly.

2018 South Coast Rowing Championships, Deal. Saturday, 8th September, 2018.

Due to school and other commitments it was a fairly small team from the Wightlink Sponsorsed Ryde Rowing Club who competed at the last Coastal event of the season last weekend (Saturday, 8th September) - the South Coast Rowing Championships held at Deal, Kent and hosted by Deal, Walmer and Kingsdown Rowing Club on behalf of the Coast Amateur Rowing Association.

The Club's Minibus & Trailer travelled to Deal on the Friday and were able to help the other two Island Clubs from Shanklin and Newport by transporting their boat for them. 

The Club's Boys J16 Crew of Tye Cameron, Tom Starkey, Ben Sanderson and Austin Smith with Dan Sanderson coxing first competed in the Bots J16 Coxed Quads and will have been a little disappointed with their 7th place finish in the final against very strong competition.

The raced much better in their second race - competing above their status in the Men's Coastal Junior Senior Invitation event where they finished in 4th place narrowly missing out on a podium position. 

Ex. Ryde Member Bryony Reeve - now living in Portsmouth and competing for Southsea Rowing Club coxed their Club's Men's Coastal Junior Four to victory and another ex Ryde members - Tim Ash - competing for Hastings in the Open Master Fours was pipped on the line in the closest race of the day - finishing in second place. 

Steve Bull. Ryde R. C.

IWCP Press Report on the Inaugural Commonwealth Beach Rowing Sprint Championships at Poole.

You may have seen the Press Report in this weeks Isle of Wight County Press regarding our member, Sharon Ayles's, involvement with the England Team at the inaugural Commonwealth Beach Rowing Sprint Championships in Poole last weekend. 

The County Press report states that Sharon is part of the Wightlink & Isle of Wight Council's talented athletes scheme but this is a reporting error on their part as she is not part of this scheme - although the Club is sponsored by Wightlink. We have no idea where the IWCP got this false information from as it is not mentioned in the press release we sent to them - and this error has been pointed out to them.  

Commonwealth Beach Rowing Sprint Championships. Sandbanks, Poole. Friday 18th & Saturday, 19th August, 2018.

On Friday and Saturday (Friday 18th & Saturday, 19th August, 2018) the first ever Commonwealth Beach Rowing Sprint Championships took place at Sandbanks Beach, Poole, with eight commonwealth countries Barbados, Canada, England, Namibia, Scotland, Uganda, Vanuatu and Wales all represented at the inaugural one of a kind rowing event.

Wightlink sponsored Ryde Rowing Club member, Sharon Ayles, was one of those in the England team where she coxed the England Mixed Coxed Coastal Quad – and also supported the management and coaching of the England squad.  

In this style of racing – in FISA Coastal Boats – rather than the Clubs usual type of boat crews will start on the beach and sprint to their boats, which are held in the water by boat holders. They then slalom out to sea for 250m before turning around the final marker buoy for a straight sprint back to shore. When they reach land, one member of the crew jumps out and will sprint up the beach to cross the finish line.

Unfortunately the English crew, who experienced some difficulties with their boat were defeated in the semi-final by Wales.  

RYDE ROWING CLUB  

The Seventh FISH & CHIP SUPPER AND TALK on the season takes place on

THURSDAY 23rd AUGUST at 7.30PM at the Clubhouse.

NOTE - this is one week earlier than usual due to Ryde Carnival taking place on the 30th.

The talk is by -

Richard Smount - on Hidden Heroes of Ryde.

ALSO – MONTHLY “150 CLUB” CASH DRAW AND RAFFLE.

All Club & 150 Club Members plus family and friends welcome.

FISH & CHIP SUPPER: £8.00. 

IMPORTANT NOTE - Steph is away! ALL FOOD ORDERS TO JOSIE BULL PLEASE, BY MONDAY 20th AUGUST at the LATEST. 

 

TEL: IW 566481 OR Mobile - 07964 424417 - or EMAIL : josiembull@googlemail.com

NB. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE MEALS IF ORDERS ARE PLACED AFTER THE DEADLINE.

Fish & Chips Suppers and talks will continue – usually on the last Thursday of the month - until November - a month longer than last year - due to popular demand when there will be a break over the Christmas and New Year period.

Coming up is –

 

Thursday 27th September 2018 - Peter Jackson - Sailing Thorughbreds.

Thursday 18th October 2018 - Malcolm – Isle of Wight Distillery – guiding us through the process of distilling using local ingredients from the Island.

Thursday 29th November 2018 – Karen Eeles – Challenge and Adventure – helping disadvantaged and challenging 12 – 19 year olds on the IOW.

We are also well into the planning and booking for next years talks - more news to follow shortly.

Steve Bull.

Committee Member & Trustee.
RYDE ROWING CLUB.

Old Gaffers Association 55th Anniversary Celebrations at the Folly.

Old Gaffers Association 55th Anniversary Celebrations at the Folly.

Can I remind you all - that all this week the Old Gaffers Association have their 55th Anniversary Celebrations based on the Folly.

These last right through to next Sunday - the 19th August. Although most of the activities are during the day - and some are away from the Folly - it is likely to be much busier at the Folly all this week and parking may be limited and extra care needs to be taken when passing through the car park area and when using the public slipway.

Bournemouth Regatta. Saturday, 4th August 2018.

Bournemouth Regatta. Saturday, 4th August 2018.

Ryde Rowing Club competed at Bournemouth on Saturday, (4th August) – the last Hants and Dorset Amateur Rowing Association Championship Regatta of the 2018 season which was hosted by Poole A. R. C and the Association, at Hamworthy Park, Poole due to difficulties being experienced by the Bournemouth Rowing Club this season.

The Wightlink sponsored Club picked up their 6th J16 Trophy of the season when their mixed J16 Coxed Four of Paddy Kearney, Harry Jones, Freya Drage and Callum Hynd with Joel Smith coxing won their event.

The Club also had a Coastal Junior Four, of Tom Starkey, Tye Cameron, Joel Smith and Austin Smith with Coach Graham Reeve coxing who will have been a little disappointed with their performance in their heat where they just missed out on a place in the final.

The Club also had a number of individuals competing in the single sculling event – the best performance coming from Tye Cameron who finished 2nd in the Final of the Boys J16 event and there were 4th places for Joel Smith in the Men’s Coastal Junior Sculls event and for Freya Drage in the Girls J16 Sculls but Austin Smith’s sculling in the Men’s Novice event failed to progress through to the final from his heat.

Newport Regatta. Saturday, 29th & Sunday, 30th July, 2018.

Newport Regatta. Saturday, 28th  & Sunday, 29th July 2018.

Ryde Rowing Club, sponsored by Wightlink, were due to compete at IW neighbours Newport Rowing Clubs Annual Regatta over the weekend (Saturday, 28th & Sunday, 29th July 2018) staged over a straight course, with no buoy turn, from their Clubhouse on the River Medina, with fours events held on the Saturday and small and Junior (age) events held on the Sunday.

This sheltered River location can normally be guaranteed to provide calm waters but very disappointingly, especially after such a fine summer, the weather broke and the conditions, especially on the Sunday were very challenging – with high gusting winds and heavy rain.

On the Saturday racing was possible as the fours are all coxed and capable of coping with the difficult conditions. The Ryde Club had two fours racing – the Men’s Coastal Junior Four of Tom Starkey, Tye Cameron, Ben Sanderson and Ben Toms, coxed by Dan Sanderson who were 2nd in their heat but failed to register a fastest 2nd place to claim a place in the final – although there was some dispute about the timings. The Club also had a new Men’s Novice Four racing – with two members of the crew – Jonna Lewin and Gully Roghan racing for the Club for the first time having only started rowing a few weeks before. They joined Paddy Kearney and Ben Toms – with Dan Sanderson in the coxswains seat one again – and they rowed remarkably well to register the fastest 2nd place in their heat to take a place in the final where they finished 3rd.

On the Sunday the Club was due to have a Men’s Coastal Junior Pair and a number of Junior rowers racing in Coxed Quads and single sculls – but after the heats and Finals of the Men’s and Ladies Senior Pairs events the regatta was abandoned in worsening conditions on safety grounds – with the small boats and Juniors a higher risk that the fours that raced on the Saturday.

Southsea Regatta. Saturday, 21st July, 2018.

Ryde Rowing Club's crews - Wightlink sponsored crews - although depleted due to holidays - performed well at Southsea Regatta on Saturday (21st July, 2018) - the country's largest one day regatta - where Hants & Dorset ARA and Coast ARA Clubs race together giving a useful guide to the Clubs and associations prospects at the South Coast Rowing Championships, to be held this year at Deal, in September.

Holidays had forced a change for the Clubs Men's Coastal Junior Four with Novice Oarsman Paddy Kearney deputising in the boat alongside Ben Sanderson, Tom Starkey, Tye Cameron and Cox Dan Sanderson where they finished 7th in their heat - failing to gain a place in the final.

Tom Starkey, Tye Cameron and Ben Sanderson were joined by Freya Drage - with Dan Sanderson coxing again to compete in the J16 Fours event - where they finished in 6th place - racing against all male opposition. 

Ben Sanderson and Tye Cameron then competed in the Men's Coastal Junior Pairs event and raced well to finish 4th in their heat and qualify for the final - where they found the going tougher in the deteriorating conditions - and finished in 6th place.

The Clubs young J14 Mixed Coxed quad of Dan Sanderson, Emily Davis, Poppy Starkey and Bonita Hunnybun coxed by coach Graham Reeve performed particularly well to finish in 3rd place.

RYDE ROWING CLUB  

The Sixth FISH & CHIP SUPPER AND TALK on the season takes place on

THURSDAY 26th JULY at 7.30PM at the Clubhouse.

The talk is by -

– Adrian Searle – Sophie Dawes (an English ‘adventuress’) best known as a mistress of Louis Henry 11.  

She was born in St Helens and was the daughter of an alcoholic fisherman. 

ALSO – MONTHLY “150 CLUB” CASH DRAW AND RAFFLE.

All Club & 150 Club Members plus family and friends welcome.

FISH & CHIP SUPPER: £8.00. 

As advised at the May talk our Fish & Chip provider has advised us of an increase in their prices - so the the cost of the Fish & Chip Supper has increased to £8.

ALL FOOD ORDERS TO STEPH HICKMAN PLEASE, BY MONDAY 23rd JULY at the LATEST. 

TEL: IW 613077 OR EMAIL : 

IMPORTANT NOTE - 

Further to the notice regarding this weeks Club Talk and Fish and Chip Supper - we have a minor issue with booking in and reserving your Fish & Chips because Steph, who records the bookings landline has gone down and will probably not be fixed until later in the week. We believe her E Mails are still working -  steph.hickman1944@gmail.com or she can be contacted on her mobile - 07376 109126 or leave a message on Josie's answer phone - 01983 566481.

NB. WE CANNOT GUARANTEE MEALS IF ORDERS ARE PLACED AFTER THE DEADLINE.

Also - special offer - Carlsberg Lager at just £2.50 per pint.

Fish & Chips Suppers and talks will continue – usually on the last Thursday of the month - until November - a month longer than last year - due to popular demand when there will be a break over the Christmas and New Year period.

Coming up is –

Thursday 23rd August 2018 - Richard Smout - Hidden Heroes of Ryde. 

Thursday 27th September 2018 - Peter Jackson - Sailing Thorughbreds.

Thursday 18th October 2018 - Malcolm – Isle of Wight Distillery – guiding us through the process of distilling using local ingredients from the Island.

Thursday 29th November 2018 – Karen Eeles – Challenge and Adventure – helping disadvantaged and challenging 12 – 19 year olds on the IOW.

 

 

BTC Regatta. Saturday, 14th July, 2018.

BTC Regatta. Saturday, 14th July 2018.

Ryde Rowing Club young squad competed at the BTC Rowing Club Regatta on Saturday (14th July) which was held at Western Shore, Southampton, in very warm but quite blustery conditions which made it quite difficult to race in.

However the conditions appeared to have little impact of the Wightlink sponsored Clubs J16 coxed four of Paddy Kearney, Tom Starkey, Ben Sanderson, Austin Smith and cox Dan Sanderson who comfortably won their event – the Clubs 5th J16 title of the season.

There was also a fine performance from the Clubs Senior Sculler, racing for only third time this season and at this level who finished 3rd in a race won by Olympic Bronze Medallist  James Foad of Itchen Rowing Club.

There was an equally good performance in the Men’s Coastal Single sculls where Joel Smith also finished 3rd – his best result at this level since his promotion from Novice status earlier in the season.

There was also a strong performance from the Clubs Men’s Novice Scullers, competing against older opposition, where Austin Smith finished 2nd in his heat to gain a place in the final – where he finished in a creditable 5th place and Ben Sanderson who finished 4th in the same heat – just missing out on a place in the final.

The Men’s Coastal Junior Four of Tom Starkey, Joel Smith, Ben Sanderson and Austin Smith with Dan Sanderson in the coxswains seat once again produced there best result at this level to date comfortably winning their heat to claim a place in their first final since promotion to this status – where the finished in 5th place.

Joel Smith with Tom Starkey and Ben Sanderson with Austin Smith also competed in the Mens’ Coastal Junior pairs finishing 5th and 6th respectively.

World Cup Semi-Final. England v Croatia. 7.00pm Wednesday, 11th July, 2018.

The main Lounge and bar of the RRC Clubhouse will be open this Wednesday, 11th July from 6.30pm with the World Cup Semi-final between England and Croatia showing from 7.00pm.

Why not come along and watch the game at the Club - where, subject to availability - there will be a special offer on Carlsberg lager at just £2.50 a pint to celebrate England's success.

Family and Friends welcome.

RRC Bar Committee.

Poole Regatta. Saturday, 30th June.

Poole Regatta. Saturday, 30th June 2018.

Wightlink sponsored Ryde Rowing Club competed at Poole Regatta on Saturday (30th June) in very warm conditions with racing over 1600m course off Hamworthy Park in Poole Harbour.

The Clubs Coastal Junior Four of Josh Lee, Tye Cameron, Ben Sanderson and Austin Smith with Dan Sanderson coxing were competing at this level for the first time following their promotion from Novice status at Woolston Regatta the week before last and they acquitted themselves well finishing 5th in their heat but missing out on a place in the final.

The problem for any Club which runs a Novice squad system is that when they win at Novice level only the four racing get promoted to Coastal Junior – and although racing in the Coastal Junior Four at Poole it was Ben Sanderson who had missed out at Woolston as it was his turn to be rested. This anomaly was corrected at Poole when Ben raced in a composite Novice Four with Southsea – in a crew coxed by ex-Ryde member Bryony Reeve – which, in spite of racing together for the first time, produced a fine performance to win the final and deliver Ben his promotion to Coastal Junior Status to join the rest of the Ryde squad.

To complete a busy day Ben also raced in the Boys J16 Single Sculls event where he finished in 4th place just beating with his Club colleague Tye Cameron who finished 5th.

Josh Lee and Tom Starkey competed in the Men’s Coastal Junior Pair event where they finished in 7th place and Austin Smith raced in the Men’s Novice Sculls finishing in 4th place in his heat – just missing out on place in his final.

The Clubs J16 Mixed Coxed Quad – of Paddy Kearney, Tom Starkey, Josh Lee and Grace Bolland with Dan Sanderson coxing once again, racing against all boys crews did well to finish in 3rd place and the mixed J14 Coxed Quad of Dan Sanderson, Emily Davies, Poppy Starkey and Grace Bolland with Paddy Kearney in the coxswains seat – again racing against the boys – and in their 2nd only competitive race at this level did well to finish in 4th place.

Finally - Grace Bolland raced for the first time in a J16 Girls Single Sculls event where she was keeping up with the race leaders before suffering from a bad back which affected her performance.

Disappointment with IW County Press Reporting.

Once again we feel disappointed and a little let down by the reporting of recent regattas in the Isle of Wight County Press.

In spite of submitting a report on Woolston Regatta held last Saturday, 16th June where we had an excellent Novice Fours win - in line with their new deadline for copy of the Monday after the event - they have failed to print the report - and inexplicably re-printed the report on Itchen Regatta that they had already printed in the previous weeks County Press!

Mean while the IW on-line news agencies "On the Wight" and the  IW Echo" published the Woolston report in full with photo within twenty-four hours of the report being submitted.

We have expressed my disappointment to the Sports Editor at the IW County Press and asked if the Woolston Regatta report can be printed in next weeks edition - although clearly by then it will have lost some of its impact. 

Its been very frustrating but we will persevere and continue to submit reports in a timly manner in the hope of publication. 

We repeat our earlier statement that the IW based on-line news services - On the Wight and the IW Daily Echo  are often the best place to keep up to date with Ryde's Rowing Clubs results as they publish on-line during the week and the reports are more specific about Ryde's results where as the IWCP tends to amalgamate the reports received from the three IW Rowing Clubs which some times leads to a less accurate report.

The On the Wight report can be found at - https://onthewight.com/double-regatta-weekend-for-ryde-rowing-club/

The IW Daily Echo report at - https://www.islandecho.co.uk/category/sport/

Woolston Regatta. Saturday, 16th June 2018.

Woolston Regatta. Saturday,  16th June 2018.

Saturday (16th June, 218) saw the Wightlink sponsored Ryde Rowing Club compete in Woolston Regatta, hosted by Southampton Rowing Club in very blustery condition of  Western Shore, Southampton – the regatta marking the half way stage of the Hants & Dorset ARA Coastal season.

Hopes were high that the Clubs Novice Four would finally fulfil their potential and win their status after a number of second places and the Club was not disappointed. As the crew of Josh Lee, Tom Starkey, Tye Cameron and Austin Smith got off to a great start in the extremely challenging conditions. As the race progressed their advantage grew and after an excellent turn by the Cox Daniel Sanderson, which earned him the “cox of the day” award they won by a distance to gain promotion to Coastal Junior status.

Austin Smith then teamed up with Ben Sanderson in the Men’s Coastal junior Pairs – this J16 crew rowing exceptionally well to finish in 2nd place against adult competition.

The Clubs Senior Sculler Dale Buckett, in just his 2nd outing of the season and at this status also raced exceptionally well to finish in 2nd place in his final – all the more remarkable for a capsize earlier in the race while leading where was able to get back in and complete the race. However there was disappointment for Coastal Junior Sculler Joel Smith who also capsized while in contention in his race.

In the Ladies Coastal Junior pairs race there was another fine performance from the Clubs J16 Ladies – Grace Bolland and Freya Drage – again racing against adult and higher status competition – who managed a very respectable 4th place in the day’s most difficult conditions – which lead to the cancellation of the J16 events where the Club also had crews due to compete.