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.