Ryde R. C. Presentation Dinner. 15th October, 2016.
With the 2016 competitive rowing season now over it was time for Ryde Rowing Club to celebrate a successful season with the Clubs Annual Presentation Dinner which took place on Saturday (15th October) at the Yelfs Hotel, Ryde, where the Club was founded in 1877.
Club Captain Pete Allsopp welcomed the 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 a further special thank-you to the Clubs guests of honour – Ian Hill and his partner Faye Gayle of Solicitors Churchers Bolitho Way who supported the Clubs fund raising efforts to purchase a new Minibus - and who presented a cheque to the Club for £500 during the evening.
Following a presentation on the Clubs achievements in 2016 which included two crews being selected to represent the Hants & Dorset Amateur Rowing Association at the South Coast Rowing Championships and Hants & Dorset ARA Championship wins in the Men's Novice Single Sculls and Ladies Novice Fours, Ian Hill helped the Club's Rowing Captain Mick Jenner present the Annual Awards. The Coxswain's Cup was awarded to Allan Evans, with the First Year Oarsman Trophy going to Joe Evans-Murry and the First Years Ladies Tropy being awarded jointly to Ayesha Russell & Kristy Newnham. Joel Smith was awarded the Oarsman of the year with Catherine Murphy receiving the Ladies award. The Coaches Cup was awarded to Karen Crook and the Committee Cup to Andy Toms with the Captains Cup awarded to Dave Redstone. The traditional "First Hants & Dorset ARA win" Club spoons were awarded to Kristy Newnham, Lisa Murphy, Ayesha Russell, Catherine Murphy, Abi Locke, Julie Cole, Kate Whitehurst, Karen Crook, Dom Douglas, Jacob Redstone, Joel Smith, Joe Groves, Henry Gove, Joe Evans-Murry.