RYDE R. C. REGATTA, Saturday, 21st May, 2016.
Ryde Rowing Club will host the second Hants & Dorset Amateur Rowing Association Championship Regatta of the season this Saturday (21st May) with Shanklin's Championship Regatta taking place the following day (Sunday, 22nd May),
The Ryde Regatta has around 80 entries, a little down on last year - but this is likely to be over a hundred once late entries are accepted. In spite of this the Regatta will still require a packed Programme of 20 races to be completed in just over four and a half hours over an 1820m course from Appley Beach, near to the Ryde R. C. Headquarters in Appley Park - towards Ryde Pier and return after a buoy turn. Races are taking place for Senior, Junior/Senior, Junior and Novice men in coxed fours, Senior and Junior men in coxless pairs, and Senior, Junior and Novice Men in Single Sculls. For Ladies there is Senior, Junior and Novice coxed fours, Senior and Junior Ladies Pairs and Ladies Junior and Novice sculling events. There is also Masters - formally known as Veteran - Fours event for mixed 40+ and 50+ and Ladies. The Regatta is scheduled to start at 10:15am with a race every 10 to 15 minutes and the prize giving by a representative of the Regattas main Sponsors or the – Carisbrooke Shipping – and the Ryde Town mayor – Councilor John Adams will take place at the Clubhouse, in Appley Park, at around 4.00pm.
In addition to Carisbrooke Shipping as main sponsors the Regatta has received further support from a number of local businesses - Harwoods, the Isle of Wight County Press, the Appley Manor Hotel, Provincial Builders, Hayden Electrical, DIGS Michael Jenner, SJ Decorating, Classic Image, J. A. Dempsey, Beffective, Neaves Rowing Fittings, Goodleaf Tree Climbing, the Griffin and Horse & Groom Public Houses, First Choice Scaffolding and TLM Laser. Further support comes from Wightlink, I.W. Ferries - who are the Clubs main sponsors – Steve Cook, Club Vice President and the Clubs’ 150 Club as well as the Barclays Community Support scheme.
The Club is also grateful for the help of Ryde Inshore Rescue who provide safety cover and Event Medical who provide the first aid cover. The Club also acknowledges the support and cooperation of Ryde Police and the Isle of Wight County Council as well as the Ryde Town Council.
Ryde, the host Club have a large entry, with seven crews and scullers racing and following some good results in the pre-season Head races the Club has high hopes of some wins.
Some very close racing is expected and the general public are most welcome to view this free event - the best vantage point being from the sea wall by the Canoe Lake.
Steve Bull. RRC Regatta Secretary, May, 2016.