Bournemouth Regatta. Saturday, 12th August, 2017.
Wightlink sponsored Ryde Rowing Club produced a reasonable set of results in the final Hants & Dorset Amateur Rowing Association Regatta of the season at Bournemouth on Saturday (12th August).
There was a 10th win for the Ladies Coastal Junior Four of Lisa Murphy, Emily Pike, Kate Whitehurst, and Catherine Murphy with coach Micky Jenner coxing in an event they have dominated all season to take the Hants & Dorset Championship, the Clubs forty-first title and to be selected to represent the Association at the South Coast Championships – for the thirty seventh time in the Clubs history.
The young J16 Mixed Four of Tye Cameron, Freya Drage, Austin Smith and Tye Starkey with coach Graham Reeve coxing also tasted victory in their event with a comfortable win although this may have had an impact of the Men’s Novice Four, where Josh Lee replaced Freya and due to poor race scheduling they had to race again just two events later finishing in 5th place.
The Men’s Coastal Junior Four of Dom Douglas, Joel Smith, Ben Toms and Joe Groves with Micky Jenner coxing once again performed reasonably well to finish 3rd in their heat and gain a place in the final where they kept pace with the other crews in a tight race before falling back at the end to finish in 5th place.
The Men’s Coastal Junior Senior Four of Joel Smith, Max Reeve, James Smith, Dale Buckett and Cox Allan Evans in only their 2nd race of the season produced a good performance to finish in 3rd place in the Final.
Dale and Joel then went on to race in their respective single sculling events - Dale in the Men’s Coastal Junior event and Joel in the Men’s Novice event and both will be disappointed with their results. Dale’s 2nd place bought to an end his season long battle with his rival from Christchurch – whose win gave him the Hants & Dorset Championship leaving dale in the runners-up slot. Joel finished in 5th place which was disappointing after a good performance in the heat where he finished in 2nd place.
Other results at the Regatta meant that Ryde will also have a share in the Associations Ladies Novice Scull Championship – a forty second H&D Championship.
Summary of results.
Men’s Junior Senior Four. J. (Joel) Smith, M. Reeve, J. (James) Smith, D. Buckett. Allan Evans (Cox). 3rd in Final.
Men’s Coastal Junior Four. D. Douglas, J. Smith, B. Toms, J. Groves, M. Jenner (Cox). 3rd in heat, 5th in Final.
Men’s Novice Four. T. Starkey, A. Smith, T. Cameron, J. Lee, G. Reeve (Cox). 5th in Final.
Ladies Coastal Junior Four. L. Murphy, E. Pike, K. Whitehurst, C. Murphy, M. Jenner (Cox). 1st in Final.
Mixed J16 Four. T. Cameron, F. Drage, A. Smith, T. Starkey, G. Reeve (Cox). 1st in Final.
Men’s Junior Scull. D. Buckett. 2nd in Final.
Men’s Novice Scull. J (Joel) Smith. 2nd in heat. 5th in Final.