South Coast Rowing Championships. Dorney Lake, Eton. Saturday, 2nd September, 2017.

South Coast Rowing Championships, Saturday 2nd September, 2017.


Wightlink sponsored Ryde Rowing Clubs Ladies Coastal Junior Four crew of Courtney Edmonds, Kate Whitehurst, Lisa Murphy, Catherine Murphy and cox Emily Pike – this seasons Hants & Dorset ARA Champions – maintained their dominance in the event while representing their Association in the Championship event – the only IW crew to earn Association representative honours – at this year’s South Coast Championship Regatta – held at Dorney Lake, Eton, the 2012 Olympic Regatta venue, on Saturday (2nd September). They produced a dominating performance, stamping their authority on the race from the start and eventually winning by more than five lengths in a time of eight minutes 35.12 seconds which was also the fastest time recorded for any Coastal Ladies Four at the Regatta – and a faster time than the Ladies Senior Fours Championship event. This was the thirty-seventh time the Club has had a crew represent the Association and is their 17th South Coast Championship win but their first in the Ladies Coastal Junior Fours event.

The Club also produced some strong performance in the supporting events held over the same 2000m course as the Championship events and in the Junior Regatta, over 1000m course, held in the morning.  

The Clubs Junior Senior Four of Joel Smith, Max Reeve, James Smith and Dale Buckett with Erin McClumpha coxing performed well above expectations to finish 3rd in their supporting event although the Clubs Coastal Junior Four of Dom Douglas, Jacob Redstone, Ben Toms and Joe Groves with Dan Sanderson coxing will have been disappointed with their race in the their heat where they just failed to qualify for the final.

The young Men’s Novice Four of Josh Lee, Tye Cameron, Ben Sanderson and Austin Smith with Dan Sanderson coxing once again performed better finishing 3rd in their heat to qualify for the final where they finished in 5th place. Earlier in the day – in the Junior Regatta this crew – with Tom Starkey racing in place of Josh Lee had impressed with a 3rd place finish in the Boys J16 Coxed Quad.

Tom Starkey and Josh Lee also raced in a Boys J16 double where they finished in 6th place in their heat, failing to make the final and Freya Drage and Grace Bolland raced in the Girls J14 Double where they finished 4th in the final.

Austin Smith also competed in the Boys J16 single sculls, finishing in 4th place in his heat – failing to make the final – Ben Sanderson and Tye Cameron, racing in the Boys Coastal J16 Single Sculls – finished first and second in the final – with Ben giving the Club a second win on the day.

Ryde Rowing Club. Summary of Results.

Championship Events.

Ladies Coastal Junior Four, representing the Hants & Dorset ARA in the Coastal ladies Fours Championship Event. C. Edmonds, L. Murphy, K. Whitehurst, C. Murphy and E. Pike.


Open Events.

Men’s Junior Senior Four. J (Joel) Smith, M. Reeve, J (James) Smith, D. Buckett (Str), E. McClumpha (Cox). 3rd in the Final.

Men’s Junior Four. J. Redstone, D. Douglas, B. Toms, J. Groves (Str), D. Sanderson (Cox). 5th in the heat – failed to make the final.

Men’s Novice Four. J. Lee, T. Cameron, B. Sanderson, A. Smith (Str), D. Sanderson (cox). 3rd in their heat, 5th in the final.

Junior Events.

Boys J16 C4+. T. Starkey, T. Cameron, B. Sanderson, A. Smith (Str), D. Sanderson (Cox). 3rd in the Final.

Boys J16 2x. T. Starkey & J. Lee (Str). 6th in their heat – failing to make the final.

Girls J14 2x. G. Bolland & F. Drage (Str). 4th in the Final.

Boys J16+. 1x. A. Smith. 4th in the heat – failing to make the final.

Boys J16+. C1x. “A”. B. Sanderson. 1st in the Final.

Boys J16+. C1x. “B”. T. Cameron. 2nd in the Final.