COALPORTERS REGATTA. SATURDAY, 5th May, 2018.
Saturday saw the first Regatta of the Hants & Dorset Season for the Wightlink sponsored Ryde Rowing Club. This was held over a 1500m course on the River Itchen, Southampton and was hosted by Coalporters Rowing Club.
Ryde had just 1 crew a Novice Four competing comprising of Tom Starkey, Tye Cameron, Ben Sanderson, Austin Smith with Daniel Sanderson in the coxswain seat.
In a tough heat they drew the eventual winners from the host Club Coalporters. An excellent start saw them gain a length off their rivals. A slow buoy turn allowed their rivals back into the race and after a good tussle back to the finish line the Coalporters crew won by about 2 lengths and didn't have a sufficiently fast time to see them into the semi-finals as a fastest looser which was a little disappointing but it was a good positive row giving hope that this will soon be winning crew.