Itchen Imperial R. C. Regatta. Saturday, 9th June 2018.

 Itchen Imperial R. C. Regatta. Saturday, 9th June 2018.

Wightlink sponsored Ryde Rowing Club competed at the Itchen Imperial Rowing Clubs Annual Regatta on Saturday (9th June) held on the River Itchen, Southampton with the maximum three boat race format requiring several races for each crew.

The hi-light of the day for Ryde came from their J16 Boys Four of Josh Lee, Tom Starkey, Ben Sanderson and Austin Smith coxed by Dan Sanderson who won the clubs 3rd J16 Fours event of the season beating the host Club Itchen in the Final. A mixed second crew of Paddy Kearney, Freya Drage, Grace Bolland and Harry Jones with Dan in the coxswains seat once again were beaten in the semi-final where they finished 2nd against all boys opposition.

The Boys J16 four – with one change – Tye Cameron replacing Josh Lee – with coach Graham Reeve coxing – also produced another impressive performance in the Men’s Novice Fours event – where they won their semi-final easily before facing the host club once again in the final where they lost out by the narrowest of margins.

A new pairing of Tye Cameron – who is a J16 - and Joel Smith competed in the Men’s Coastal Junior Pairs event where they finished 2nd in their semi-final to missing out on a place in the final.

The Club had a double scull in both the Men’s and the Ladies event – although they were all only J16. The Men’s double of Tom Starkey and Josh Lee and the Ladies double of Grace Bolland and Freya Drage both raced really well against adult competition although bot lost out in their respective semi-finals.

In the J16 Boys Single Sculls Ben Sanderson finished in 2nd place in his semi-final to miss out on a place in the final but Austin Smith won his semi-final finishing 3rd in the Final.