Ryde Regatta, Saturday, 2nd June, 2018.

Ryde R. C.  Ryde Regatta, Saturday, 2nd June.

Ryde Rowing Club hosted the 4th Hants & Dorset ARA Championship Regatta of the season on Saturday (2nd June) with the Shanklin Regatta taking place the following day.

The Regatta had an entry of one hundred and two crews and scullers from the twelve participating clubs – including the hosts Ryde – and the two other Island Clubs – Newport and Shanklin. This lead to a packed program of nineteen events over the 1890m Ryde Regatta course – which runs from Appley Beach out towards Ryde Pier where the crews and scullers make a racing turn before racing back to Appley. There was racing in coxed fours for Men’s Seniors, Junior Seniors, Coastal Juniors, Novices and masters crews; coxless pairs racing for Men’s Seniors and Coastal Juniors and in Single sculls for Men’s Seniors, Coastal Juniors and Novices. For the Ladies there was racing for seniors, Coastal Juniors and Masters plus Coastal Junior Pairs and Coastal Junior and Novice Single Sculls.    There was some exceptionally close racing in conditions that were sometimes difficult – especially for the single scullers.

The Club are indebted to their main Regatta Sponsor TLM Laser, who’s representative Director Mandy Toms presented the prizes at the end of the Regatta and to the other event sponsors and for the support of the IW and Ryde Town Councils - and in particular to Ryde Inshore Rescue who provided the safety cover afloat and had a busy afternoon dealing with five single scullers who overturned.

The best performance for the Wightlink sponsored Ryde Club at their own regatta surprisingly came from the Smith brothers – Joel and Austin – racing for the first time together in a Coastal Men’s Junior Pair where they finished in 2nd place just half a length behind the winners. The Club had a 2nd Men’s Coastal Junior Pair of Tom Starkey and Josh Lee – both J16’s who were racing in their first ever Championship Pairs Race, finishing in 7th place. Also making their Club debut at H&DARA Championship level was a young Ladies Coastal Junior Pair crew of Grace Bolland and Freya Drage – who performed really well to finish in 4th Place.

Joel also competed in the Men’s Coastal Junior Sculls event, his first race at this level following his promotion after his Novice win at Lymington Regatta – and produced an impressive performance to finish in 3rd place. The Club also have a Novice Sculler competing – Ben Sanderson – who was well placed at the turn where he unfortunately capsized in the difficult conditions.

The Men’s Novice four of Austin Smith, Ben Sanderson, Tye Cameron and Josh Lee coxed by Daniel Sanderson, whose performances and confidence has been growing as the season progresses finished 3rd in their final after challenging for the lead throughout the race.


Ryde Regatta Results.

H&D Championship Events      1st                      2nd                      3rd

C4+ Men's Senior                     BTC                   Itchen                    Bournemouth

C4+ Men's Junior Senior          Poole                   Bournemouth

C4+ Men's Junior                      BTC                   Christchurch            Coalporters

C4+ Men's Novice                     Christchurch            Itchen                    Ryde

C4+ Ladies Senior                    Coalporters            Southampton

C4+ Ladies Junior                    Christchurch "C"       Christchurch "A"          Itchen

C4+ Ladies Novice                    Poole              Newport            Christchurch

C4+ Mixed Masters A (40)        Poole              BTC                     Itchen

C4+ Ladies Masters A (40)       Christchurch              BTC             Coalporters

C2- Men's Senior                        BTC "A"              Southsea             BTC "B"

C2- Men's Junior                        BTC              Ryde             Lymington

C2- Ladies Senior                       Shanklin               Southampton             Southsea

C2- Ladies Junior                       Christchurch "A"       Chrsitchurch "B"         Southsea

Scullers - name & Club.      

C1x Men's Senior              Foad(J)/Itchen      Ratcliffe/BTC              Gisborne/Southsea

C1x Men's Junior              Mahony/Southsea   Murphy/Poole      Smith(J)/Ryde

C1x Men's Novice              Dudley/Poole      Findlay/Newport       Clarke/Southsea

C1x Ladies Junior              Paul/BTC               Perry /Bournemouth    Florance /Southampton

C1x Ladies Novice             Jones/BTC               Bull /Lymington        Brad /Christchurch

Non-Championship Events

C4+ Mixed Masters B (50)           BTC "B"                Poole                         BTC "A"

Coxswain of the day - Alex Murphy/Poole. Runner-up - B. Holden/BTC.  

Aggregate Trophy - BTC.