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
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.