There was a mixed set of results for the Wightlink-sponsored Ryde Rowing Club in their first competitive outing of the season at the Christchurch Head of the Stour on Sunday (12th March).
The club’s best result came in the first division from the Ladies Coastal Junior Four of Emily Pike, Kate Whitehurst, Courtney Edmonds and Catherine Murphy, coxed by Coach Micky Jenner. Not only did they win their status event but also produced the fastest time of any Coastal Ladies Four on the day beating the times of the Ladies Senior Coastal Fours. The club’s second Ladies Junior Coastal Four of Abi Locke, Julie Cole, Lisa Murphy and Becca Nigh – making her competitive debut rowing for the club –, with their coach Allan Evans coxing, finished in 5th place in this event.
Also racing in this division was a Men’s IM3 Coxed Four of Dom Douglas, Joe Groves, Ben Toms and Joel Smith with young cox Dan Sanderson, who performed particularly well in his first race at this level with a 2nd place finish in their status. The club also had Men’s Novice Coastal sculler James Smith racing in this division, who finished in 6th place. A very young Men’s Novice Four of Josh Lee, Austin Smith, Tom Starkey, Ben Sanderson and cox Eirann McLlumpha finished 12th in a large field.
In the second division, 2 of the successful Coastal Junior Ladies Four – Kate Whitehurst and Courtney Edmonds – raced in a Ladies Coastal Junior coxless pair, securing another 1st place for the club. There was a 2nd place in his event for Men’s IM3 River Sculler Dale Buckett and a 4th place for Men’s Novice Sculler Joel Smith.
Also racing in this division was a Men’s Coastal Junior Four of Jacob Redstone, Joe Groves, Ben Toms and Dom Douglas with Becca Nigh coxing, who will be a little disappointed with their 8th place. Ladies IM3 Coxed Four of Julie Cole, Abi Locke and Lisa and Catherine Murphy, with young Dan Sanderson coxing, finished in 3rd place.