Ryde Rowing Club will host the second Hants & Dorset Amateur Rowing Association Championship Regatta of the season this coming Saturday (21st May) with Shanklin’s Championship Regatta taking place the following day (Sunday 22nd May).
Ryde Regatta has attracted around 80 entries this year and although this is a little down on 2015, there is likely to be over 100 once late entries are accepted. In spite of this the Regatta will still require a packed programme of 20 races to be completed in just under 5 hours over an 1820m course from Appley Beach – near to the Ryde R. C. Headquarters – towards Ryde Pier and return after a buoy turn.
Races are taking place for Senior, Junior/Senior, Junior and Novice men in coxed fours; Senior and Junior men in coxless pairs and Senior, Junior and Novice Men in Single Sculls. For Ladies there is Senior, Junior and Novice coxed fours; Senior and Junior Ladies Pairs and Ladies Junior and Novice sculling events. There is also Masters – formally known as Veteran – fours event for mixed 40+ and 50+ and Ladies.
The Regatta is scheduled to start at 10:15 with a race every 10 to 15 minutes. The prize giving by a representative of the Regatta’s main sponsors Carisbrooke Shipping and Ryde mayor Cllr John Adams will take place at the Clubhouse, in Appley Park, at around 16:00.
Safety cover for the event is provided by Ryde Inshore Rescue with first aid cover supplied by Event Medical.
Ryde Rowing Club have a large entry into Saturday’s regatta with 7 crews and scullers racing. Following some good results in the pre-season head races the club has high hopes of some wins.
Some very close racing is expected and the general public are most welcome to view this free event – the best vantage point being from the sea wall by the Canoe Lake.