The newly elected club captain, Graham Reeve, welcomed around 50 members and guests to the Appley clubhouse and thanked them for their support over the last year. A special thanks went out to the club’s main sponsors Wightlink and the main sponsor of the Regatta, TLM Laser.
At the presentation evening the club’s achievements were listed including the Coastal Ladies Junior Fours squad winning the Hants & Dorset ARA Championships, before they went on to be selected to represent the H&D ARA at the South Coast Rowing Championships where they became South Coast Champions. The club’s share in the Ladies Novice Sculls Hants & Dorset ARA Championships was also recorded as well as Ben Sanderson’s victory in the J16 Coastal Single Sculls event at the South Coast Championships Regatta.
Mick Jenner, the club’s rowing captain presented the club’s Annual Awards which included the Coxswain’s Cup which was awarded to Dan Sanderson in his first year as a competitive coxswain. First Year Oarsman Trophy went to Ben Sanderson, Dan’s oldest brother.
Freya Drage picked up the First Year Ladies award whilst Dale Buckett received the Oarsman of the Year award for his 4 wins in the Coastal Junior Sculls event during the season.
Courtney Edmonds received the Ladies award for her part in the Junior Ladies Squad and her 2 wins in the Novice Ladies Sculls.
The Coaches Cup was awarded to Steve Cook, who has taken up an active role in the Club once again.
The Committee Cup was awarded to Martin Drage for his support of the club coaches and the captain’s cup awarded to Tye Cameron for the commitment he has shown.
Finally the traditional ‘First Hants & Dorset ARA win’ club spoons were awarded to Courtney Edmonds and Emily Page with a special spoon awarded to retiring captain and newly elected President of the Club, Pete Allsopp, who raced for the club in the Wightlink Dragon Boat Team.