Ryde Rowing Club’s Ladies Coastal Junior Four crew maintained their dominance in Saturday’s South Coast Rowing Championship Regatta at Dorney Lake while representing their Association – the only Island crew to earn Association representative honours.
The crew of of Courtney Edmonds, Kate Whitehurst, Lisa Murphy, Catherine Murphy and cox Emily Pike – this season’s Hants & Dorset ARA Champions – produced a dominating performance, stamping their authority on the race from the start and eventually winning by more than 5 lengths in a time of 8 minutes 35.12 seconds. The time was also the fastest time recorded for any Coastal Ladies Four at the Regatta and a faster time than the Ladies Senior Fours Championship event.
Saturday was the 37th time the Club has had a crew represent the Association and was their 17th South Coast Championship win, but their first in the Ladies Coastal Junior Fours event.
The Club also produced some strong performance in the supporting events held over the same 2000m course as the Championship events and in the Junior Regatta, over 1000m course, held in the morning.
The Clu’bs Junior Senior Four of Joel Smith, Max Reeve, James Smith and Dale Buckett – with Erin McClumpha coxing – performed well above expectations to finish 3rd in their supporting event although the Club’s Coastal Junior Four of Dom Douglas, Jacob Redstone, Ben Toms and Joe Groves – with Dan Sanderson coxing – will have been disappointed with their race in the their heat where they just failed to qualify for the final.
The young Men’s Novice Four of Josh Lee, Tye Cameron, Ben Sanderson and Austin Smith – with Dan Sanderson coxing – once again performed better finishing 3rd in their heat to qualify for the final where they finished in 5th place. Earlier in the day, in the Junior Regatta, this crew – with Tom Starkey racing in place of Josh Lee – had impressed with a 3rd place finish in the Boys J16 Coxed Quad.
Tom Starkey and Josh Lee also raced in a Boys J16 double where they finished in 6th place in their heat, failing to make the final and Freya Drage and Grace Bolland raced in the Girls J14 Double where they finished 4th in the final.
Austin Smith also competed in the Boys J16 single sculls, finishing in 4th place in his heat – failing to make the final. Ben Sanderson and Tye Cameron, racing in the Boys Coastal J16 Single Sculls, finished first and second in the final with Ben giving the Club a second win on the day.