STRONG PERFORMANCES CUT SHORT BY REGATTA ABANDONMENT

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It was a frustrating day for Ryde Rowing Club crews at Southsea Regatta on Saturday (15th July) with racing eventually abandoned in worsening conditions.

The day had started well for the Wightlink-sponsored club with their young J16 Coxed Quad of Freya Drage, Austin Smith, Josh Lee and Tye Cameron – with Dan Sanderson coxing – competing in the J16 event and finishing in 2nd place.

This was followed by strong performances from Dale Buckett in the Men’s Coastal Junior Sculls and Joel Smith in the Men’s Novice Sculls; both finished their heats in 2nd place to comfortably qualify for their respective finals. The same could be said for the Men’s Coastal Junior Pair of Dom Douglas and Joel Smith.

The Ladies Coastal Junior Four of Emily Pike, Liza. Murphy, Courtney Edmonds and Catherine  Murphy – with coach Micky Jenner coxing – took to the water and very comfortably won their heat to secure a place in the final and test themselves for the first time against the Coast ARA opposition.

But by this time the conditions afloat were deteriorating considerably, as the Men’s Coastal Junior Four of Dom Douglas, Ben Toms, Jacob Redstone and James Smith – with Dan Sanderson coxing – soon discovered. Whilst challenging for a place in the final, on the return leg the boat began to fill up with water and they were forced to head for the shore.

Soon after, in the steadily worsening conditions, racing was abandoned for the day meaning that the Men’s Novice Four of Tom Starkey, Austin Smith, Ben Sanderson and Josh Lee and the 2 Ladies Coastal Pairs crews of Catherine and Lisa Murphy and Courtney Edmonds and Kate Whitehurst never got to go afloat.

Men’s Junior Four:  D. Douglas, B. Toms, J. Redstone J (James) Smith, D. Sanderson (Cox) – Sunk in heat
Men’s Novice Four: T. Starkey, A. Smith, B. Sanderson, J. Lee, D. Sanderson (Cox) – Regatta abandoned, did not race
Ladies Coastal Junior Four: E. Pike, L. Murphy, C. Edmonds, C. Murphy (Str). M. Jenner (Cox) – Won heat then regatta abandoned, final not held
Boys J16 Coxed Quad: F. Drage, A. Smith, J. Lee, T. Cameron, D. Sanderson (Cox) – 2nd in Final
Ladies Coastal Junior Pair:
‘A’ Crew: C. Murphy and L. Murphy – Regatta abandoned, did not race
‘B’ Crew: C. Edmonds and K. Whitehurst – Regatta abandoned, did not race
Men’s Coastal Junior Pair: D. Douglas & J Smith – 3rd in heat for place in Final then regatta abandoned, final not held
Men’s Coastal Junior Sculls: D. Buckett – 2nd in heat for place in Final then regatta abandoned, final not held
Men’s Novice Sculls: J. (Joel) Smith – 2nd in heat for place in Final then regatta abandoned, final not held

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