Wightlink-sponsored Ryde Rowing Club competed in the Southampton Coastal Fours Head of the River Race on Saturday – a timed processional event over 4 miles raced in 2 divisions.
Ryde’s Coastal Junior Ladies Four of Lisa and Catherine Murphy, Courtney Edmonds and Kate Whitehurst – with coach Micky Jenner coxing – produced an outstanding performance, comfortably winning their section and recording the 2nd fastest Ladies Fours time of the day just 3 seconds behind the winning Ladies Senior Four.
There was also a much improved performance from the Men’s Coastal Junior Four of Dom Douglas, Joel Smith, Ben Toms and Joe Groves – with Micky Jenner coxing again – who had been disappointed in the result from their last head race. Racing in the first division they finished in 4th place in their section beating 3 crews from the next status up.
Ryde’s Junior Men’s Novice Four of Tye Cameron, Tom Starkey, Austin Smith and Josh Smith – with Daniel Sanderson coxing – also raced in the first division and were up against much older and larger crews. They produced an encouraging performance finishing in 13th place in their section.
The event took place on the River Itchen off Southampton Water.