Wightlink-sponsored Ryde Rowing Club took a large squad of 15 juniors, some making their competitive debuts for the club, to Itchen Imperial Rowing Club’s Junior Regatta on Saturday (29th September).
The races were carried out over a straight 300m course on the River Itchen in Southampton with a range of boat types competing and crews of boys, girls and mixed crews of all ages.
The club produced 2 winning performances on the day, both from their successful Boys J16 squad. Austin Smith and Tom Starkey won the double sculls event and the J16 Coxed Four of Tye Cameron, Tom Starkey, Ben Sanderson, Austin Smith and cox Dan Sanderson won the closest race of the day, beating the host club by less than a foot in what will be their last race in this age group.
There were several other encouraging performances from this young and relatively inexperienced squad.
The mixed J12/J13 Coxed Quad of Dan Sanderson, Frankie Leftley, Poppy Starkey, and Bonita Hunnybun – the club’s youngest crew on the water – with experienced Coxswain Austin Smith steering sculled exceptionally well to finish 2nd in their final.
A Mixed J14 Coxed Quad of Poppy Starkey, Harry Jones, Frankie Leftley, Emily Davies and cox Dan Sanderson finished 2nd in their final as did a Mixed J15 Coxed Quad of Paddy Kearney, Freya Drage, Jonah Lewin, and Gully Roghan coxed by Dan Sanderson once again. The Mixed J15 Double Scull of Freya Drage and Jonah Lewin also finished 2nd.
In the boys J16 Coxed Quad the crew of Paddy Kearney, Jonah Lewin, Freya Drage and Gully Roghan with Dan Sanderson coxing finished 2nd in their heat, just missing out on a place in the final.
Harry Jones also raced in the J14 Single sculls finishing 3rd in his heat. 3 of the J16 boys competed in their age groups single sculls event with Austin Smith finishing 3rd in his heat after equipment failure and Tye Cameron and Ben Sanderson finishing 2nd in their respective heats. Unfortunately, all 3 failed to make the final with the same fate befalling Poppy Starkey and Emily Davies in the J14 Girls Double Sculls and the Boys J14 Double Scull of Harry Jones and Dan Sanderson.
Boys J16 Coxed Four. L toR. Ben Sanderson, Tom Starkey, Austin Smith, Danny sanderson (Cox) and Tye cameron.
Boys J16 Double Scull. LtoR. Austin Smith & Tom Starkey.