Austin Smith

Ryde Rowing Club had their best set of results of the season to date at the Woolston Regatta at Weston Shore, Southampton on Saturday (3rd August).

The Wightlink-sponsored club sercured 4 wins and 2 second places in the Southampton Rowing Club event.

The Regatta started well when Austin Smith racing in the Men’s Novice Sculls stormed to an impressive victory winning by 4 clear lengths.

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Mike Ewing then tasted victory in the Men’s Senior Sculls before going on to win the Men’s Senior Pairs with Mark Chatwin. He then achieved the rare feat of winning all 3 senior events when he and Mark were joined by Matt Allsopp and Tom Hammond – with a cox from Itchen Imperial Rowing Club – to win the Men’s Senior Fours event, beating the Hants & Dorset Champions from BTC. This result all but guarantees their selection to represent the Hants & Dorset ARA and the South Coast Championships Regatta at Dartmouth in September.

There was an impressive performance by the club’s J16 Four of Emily Davis, Callum Hynd, Harry Jones and Dan Sanderson – coxed by Camon Adams – who were very narrowly defeated by a crew from Itchen Imperial in the closest race of the event. There was another 2nd place for the young Ladies Novice Four of  Nell Stanton, Freya Drage, Emily Davis and C. Humphrey from Newport, coxed by Graham Reeve.

The Men’s Junior Four of Ben Sanderson, Tom Starkey, Tye Cameron and Austin Smith – with Dan Sanderson Coxing – will be disappointed with their performance in the Men’s Coastal Fours where they narrowly missed out on a place in the final. The same can be said for the performance of Joel Smith who finished 4th in the Men’ s Coastal Junior Sculls.

There was an encouraging performance from the young Men’s Novice Four of Dan Sanderson, Gully Rhogan, Harry Jones and Callum Hynd – coxed by Austin Smith – who finished 6th in their final.

Finally, there was a good performance from the crew in the Mixed Fours of Matt Allsopp, Ben Sanderson, Emily Davis and Jo Grapper, coxed by Rebekah Edgar.

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