Ryde's young Novice ladies Four prepare for their final.


Wightlink-sponsored Ryde Rowing Club competed at the Coalporters Rowing Club Regatta on the River Itchen, Southampton on Saturday (20th July).

The 3-boat racing format requires heats and semi-finals in almost all the events.

The Men’s Senior Four of Ollie Bottrell, Matt Allsopp, Mike Ewing and Mark Chatwin – with Bryony Reeve coxing – comfortably won the semi-final to gain a place in the twice-round the course final where they just missed out to their main rivals BTC to take 2nd place.

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The Men’s Junior Four of Ben Sanderson, Tom Starkey, Tye Cameron and Austin Smith – with Dan Sanderson Coxing – showed an improvement to make it through to the semi-final narrowly missing out on a place in the final.

The Men’s Novice Four ‘A’ crew of Harry Jones, Paddy Kearney, Gully Roghan and Frankie Leftley just missed out on a place in their semi-final. The ‘B’ of David Baer – in his first competitive race for the club – Dan Sanderson, Sebastian McKeown and 72-year-old Dave Kirby from Southsea performed well to win their heat, narrowly missing out on a place in the final.

The young Ladies Novice Four of Poppy Starkey, Freya Drage, Niamh Edwards and Emily Davis won their heat with comparative ease but were beaten into third place in the final by 2 older and larger crews.

In the Men’s Junior Sculls, Joel Smith fought his way through a heat and a semi-final to earn a place in the final where he finished in 3rd place. The club’s Senior Sculler Mike Ewing won his heat comfortably only to be disqualified the taking the wrong turning buoy.

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