Due to school and other commitments it was a fairly small team from the Wightlink-sponsored Ryde Rowing Club that competed at the last Coastal rowing event of the season last weekend (Saturday 8th September).
The depleted team travelled across the Solent and made their way to the South Coast Rowing Championships held at Deal in Kent and hosted by Deal, Walmer and Kingsdown Rowing Club on behalf of the Coast Amateur Rowing Association.
The club’s minibus and trailer travelled in Deal on the Friday and were able to help the other 2 Island clubs – Shanklin and Newport – by transporting their boat for them.
The Boys J16 Crew of Tye Cameron, Tom Starkey, Ben Sanderson and Austin Smith – with Dan Sanderson coxing – first competed in the Bots J16 Coxed Quads and will have been a little disappointed with their 7th place finish in the final against very strong competition.
They raced much better in their second race whilst competing above their status in the Men’s Coastal Junior Senior Invitation event where they finished in 4th place, narrowly missing out on a podium position.
Ex-Ryde team member Bryony Reeve, now living in Portsmouth and competing for Southsea Rowing Club, coxed their Men’s Coastal Junior Four to victory and another ex-Ryde member, Tim Ash, competing for Hastings in the Open Master Fours, was pipped on the line in the closest race of the day to finish in second place.