There was a commanding performance from the Wightlink-sponsored Ryde Rowing Club Ladies Coastal Junior Four ‘A’ crew of Courtney Edmonds, Emily Pike, Kate Whitehurst, Lisa Murphy and cox Catherine Murphy at Newport’s Fours Hants & Dorset Championship Regatta on Sunday (9th July).
Knowing that a seventh win would secure the Association’s Ladies Coastal Junior Fours Championship and guarantee selection to represent the Association at the South Coast Championships at Dorney Lake in September the crew held nothing back, convincingly winning their heat, semi-final and final.
Their Championship win also produced a small piece of club history as this was one of the few H&D ARA Championships the club had never won – and is the forty-second championship the club has won since its first in 1962 and will be the thirty-seventh time the club will have represented the Association.
Ryde Rowing Club’s Ladies Coastal Junior ‘B’ crew of Caroline Beaumont, Kristy Newnham, Abi Locke and Julie Cole – with Dan Sanderson coxing – suffered from a lack of recent race time, finishing second in their heat and failing to join the A crew in the final.
For the first time this season the club was able to enter a Men’s Junior Senior Four, although only 1 of the crew – Dale Buckett – was actually a Junior Senior oarsman. He was joined by 3 Coastal Juniors – Joel Smith, James Smith and Max Reeve – who were racing competitively for the club for the first time for more than 2 years. They produced an encouraging performance to finish second in their heat, but failed to reach the final.
The young Men’s Novice Four of Austin Smith, Josh Lee, Ben Sanderson and Tom Starkey – with cox Dan Sanderson – rowed confidently to win their heat and gain a place in the final where, with Catherine Murphy replacing Dan, they finished in third place.
Men’s Junior Senior Four: M. Reeve, J. (Joel) Smith, J (James) Smith, D. Buckett (Str), E. McClumpha (Cox) – 2nd in heat, failed to make final
Men’s Novice Four: T. Starkey, B. Sanderson, A. Smith, J. Lee (Str), D. Sanderson/C. Murphy (Cox) – Won heat, third in final
Ladies Coastal Junior Four:
A Crew: C. Edmonds, E. Pike, L. Murphy, K. Whitehurst (Str). C. Murphy (Cox) – Won heat, semi-final and final
B Crew: C. Beaumont, K. Newnham, A. Locke and J. Cole (Str), D. Sanderson (Cox) – second in heat, failed to make final