Ryde Rowing Club suffered a bit of a nightmare during their preparations to travel to the last Hants & Dorset ARA Regatta of the season at Western Shore, Southampton on Saturday.
After leaving the movement of their boat trailer to sponsors Wighlink’s Fishbourne car ferry terminal until late in the evening, ready for pick-up in the morning, the club minibus and towing vehicle broke down, leaving the club stranded and with no choice but to cancel the trip.
This unfortunate bad luck meant the only Ryde Competitor at the Regatta was Novice Sculler Andy Hicks – who travelled independently and was able to borrow a boat for his event – where he qualified for the final where he finished in 5th place.
Fortunately the Clubs Men’s Junior Senior Four have already secured the Hants & Dorset Championship and were duly confirmed as Champions and selected to represent the Association at the South Coast Championships Regatta, to be held in Swanage in September at the Council Meeting after the Regatta. This will be the 37th time a Ryde Crew has been selected to represent the Association.
However with a number of crews unable to compete, it was a disappointing finish to Ryde’s Hants & Dorset ARA Regatta campaign.