Wightlink-sponsored Ryde Rowing Club were the Island’s sole representatives at the Christchurch Regatta on Saturday (4th June), where the 2-boat racing for Coxed Fours only presented a different challenge to the usual multi-lane format and involved crews fighting through a number of rounds to reach the final in their status.
The best performance of the day came from the club’s Men’s Senior Four of Joe Evans-Murry, Henry Gove, Ollie Gove and Adam Edwards – coxed by Becky Nigh – who, although clearly the underdogs, came within just 1 second of beating the favorites from BTC in their final, in spite of a broken collar on one of their blades.
There was also a strong performance from the Ladie’s Novice Four of Emily Pike, Julie Cole, Karen Crook and Kate Whitehurst – with Allen Evans coxing – who battled their way through to the final where they were narrowly defeated after a poor turn.
Although defeated in the heats, the newly promoted Ladie’s Novice Coastal Junior Four of Kristy Newman, Lisa Murphy, Ayesha Russell and Catherine Murphy – with Mick Jenner coxing – produced another encouraging performance. The same fate befell the Men’s Coastal Junior Four of Dom Douglas, Joel Smith, Henry Gove and James Smith – with Mick Jenner coxing – and the Men’s Novice Coxed Four of Dom Douglas, Joel Smith, Ben Toms and Joe Groves – with Dale Buckett coxing – whose performance may have been effected by the doubling-up required.