There were mixed fortunes for the Wightlink-sponsored Ryde Rowing Club team on Saturday (11th May) when they competed in the first Hants & Dorset Amateur Rowing Association Regatta at Milford-on-Sea, hosted by the Lymington Rowing Club.
The newly formed Senior Four consisting of Matt Allsopp and Ollie Bottrell, who had not competed for the club for a few years and new members Michael Ewing and Alex Miller – coxed by Southsea’s Bryony Reeve – produced a surprise result winning the premier event of the day.
The Men’s Coastal Junior Four of Tom Starkey, Austin Smith, Ben Sanderson and Tye Cameron – coxed by Dan Sanderson – produced an encouraging performance comfortable qualifying for the final where they finished in 4th place. Tom and Ben also competed in the Coastal Junior Pairs where the finished 5th and Austin raced in the Men’s Novice Scull where he produced a good performance having qualified 2nd in his heat and finishing 4th in the final.
The young Men’s Novice Four of Paddy Kearney, Jonah Lewin, Harry Jones and Gulliver Rhogan – again coxed by Dan Sanderson – found life a little harder losing out in their heat and failing to make the final.
The Novice Boys then doubled up to compete in the J16 events with Paddy, Jonah and Gulliver joined by Niamh Edwards – and coxed by Austin Smith – in the Mixed J16 Four where they finished in 4th place. Harry Jones joined Poppy Starkey, Frankie Leftley and Dan Sanderson – coxed by Graham Reeve – to compete in the Mixed J16 Coxed Quad where the finished in 3rd.