The Regatta had a near record entry of 112 crews and scullers from the 13 participating clubs which included hosts Ryde and 2 other Island Clubs – Newport and Shanklin. Ryde School Boat Club made their first appearance in a Hants & Dorset ARA Regatta.
A packed program of 19 events were held over the 1,890m Ryde Regatta course, which ran from Appley Beach out towards Ryde Pier where the crews and scullers then made a racing turn before heading back to Appley.
There was some exceptionally close racing in conditions that were close to perfect, which produced a mixed set of results for the Wightlink-sponsored Ryde Rowing Club across both their own Regatta and Shanklin Regatta the following day.
The Men’s Senior Four of Matt Allsopp, Ollie Bottrell, Sam Cocker and Ben Ade – coxed by Bryony Reeve – failed to repeat their success of the previous week, although this scratch crew did well to finish in 4th place in both days.
The Men’s Coastal Junior Four of Tom Starkey, Austin Smith, Ben Sanderson and Tye Cameron – coxed by Dan Sanderson – did well to qualify for their final on both days but struggled in the final finishing in 6th place of the Saturday and 5th on the Sunday.
Tom Starkey and Ben Sanderson also competed in the Men’s Coastal Junior Pairs where they finished well down the field on the Saturday, but produced a much improved performance of the Sunday finishing in 3rd place.
Tye Cameron teamed up with Joel Smith and also raced in the Men’s Coastal Pairs but finished well down the field on both days – however there was a more encouraging performance by Joel in his Junior Single Scull event where he finished in 2nd place of the Saturday and 4th on the Sunday. His younger brother, Austin, competed in the Men’s Novice Sculls each day finishing 5th on the Saturday and 3rd of the Sunday.
The young Men’s Novice Four of Paddy Kearney, Jonah Lewin, Harry Jones and Gulliver Rhogan – coxed again by Dan Sanderson – found the competition too strong for them finishing well down the field on both days. They competed again in Boys J16 Coxed Four at Shanklin of the Sunday finishing in 3rd place.
The even younger Ladies Novice Four of Poppy Starkey, Freya Drage, Niamh Edwards and Emily Davis – coxed by Allan Evans – did well to finish 4th on both days.
There was also an excellent performance by the J16 Mixed Coxed Quad of Dan Sanderson, Frankie Leftley, Harry Jones and Poppy Starkey – coxed by Joel Smith – at Shanklin on the Sunday – where they finished in 2md place.
The club are indebted to their main Regatta sponsor TLM Laser and to the other event sponsors and for the support of the Isle of Wight and Ryde Town Councils – and in particular to Ryde Inshore Rescue who provided the safety cover afloat.
RESULTS – Ryde Regatta 2019
Event. 1st. 2nd. 3rd.
C4+. Men’s Senior. BTC. COALPORTERS. BOURNEMOUTH
C4+ Men’s Junior. SHANKLIN NEWPORT COALPORTERS
C4+ Men’s Novice. SOUTHSEA ITCHEN BOURNEMOUTH
C4+ Ladies Senior. COALPORTERS CHRISTCHURCH
C4+ Ladies Junior. COALPORTERS CHRISTCHURCH BTC
C4+ Ladies Novice. SHANKLIN POOLE RYDE SCHOOL
C4+ Mixed Masters. LYMINGTON ITCHEN POOLE
C4+ Ladies Masters. CHRISTCHURCH SOUTHAMPTON BTC
C2- Men’s Senior. BTC BOURNEMOUTH COALPORTERS
C2- Men’s Junior. SHANKLIN ITCHEN SHANKLIN
C2- Ladies Senior. COALPORTERS SOUTHAMPTON CHRISTCHURCH
C2- Ladies Junior. ITCHEN CHRISTCHURCH CHRISTCHURCH
Scullers – name & Club. Name/Club. Name/Club. Name/Club.
C1x Men’s Senior Ratcliffe/BTC Rabbets/CHRISTCHURCH Edwards/BTC
C1x Men’s Junior Wadsworth/LYMINGTON Smith/RYDE Barnes/LYMINGTON
C1x Men’s Novice Tate/CHRISTCHURH Gibbs/POOLE Moody/BTC
C1x Ladies Junior McGregor-R/ITCHEN. Jones/BTC Starky/COALPORTERS
C1x Ladies Novice McGregor-R/ITCHEN. Potter/LYMINGTON Reeve/SOUTHSEA
C4+ Mixed Masters B (50) POOLE BTC