ryderowingladiesIt was a very busy weekend for the Wightlink sponsored Ryde Rowing Club as the Club competed at the Hants & Dorset ARA Championship Regatta, at the Coalporters Rowing Club on the River Itchen in Southampton on the Saturday.

Following Saturday’s challenge, the Clubs J15 Boys Squad then travelled to Bryanston School in Dorset, to be the sole Island reprentatives at the Wessex Region Junior Regatta on the Sunday.

On the Saturday there was more success for the Clubs Men’s Junior Senior Four of Andy Hicks, Adam Edwards, Ollie Gove and James Cleary with coach Mick Jenner coxing who comfortably won their event to make it four out of four for the season.Further success came in the Ladies Junior Pairs where Jodie Cocker and Steph Kissick secured there third win of the season.

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Masters Sculler, Mick Jenner continued his good form in the Men’s Senior Sculling event with a third place in the final and the young Men’s Novice Crew of Jacob Redstone, Joel Smith, Tom Kearney and Matt Jeacock with Austin Smith coxing – who have an average age of just 15 – showed significant improvement – finishing 2nd in their heat just missing out on a place in the semi —final.

On the Sunday seven members of the Ryde Clubs J15 squad competed in the Wessex Junior Regatta, hosted by Bryanston School and held on the River Stour that runs through their extensive grounds. The squad of – Tom Kearney, Ben Toms, Steven Soal, Jacob Redstone Dominic Douglas, Joe Groves and Cox Paddy Kearney competed in a range of boat types – single sculls, Coxed Quad, Coxed Four and double sculls – within their age group.

While all  those competing produced good performances the results were a little frustrating – with two crews – the J15 Coxed Four of Tom Kearney, Dom Douglas, Jacob Redstone, Joe Groves and Cox Paddy Kearney and the J16 Coxed Four – where Ben Toms and Steven Soal replaced Jacob and Tom – both being defeated in their respective Finals – along with Jacob Redstone who reached the final of the J15 “C” classification single sculls – and all showing great promise for the future.

Photographed: Ryde Winning Ladies Junior Pair at Coalporters Jodie Cocker and Steph Kissick

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