3 crews from the Wightlink-sponsored Ryde Rowing Club competed at Newport Regatta on Saturday (22nd June).

Prior to the Regatta the club launched a new Coastal Four, in an informal ceremony from their Folly-based boathouse. The Four was named ‘Julie’ after a major contributor. The rowing boat was built by AB Composites of Cowes and fitting out was only completed on the Friday evening prior to the launch.

A formal naming ceremony will take place in the next few weeks.

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On the water, the Men’s Senior Four of Ollie Bottrell, Tom Hammond, Nick Christopher and Matt Allsopp – with Dan Sanderson coxing – were unfortunate enough to draw the eventual winners from BTC Rowing Club in their heat and this, coupled with teething problems with the new boat, was to much to overcome and they were defeated in there heat.

The Men’s Coastal Junior Four of Tom Starkey, Austin Smith, Ben Sanderson and Tye Cameron – coxed by Dan Sanderson and again competing in the new boat – had a good row but were narrowly defeated by the host club from Newport in their heat.

The Men’s Novice Four of Paddy Kearney, Sebastian McKeown, Charlie Walford and Harry Jones – with Joel Smith coxing – made the final of their event but found the opposition too strong for them finishing in 3rd place.

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