There were no wins for the Wightlink-sponsored Ryde Rowing Club at Lymington Rowing Clubs Regatta on Saturday (28th May), but the club produced a good set of results which bodes well for the rest of the season.
Had they had the luck of the draw on their side at the Milford-on-Sea based regatta course, which clearly favored the inside crew, Ryde may well have achieved even better results.
The best performance of the day probably came from the young Novice Single Sculler Joel Smith, who finished 2nd in his race before teaming up with James Smith to race in Coastal Junior Pair, where an incident at the turn led to their disqualification.
There was also fine performance from the newly promoted Ladies Coastal Junior Fours crew of Kristy Newman, Lisa Murphy, Ayesha Russell and Catherine Murphy – with Mick Jenner coxing – who finished 2nd in their final in only their 2nd race at this status.
There was also a 2nd place in the final for the Men’s Novice Four of Dom Douglas, Jacob Redstone, Ben Toms, Joe Groves and Cox Dale Buckett and a surprisingly good performance from the Men’s Senior Four of Joe Evans-Murry, Henry Gove, Ollie Gove and Adam Edwards, coxed by Becky Nigh, who also finished in 2nd place and may yet mount a challenge at this level.
The Ladies Novice Four of Abi Locke, Julie Cole, Karen Crook and Kate Whitehurst – with Allen Evans coxing – raced well to secure a place in the final but will be disappointed with their 4th place finish.
Dale Buckett raced well to secure a 3rd place in the Men’s coastal Junior Sculls but Joe Evans-Murry had a more difficult time finishing in 5th place in the Men’s Senior Sculls event.
Photographed: Young Ryde Novice Sculler Joel Smith.