Photo: Graham Reading


Ryde Rowing Club will host the second Hants & Dorset Amateur Rowing Association Championship Regatta of the season this Saturday (18th May) with Shanklin’s Championship Regatta taking place the following day (Sunday 19th May).

This year’s Regatta marks the 42nd Anniversary of a Hants and Dorset ARA Championships Regatta being held off Appley Beach at Ryde. The first was held in June 1977.

The Ryde Regatta has received an exceptionally large entry of 104 crews and scullers – well up on last year. The event will require a packed programme of 19 races to be completed in just over 4-and-a-half hours over a 1,820 metre course from Appley Beach towards Ryde Pier and return after a buoy turn.

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Races are taking place for Senior, Junior and Novice men in Coxed Fours; Senior and Junior Men in Coxless Pairs; and Senior, Junior and Novice Men in Single Sculls. For Ladies there is Senior, Junior and Novice Coxed Fours; Senior and Junior Ladies Pairs; and Ladies Junior and Novice sculling events.

There is also Masters – formally known as Veteran – Fours event for Mixed 40+ and Ladies.

The Regatta is scheduled to start at the earlier that usual time of 09:30 – due to the tides – with a race every 10 to 15 minutes. Prizes will be handed out by the Regatta’s main Sponsors TLM Laser at the clubhouse at around 15:00.

In addition to TLM Laser as main sponsors, the Regatta has received further support from a number of local businesses including: Harwoods; the Appley Manor Hotel; Ward House Mortgages & Life; DIGS Michael Jenner; Classic Image; Beffective; Neaves Rowing Fittings; Goodleaf Tree Climbing: The Simion Arms; The Griffin and Horse & Groom Public Houses; Spinlock and First Choice Scaffolding.

Further support comes from Wightlink, Steve Cook (Club Vice President), the McClumpha Family, and the club’s 150 Club.

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The Club is grateful for the help of Ryde Inshore Rescue who provide safety cover and Invictus Medical Services who provide the first aid cover. The club also acknowledges the support and cooperation of the Police and the Isle of Wight Council, as well as the Ryde Town Council.

Some very close racing is expected and the general public are most welcome to view this free event – the best vantage point being from the sea wall by the Canoe Lake.

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