Sponsors, supporters and helpers of Ryde Rowing Club were entertained at an informal gathering at their clubhouse on Friday evening (25th January) to thank them for their support during the last year.
Guests included Andy Toms of TLM Laser (the main sponsors of the club’s Regatta), Andy Barker of AB Composites who were responsible for the design and manufacture of the club’s new Four rowing boat last year and representatives from the IW Sports Foundation, as well as around 40 other sponsors and supporters of the club.
Club Captain Graham Reeve welcomed and thanked all those in attendance and offered a special thanks to the club’s main sponsors Wightlink and to the main regatta sponsor, TLM Laser. Graham then talked briefly about the club’s activities and success in 2019 which included the winning of the South Coast Senior Fours Championship and J18 event and this was followed by a short audiovisual presentation.
Peter Allsopp, the club President, then made a presentation to Michael Lilley, a Trustee of the Isle of Wight Youth Trust, who were the club’s nominated charity once again in 2019. Following various fundraising activities, the club was able to hand over another cheque for £250 to the Isle of Wight Youth Trust. The IW Youth Trust are a charitable independent and professional organisation offering counselling, advice, information and support services to young people under 25 on the Isle of Wight and, in some cases, their parents or carers and the Club were delighted to be able to support them once again – as they have since 2016.
Representatives from the IW Sports Foundation then unveiled a new Rowing Ergometer they had funded for the Club.