Tom Starkey and Ben Sanderson


Ryde Rowing Club competed in their first event of the season on Saturday 23rd March – the BTC Rowing Club’s Coastal and Head of the River Race.

The Wightlink-sponsored club had a young and relatively inexperienced team afloat with several making their racing debuts, but they produced an encouraging set of results.

The event was raced over 2 divisions and over a 3-and-a-half mile course on the River Itchen in Southampton.

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The newly formed Men’s Novice Four of Paddy Kearney, Jonah Lewin, Charlie Walford and Gulliver Roghan – coxed by Dan Sanderson – competed in the first Division in a River Four finishing in 2nd place. Also racing in Division 1 was Harry Jones in his first race as a Coastal Novice sculler and did well to finish in 3rd place in his event.

In Division 2 a very young Girls Four of Poppy Starkey, Freya Drage, Niamh Edwards and Emily Davis – also coxed by Dan Sanderson – competed in the Girls J16 Coxed Quad – racing above their age group – and did exceptionally well to finish in 2nd place.

The club’s Coastal Junior Four had made the decision to race in small boats as they completed their winter training cycle. Tom Starkey and Ben Sanderson raced in the open Men’s Double where some steering difficulties led to a 4t place finish. Austin Smith and Tye Cameron raced in the Men’s Novice Sculls in River boats with Austin finishing 2nd and Tye in 3rd.

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