4 crews and a sculler from the Wightlink-sponsored Ryde Rowing Club competed at Southsea Regatta on Saturday 29th June – the largest one-day regatta in the country where clubs from both the Hants & Dorset ARA and the Coast ARA meet.
There was a fine performance from the young Men’s Novice Four of Frankie Leftley, Harry Jones, Paddy Kearney and Dan Sanderson – with coach Graham Reeve in the coxswain’s seat – who finished 4th in their heat to qualify for the final. In the final, against much older and larger opposition, they found the going much tougher finishing in 8th place.
For the Men’s Senior Four of Ollie Bottrell, Michael Ewing, Alex Miller and Nick Christopher – coxed by Bryony Reeve – were beaten into 2nd place by a CARA Club but they were the first Hants & Dorset Club to finish to claim the all-important Championship point for the club.
The Men’s Coastal Junior Four of Ben Sanderson, Tye Cameron, Tom Starkey and Austin Smith – coxed by Dan Sanderson – will be slightly disappointed with their performance finishing 5th in their heat to just miss out a place in the final.
For the Mixed J16 Four racing in the boy’s event of Poppy Starkey, Freya Drage, Harry Jones and Emily Davis – and coxed by young Cayman Adams in his first competitive race for the club – did well to finish in 4th place.