A small team from Ryde Rowing Club travelled to Christchurch, in Dorset on Sunday (22nd March) to compete in the Head of the Stour, a time trial over two miles in two divisions involving all statuses and boat types.
While the Ryde Team may have been small, it was a heavily loaded Ryde Trailer with 11 boats on various types on board as Ryde provided the transport on this occasion for all of Newport Rowing Clubs boats and helped out Shanklin.
In the first division the Clubs River Men’s Novice four of Joe Groves, Matt Jeacock, Jacob Redstone, Joel Smith and cox Austin Smith finished 2nd in a small field, just 9 seconds behind the winners – a result that may well have been reversed if they had not suffered from a broken backstay that slowed them significantly in the 2nd half of the race. In the same Division Steph Kissick and Lou Maidment competed in the Women’s River Open double where they finished 3rd in what was also a limited field.
In the 2nd division the Ladies switched to a Women’s Senior Coastal Pair where they finished in 4th place – and the Men’s Novice Four – with Ben Toms replacing Matt Jeacock raced in a Coastal Coxed Four finishing 10th in a very strong field.
The previous day (Saturday, 21st March) Ryde’s Steve Bull was re-elected as the Hants & Dorset Amateur Rowing Associations Secretary for the 22nd consecutive year and along with the Clubs John Adams and Sharon Ayles, was re-elected as Association race Officials.
Photo: RRC Team at the Head of the Stour