Ryde Rowing Club’s Men’s Coastal Junior Four claimed their 7th win of the season on Saturday to secure the Hants & Dorset ARA Championship and guaranteed selection to represent the Association at the South Coast Rowing Championships in Deal, in September.
This is the Clubs 42nd Hants & Dorset Championship and will be the 36th time the Wightlink-sponsored Club has represented the Association. After their season long rivalry with Lymington, it was a relatively easy win on Sataurday for the team of James Cleary, Stephen Johnson, Ollie Gove and Adam Edwards with Max Reeve coxing, as they won their heat with ease before taking on Lymington and four other crews in the final, where they had three clear lengths at the finish having led for almost all the race.
There was also an excellent performance from the Clubs Men’s Novice crew of Callum Lockhart, Will Ford, Isaac Cornish and James Smith, coxed by Mick Jenner, who finished 3rd in their heat to qualify for their first final where they they surpassed themselves finishing 2nd to Island rivals and one of the pre-race favourities – Newport – as the Island Club’s dominated the event.
There was also a strong performance from the Coastal Junior Ladies four of Steph Kissick, Charlotte Price, Gemma Smith and Alicia Stokes with Mick Jenner coxing, who missed out on a place in the final by the narrowest of margins, finishing 4th in their heat.
The Ryde Ladies Senior Four of Sophie Brown, Hayley Spall, Lou Maidment and Maddie Dunn with Max Reeve coxing once again, are still struggling to recover from the injuries that have blighted their season – but they produced an improved performance to finish in 4th place in their final.