Wightlink-sponsored Ryde Rowing Club took their Junior U14 squad – nearly all of whom were competing on the mainland for the club for the first time – to the Itchen Imperial Rowing Club Junior Sprint Regatta on Saturday (8th October) where they produced some encouraging performances.
The club had 2 crews competing in the J14 Coxed Quad event where the ‘A’ crew of Josh Lee, Tom Starkey, Tye Cameron, Ben Sanderson and Daniel Sanderson (Cox) comfortably won their heat to claim a place in the final where they finished 2nd. Unfortunately, the Race Officials were confused by the crew’s ‘A’ designation and applied an incorrect handicap at the start giving their opponents a 3 length advantage, which may well have affected the result of this close fought race.
The ‘B’ Crew of Freya Drage, Austin Smith, Lyle Winfield, Paddy Kearney and cox Eirann McClumpha finished 2nd in their heat just missing out on a place in the final.
All 8 of the club’s J14 Squad then competed in the J14 Double Sculls event with the ‘A’ crew Josh Lee and Tom Starkey and the ‘B’ crew of Tye Cameron and Ben Sanderson both winning their respective heats before going on to finish 2nd and 3rd in the Final respectively. The ‘C’ Crew of Freya Drage and Austin Smith and the ‘D’ crew of Lyle Winfield and Paddy Kearney both finished 2nd in their respective heats just missing out on the final.
The club’s J11 Coxed Quad of Eirann McClumpha, Daniel Sanderson, Harry Jones and Ben Redstone – and coxed by coach Joel Smith – had no competition so were forced to race in the older J12 event where they sculled well to finish in 2nd place. 2 of this crew, Harry Jones and Ben Redstone then competed in the J12 Double Sculls securing another 2nd place.
The club also had a J14 Single sculler competing, who secured yet another 2nd place for Ryde in his final.
Unfortunately, the Ryde Rowing Club will not be competing at next weekend’s BTC River and Coastal Head of the River race, re-scheduled from earlier in the year after its cancellation due to the weather, as the events clashes with the club’s Annual presentation Dinner.