An excellent performance was put in by the ladies from Wightlink-sponsored Ryde Rowing Club at Itchen Imperial Rowing Club Regatta on Saturday, backed up by some good performances from the men’s teams.
In the Ladies Novice Fours, the Ryde Crew of Beth Walpole, Julie Clark, Stella Baisley and Emma Nichols – coxed by Emily Faithfull – comfortably won their heat and went on to win the final in a much tighter race to gain promotion to Coastal Junior Status. Emma Nichols then teamed up with Emily Faithfull in the Ladies Doubles sculls to secure a second win for the Club.
Joel Smith racing in the Men’s Coastal Sculls also won his heat defeating the BTC Sculler who was the only remaining opponent for the Hants & Dorset ARA’s Coastal Junior Sculling Championship. So although he only came 2nd in the final, the H&D ARA Championship is his!
In the Men’s Novice Sculls Austin Smith also comfortably won his heat and semi-final but could only finish 2nd in the final. The other Ryde Novice Men’s Sculler, Ben Sanderson, lost in the heat to the eventual winner. These 2 then joined together to compete in the Men’s Coastal Junior Pairs finishing 2nd in their heat failing to make the final.
In the Men’s Novice Four the Ryde Clubs A Crew of Frankie Leftley, Paddy Kearney, David Bear and Harry Jones – with Emily Faithful coxing once again – won their heat and finished 2nd in the final in a very close race. The B Crew of Yogi Ashworth, Elliott O’Sullivan, Will Hall and Tom Kerver – coxed by Camon Adams – finished 3rd in their heat, failing to make the final.
The Men’s Senior Four of Tom Hammond, Joel Smith, Will Bryant and Alex Miller – coxed by Allan Evans – will be disappointed to have lost in the heat to BTC.
Ryde J16 Boys Coxed Four of Yogi Ashworth, Elliott O’Sullivan, Bradley Whiting and Dan Sanderson – coxed by Cayman Adams – rowed really well to finish 2nd in their final. Dan Sanderson also competed in the Boys J16 Single Sculls finishing 3rd in his heat.