ryderowingregatta2013_002The first Hants and Dorset regattas of the season were held this weekend as the Island played host to two rowing regattas  in the glorious sunshine at both Ryde and Shanklin.

11 Teams from the two counties arrived at Appley Beach on Saturday morning, greeted with a strong sun and warm temperatures for what was set to be an interesting days racing.

ryderowingregatta2013_005With Ryde Inshore Rescue keeping an eye over the rowers, teams were challenged with rowing through slight to moderate conditions up to Ryde Pier and back again, before crossing the start/finish line just off of North Walk.

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Competition was fierce, with teams battling out head-to-head and down to the wire, while crew members watched from the shore.

ryderowingregatta2013_007Sunday saw the around 100 crews travel to nearby Shanklin for the annual regatta held on the Esplanade. This time Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat watched over the crews as they rowed a short regatta course from the old Shanklin pier stump to the ‘Stinkpot’ Groyne and back. This was in case the conditions are rough, which makes for some fast and interesting racing.

ryderowingregatta2013_009The assistance of Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat (SSILB) was needed on two occasions Sunday when a Southampton Rowing Ladies Team crew member suffered a suspected hernia, and a collision occurred between two rowing vessels, resulting in broken oar.

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