Ryde Rowing Club's Joel Smith


A much-depleted Ryde Rowing Club team, heavily affected by the exam schedules and the Isle of Wight Festival, competed at Swanage Regatta on Saturday (15th June).

Swanage Regatta is a Hants & Dorset ARA event held over a 1600m course in Swanage Bay, Dorset. With no local club to host the event it relies on the Association clubs to organise the event, which this year included Ryde Rowing Club providing race officials, the event coordinator and safety adviser, as well as the race officials’ lunches.

The club were also able to provide assistance to their fellow Island clubs Newport RC and Shanklin & Sandown RC following the breakdown of Newport’s minibus, which was towing the boat trailer carrying theirs and Shanklin’s boats. Ryde, with their depleted team, had only taken their Minibus to the event with their 2 boats on the roof and so were able to tow the Newport trailer back from the event.

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On the water, Ryde’s Joel Smith won his Coastal Junior Sculls event, although he did so the hard way. Having won the first race the Umpires decided to re-row the event because 2 of the scullers had been impeded by a passing pleasure craft. Joel stepped-up and won the re-row even more convincingly to take his first Junior Sculling point of the season.

Joel then teamed up with Ben Sanderson to compete in the Men’s Coastal Junior Pairs event where they finished 3rd in their heat to gain a place in the final where they finished in 4th place.

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