BTC Southampton Regatta, Saturday, 23rd May, 2009.
Holidays and injury led to a depleted team from the Wightlink sponsored
Ryde Rowing Club competing at BTC Rowing Club Regatta, held at western shore,
Southampton, on Saturday (23rd May, 2009) but they still returned to the Island
with two wins to their credit.
In the Men's Senior Pairs a new format of Russell Page, racing in this
event for the first time this season, with current H&D Champion Ian Hayden,
dominated the race winning by four lengths to claim a 3rd Championship Point -
extend the clubs unbeaten run - and put them well on the way to defending the
Championship title won last years in this status.
Ryde also continued their domination this season in the Men's Senior
Sculls events with Mike Jenner winning comfortably to claim his first point of
the season and close the gap on Ryde's Nick Pike who was not in attendance. Ian
Hayden, recently returned from injury, also competed in the Men's Senior
Sculling event, finishing in 3rd place proving he is nearly back to his best and
ready to challenge for the title as well.
The Men's Junior Senior Crew of Florian Behrle, Callum Lowe, Tim Wiggins
and Tom Clark with Bryony Reeve coxing contested a very competitive race -
finishing second to Island rivals Shanklin. Florian and Callum then went on to
compete in the Men's Novice sculls finishing 5th and 7th respectively in their
final. Tom Clark was scheduled to compete in the men's Junior Sculls but with
the Regatta running late and the risk of running out of water the starters were
unable to wait for him to reach the start of his event which was the race after
the Junior Senior Final. He arrived on the line a full minute after the other
scullers has started and although bravely giving chase had given himself far to
much to do.
The Men's Novice Crew of John Gedling, Donnatt Debrecan, Curtis Lowe and
James Cleary with Dale Buckett coxing produced a much improved performance,
finishing 3rd in their heat, to claim a place in their first Novice Final -
where admittedly they found the going much tougher finishing 6th are a spirited