With no small boats at Christchurch Regatta, in which the Wightlink Sponsored
Ryde Rowing Club have already secured three Hants & Dorset Championships this
season, it was always going to be an uphill struggle to maintain their record of
winning at least one Trophy at every Hants & Dorset Regatta this years and where
the two boat racing at this Regatta adds a further complication.
There best chance was probably in the Men's Senior Fours, a Championship the
Club is still in contention for and where the Club had two crews entered both of
whom reached the semi-final where the "B" crew of Dom Pivonka, Matt Allsopp,
Ollie Bottrell and Ash Maitland with Bryony Reeve coxing came up against the
other contenders for this Championship from BTC who beat them in a close race.
The "A" Crew of Russell Page, Mike jenner, Nick Pike, Ian Hayden - with Bryony
coxing once again came up against a strong Itchen Imperial crew in their
semi-final which included GB International oarsman James Foad. However the Ryde
crew stormed into the lead of the start and were able to maintain a narrow lead
throughout the race to claim a place in the Final. In the final BTC had the
better start and were able to move into a two length lead which was halved
following an excellent buoy turn from the Ryde coxswain. However they were
unable to close the gap any further with BTC winning by a length to take the
lead in the Championship with just one Regatta to go.
The Club also had a Junior Senior Crew competing made up of Cox Bryony Reeve
with Tim Moore, Callum Lowe, Tom Clark and Novice oarsman John Gedling. They
came up against Championship contenders Shanklin in the semi-final who they lost
to in a close race. John then joined his fellow Novice Oarsman - Donát Debreceni,
Curtis lowe and James Cleary with Dale Buckett coxing to compete in the Novice
Fours event where they were disappointed to be beaten in the quarter-final.
There was some consolation for a slightly disappointing day when it was
announced that the Club had won the Trophy for the fastest time of the day in
their semi-final of the Senior Fours against Itchen.