COALPORTERS REGATTA, Saturday, 23rd July, 2011.
It was a slightly frustrating day for Wightlink sponsored Ryde Rowing Club at
Coalporters Regatta on Saturday (23rd July) as all there crews produced some of
their best performances of the season so far the but only managed to bring the
one trophy back to the Island.
The Men’s Senior Four of John Gedling, Ian Hayden, Ben Ade and Ash Maitland with
cox Max Reeve was boosted by the return of two of the Senior squad – one from
university and one from a successful river campaign rowing for London Rowing
Club. This allowed them to seriously challenge the current championships leaders
for the first time this season – knocking out one of them in a close semi-final
– before finishing 3rd behind the other two Clubs in contention in the “twice
The Men's Novice “B” crew of - Charlie Gedling, Charlie Norman, Joe Norman,
Harvey Kirkby with Ed Newnham coxing - fresh from their win at Southsea Regatta
won their heat and semi-final comfortably to ease in to the final where they
finished 2nd after a very close race. The “A” crew of - Dale Buckett, Sam Corney,
Andreas Hicks and Max Reeve with Bryony Reeve coxing - were comfortably winning
their heat when a mistake at the turn led to disqualification.
The Novice Ladies crew of - Bryony Reeve, Gemma Smith, Leanne Mitchell and
Sophie Brown with Max Reeve coxing - continues to improve – winning their heat –
before going out in the semi-final.
In the Men’s Senior Pairs – Ben Ade and Ash Maitland – had a comfortable win in
their semi-final but poor steering and the knowledge of the twice round Senior
Fours Final to come led to them finishing in 3rd place in the final.
But finally – in the Men’s Senior Sculls the promise shown all day was delivered
when both Senior Scullers – Mick Jenner and Ian Hayden reached the final – Ian
comfortably winning his semi-final and Mick qualifying as fastest looser – with
Ian winning the final to put himself in a Championship leading position.