Southampton Coastal Head of the River Race (25th April) and Junior Inter-Regional’s (19th April).
Injury and work commitments reduced the number of crews the Wightlink sponsored Ryde Rowing Club were able to send to the last head race before the Hants & Dorset ARA Regatta season starts at Ryde on the 9th May. However they were still able to return to the Island with a win – and two good performances from the other two crews competing.
This was a Head Race in Coxed Coastal Fours, which is a time trial, staged over a four and a half mile course, in two divisions, on the River Itchen, with crews starting at approximately ten second intervals.
In the second division a newly formed Men’s Novice Crew, of John Gedling, James Cleary, Donat Debrecan and Curtis Lowe with Dale Buckett coxing, and competing in only their third event coped well with the difficult conditions to finish 5th in a strong field.
In the first division the Club boated a Coastal Veteran 40 Crew, for the first time for many years, consisting of Allan Evans, Mike Jenner, Russell Page and Nick Pike with Dale in the coxswain’s seat again – and they had an encouraging row finishing third in their section.
Also racing in the first division was the Club Junior Senior Crew of Callum Lowe, Tim Wiggins, Francis Moore and Tom Clark with Bryony Reeve coxing and they had an excellent row, all be it against limited opposition, winning their section and beating the Ryde Veterans – by just one second.
A week earlier (19th April) the Junior Senior crew coxswain, Bryony Reeve, had competed at the National Junior Inter-Regional’s Regatta at the National Water Sports Centre in Nottingham. She was selected to row in the Girls J15 Coxed Four, following trials in March and a weekend training camp, at Bryanston School, in Dorset. This maintains a strong Ryde Rowing club tradition of providing members of the Junior regional team. The crew finished 3rd in their heat – with the 8th best time overall – which put them in the “B” Final which the won – placing them 7th overall and helping the Wessex Team to 8th place, their best ever performance from one the smallest region in the country.
Photo: Bryony Reeve, a member of the Wessex Region Junior J15 Girls Coxed Four.
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