The “Jack Pike” Sculls, Saturday, 25th July, 2009.
no Hants and Dorset Regatta at the weekend (Saturday, 25th July) Ryde Rowing
Club took the opportunity to stage its Annual Sculling Races sponsored by Club
Member Jack Pike and his family.
A strong field of nine Club Scullers contested the main event, a handicapped
single sculling race, over the 1920m Ryde Regatta course with buoy turn. In the
first heat Veteran Sculler, Russell Page won to qualify for the final beating
Senior Sculler Mike Jenner and Junior Sculler ben Ade. The 2nd heat saw a win
for Junior Sculler and last years winner Tom Clark over Veteran Sculler Alan
Evans and Senior Sculler Ian Hayden and in the final heat Novice Sculler Stu
Johnson won against fellow Novice Florin Behrle and Senior Sculler Nick Pike. In
the final Veteran Russell Page, taking the advantage of his 30 second handicap
triumphed over Coastal Junior Sculler Tom Clark with Novice Sculler Stu Johnson
finishing in 3rd place.
Two sculling races were also staged for the Club Juniors, one for those with
some experience in Coastal Sculls and another for beginners in Virus training
sculls, both over a short 350m straight course. The race for the experienced
Juniors, also handicapped and known as the “Junior Jacks” involved two heats
with the first two going through to the four boats final. In the first heat Max
Reeve and dale Buckett qualified just beating Emiley Rose and in the second heat
Sam Cornwey and Leona Fisk qualified for the final with Bryony Reeve and Harry
Batchelor just missing out. In the final a very close race developed between Max
Reeve and Leona Fisk with Max triumphing and Dale Buckett finishing 3rd with Sam
Corney in 4th place.
In the “beginners” race a three boat final saw Christian Lacey finish just ahead
of Harvey Kirkby to win with Harrision Medway in third place.
This weekend (1st August) the Wightlink sponsored Club returns to Hants & Dorset
ARA action competing at Bournemouth Regatta where they are chasing two more
Championships - to add to the two - the Mens Senior pairs and the Men's Senior
Sculls - that they have already won.