Press Release. Ryde Rowing Club.
SouthCoast Championships Regatta, Saturday, 5th September, 2009.
It was a
disappointing and frustrating day for the Wightlink sponsored Ryde Rowing Club
Crews competing at this years South Coast Championship Regatta held at
Folkestone and organised by that Club on behalf of the Coast Amateur Rowing
Association. The conditions were very difficult with and very nearly unrowable
and certainly, as the results proved, favoured the Coast ARA Clubs who are more
used to these conditions than the Clubs that compete in the Hants & Dorset ARA
which includes the Isle of Wight.
Ryde's Men's Senior Crew of Russell Page, Mike Jenner, Nick Pike and Ian Hayden
with Cox Bryony Reeve had once a again been selected to represent their
Association in the premier event of the day - the Mens Senior Fours - giving the
Club regional Representative honours for for the 6th time in seven years at this
level. However their preparation was disrupted through illness and injury and
this may have had an effect on their performance, where, in spite of a good
start that saw they take an early lead they slipped back down the field to
finish in a disappointing 4th place.
The Men's Novice Crew of Donát Debreceni, Curtis Lowe, John Gedling and James
Cleary with Dale Buckett coxing raced well in their heat to take a place in the
final where, in spite of a good row they also finished in 4th place.
The best result from any of the Island based crews came from Ryde's Boys J13
Coxed Quad who were almost certainly the youngest crews in the Regatta as they
were racing in the Boys J14 Coxed Quad event - a year above their age group. The
crew of Max Reeve, Dale Buckett, Sam Corney and Christian Lacey with experienced
cox Tom Clark racing over the shorter 1000m Junior Regatta course and in their
first race at this level stormed of the start taking an early lead which it
seemed unlikely they would be able to maintain against their older and larger
opposition and bearing in mind the very difficult conditions prevailing. But it
was only the much more experienced BTC crew that were able to get past them and
even then this was by the narrowest of margin of just half a length with the
young Ryde Crew in 2nd place, comfortably ahead of the other Crews in the race.
Also competing in the Junior Regatta was Bryony Reeve who was given special
permission by the race officials to race with a Lymington Girls J16 Coxed Quad
who were one short through injury, the crew finishing in 4th place.
The Coastal season is now over for another year and the Club can be reasonably
satisfied with a season that saw them win three Hants & Dorset Championships and
as runners-up in two more with twenty-seven Championship points won by the Club
and Association representative honours for the Men's Senior Four.