The Club’s Junior squad have dominated Junior rowing at the Coastal Regatta’s
this season but with no Junior events at Southsea they focused their attentions
on the Novice events, where they faced predominatly older and bigger opposition
from both Coastal Associations as Southsea are the only Regatta before the South
Coast Championships were the Clubs from the two Associations meet competativley.
A further complication was the blustery conditions which put in doubt the
continuation of the regatta on a number of occasions.
In spite of these difficulties the two men’s Novice Crews – an “A” crew - Dale
Buckett, Sam Corney, Andreas Hicks and Max Reeve with Bryony Reeve coxing and
"B" crew of - Charlie Gedling, Charlie Norman, Joe Norman, Harvey Kirkby with Ed
Newnham coxing both performed well in their respective heats – and both
qualified for the final – where the “B” crew produced an outstanding performance
to win the race by two clear lengths to give Ryde its first Novice Men’s win for
several years. The “A” crew, with a less favourable lane draw, found things a
little more difficult finishing in 7th place.
Two of these Juniors then competed in the Men’s Novice sculls – with Sam Corney
comfortably qualifying for the final and Harvey Kirkby finishing in 5th place in
his heat and just missing out. In the final Sam sculled exceptionally well to
finish in 2nd place – the highest placed sculler from the Hants & Dorset rowing
The Club also had a Ladies Novice four racing made up of Bryony Reeve, Gemma
Smith, Leanne Mitchell and Sophie Brown with Max Reeve coxing and they continue
to show an improvement each week although they failed to make the final on this
SouthseaRRCNovB2.jpg - Charlie Norman, Ed Newnham (Cox), Joe Norman, Charlie
Gedling, Harvey Kirkby.
SouthseaRRCNovB1.jpg - Charlie Gedling, Joe Norman, Ed Newnham (Cox), Harvey
Kirkby, Charlie Gedling.