In spite of five impressive wins for the Wightlink sponsored Ryde Rowing Club at Woolston Regatta on Saturday - their was slight disappointment in that it should have been more with three second places from crews that have won this season.
The best Ryde performance of the day came from their Men's Novice/J16 Four of Ian Dyer, James Eklund, Tom Clark and Jamie Lawson, coxed by Clare Salter, who have showed mixed form this season but this time got everything right. Competing first in the Men's J16 Coxed Fours this young crew rowed well to win this race. They then competed in the more challenging Men's Coxed Fours event - against older and stronger opposition - where their superior technique saw them through to a second win.
Nick Pike won his 6th consecutive Men's Senior Sculls event to almost ensure that he will retain this Championship - he just needs one more win from the last six Regattas. He was chased home by Ryde Sculler Matt Allsopp, with Mike Jenner in 4th.
Novice Sculler, Ben Ade, will be glad that the planned late start time of the Regatta allowed him to complete his work commitments in the morning and then travel to Southampton as he comfortably won the Men's Novice Sculls event, with Club colleague Tom Clark finishing in 4th place.
Matt Allsopp and Ben Churchill were comfortable winners of the Double Sculls event - a trial event that is growing in popularity with entries only limited by the number of boats available.
There were also good performances but frustrating results in the other fours events contested by the Club. In the Senior Men the crew of Nick Pike, Mike Jenner, Matt Allsopp and Ian Hayden with Penny Glazzard coxing finished 2nd behind BTC after leading for much of the race, following a mishap on the way back from the turn. The Junior Senior Men's Four of Matt Evans, Adam Other, Ben Churchill and Sam Cocker, with Penny Glazzard coxing beat rivals Southsea - but were in turn beaten by an Itchen crew into second place - and the Junior Ladies crew of Hayley Edwards, Aimee Dibbens, Kim Salter, Clare Salter and cox Adam Edwards produced their best performance for a couple of weeks but were also beaten giving the Club a yet another second place.
The Ryde Club will be competing on the Island this coming Saturday as Newport Rowing Club stage their Annual Regatta off the East Cowes promenade.
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