Ryde Boys J15 crew going afloat at Nottingham for their final, from left, cox Austin Smith, Joel Smith, Dom Douglas, Jacob Redstone and stroke Joe Groves.
RYDE Rowing Club maintained their strong record of regional representation when five junior oarsman represented Wessex Region in the National Junior Inter-Regional’s Regatta, at the National Water Sports Centre, Nottingham, on Saturday.
The championships is contested by the 11 British rowing regions, with the Thames region split into two (Thames Upper and Thames Lower) to make 12 teams.
All events are raced over 1,500 metres, with the heats timed and the fastest six crews going through to the grande, or A, finale, with the others into the petite — B final.
A points system is applied, determined by the results to establish which region are the national champions.
The standard of racing is very high, with a number of junior internationals and crews from the top public schools competing.
Ryde crew of Joel Smith, Dom Douglas, Jacob Redstone and Joe Groves, with Austin Smith coxing, had reluctantly accepted the boys’ J15 sweep slot — which the Wessex selectors had been unable to fill — over their preferred quad scull event — in support of the team.
Unfortunate enough to be drawn in the unfavourable sixth lane in the heat, where there was a clear advantage to an inside draw, the crew struggled in the blustery conditions, finishing in fifth to claim a place in the B final.
There they produced a much-improved performance, finishing in third place and ninth overall, contributing to the Wessex team’s 71 points total, which will be regarded as disappointing if not unexpected from the depleted team.