Ryde’s winning men’s junior four, from left, Adam Edwards, Stephen Johnson, James Cleary and Ollie Gove.
RYDE rowers have done it again and achieved selection by the Hants and Dorset ARA to represent the county at the South Coast Rowing Championships next month.
Ryde Rowing Club’s men’s junior four, of James Cleary, Stephen Johnson, Ollie Gove, Adam Edwards and cox Max Reeve claimed their seventh win of the season on Saturday at Poole Regatta, to win the club’s 42nd Hants and Dorset ARA Championship title. It is the 36th time the club has represented the association at the South Coast Championships.
After a season-long rivalry with Lymington, it was a relatively easy win on Saturday, taking their heat with ease before winning the final by three lengths, having led all the way.
There was also an excellent performance from the club’s men’s novice crew of Callum Lockhart, Will Ford, Isaac Cornish, James Smith and coxed by Mick Jenner in the heat and Max Reeve in the final.
They finished third in their heat to qualify for their first final, where they came second behind Newport in a final dominated by the IW.
The junior ladies’ four of Steph Kissick, Charlotte Price, Gemma Smith, Alicia Stokes and cox Mick Jenner coxing, missed out on a place in the final by the narrowest of margins, finishing fourth in their heat after a strong performance.
The club’s ladies’ senior four of Sophie Brown, Hayley Spall, Lou Maidment, Maddie Dunn and cox Max Reeve came fourth in their final with an improved display.
Meanwhile, determination finally paid off as Newport’s men’s novice A four finally secured a victory.
Andy Wood, Dan Page, Jody Daish, Mark Crook and cox Karen Crook got off to a great start, coming second in their heat.
Dan said: "It was the final that really mattered and we knew we needed to keep something in the tank for that. Our coach, Nick, told us to exert our dominance early on in the final.
"If we could push ahead at the start we were going to be in a strong position."
They got off to a flying start and never relinquished their lead, going so strongly they finished a full ten boat lengths ahead of their rivals to win in real style. The win means the crew move up to junior status for the final two regattas of the season.
Three Newport ladies crews also ventured over, with a fifth place finish in the final for the junior coastal B four of Carla Norris, Casey Mayne, Natalie Bee and Louisa Burt (with cox Alex Robertson in their heat and Karen Crook in the final).
The junior coastal A four of Maggie Read, Charlotte Crook, Anna Webb, Megan Griffiths and cox Karen Crook came fourth in their heat, while there was a fifth place in a straight ladies’ senior fours final for Nikki Whiller, Kim Salter, Maddie Taylor, Jenni Hyland and cox Claire Salter.
In addition to Ryde and Newport, Shanklin took a large contingent to the regatta, with their juniors taking centre stage.
The girls’ J16 four, of Amber de Landro, Hannah Cusworth, Hannah Shaw, Rebecca Nigh and cox Alex Robertson, were half a length down on BTC at the halfway point but pushed hard and took victory by two feet.
The club had four members racing in the men’s J16 sculls, with Robert Kettlety coming third, and Joe Murray, Matt Miselbach and Harry Miselbach finishing fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.
Matt and Harry were joined by Jaimey Wain and Joe Robertson, and cox Robert, in the men’s J16 four, where they came fifth, while in the ladies’ J16 sculls, Hannah Cusworth faced a BTC sculler and an adaptive rower from Westover.
She struggled on her inside lane as the wind continued to push her inshore, and eventually finished second, not far off the winner, leaving the question of what could've been had the conditions not been so bad.
The men's junior four, of Joe Murray, Robert Kettlety, Matt Miselbach, Alex Robertson and cox Gary Burch came fifth in their race, after struggling in the unfavourable outside lanes.
Shanklin’s junior sculler Alex was the sole entry for his race. It was therefore scratched.