Ryde Rowing Club’s veteran four came out winners at the club regatta on Saturday. Pictured are Simon Saunders, Mick Jenner, Nick Pike, stroke Russell Page and cox Bryony Reeve. Picture by Ashely Vaughan.
RYDE rowers continued where they left off last week at the club’s annual championship at Appley on Saturday.
The home club followed three championship victories at Bournemouth regatta last week by winning four races on Saturday to take the Aggregate Shield.
Despite concerns about the weather leading up to the event, conditions were kind on the day, enabling more than 100 crews from 12 clubs — nine mainland and three Island — to take part.
Ryde’s men’s senior four, Sam Cocker, Tom Clark, Matt Allsopp, Ian Hayden and cox Ed Newnham, were successful again, as were the men’s junior-senior team, Harvey Kirkby, Charlie and Joe Norman and Charlie Gedling, with Max Reeve coxing.
Ryde’s men’s veteran four, Simon Saunders, Mick Jenner, Nick Pike and Russell Page, with Bryony Reeve coxing, also won again, while the men’s junior pair, Dale Buckett and Sam Corney, went one better than at Bournemouth by winning Ryde’s fourth race.
Regatta secretary Stephen Bull, said it was a good day all round.
"The regatta went really well and Ryde had some good results," he said.
"Although it is early days, we are leading the championship and I can’t remember us having a start like that."
Newport Rowing Club enjoyed some encouraging results, notably its ladies’ novice fours A crew of Fran Ladd, Maddie Taylor, Emily Ladd and Sarah Rigby, with coxswain Anja Bennett, who finished runners-up.
Its B crew, Lizzie Maddin, Anna Webb, Beth Baylis, Megan Griffiths and experienced coxswain Claire Salter, finished fourth in their first-ever coastal regatta.
Ryde mayor Cllr David Woodward, presented the awards.
• More pictures in the Friday, May 25, County Press.