The Ryde Rowing Club Regatta on Saturday had to be abandoned on safety grounds due to unfavourable weather conditions. It was the first time in around 30 years that a Ryde regatta had been lost to the prevailing sea conditions. It seems unlikely that it will be possible to rearrange it this year.
However the Shanklin Rowing Club’s Regatta returned to the Island on Sunday after a three-year, Covid related, break with Shanklin celebrating their largest club entry for a single regatta and winning the Nationwide Shield for setting the record for the highest number of wins (eight) at a single regatta.
Daisy and Emily Faithfull secured the Ladies Senior Pairs, with the Junior Pairs won by Yas Wright and Kayleigh Batchelor, who also took the top two spots in the Senior Sculls. Rachael Debenham also clinched a narrow victory in the Novice Sculls, crossing the line by half a length.
The Men’s Novice 4 of Arlo Adds, Ben Smith, John Langborne and Ollie Hatch with Daisy Faithfull coxing, secured a comfortable four length win, and are promoted to Junior status.
There was also podium success for Alex Robertson and Joe Evans-Murray, who also teamed up with Ethan Walters & Fred Giemza-Pipe in the Senior Fours.
Shanklin Juniors also had success, winning all three quad races, and the Junior 14 crew of Evie Crew, Poppy Lawrence, Izzy Bounds and Daisy Faithfull secured third in their first ever race as a crew.
For Ryde Rowing Club, their Novice A team of Yogi Ashworth, Lars Groothuis, Issac Gibson and Dan Sanderson, coxed by Mai MacKay had the best Ryde result of the day finishing in fourth place in the final.