The J16 crew of Robert Kettlety ( Str ) , Alex Robertson and Joe Monger along with another rower, raced in the 1000 meter race at Western Shore Southampton. The crew led early from the start establishing an early lead that was progressively increased to what was a convincing 5 length victory by the end of the race. Kettlety also raced in the Men’s novice four, along with Samuel Miselbach. Despite a worrying performance in the heat, they turned it around in the final to come second overhauling 4 other crews, and losing only to a very talented crew from Poole ARC. Both Alex Robertson and Samel Miselbach also raced in the Men’s Novice Single Sculls, with Sam racing in his forthcoming Fours final, he was mindful of the effort he would put in during the race. Alex led out of the start along with two other rowers and Miselbach lead the chasing pack in 4th. As the race progressed Robertson competed for first with one other Coalporters sculler. Losing his lead in the latter stages of the race he attempted to regain that lead in a sprint finish, but failing to overhaul his opponent.
Ryde rowing club members Sophie Brown, Gemma Smith, Charlie Geddling and Joe Norman also raced at the regatta. Gemma and Sophie raced in the Ladies Fours, putting in a fine effort in there heat, but narrowly missing out on the final. Joe and Charlie raced in the Men's Junior Senior Fours, an event in which they had already won the collective championship for after winnning the most races in the season. They once again took victory to end a good season for them.
South Coast Championships 2012
Sandown Bay Academy enjoyed a large number of pupils attending the South Coast Rowing Championships in Bideford, North Devon. Racing against not only the regular crews from the region, but clubs from as far as Dover and Torquay. The following pupils represented Shanklin and Ryde Rowing Clubs:
Shanklin Rowing Club
Joe Murray, Joe Monger, Robert Kettlety, Alex Robertson and Samuel Misselbach.
Joe Norman, Charlie Geddling, Sophie Brown and Gemma Smith.
Shanklins Mens Novice Four of Robert Kettltey, Alex Robertson and Sam Miselbach won their heat convincingly and led the final until the half way mark, before being overhauled by an impressive crew. The crew took a clear cut second. Ryde’s Junior Senior men, Joe Norman and Charlie Geddling raced in the Championship race for the junior senior fours, a race made up of the most successful junior senior fours on the South Coast. In an extremely exciting race they took victory by the finest of margins in a fantastic performance! Ryde’s Ladies Novice Four, with Gemma Smith and Sophie Brown narrowly missed out on a place in the final after coming 3rd in their heat.
On the Sunday, both clubs took part in the Junior Regatta. Shanklin’s first race of the day came with Alex Robertson’s heat for the J16 single sculls, a race he won by two lengths, placing him the final, half an hour later. In between the heat and final, Sam Miselbach raced an impressive race to take 4th in the J18 single sculls. Robertson then raced his final and in a close dash for the line took the 3rd place he'd held all race to claim a bronze medal. Shanklin’s J16 Quad of Joe Murray, Alex Robertson, Joe Monger and Robert Kettlety raced a good race that would have put them into the final had they not have got a blade caught in the water close to finish. Joe Murray and Robert Kettlety then raced in the J16 Double, where they were placed 5th out of 6 in their difficult heat.
Ryde’s Gemma Smith and Sophie Brown raced in the ladies j16 quad. They won their heat in fine style booking themselves a place in the final. In a very tough field the crew shinned through to take a well-earned 4th place.
If anyone wishes to start rowing, Shanklin Rowing club train on a Tuesday and Thursday at 6 o’clock. The club is opposite the lift on Shanklin Esplanade. The club welcomes anyone new, all shapes and sizes!