Hamble River Rowing
April New members event
Our kick off event for prospective new members, was held on Saturday 7th April at 11 am, at the Jolly Sailor. The day was blessed with some of the best weather of the year to date, and a really good turnout of local people keen to find out about recreational rowing on the river.
Around 80 people turned up at The Jolly Sailor with a mix of experienced rowers to complete novices.
Several Bursledon Gigs were on hand, and were kept busy rowing out and around Lands End Point and back. With the sun out and the river at it’s best, it was a great day and everyone seemed to have a good time.
May Hamble River Raid
Saturday saw a record turnout for the Hamble River Raid. The boats and their crews assembled on the foreshore for the event organised by the Hamble Sea Scouts.
The start was from the beach by the Hamble town quay, the crews had to run down the each and launch their boats like a nautical version of the ‘Le Mans’ start. The course ran up the river to the Jolly Sailor pub (the landlord John, had entered a team and very kindly provided beer for the event by way of sponsorship) Once around the turning mark it was back down river. A sea breeze had picked up making the final stretch from Crablake past Bunny Meadows a hard pull to wind ward.
The race wasn’t over until the crew stepped ashore on the beach.
Pub row to Horse and Jockey
Forty of us rowed up on the last of the high tide to the Horse and Jockey Pub in Curbridge -
July A new gig.
We have ordered a brand new Gig. It will hopefully arrive before Bursledon Regatta, but we may not have finished it by then. We will have it on display and try to recruit some new members. The budget is really tight to finish the boat of, so if you haven’t paid your subscription yet or have a pot of gold, let us know!
Netley Sea scouts new boat has arrived looking like this, hopefully ours wont need quite so much work doing to it to finish it!!!!
Sport England Grant.
We have put in an application to Sport England for funds to buy 2 new Gigs. Keep your fingers crossed, the process will take some weeks before we hear anything!
Bursledon Regatta -
After a dismal week’s weather Saturday dawned a beautiful sunny day, perfect for rowing.
The good news was we had 3 gigs to use for the afternoon, so an hour of running around trying to find any members in attendance and organise crews into boats for the relevant races in sued. Hopefully we found everybody who wanted to row!!??
The three handed boat sheath race was the first gig race of the day, unfortunately no body seemed keen to do this race, too many big lads with carbon oars might have had something to do with that!! Hopefully we can level out the playing field more next year.
The Lands End Sprint -
BBQ at Fairthorne Manor -
Cancelled due to bad weather
After a number of small races in the pool area, it was time for the four handed gig race.-
With the water carnival over, and Andy C having successfully navigated his elephant shaped gig back to the dock! it was time for the ‘Lands End Sprint’ -
The last gig race of the day was the Kerala Dash -
After five minutes of jostling for positions on the start line, Glyn gave up trying to get all the boats straight and just let them go.! The yachting sports gig nearest the shore and the blue gig furthest out managed to pull off well from the line and then rowed towards each other, creating a perfect pincer movement for the boats in the middle!! Lorraine’s gig with Mo coxing managed to pop out in front while the rest of the boats spent 5 minutes untangling them selves! Remarkably the green gig held her lead to win the race, with the remainder of the fleet catching up fast. Who needs long carbon oars when you have luck on your side!!!!
Well done everybody, an enjoyable day’s rowing had by all. Thanks go out to Glyn Foulkes for running the races and Jamie Grant for spending the afternoon out on the rib marshalling the carnage!!