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 -  Botley, for a curry or lasagna and then rowed back on the falling tide with an increasing beautiful red sky.

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 - Saturday 28th August.

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 - two handed ladies  race, was the next gig race, this was supported by two sets of crews from HRR.  Unfortunately  other boats cutting  across these gigs made rowing in a straight line a little tricky!!  Neither of our ladies teams won that race, but they didn’t embarrass or disgrace them selves either.  Well done to Janet, Amanda, Janette and Lorraine.  Better luck next year.

BBQ at Fairthorne Manor  - Saturday 14th August.

Cancelled due to bad weather

After a number of small races in the pool area, it was time for the four handed gig race.- 2 men, 2 women.  In the green gig we had Colin, Simon, Nicole, Georgie and Mo,  on cox.  They had a cracking race with a few tangles with other boats coming in with the middle of the pack.  The Park Gate boats crew of Nicki H, Di R, Anthony, Luke and Tom as cox,  seemed to have a slightly clearer run and it looked like they may have got  a 2nd in this race.  Well done guys.

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’ -  two handed race.  Anthony,  Luke and Georgie on cox  made a gallant effort pulling away well, at the start, before having a bit of a tangle with the oars!

The last gig race of the day was the Kerala Dash - six handed fun race - no prizes for the winner, just the Honour and Glory of all!!!!!  The park gate boat crew of Georgie, Nicki H, Catrina, Di, Janet, Amanda and Janette on cox set off for the start line, with the green boat comprising of a scratch crew including  Lorraine and some of her family and friends, who where bullied into taking part, weaved their way through the small boats to get them selves to the start line too.

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!!  

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