Hamble River Rowing
The trials and tribulations of this seasons rowing.
Osea Island race 16th May
The season of racing began with a wet and windy race around Osea Island, on the Black water. The Rum Runners returned to defend last years trophy, bringing with them the newly refurbished green gig, named the GGGG’s.
With the tide running well and the wind up to 25knts on the nose all the way to the island, the Armada of boats, from a number of different rowing clubs, battled their way up and around the course. Many a wave were seen crashing over bows and filling backs of shorts = wet trolleys!!! Taking a good half hour longer to complete the course, compared to last years times, all boat crews were glad to get back to the shore to dry off, enjoy a well earned beer and an excellent bbq.
The prize giving saw the GGGG’s pick up the Bursledon gig trophy as well as the small gig trophy. Well done guys, a good start to the season.
Jamie and Lorraine Grant purchased one of the original Bursledon gigs, that was sadly not being used any more, and needed some serious love and TLC. After hours of toil and hard work, they made the gig come back to life, and in memory of Jamies’ late father, who’s inheritance helped to pay for the refit, it was renamed the GGGG’s ( The Graham Grant Green Gig)
Hull re polished
Interior refurbished and new foot boards fitted
Padding on seats fitted and name graphics added
Botley Curry row -
This years evening away rows kicked off with an impressive 31 people rowing up the river to enjoy a curry at the Purbani curry house in Botley, followed by a beautiful moon lit row home in the calm still evening light.
Hamble River Raid 23rd May
Once launched from which ever end of the river, the armada of 50 craft gathered together, Trinity 500's from Portsmouth and Warsash Sea Cadets, Egrets from Hamble Sea Scouts, Bursledon Gigs from Hamble River Rowing and individual local teams, the Langstone Cutters fielded a huge raiding fleet which in due course proved to justify their prowess as they pillaged the Trophy table! We welcomed back old timers in both the rowing and canoeing fleets and we were pleased to greet new competitors from the world of the Outrigger canoe field, Stand up paddlers and kayakers.
The starting process got under way, the first to go were the Trinity 500's and it must be said that the committee & crowd were mightily impressed by the winning boat from Portsmouth which powered through with great stamina. These boats are not the lightest or fleetest but ideal for their designed purpose. The winning boat truly deserved their trophy. In addition to the Trinity 500's we were pleased to see that these training boats have done their job and two young Warsash cadets having got the rowing bug had come along in sliding seat Yoles.
Now it was the turn of the Bursledon Gigs, the boats that started the River Raid over 10 years ago and what a close competition. At one time we thought the 'Gigglers' had pulled a blinder and won overall, but with the staggered start it was always going to be down to the maths and times. Needless to say the 'Elephant Racing Team' maintained their reputation and held the Coxswains Oar for fastest Bursledon Gig by being 67 seconds ahead of Joe Dodds & team in Exocet ! Perhaps the most exciting race should noted between the 2nd to 4th boat, Joe's team in 2nd were ahead of the Shepherd family in 4th by just 18 seconds with Tim & Nick Hand with their pals in between at 3rd ! That said the Bursledon Gigs glory in an abundance of trophies and Exocet took the NEW Captains Gig trophy, The 4 GGGG's took the Foulkes Dead eye and the 'Jolly Sailors 'Concourse de' Elegance trophy. The 'Gangsta Grans' carried home the Methuselah's scull AND the Rose Bowl, Netley Sea Scouts the Britannia Oar, Hamble Sea Scouts in Michael Schmidt Gig took the New Elephant Gig trophy and Hannah & Team in 'Point Source' took the 'Daisy Bowl'.
The Elephant Boat Yard team, rowing all the way to the bell on the beach, to win the Coxwains trophy
Elephant boat yard -
The Rum Runners, storming through the course to win the Foulkes Dead Eye Trophy.
The GGGG’s -
The Gangsta Grans, showing the youngsters how it’s done, winning the Methuselah’s trophy and the Rose Bowl.
Gangsta Grans -
The Goody Twoshoes team, putting up a good fight and rowing hard.
Goody Two shoes -
Next to step up to the line were those stately Solent Galleys and the lovely Zachary from great Raid Supporter Guy Fisher. These boats were set off at 30 second intervals to give clear water in these tight waters of the Hamble river. Chris Partridge took Bembridge took victory in the Solent Galley class gaining the new 'Hamble Key trophy' and in addition the Hamble River Combined Clubs Trophy for fastest Fixed seat boat overall. Zachary took home the Megaphone trophy for fastest Mega gig beating the Hamble Sea Scouts in Mercury the Cornish Pilot Gig which turned in an impressive speed but not quite as polished as Guys well honed team.
The 2015 Hamble River Raid really was a celebration of paddle, this year a real touch of glamour and colour was provided by The Royal Canoe club and the Household cavalry who travelled down with their outrigger canoes to compete. The Royal canoe club carried home the Raiders Paddle .
The last group to go were the Canoes and Kayaks. Tom Barnard travelled up from Bere Regis and held on to the Inspiration Marine Group multi handed canoe trophy while Chris Blacker won the 1st Singles place in his amazing modern kneeling canoe. Susan retained the River Raid single handed kayak trophy and the double handed kayak trophy was awarded to Gerry Conway. The fastest Kayaks were the amazing K2’s and two of these leviathans went head to head with the Hamble River Racing Squad pipping Andre Hinves team. Again great sport.
A fantastic day of racing had by all. More photos available on ‘Hamble River Raid’ facebook page.