Hamble River Rowing

Boxing Day Row

A core group of hardy rowers braved the weather for a row up the river on Boxing Day.  With enough layers on, the -3 temperature was bearable as long as you didn’t stop rowing!

Those who made it were treated to a beautiful day on the river.

December 2010 - January 2011

New Years Day Row

As the thick heads cleared on New Years morning , those  members who were able to,  rowed up the river for a nice long row, trying to burn off the excesses of too many mince pies and champagne!!

The scouts joined us bringing three of their boats, with a few very little scouts on very big oars!!!

There was only one thing to be done when the water dropped, toast in the New Year at the Jolly Sailor.

After much organising of boats and trailers, Hamble River Rowing had it’s first outing to foreign waters on February 19th

The Langstone Cutters suggested a row up the Itchen, which seemed  a good idea to join them.  

15 rowers from HRR made it out on a dry but slightly chilly day, with a mixture of 2 and 4 man gigs.

 Thankfully the weather cleared up in time for us to row  from  the Itchen Bridge to Priory Hard.  The Langstone’s were feeling a bit hardier so they went all the way up to Woodmill, we just made our  way to The Junction Inn for a few  mighty fine pints of ale and a hearty lunch, before we all made our way back to the bridge with a following tide and belly full of beer!

An excellent start to the rowing season, may there be many more outings to come.

 February 2011

The first of the the new gigs has finally hit the water, in time for the first Tuesday night row of the year.  Complete with gates and Macon oars, she should be a very quick and balanced craft.  

Training has begun for the first rowing race of the season.  The Hamble River Raid

For those wanting to get involved I would stress that you will get the best possible return, i.e. Total satisfaction for a job well done, sore bottom , blistered hands and an immense sense of well being.

Discuss, liaise and plan with fellow club members as to how best to train and participate in the Hamble River Raid.

It is not about brute force it is about skill, synergy and smoothness. Pick the crew, trim the boat get a good (light) cox and go for it. And if you can get Phil Meakins to give you some tips then even better.

As to blistered hands - practise and harden up those palms.

and sore bottoms - wear thick knickers.

Don’t forget this is a charity event to raise money for Hamble Sea Scouts, only £25 pounds per entry, (that’s £ 5.00 per head including cox per boat). Small beer

Which by the way will be available, along with a pig roast, tombola and general jollifications !

So sign up now and we can allocate boats.                                                                                                                    


Congratulations to all those who took part in this years Hamble River Raid.  It was a fantastic day of rowing.  The sun shone down on us all, allowing the crews to sweat it out in the beautiful sunshine.

17 boats entered, ranging from the Sea Scout Egrets, Trinity 500’s,   a 15’ Acorn Skiff  and a large number of Bursledon gigs.

After almost an hour of racing all of the boats where home within 13 minutes of each other.  A very good effort from everyone.  

25 club members took part in 4 of our club gigs, with a big well done to Jo, Beccy, Alison, Lucy and Doug, who  won the Foulkes Dead eye Trophy and the Britannia Blade.

May Hamble River Raid

Netley Rowing Regatta - 19th June

Meeting at the AbbeyFields in Netley, the rowing club took part in their first away regatta.

With the conditions rather blustery, and the tide coming in, the water was pretty choppy.   It was going to be an interesting day of racing.


Thankfully, the gigs have enough freeboard that with a slight adjustment to the rowing style, the boats were able to make their way  up the courses without too much trouble.  Slightly damp trousers at the end of each race, but good fun!!

The two Hamble River Rowing gigs made a good showing, beating all of the other gigs, except the expertly rowed Mistress, crewed by the Hand family, and a random Cornish pilot gig, that was twice as long as the bursledon gigs!!

A good day  had by  all.  Thanks to the Netley Sea scouts for putting on the event.  We will be back next year.

Row to pub - supper in Hamble.

The fine evenings have given the club a chance to stretch their legs and row down the river with the falling tide, have a lovely supper in the K&Q, while waiting for the tide to turn, before rowing back in the dusk.

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