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Committee members to be elected for 2016

Emma Cheetham orchestrated the elections and the results were as follows.
Position Nominee
Chaiman Jim Chadwick-Williams                                                               Deputy Chairman Emma Cheetham
Treasurer Paul Horsford
Meetings Secretary Di Roberts
Club Captain Terry
IT & Webmaster Jamie (& Loz)
Bosun Anthony Hewitt-Hicks
Publicity Jenny Gatland
Social Events Mel Smith, Jo Hill & Katy Peat.


Hi Rowers,

It is time for our Club AGM and to elect a Committee for the 2016 season.  The AGM is to be held on Tuesday 26th Jan at 7pm. at the Hamble Sea Scouts HQ off Hamble Lane (Signposted The Police HQ the Scout HQ is through the gate straight ahead of you 100 yards after turning off Hamble Lane).
The main purposes of the AGM will be to review 2015, elect a new Committee, set subscriptions and pick up ideas to be added to plans for 2016.  An Agenda will be forthcoming, shortly.
This year we will have only 4 elected Officers on the Committee – Chair, Deputy Chair, Secretary and Treasurer – plus an election of a Club Captain.  Other Members will be co-opted to take responsibility for small parts of our activity:-
  • Publicity
  • Club Communications and website
  • Social events
  • Expeditions
  • Competitions/racing
  • Maintenance
Some members have already indicated their willingness to help, but don’t let this stop you from volunteering to be on the Committee or help another Committee Member.
Nominations for the 4 elected Officers should be emailed by 18th January, stating which 2 Members are proposing and seconding that Member. Volunteers for other roles can also email the Secretary.  A short description of all the Committee roles is attached.  Spreading the load will make it manageable.
I hope we will be able to organise refreshments for the 26th!
Happy New Year.

Bursledon Regatta 2015 – Gig Racing Results

Saturday 23th Aug The Boat Yard Sheave Race
Start No. Overall
Position Boat Entrant Oars Time Blade Position
7 1 Point Source Hamble Sea Scouts Open 16.03.40
12 2 Exocet Hamble Sea Scouts Open 16.20.12
4 3 Giggler Shepherds Open 16.28.25
1 4 Constance Yachting Sports Open 16.28.85
2 5 Elephant Elephant Boatyard Open 16.36.52
11 6 Mistress Hand family ScullingBlades 16.56.06 1
5 7 Saxayhuaman Simon Goodison ScullingBlades 17.25.13 2
10 8 River Rats Margi Gordon ScullingBlades 17.31.26 3
8 9 Michael Schmidt Hamble Sea Scouts Open 17.32.46
3 10 Graham Grant Green Gig Rum Runners Sculling Blades 17.53.93
6 11 On the Rocks Amanda Richards Sculling Blades 18.07.42
9 12 Sir Harry Crichton Netley Sea Scouts Sculling Blades 23.07.76

Rowing to Wareham – Saturday 1st August

Wareham is on the west side of Poole Harbour about 2 miles up the River Frome, a narrow river through reed beds and marshes. There is a pub on the Quay and a hotel with a garden just below the bridge..

It is difficult to launch in Poole Harbour because the whole of the west side is a nature reserve and the nearest slipway is at Rockley Point, about 3 miles from the river mouth, though we will have to avoid going up Wareham’s other river, the Piddle. At Rockley Point they charge £37 pd for slipway use and car and trailer parking.

On Sat 1st Aug HW is at about 1251 and we could stay for up to 3 hours after HW. Rowing in with the tide we should allow 1.5 hrs (max) to get there. If the wind is from the west it will be quicker coming back than going. Tides help in both directions. So the adventure might look like this:

  • 2000 Friday (Half tide) – Get boat(s) on trailer(s) at Lands End Hard
  • 0930 Sat – Leave Bursledon towing boat(s)
  • 1100 – Get to Rockley Point and launch
  • 1130 – Leave Rockley Point
  • 1300 – Arrive Wareham and have leisurely lunch and/or walk
  • 1530 – Leave Wareham
  • 1700 – Recover boats at Rockley
  • 1830 – Reach Bursledon and leave boats on trailers
  • 1000 Sun – Launch boats at Lands End Hard

What do we need:

  • At least one more car with a towing hitch – Di has one but it would be good to take 2 boats
  • Agreement to pay £10 a head towards parking and petrol


  • If the wind is to be strong or the weather very wet we would cancel.
  • Langstone Cutters may join us, bringing a Solent Galley
  • It may be possible for Members to do 1 way only, if someone else can drive their car from Rockley to Wareham, or we may have to do this if too many want to go.

Ashlet Creek Row 4th July

HW is at 1347.  We will start from Hamble Point Marina.  Terry will tow 3 Gigs down from Bursledon and use his RIB as a Safety boat.  It will take about 45 minutes to get there so we should aim to leave Hamble Point around 1230.  We will have to row out of the Hamble against the tide and, probably, back in against the tide.  Strong winds will lead to a cancelation.
You can book a place on the events page of the website.  See you there.

Tuesday 3rd Feb

A quick thank you to all those who attended the ‘Hamble River Rowing Jolly Sailor new season kick start supper’ – Gosh what a mouthful

And indeed it was, as usual a lovely supper from Amanda and her team served with warmth and laughter. Combined with this was the generous discount matched and returned to the club for maintenance funds. I am happy to report that we raised £ 63.70 which will go towards varnish, sand paper, brushes and other required items. So thank you John and Amanda, Tara and team.

And of course we must thank them for their continued support of the club, we would be stymied without them.

Thank you to Jim for sleuthing out various events to attend and to add to our diaries. Plenty of new ones as well as the old favourites. I will transcribe these for posting soon ( or Jim could you bash them over to me and we can cut and paste? ) Cheers in advance.

Good to see Jamie and Lorraine back safely with Emma and Jo and here’s all the best to them as they prepare the Green gig that will be named in honour of Jamie’s father. More to follow when she is ready for her debut.

A big thank you to all those who attended the ‘big strip & rub down’ to prepare the Egret and Blue Gig, Thank you to Bryan for attending to the thwarts. All is ready for when the weather warms up a tad so that we can apply the ‘Wood skin’ to the gunwales and seats. Once that is done the Egret and Blue gig will look splendid and we can then address the others.

Thank you Terry who has taken away a USB stick full of Hamble River Raid info which he will load up on to the River Raid Website, so keep an eye out for that. I will shortly produce the booklet and get that out too.

As an aside I have been in consultation with the Hamble Parish Council re, the raid, primarily because of the Lifeboat station re-build and it’s impact on staging the event but again they look very kindly on rowing and have gone out of their way to ensure all will run smoothly. As indeed does MDL / Hamble Point Marina who have kindly allowed the club to keep the gigs ashore at HPM with Michael Schmidt & Partner. To sum up we all belong to a group of River users who are promoting ‘grass roots’ type boating, with minimal impact on the environment, a healthy use of the river and of course open to all.

As the spring encroaches don’t be afraid to follow ‘Mole’s example and push out to ‘spring clean the boats so that we can all enjoy the river this season. Just call me if you have any questions.

And finally congratulations to Bobby on her birthday and generous and lovely surprise of producing a truly, yummy, gooey chocolate cake to wrap up the evening meal with, 21 again and a summer to look forward to!

All the best and see you soon either on the water or scraping and varnishing.

Andy Cunningham

Winter Sundays

The last three Sundays in January, two boats, full of happy rowers have made their way down river to join the queue at the Blue Star Café, enjoying the usual refreshments before making their way back.

This time of year the river offers a continuing sight of all the birds that flock to the mud flats.

The last Sunday we passed the Brent geese with their gentle low pitched calls, who were busy feeding in groups along the shore. As we came round the point at Land’s End we were able to pass close to those geese at the water’s edge, beaks busy foraging and indifferent to us.

The lapwings that rise and swirl, the ducks the swans the dunlins, there is something to see at almost every stroke.

This Sunday despite the cold wind and a falling tide 11 persons were there to row.

The proposal to row down to the fighting top then across to Universal for coffee seemed a good plan and soon put into action.

Thank you to those who came and rowed made these days possible. And thank you to Brian for mending the foot rest for Gig one

What Sundays were made for…

Sunday Morning October 19th

Despite an unpromising early  greyness, six of us were at the Jolly Sailor and ready to row by 10.0am or soon after. We set off with a light ebb but against a stiff gusting wind. A minor contretemps and capsize in the lazer fleet was a momentary diversion.  We got to the Chinese Bridge in good time where we did a change around of passenger and cox. There was no queue at the café and we were soon on the balcony with teas, coffees and bacon butties and friendly chatter as we watched the boats on the river and the fisherman with his proud catch.

The natural world is always there to enjoy. Before we set off we watched a couple of male swans in a territorial battle. Further down river we noted that the Brent geese are back and we saw a stilt and there were the wind ruffled swan family on the Hamble shore.

The wind certainly helped the return row. When we stopped to change rowers the wind kept moving us up river. So we relaxed and just took in the view for several minutes before bending to the oars.

The sun was straying for longer periods from behind the clouds so the seats on the other gigs were dry but the rain water hadn’t evaporated. Everyone then got cheerfully stuck in in oiling and bailing and cleaning.

Sunday morning rows have become a highlight of the week and windy or calm sunny or dull the row is always different and never regretted. Every rower at some time or other feels the need to express just how amazing it is and how lucky we are.

Di Roberts