Events 2022

After a successful event in 2021, the virtual 5 miles from home challenge is taking place again in 2022. A couple of crews took part in 2021 and enjoyed being part of an international event, without having to leave the river! Further information can be found by clicking on this link:  For us to take part, the tides work well at the following times:

Wednesday 20 April


Thursday 21 April


Friday 22 April


Saturday 23 April 


Saturday 19 March 10am to 2pm Random Rowing Regatta organised by Mike Gilbert from the Coastal Rowing Academy. This will be held at Northney Marina, Hayling Island PO11 0NH. The event will be a mixed boat and mixed crew fun event. There will be access to pilot gigs, St Ayles Skiffs, Celtic Longboats, Solent Galleys and FISA Quads for clubs and rowers to take part in some sprint races in Chichester Harbour. This will be a good opportunity for anyone in the club to go along and try out different boats. 

More info and

26 March: Invite from Mike Gilbert of the Coastal Rowing Academy

You and all your Club Members are invited to come along on Saturday 26th March 2022; to the Coastal Rowing Academy, Northney Marina, Northney Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0NH at from 12 midday to see and try a Spanish Traineras- a forty foot, thirteen oared rowing boat.

Our guests are bringing a Spanish rowing experience plus tasters of Santander cuisine for us all to enjoy. So please come along and invite your Club members - just rock up and be amazed!  

·         Introduction to Spanish Coastal Rowing;

·         2pm Arrival of Lady Mayoress of Havant and Consort;

·         Welcome Speech to be given by Lady Mayoress;

·         3-4pm Short row around Langstone Harbour with Lady Mayoress as passenger

·         Spanish Wine and refreshments from Cantabria available and rowing sessions open to the public.

9 April 2022 Litter Pick rowing upriver from 1300- an experiment!

14 May 2022 Hamble River Raid- one to put in the diairies asap! A race from Hamble to the Jolly and back to Hamble. Lots of trophies to be won and a good event for all!

22 May 2022 Cockleshell Challenge. A seven mile race from Eastney, along Southsea seafront and back via Horse Sand fort. It takes around 11/2 hours- maybe a bit more depending on the conditions on the day. We will need people to tow, if we are going to take part. Eastney Sailing Club are the hosts, so there are good launching facilities, a subsidised bar, excellent breakfasts and a good view from the clubhouse. for more details.

24 May 2022 Botley Curry Row TBA. The tides work for our traditional row to Botley. A great event and very popular with everyone. Great fun rowing back in the dark! 

5 June 2022 Platinum Jubilee Picnic an afternoon row upriver, leaving at 1400 on a rising neap tide. Bring your own food and drink.

18 June 2022 Expedition to Beaulieu River this is dependent on people being available to tow.

3 July 2022: Down river picnic

24 June 2022 we have been invited to row with Tudor Rowing Club (part of Tudor Sailing Club - they have a Friday evening row followed by food and drinks. Final details to be confirmed-  should be a fun evening and a chance to row in Langstone Harbour. We will be rowing their gigs, so we shouldn't need to tow. 

16 and 17 July 2022: Fareham Regatta an event for all rowers in the club. We row gigs provided by the organisers- so an easy event to take part in. We have crews who take part in knock out rounds on Saturday and who usually progress through to the finals on Sunday. No need to attend both days, we make our crews from who is available on each day.

30 July 2022: Chichester Harbour- dependent on how many people are available to tow.

31 July 2022: Round Hayling Race. A tough 13 mile race/ row around Hayling Island. We will need people willing to tow boats in order to participate.

5 August: Club BBQ

13 August 2022 Tudor Sailing Club Challenge A race in Langstone Harbour, organised by Tudor Rowing Club. Details TBC, but our participation will depend on people being available to tow.

21 August 2022 Expedition to Hill Head Beach-dependent on wind strength.

3rd and 4th September 2022 Swanwick Bursledon and Warsash Regatta. This year the Regatta will be hosted by Warsash Sailing Club. Gig race and rowing races will be on 3 September.

10 September 2022: Great River Race A 21 mile row/race through London from the Docklands to Ham. There are usually over 300 fixed seat rowing boats and it is just the best way to see London! The following website gives a good indication of what the race is like Fingers crossed it goes ahead in 2022. As with the other 'away' rows, our participation will depend on availability of towers and some shore crew, especially at the finish in Ham.

17th September 2022 TBC ( reserve date 24 September) Monster the Loch A possible trip to Scotland. Will need people to tow or find another way to transport the boats for us to participate. 

 Events 2021


7 December: Christmas Meal at the Jolly. Details have been sent to club members. Please respond by 23 November.

19 October: Supper row to Hamble is fully booked.

We will be having a social evening at the Jolly Sailor on the jetty on Tuesday 25th May. Places are by pre-booking only, and we are already full for this one, because social distancing means that space is limited. However, keep an eye on this page as we hopefully release details of other events, as lockdown eases. 

Ocean to City this year is a virtual event. They are running a series called #5 Miles from Home with 5 mile  time trials organised by different clubs in Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Our time trial will be on the Hamble. If you want to form a crew you can get more information from http:/

The first leg took place on the weekend of 7-9 May with two crews taking part, rowing  a very windy 5 miles on the Sunday morning. 

Leg 2 is 4-6 June

Leg 3 is 9-11 July

The following programme assumes that restrictions are lifted  from 21 June. More information will be provided nearer the dates. Those in bold are Club events and they are provisional at this stage. They will be confirmed by email and on the website.


Date Event
27 June- postponed to 5 September

Round Hayling Island (13 miles) 

More information can be found here

4 July- cancelled

Cockleshell Challenge (7 miles)

click here for more information

10 and 11 July- postponed to 4th and 5th September Fareham Regatta  hosted by Fareham Sailing and Motorboat club Click here to find out more about the Fareham sailing and Motorboat Club
20 July Curry row to Botley (TBC)
24 July Expedition to Christchurch - we are planning to go ahead with this row. Check emails for further details.
21 August Expedition to Itchenor - cancelled due to poor weather
28 August Bursledon Regatta- Boatyard Sheave Race only. Information has been emailed.
5 September

Monster the Loch (21 miles) will be a weekend away at least (TBC) and will be the first time that we have participated.

More information can be found by clicking on this link

19 September Brunch at the Horse and Jockey

25 September

  1. Likely to be cancelled. 
Great River Race (21 miles) More information available here. We usually have several club boats take part. It is the best way to see London!

Safety on the Water

Hamble river rowing club has the safety of it’s members in the highest regard. The following guides have been created to help members make decisions while navigating the river Hamble. These are guides and do not replace seamanship and common sense. The guides can be downloaded in pdf format for printing and reading offline or read online below.

New Members Induction

Tides and when the gigs are afloat

Hazards on the River

How to row video clip

Tides and when the Gigs are afloat

Below you will find some hints on how to find and interpret the tides in the River Hamble which will enable you to work out when it is easy to get the Gigs off the mud/moorings and when you can re-moor them, and whether to bring wellies with you.  There are, also, hints on what the curves mean.  If it is all very obvious to you it may not be to others.


When and where can we go rowing?

We can, usually, go rowing from about 3.5 hours before Bursledon HW to about 4 hours after Bursledon HW.  This is when the tidal height is above 2.5m.  On the Rowing Diary tidal times are, generally, Bursledon HW or LW.  PLW or PHW refer to Portsmouth times, which are up to 30 minutes before Bursledon.

One needs the following tidal heights to reach certain points.  These heights can vary by as much as .3m depending on high or low pressure.  So the rise or fall happens at the expected time but the height may be different.  Higher with low pressure, lower with high pressure.

Botley Mill Pool                 4.1m

Botley Quay                     4.0m

Horse & Jockey                 4.0m

The Fork at Fairthorne        3.5m

To moor and unmoor the boats one needs the following tidal heights.  For unmooring this assumes that one can pull them off just before they float even if the bow is on the mud.  For mooring it assumes that one can moor them and pull them back to their normal position.

                                               Unmoor  Moor

Downstream outer mooring           2.8m   3.1m

Downstream inner mooring           2.5m   2.8m

Upstream mooring                       2.8m   3.2m

The jetty at the Jolly - One can get onto the last, downstream, outer corner of the jetty when the tidal height is 2.0m.


The Bursledon Gig harks back to the days when every waterman, boatyard worker and fisherman on the river would row to work.

The latest boats are based on a GRP version of an oyster dredging punt, sea worthy, stable, sturdy but easily driven.

The gig is 15’4” long with a beam of around 5’4”. It can be rowed by 1,2,3, or four rowers with or without a cox and an occasional passenger.

Rowing at the club is normally a 4 person and cox affair, enabling people to learn to row safely, while the cox navigates around the busy Hamble river.