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News 2020

December 2020

Rowing will be resuming again with Covid secure protocols in place. The booking system opens on the website on Wednesday 9th December. We have three gigs cleaned and ready to go at the Jolly Sailor. Two more are being antifouled and due to be launched in the next few weeks.

The booking system can be found in the Members Only part of the website.

November 2020

Sadly COVID-19 has put paid to many of our plans this year.

However, plans are being made for a return to rowing once lockdown 2.0 ends.  We will be able to row subject to following Covid secure protocols. More details to follow by email.


Events 2019

Christmas Supper Tuesday 3rd December at the Jolly Sailor 


Keyhaven trip 21 September

We took 3 boats to Keyhaven and  rowed out to the spit for a picnic lunch and a swim. We then rowed to Hurst Castle and  some of us visited the historical exhibition, others walked around outside the castle. Fantastic views of the Solent from the ramparts. We returned to Keyhaven and loaded up the boats, followed by a drink at The Gun, before returning to Bursledon. Many thanks to those that helped by loading up and towing the boats. 


14 September  Great River Race from London Docklands to Ham, Surrey

4 boats from Hamble River Rowing made the trip to London for the Great River Race on the Thames. A fantastic event with over 300 boats of various shapes and sizes rowing the 21.6 mile course on a perfect day. Thanks to the shore crews who helped to make it happen, and took the photos!



8 September - River Hamble Treasure Hunt 

 A fun day out exploring Hamble and Warsash, a scavenger hunt and riddle solving.


24 August  Bursledon, Swanwick and Warsash Regatta at the Elephant Boatyard

Theme 'Space Oddities' celebrating 50 years since the first moon landing.

There were a record number of entries for the gig race, including teams from Tudor Rowing Club and Hamble Sea Scouts 


Itchenor & Chichester Harbour 10 August 

Cancelled due to gales


 Beaulieu 20 July 2019

3 boats  rowed up the Beaulieu River from the Royal Southampton Yacht Club at Gins to have a picnic on the green outside Beaulieu Palace. It was a fine day so there was an obligatory ice cream stop at Buckler's Hard on the return journey.


How to Row an Ocean 6 July 2019

A great talk by Susan Ronaldson of Team Status Row that inspired some folk to consider rowing the Atlantic. 


Lee -On -Solent to Wootton Creek  22 June

In company with the Langstone Cutters with 2 Galleys and Gladys, a Claydon Skiff, we rowed from Lee-on-Solent to Wootton Creek for a picnic, before making the return crossing. The tides were quite strong so whilst we rowed in a big arc both ways, the crossing was straightforward and we were glad to be in the company of some bigger boats. The picnic spot on a lovely grassy foreshore was idyllic!

The Ladies Team - Winners at Fareham Regatta!

Well done ladies for struggling through the traffic when the M27 was closed and winning the ladies' races on Saturday and Sunday. Medals were awarded and Fareham Sailing and Motor Boat Club were welcoming as ever. 


Curry Row on 11th June

6 boats  plus the Hamble Boys in Giggler made it up the river to Botley - with a bit of involuntary tree pruning along the way. The weather was kind after an initial downpour as we were leaving the Jolly Sailor. The food at the Purbani was excellent and we even squeezed in a drink at the pub. Making our way in back in the twilight was good fun and everyone arrived back safely. 

 Netley Regatta on Saturday 1st June

We took 2 boats along to the regatta on what turned out to be the warmest day of the year so far. There were 4 races - one quarter mile sprint, two 1 mile dashes and a 4 mile race. Both boats entered all 4 races with the blue boat - aka the 'SuperBlues' - taking honours in the first 3. The last race - a 1 mile was a lively and hard-fought contest with the Scout Leaders narrowly taking the win. 

It was an excellent day out, and a big thank you to everyone who turned up, both to row and to spectate - with a special thank you to Mark and Ali for inviting us all round for cake and refreshments afterwards.



 Hamble River Raid on Saturday 18 May

Our victorious teams: 

 Oarsome- Winners of the Rose Bowl- again!

The Solent Galley- 1st Solent Galley and winners of the Methuselah Scull.

And those who gave it the beans and refused to be overtaken- the Gulls and Buoys!


Our first expedition of 2019

to Portchester Castle on Monday 6th May 


Two boats set off from Hardway slipway at 11.15 and rowed to Wicor Marine for a coffee at Salt Cafe, then rowed along the shoreline to Portchester Castle for a picnic lunch, returning to Hardway at 15.30 before the tide retreated.


Good Friday Easter Egg Hunt with the Langstone Cutters

Four gigs and the galley rowed upriver with 2 crews from the Langstone Cutters.

We had a picnic and an Easter egg hunt in the bluebell woods. 



2019 dates for your diary

May 4th

HRR Open Day

May 18th

Hamble River Raid

June 1st

Cork – Ocean to City

June 1st

Round Osea Island 

June 1st

Netley Regatta 

June 8/9th

Cockleshell Challenge

Eastney Cruising Association

7.2 mile race on Sunday

June 11th

Curry row to Botley

June 15th/16th

Fareham Regatta

June 16th

Round Hayling Race

13 nautical miles

*June 22nd

Lee-on-Solent to Wootton Creek, Isle of Wight

*July 20th

Beaulieu River

*August 10th

Itchenor and East Head, Chichester Harbour

August 24th 

Bursledon Regatta

September 8th

Treasure Hunt 

September 14th

Great River Race, London

21.6 nautical miles

September 21st 

Keyhaven and Hurst Castle

Dates marked * are expeditions to different locations and are subject to weather conditions. They have limited numbers of places, as boats have to be towed to the launch locations. Booking contacts will be announced 2-3 weeks before the event.

November 2018

Ladies of the club created 108 poppies which were used in the

Remembrance Day display at Lowford Community Centre





Past events in 2018

Hamble River Raid 

19th May 2018

Our annual event in aid of the local Sea Scouts- a friendly, but competitive, race on the River Hamble.


Saturday 2 June 2018

Trip to Ashlett Creek  


3 boats left the Jolly Sailor at 1100 and punched the tide to the mouth of the river, where we had a stop for coffee and doughnuts on CarolAnn. When the tide slackened a little, we left at 1245 for the crossing to Ashlett, which was sunny and uneventful, but the head wind made it a bit choppy. We arrived at 1400, at high tide and had a picnic lunch on the grass with drinks from the pub- another Jolly Sailor. Leaving at 1500, we had a following wind and, surfing down the waves, we made good speed arriving back at our Jolly Sailor at 1615, before the spring tide started to ebb.


Saturday 16 June

 Hamble River Games

The Oarsome team had a windy row from Hamble up the river to the Country Park pontoon and back.


Sunday 17 June

Round Hayling Island Race -13 miles- reduced to 10 miles of hard rowing  in Chichester Harbour because of rough conditions.


 Saturday 8th September 2018 

The Great River Race- London's River Marathon- 21.6 miles

This year there were 7 Bursledon gigs from the Hamble River in the Great River Race; 3 from the Sea Scouts, 1 from the Elephant Boatyard and 3 boats from Hamble River Rowing. The Elephant boys came 4th overall in a race with over 300 rowing boats of varying size and shape from Dragon boats to St Ayles skiffs. 

Our three crews successfully completed the course, each boat with a passenger as required by the Company of Watermen and Lightermen of the River Thames : 

The Jolly Sailors

The Rowing Chicks

 The Red Rosies


 Sunday 7th October 

Row to the Horse and Jockey for Brunch

A beautiful autumn morning to be on the river!