Events 2021

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 (TBC)
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.