01 July 2018: Round Hayling Island Rowing Race
Published 00:00 on 1 Jul 2018
Round Hayling Island Rowing Race
A rowing team from Itchenor entered the Round Hayling Island Rowing Race last Sunday 17 June joining 25+ other boats which included Cornish Pilot Gigs, Solent Galleys, Whalers, St Ayles Skiffs and Bursledon Gigs. Our boat is a Solent Galley called Bembridge and was one of four galleys entered.
The day dawned with leaden skies and 20+ knot winds forecast so the organisers decided to change the route from right around Hayling Island to a course from Langstone Bridge to Fishery and on to Sandhead and back. As the tide turned and the wind reached 25+ knots the waves increased to nearly a metre round Fishery and still our stalwart team battled on in stormy winds and waves to finish third in 3hrs 5min. This was always billed to be an epic journey of 2-3 hours rowing with no opportunity to stop and catch one's breath on the way. Our intrepid team was: Jacky Norris Warton, William Plant, Chris Blevins and Jim Dunn, mostly ably coxed by Colin Maclean.
Essential to the success of the day were the many supporters that cheered the team round the course, helped tow our boat to Langstone and back, and provided food and drink after the race. All arrived back at ISC very tired with a few blisters after a long day at 20:00.
A noble effort by Itchenor rowers in their first competitive event.
Last updated 09:55 on 17 June 2021