The 8th Round Hayling Rowing Race

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Gigs Galore… The 8th Round Hayling Rowing Race for fixed seat Coastal Rowing Boats…a tough, inclusive race that rewards all fixed seat rowers – from Gigs & Galleys to Skiffs. Supported by local Clubs and sponsored by Langstone Adventure Rowing

2018 entries were the most yet:


12 Cornish Pilot Gigs from Langstone Pilot Gig Club (Star of Northney, Spirit of Langstone, Heart of Hayling and Islander); Eastney CA (Sir Alec Rose); Hamble Sea Scouts (Mercury); Royal Navy (Seahawk); Richmond Bridge Boat Club in Laura Jane; Salcombe (Wolf and Bolt), Weymouth (Tristran) and Bridport (Blaez).


Also 4 x Solent Galleys – from Itchenor, Langstone (2) and Yarmouth and 2 x St Ayles Skiffs rowed by Bristol Crews with 2  x Bursledon Gigs from Tudor SC and Hamble River RC and a Langstone Cutters Claydon Skiff…


Over 130 rowers and coxswains braving one of the toughest races in the calendar…
A wind of F5 gusting F6/7 meant no ‘Round the Island’ Circuit… Instead a 9-mile row to through Chichester Harbour to East Head and back… Challenging enough in the stormy waters in the harbour – the stretch near the harbour entrance was particularly ‘bumpy’.

The Fastest Time was 1 hour 45 minutes set by the Weymouth crew in a stunning display of rough water rowing – and the slowest 3-hour 43minutes!! Terrific rowing and racing.


Class Winners included:


Fastest Boats were all Pilot Gigs;

First across the line on Handicap and Fastest Pilot Gig… 1st Tristan (Weymouth); 2nd Wolf (Salcombe); 3rd Bolt (Salcombe) and 4th Blaez (Bridport);

Gigs also won:

Fastest Ladies crew: Pilot Gig Wolf (Salcombe); 2nd Pilot Gig Star of Northney (Langstone PGC); 3rd Solent Galley Rosemary (Yarmouth GC)
Under 18’s: Pilot Gig Mercury (Hamble Sea Scouts);

Services Crew: Pilot Gig Seahawk (Royal Navy)


Other trophies:

Fastest Solent Galley: Rosemary (Yarmouth PGC);
Fastest St Ayles Skiff: Bella (Bristol RC);
Fastest Bursledon Gig: Rosie (Tudor SC);

Veterans 50+: Bursledon Gig Rosie (Tudor SC) in a; 2nd Solent Galley Rosemary (Yarmouth); 3rd Pilot Gig Islander (Langstone PGC)
Veterans 60+: Claydon Skiff Gladys (Langstone Cutters RC) in a Claydon Skiff; 2nd St Ayles Skiff Bella (Bristol RC)

The Sportsman’s Trophy for effort! Bristol Blue in St Ayles Skiff Bella – rowing a boat that they did not know. They persisted/insisted on finishing the course – despite 3 hours 41 minutes in the boat… well done – we love recreational rowers!!

Many thanks to the teams from Langstone Pilot Gig Club & Langstone Cutters Rowing Club who ran the Rowers Village on shore; Ivor Copeland & Family for starter, timing and results management; Paul Blick & Colin MacPhee (JoC), James Griffin (Nipper) and Steve Burton (Foolish) for Safety/support boat on the water; Brian West for Shore coordination; Kath Brett for photography on shore and Kim Mackay for photography on the water.


Mike Gilbert


Langstone Adventure Rowing


Pictures courtesy of Langstone Gig Club’s Facebook Page

See the rest of the pictures HERE

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