Running for over 8 years now, the Round Hayling Rowing Race is a real test of stamina and seamanship for all Coastal Rowers.
The record time is 2 hours 6 minutes set by Weymouth Gig Club;
2 hours 9 minutes in a Langstone Cutters Rowing Club Solent Galley
Past Winners include:
- Weymouth Gig Club; Fastest; Fastest Gig;
- Langstone Cutters Rowing Club; Fastest Galley; Fastest Ladies; Veterans;
- Langstone Cutters Gig Club; Fastest Ladies; Fastest Juniors;
- CRABlakeney Fastest St Ayles Skiff;
- Lower Thames Rowing Club; Fastest on handicap
- National Physical Laboratory; Fastest (Thames Waterman Cutter)
- Langstone Pilot Gig Club: fastest overall on handicap.
- Ten Green Bottles; fastest Thames Waterman Cutter;
- Unamed crew in the fastest Sea Outrigger;
The hosts of the Round Hayling Rowing Race are:
Langstone Adventure Rowing; the leading coach, training and supporter of extreme charity rowing events for fund raising and ‘the London 2 Paris challenge’. See; www.langstoneadventurerowing.com
Langstone Cutters Rowing Club; the oldest recreational coastal rowing club in the 3 Harbours with 7 boats including Solent galleys, St Ayle Skiffs and rowing coastal rowing Skiffs; with over 30 trophies in the Great River Race; the international traditional rowing race; competitors in the Skiffie Worlds in 2016; www.langstonecutters.com
Langstone Cutters Gig Club; the first Cornish Pilot Gig Club in Hampshire, with 4 boats; 135+ Membership and 35+ Juniors squad –competing in the World Gig Championships since 2013, Summer Regattas and the Jurassic League; www.langstonecuttersgigclub.co.uk.
The Round Hayling ‘Flag’ Rowing Race Starts and Finishes will be in the ‘New Cut’ on the North Side of the Hayling Island, proceeding in a clockwise direction around the Island, in order to row with the tidal flow along the sea front.
Short Course: Because the race is rowed over a course that includes 5-mile Solent Seafront section, where the wind speed, direction and wave pattern can create serious safety issues; a shorter ‘in harbour’ course is offered if the weather conditions conspire to shorten the event – we cannot promise to circumnavigate the Island.
This is an 11-mile course inside the Langstone Harbour, circumnavigating a Mulberry from WWII. Needless to say, the short course, if the weather is too rough for the seaward leg, is still a major challenge for many crews!
Coxswains: Each boat must have a ‘Competent Cox’ experienced at open sea rowing, and be equipped with a VHF radio;
Radios: Each boat must be equipped with a VHF radio.
Coxswains: Each boat must have a Competent Cox, experienced at open sea rowing;
Age limitation: For safety reasons no under 16’s may participate in the full course; Under 18’s may not cox;
For fun, to provide a spectacle and for safety reasons, each boat is required to fly a 3’x2’ flag – so we can see you in heavy conditions!
FOOD AND FACILITIES
Langstone Pilot Gig Club will provide a steady supply of drinks and food from breakfast to post rowing sustenance! Showers and toilet and free parking and trailer storage are available on site.
Each crew members must pay a fee of £12.00 for entry to cover the safety support, trophies and gifts. Every entrant has a Memento & Certificate to take home – traditionally this has been a unique Mug or Glass suitable decorated or engraved.
Trophy Winners get a personal Medal and engraved Plate (to hold for one year).
Langstone Adventure Rowing work with many charities for fund raising and welcome charity rowers– for which a special prize will be awarded.