The Hamble River Raid was initially created to raise funds for the Hamble Sea Scouts. It has subsequently grown to be a major local, spectacle, held annually, uniting the immediate community and those from further afield in healthy fun on the River Hamble.
Over the years we have been supported by many inspiring members of our community who have started the race and helped to run the event. Because of this, the event has evolved with computers and GPS to enhance the time keeping and a loud speaker system to keep spectators and competitors informed. This year a new time keeping system will be used to provide the results more quickly.
There is a Hog Roast and refreshments available for all. We continue to have the support of Hall & Woodhouse, and The Jolly Sailor donated the beer as they have done over many years. As one competitor said, “The Hamble River Raid has become a serious sporting event supported and put on by the local community without losing the element of fun that embraces all ages and skills.”
In addition to rowing boats, we welcome a good mix of craft be they paddlers or rowers such as OC6’s, (six man outrigger canoes), stand-up paddlers and an increased fleet of Kayaks and Canoes. A real celebration of paddling in all forms!
Entries have been flooding in so if you and your team, be it family or friends, would like to join us please check our updated website – www.hambleriverraid.org for further details.
The River Raid could not happen without the support of friends, parents and Scouts, the Hamble Parish Council and River Hamble Harbour master and of course competitors. Thank you all for taking part and making it the success it is.
We look forward to seeing you there on Saturday 19th May 2018.