The 2018 Hamble River Raid
Cox: Rob Webb
This year we had lovely conditions, the sun was shining and the wind was less than previous years.
We were grateful to novice cox, Rob Webb, who kindly agreed to steer us for the race. With more boats entered this year and the nature of the course, making the first turn through the moored boats is never easy, with the tide ripping.
As usual every event has it’s dramatic moments and these included clashing with a crew coming down the wrong side of the course and a tight turn at the finish causing us to pile in to a young female crew.
We (and the girls) survived to the end and we posted our fastest time on the course to date: 40.53 minutes, 5 minutes faster than the next boat in our class, and meaning that we won the “Jolly Boat” Class.
We were 3 seconds off the fastest 6 oared Cornish Pilot Gig and were actually the 3rd fastest rowing boat of the day.
Unfortunately, we had to set off home before the end of the delayed prize giving.
This continues to be a great day out and hopefully we will be back in 2019.