Evolution and Today
The Hamble River Raid has evolved with volunteers manning computers and GPS to enhance the time keeping and a tannoy system to keep both spectators and competitors informed. 2014 was the topping on the cake, The weather was glorious, Hall & Woodhouse & The Jolly Sailor donated the beer, 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.”
2015 saw 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!
2016 was the most challenging year yet for both competitors and organisers and was noted for being the wettest and windiest Raid recorded. We were honoured to have David and Christine Hopkins, respected River residents and time served boat builder and surveyor to assist with the start and judging.
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 the competitors. Thank you all for taking part and making it the success it is.