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Hamble River Raid

May 18




This is not being run or insured by the WWRC but will count as a ranking regional WWR and Ranking Wavehopper race (run as part of the existing River raid race) for all qualifying WWR boats who ensure the type of canoe/kayak they are paddling is recorded and they have proved their membership of British Canoeing/Home Nation/British Canoeing affiliated club to the Organisers on entry. Failure to do so will mean you will be omitted from the ranking race results which will be extracted from the overall results. No WWR race levy will be paid as profits go to charity and not run by WWR club.


18 May 2019

Start Time

Start Times from: 1300.

Register early

Entry Fee (s):

£5 per person (before 01/04/2019)
£10 per person (between 01/04/2019 – 01/05/2019)
£15 per person (after 01/05/2019)

BACS payment using:
Sort Code: 55-50-26
Account No: 60039310
Or by Cheque made out to: Hamble River Raid Limited
Post to:
15 Astral Gardens, Hamble, SO31 4RQ

Race venue (Area and county)

River Hamble, Hamble Le Rice between Southampton and Portsmouth, Hampshire.

Race Start and finish and nearest Post CodeS/Satellite references

Hamble Quay, Hamble High Street, SO31 4HB

River Raid Postcode for your satnav SO31 4HA.

Race type (sprint or classic with length)

Classic 5 miles (same water and similar course as River Hamble WWR) but you go from Hamble up to Bursledon and back to Hamble rather than from Bursledon to Hamble.

Race suitability and conditions

Not suitable for novices. There will be motorised safety boats, but the River Hamble can range from very placid to very rough and windy. It is unlikely to be as rough as the River Hamble 2014/5 races but as Summer there may be many yachts/boat traffic causing unseen waves with many obstacles like moored yachts to catch kayaks/canoes out. That being said the race will include outrigger canoes, stand up paddle boarders and a K4 amongst other kayaks and boats.

See Hamble River Raid Committee Risk assessment


Arrival Instructions

River Raid Post Code for your satnav is SO31 4HA

Hamble High Street is a relatively narrow one way road, although with care it is accessible for most vehicles and trailers.


Camping is available at Riverside Camping Site http://www.riversideholidays.co.uk/camping/

Trailered boats 

At the bottom of the high street is a public slipway where trailered boats can be launched. It is a short row from the slipway around the public pontoon to the start of the race.

Once you have launched your boat, vehicles and trailers can be parked (free of charge) in the Donkey Derby field (Continue around the one-way system and parking will be signposted).

Kayaks and Canoes

Those bringing kayaks or canoes may pull into the Hamble quay car park to offload craft and leave them in the bays provided until called to the beach. Once unloaded, vehicles should be parked in the Donkey field.


On arrival, one member of each team should report to the control tent, located on Hamble Quay, (and the head of the pontoon). Your entry will be checked and payment confirmed. You will then be issued with a race number, a numbered bib, and course instructions.

Larger craft

Larger boats may make arrangements to launch at Hamble Point marina, (SO31 4NB) or at the public slipway across the river in Warsash (SO31 9FS) free car parking is available.

Once launched, craft should be positioned on the beach in number order. Lower numbers (starting first) closest to the start line, higher numbers downstream.

The tide will be rising so please ensure boats are left securely. Marshals will be on hand to direct you.

For fragile boats unable to be left on the beach, limited moorings are available alongside Hamble Quay, or the south quay (both sheet piled quay walls, which will have some fenders attached)

At the start of the race

Boats will be set off at short intervals. Please ensure your entire team is ready to go, as missing your scheduled start may delay others.

As boats start the race, higher numbers will be called towards the start line.  Please aim to be at the start line in number order. Boats arriving early will be held back. Due to the number of boats moored in close proximity the start, it is suggested competitors remain on the beach until close to their start time to avoid congestion.

After the race

After crossing the finish line you will be asked to return the area you waited in at the start, in order to avoid congestion at the finish line.

Boats may be left on the beach while you enjoy the bar and hog roast, or may be removed from the water.  After the last competitor has finished, there will be a short race for peanut dinghies. Marshals will be on hand to ensure the areas is kept clear for them.

Name of Organiser

Hamble River Raid Committee C/O Ann Freeman and Annette Dyke

Name of sponsoring club if any:

Hamble Sea Scouts C/O John Dyke email: johnld86@yahoo.co.uk

Email for contact details


Or see website www.hambleriverraid.com


May 18
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