Club Fun Regatta

There was a good turnout of Hamptoneers for the annual fun regatta on a fine, sunny Saturday in early September. Maxine did a brilliant job of organising proceedings – many thanks to her for making the day happen together with her helpers who did shopping (Tamra) , BBQ and cooking (Frank).

We were split into two teams, the Hamptoneers and the Westellers, who battled each other for points in each event to win overall.

We did warm up exercises with the paddles requiring co-ordination and agility….

There was the canoe race with the aim to paddle a canoe along the river and then portage back, it was a close run event…

The next canoe race was a push-me – pull-you event…which was much more tricky than you might think…

There were races with hands only paddling, going backwards seemed to be fastest…

Then races with one canoe paddle, left handed kayak paddle and all three together!

And lastly a competition to collect the most tennis balls…

With boats going every which way!

We then all headed back to the club side of the river for a BBQ with loads of delicious food – thanks to all for making a really fun morning of kayaking and canoeing.


2017 Hare and Hounds pictures


Congratulations to all who took part in the last race which brings this summer series to a close. Thanks to everyone who has taken part or helped with the timing, especially Derek and Dan.

Conditions were almost perfect, a light cooling wind, no fishermen and just a few rowers out on the water. The first person home was John Stafford, followed by Anne-Lise and Frank Bench. We had just one capsize and also one new racer – Frank Bench who has just recently joined the club. After the race we had a prize giving…

Prizes were awarded to the following

Veteran male : Rupert Brown
Senior male : Catalin Suvei

Veteran Ladies : Val Double
Senior Ladies : Jenny John Chuan

Best Newcomer – Ladies : Loz Blake
– Men                                  : Rich Rands

Special Award for 3 fastest K2 times with 3 different ladies! Peter Loy

See full results here

Below are a few pictures that Dan took at the last race.