The first ever River Hamble Games, inspired by the 2012 Olympics, took place on Saturday 21st July with 26 teams and over 300 competitors taking part in the 5 events: Swimming, Running, Kayaking, Sailing and Rowing. It was a fantastic spectacle with a great community spirit that brought together all sides of the river.
The Games hosted the first open water swim in the River with over 70 swimmers taking to the water. The tide proved challenging but made for a great competition with spectators all along the Warsash banks cheering the swimmers to the finish.
The 5K and 10K runs ended with a spectacular finish down Hamble High Street cobbles into the village. Gold in the 10K went to Stubbington Green team captain Lewis Chalk in a fantastic time.
The Gig racing followed the swimming on the Warsash stretch of water, with Elephant Boatyard taking the Gold.
The wind filled in enough for some great dinghy racing in the Sailing event which took place in Southampton Water, just off Hamble Point. The Laser class was narrowly won on count back by Russell Peters.
The Kayaking slalom race was staged just off the Hamble foreshore with some tricky manoeuvres required to complete the course.
The day was wrapped off with the Medal ceremony at MDL’s Hamble Point Marina where Round the World Yachting Legend Mike Golding OBE presented the medals to the winners. The overall winning team was RK Marine who took Gold, Silver went to Bursledon Bods and Bronze went to Stubbington Green XYZ.
Thanks go to the 75 volunteers who helped run the event, River Hamble Harbour Authority and all the various sporting clubs, Itseeze, MDL Marinas, Coopervision, CoastGraphics and all event sponsors and supporters
Results are on the website at www.riverhamblegames.com/register.
Boat owners in the Solent will be able to get their boats looking and performing at their best for the summer season with great discounts on essential maintenance packages at MDL’s Solent marinas.
Berth holders at and visitors to Hamble Point Marina, Hythe Marina Village and Shamrock Quay can benefit from the service throughout July and August, with prices starting from £22 per metre. The package includes lifting the boat from the water, a high-powered pressure wash, and re-launch of the vessel to ensure they are ready for a summer on the water.
A second service comprising lift, pressure wash, block-off, seven days storage ashore and re-launch is also available at Hythe Marina Village and Shamrock Quay for £40 per metre.
Nicola Walsh, Regional Director for MDL Marinas, commented: “It’s very important to keep your boat well maintained, especially during the summer season when it is most in use. It’s great to be able to offer this service at such a good price.”
Members of MDL’s Club Outlook will also receive an additional 50% discount on the summer services, with Cruising Club Members receiving an additional 30% off.
For more information on our summer boatyard offers, please read here.
Berth holders from all three of MDL’s Hamble marinas are invited once again to the annual summer party, taking place at Port Hamble Marina on Friday 3 August from 7pm.
In association with Banana Wharf Restaurant, the party – held right on the water front, with a stunning backdrop of the River Hamble - will welcome berth holders and their guests from Hamble Point Marina, Port Hamble Marina and Mercury Yacht Harbour. Entertainment for the ticket-only event will be provided by The Watch Snather’s. In addition, the team at Banana Wharf will be serving up a delicious BBQ buffet for all guests. Mount Gay Rum are generously supplying a welcome drink.
400 tickets are available for the evening event, with proceeds being donated to the RNLI.
Colin Jefferies, Marina Manager at Port Hamble, said: “The annual summer party is always a great event for our Hamble berth holders and guests, it’s the perfect opportunity for everyone to get together, enjoy some fantastic food and drink and of course the entertainment! We’re all really looking forward to this year’s event.
“We have decided to make it a ticket-only event to make sure that we can accommodate everyone – and at the same time raising money for the RNLI. We are confident that the 400 tickets available will be snapped up very quickly!”
Tickets will be on sale shortly from the marina offices, priced at £1 per ticket for berth holders and £5 per ticket for guests, children under 14 are free (£1 per ticket sold is donated to RNLI).
For more details, contact the marina office:
We will once again be holding the MDL Hamble Marinas Berth Holders Party at Port Hamble Marina on July 19th. We've arranged a great 1970s party for berth holders from Hamble Point, Port Hamble and Mercury Yacht Harbour to celebrate MDL's 40th anniversary. There will be a 70s disco to entertain you, a barbecue to feed you and a bar that will no doubt quench your thirst. We will be using the fantastic Banana Wharf restaurant at Port Hamble who will be providing the bar facilities and running the barbecue. Tickets available from the marina office with proceeds going to the Ocean Youth Trust South.
Leaving their berths on this historic day, the ship's passengers and crew will enjoy a champagne deck party as the flutterfetti flies; the marching band plays and the ships sail past in a procession from Southampton Water out into the Solent, accompanied by a display by the famous RAF Red Arrows aerobatic team. Out in the open water the ships will meet again, saluting one another before they sail onwards to their various exciting destinations.
Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week offers a great mix of competitive sailing and social activities. The 8,500 competitors range from Olympic and world class professionals to weekend sailors. In excess of 100,000 spectators come to watch the sailing, enjoy the parties and live entertainment, and to experience the unique atmosphere. It is genuinely a one-of-a-kind event.
Organisers and exhibitors at the first Hamble Point Boat Show are celebrating after the event attracted more than 1200 people last weekend. The free show marked the start of the sailing season and brought together boaters, exhibitors and families.
As well as hundreds of new and second hand boats and specialist marine products on display at the three-day show, there were plenty of activities for visitors. These included a tug of war competition, RIB rides, kayak water polo, a special flyover from the coastguard helicopter, and sea safety demonstrations from the RNLI.
Fiona Williams, Communications Supervisor at Plymouth-based Pantaenius Yacht Insurance, said: “We were very impressed with the turnout given that this was the first big show on Hamble Point Marina, and it compared really well to others we have attended in other parts of the country. We had some quality leads and are looking forward to next year’s show.”
Peter Thomas, Sales Director at Inspiration Marine Group, which had a number of boats on display, said: “We were really delighted with the turnout and the level of interest from potential customers. It was also good to see so many of the big boating names there. What really struck me and my colleagues was how well the event was put together and what a good showcase it is for Hamble Point Marina.”
Leading brands at the show included Sealine, Dehler, Hanse, Nordhavn Yachts, Azimut and Beneteau, with visitors enjoying accompanied viewings, sea trials and boat maintenance workshops.
Andy Cunningham, Group Brokerage Manager at yacht brokers Michael Schmidt & Partner, said: “The organisers put in their all, and the boat show did what it set out to do - people were inspired and business was done.”
Neil Salter, Hamble Point Marina Manager, said: “We were delighted to attract so many people, with some travelling as far as Wales to join us. The feedback from visitors, exhibitors and tenants of the marina has been really positive, and we have lots of ideas to build on this success for next year’s show. The event is fast becoming a key feature of the boat show calendar and a great family day out on the south coast.”
If you’re looking for a great day out this spring, don’t forget to pay a visit to one of the south’s premier new and used boat shows this May, with the Hamble Boat Show taking place on Saturday 16th and Sunday 17th May. Located at Hamble Point Marina, this year’s show is set to be a great weekend of on and off the water activities with a huge range of boats on display.
The always-popular free family event will feature over 250 new and used boats for sale, with a great selection on show ranging from day boats to sports boats, cruisers and RIBs to suit a wide range of budgets. Visitors can take advantage of the wide range of products available from some of the UK’s leading marine companies, as well as speaking to expert brokers and finding out more about the other marine services available on-site before retiring to the Ketch Rigger restaurant and bar for some much-needed refreshment.
Visitors will also be treated to on-water displays, practical workshops in conjunction with the RYA Active Marina programme and dry stack demonstrations, as well as family entertainment for younger visitors.
Entry to and car parking at the show are both completely free.
The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight, an island situated off the south coast of England. The race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.
Be sure to call us for a berth for the night before and the day of the race: