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Peter Delbridge of .www.boatshedhamble.com was on route from the River Hamble in the Boatshed Hamble Boston Whaler to Mudeford Harbour when he found himself right in the midst of the "Mighty J's" as they hoisted their spinnakers and bore away down the Western Solent back towards Cowes.
The ships from the P&O fleet sailed into their home port before dawn yesterday.
It always surprises me that when I speak to people with boats on the River Hamble and those that live close to it, how many have never travelled further up-river than Bursledon bridge or at most the M27 bridge. Ok, if you have a yacht or sailing dinghy that you can not step the mast you are not going to get past Bursledon bridge, but for all others, navigation is possible especially on a rising spring tide. How far can you go? Well for canoes and dinghies you can get as far as the Horse and Jockey pub and the bridge on the A3051 at Curbridge on the Eastern branch of the river, and the village of Botley on the Western branch. These two creeks are only accessible on high tides and it is best to travel up about an hour before first high and then the moment you see the water level start to drop, head back down river asap because its like a giant plug being pulled out and you don’t want to be sitting at the pub for another twelve hours, or do you! There are plenty of places to land and pick nick as well as dropping the hook for larger vessels. Look out for deer and other wildlife along the banks as well as King Fishers, Herons and Egrets. The kids are still trying to spot the legendry “Hippocrocadonk” that is reported to live in the reeds in the upper reaches of the Hamble!!!
RIBEX has been renamed The Powerboat and RIB Show , the event has been staged for the last 13 years in Weymouth, Southampton and, until this year, Cowes, under the name of RIBEX. As well as being held at prestigious Portsmouth venue, Gunwharf Quays, for the first time over the weekend of 12th and 13th May, the exhibition featured powerboats of every description, making it the only show representing the entire powerboat market under 45ft. It was also completely free for visitors, making it much more accessible and the only free outdoor, on the water boat show in the UK. The new venue was a great benefit to visitors, who were able to take advantage of Gunwharf Quays’ many shops, restaurant and entertainment venues while they were at the show. Among the attractions there was a wide selection of RIBs, powerboats and associated products for sale, and the opportunity to trial boats on the open water and free RIB rides. Michael Delbridge and his young son Justin (Broker in training) of www.boatshedhamble.com were on hand to check on any new boats and to talk to clients old and new. You can contact Peter or Michael Delbridge about buying or selling a Rib here :
The weekend of the 5th and 6th of May saw the X-Yachts Regatta-Solent Cup being hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club. A total of 21 yachts entered the two day five race event. Peter Delbridge of www.boatshedhamble.com was racing on "S X Girl" an X-37 owned by Noj (John) White in the Open Sports Class B . Another boat in this class was "In-X-Celsis" owned and raced by Peter Jones. At the end of the weekend she was the winning boat, she is also for sale through Boatshed Hamble.com.
The Boat House Cafe at Swanwick marina is now open ! What has been known for years as the "Dog House" and then for a short period as "Valshedas" which closed earlier in the year has now risen from the ashes as a great waterside cafe / bar with great views across the River Hamble. Good service, good food and value for money is what Peter Delbridge of www.boatshedhamble.com has to say about it. Just look at my pictures and the current menu.
RYDE OR BUST?
Over the weekend of 10-11 March Hamble River Sailing Club hosted the 50th Anniversary Hamble Warming Pan regatta. This year’s invited classes were the Firefly and National 12 fleets, the local Foxer dinghy fleet, the Merlin fleet who’ve attended the event since it started in 1962, together with a new addition for 2012, the Enterprise class. A total of 60 boats competed over the weekend.
H.R.H. Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh K.G. K.T. hosts Royal Southern Yacht Club 175th. Anniversary Luncheon at Buckingham PalaceThursday, 23 February 2012
In formal recognition of the Royal Southern Yacht Club's 175th. Anniversary being celebrated this year, a private luncheon was hosted on Tuesday the 21st February for 150 members of the Hamble-based Club at the invitation of its Patron, H.R.H. Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh K.G. K.T. In an interesting and happy coincidence, Buckingham Palace has served as the official London residence of Britain's sovereigns for 175 years.
Peter Delbridge and Ian Dawes, (Boatshed Hamble and Boatshed Port Solent) took part in the King and Queen Poker Rib Raid last Saturday in the sunny Solent, in aid of the Hamble River Lifeboat. The Boatshed Blokes borrowed their Avon Rib and 100 Yamaha outboard from Tim Robinson, Rear Commodore House at the Royal Southern Yacht Club, so a very big thank you goes to him.
A Fun Day out on Ribs on12th November The King & Queen will be holding a fun rib day out on the Solent, The K&Q Rib Poker Raid on the 12th November. Entry is open to ribs capable of a minimum speed of 20 knots. Money raised is for the Hamble Lifeboat. Entry fees are £25 per rib which includes the driver plus £5 for every additional passenger. The 10.15am Briefing is compulsory for drivers and will be held at The King & Queen on the morning of the Rib Raid 12/11/11
Saturday 3rd September saw the 141st Swanwick, Bursledon and Warsash Regatta held on the river Hamble get off to a great start, with dry weather, an afternoon high tide and crowds and crowds of sailors, local families it all helped to make a great day.
We’re all very excited about the PSP Southampton Boat Show and the Boatshed stand at the show.
Come and meet the Boatshed.com team at this years PSP Southampton boat show.
The guy's at Boatshed Hamble along with all the brokers at Boatshed cant resist anything to do with boats, and yesterday was a good example.
The King’s Royal Hussars and the Royal Southern Yacht Club share a strong historical connection in the figure of James Brudenell, the 7th Earl of Cardigan who between 1847 and 1854, was simultaneously Commanding officer of the 11th Hussars and Commodore of the Royal Southern Yacht Club, a post he still held when he led the charge of the Light Brigade at Balaclava during the Crimea War.
Boatshed Hamble are proud to announce there support of this years RYA Motor Cruise.
The Boatshed conference 2011 was a great success. Two days spent in and around Portsmouth Dockyard as well as Boatshed HQ in Gosport; with lots of lectures, group meetings and workshops. Approximately 30 Boatsheds came to the event, travelling from destinations across Europe and even as far as Phuket in the Far East.
So what do you do with the kids at half term? Well here is just one of the things that about twenty family’s did last weekend with their children. We are all members of Hamble River Sailing Club and the Club organises an annual camping trip by boat to the upper reaches of the River Hamble over a three day period.
On one of the best days of the year so far, this was the place to be if your interest is in sports boats and Ribs. Back at Ocean Village Marina again, this show is easy to get to and with free entry, it is very popular.