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Running for over 8 years now, the Round Hayling Rowing Race is a real test of stamina and seamanship for all Coastal Rowers.

The record time is 2 hours 6 minutes set by Weymouth Gig Club;

2 hours 9 minutes in a Langstone Cutters Rowing Club Solent Galley

flags on race boats

Past Winners include:

  • Weymouth Gig Club; Fastest; Fastest Gig;
  • Langstone Cutters Rowing Club; Fastest Galley; Fastest Ladies; Veterans;
  • Langstone Cutters Gig Club; Fastest Ladies; Fastest Juniors;
  • CRABlakeney Fastest St Ayles Skiff;
  • Lower Thames Rowing Club; Fastest on handicap
  • National Physical Laboratory; Fastest (Thames Waterman Cutter)
  • Langstone Pilot Gig Club: fastest overall on handicap.
  • Ten Green Bottles; fastest Thames Waterman Cutter;
  • Unamed crew in the fastest Sea Outrigger;


The hosts of the Round Hayling Rowing Race are:

Langstone Adventure Rowing; the leading coach, training and supporter of extreme charity rowing events for fund raising and ‘the London 2 Paris challenge’. See;

Langstone Cutters Rowing Club; the oldest recreational coastal rowing club in the 3 Harbours with 7 boats including Solent galleys, St Ayle Skiffs and rowing coastal rowing Skiffs; with over 30 trophies in the Great River Race; the international traditional rowing race; competitors in the Skiffie Worlds in 2016;

Langstone Cutters Gig Club; the first Cornish Pilot Gig Club in Hampshire, with 4 boats; 135+ Membership and 35+ Juniors squad –competing in the World Gig Championships since 2013, Summer Regattas and the Jurassic League;

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langstone cutters rowing club


The Round Hayling ‘Flag’ Rowing Race Starts and Finishes will be in the ‘New Cut’ on the North Side of the Hayling Island, proceeding in a clockwise direction around the Island, in order to row with the tidal flow along the sea front.

round hayling race outline map

Short Course: Because the race is rowed over a course that includes 5-mile Solent Seafront section, where the wind speed, direction and wave pattern can create serious safety issues; a shorter ‘in harbour’ course is offered if the weather conditions conspire to shorten the event – we cannot promise to circumnavigate the Island.

This is an 11-mile course inside the Langstone Harbour, circumnavigating a Mulberry from WWII. Needless to say, the short course, if the weather is too rough for the seaward leg, is still a major challenge for many crews!


Coxswains: Each boat must have a ‘Competent Cox’ experienced at open sea rowing, and be equipped with a VHF radio;


Radios: Each boat must be equipped with a VHF radio.

Coxswains:  Each boat must have a Competent Cox, experienced at open sea rowing;

Age limitation: For safety reasons no under 16’s may participate in the full course; Under 18’s may not cox;


For fun, to provide a spectacle and for safety reasons, each boat is required to fly a 3’x2’ flag – so we can see you in heavy conditions!


Langstone Pilot Gig Club will provide a steady supply of drinks and food from breakfast to post rowing sustenance! Showers and toilet and free parking and trailer storage are available on site.


Each crew members must pay a fee of £12.00 for entry to cover the safety support, trophies and gifts. Every entrant has a Memento & Certificate to take home – traditionally this has been a unique Mug or Glass suitable decorated or engraved.


Trophy Winners get a personal Medal and engraved Plate (to hold for one year).


Langstone Adventure Rowing work with many charities for fund raising and welcome charity rowers– for which a special prize will be awarded.

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