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Don't miss the biggest spectacle on the Hamble River this year - The HRSC Centenary Parade of Sail

by Kerry Marchbank 1 Aug 18:17 BST 6 August 2019
Hamble River © HRSC

The Hamble River Sailing Club (HRSC) is aiming to attract 100 boats to take part in its centenary sail past on the 6 August, to mark the very day the club was founded in 1919.

HRSC is oldest surviving sailing club on the Hamble River and has been an integral part of the community ever since. The event is intended to provide a spectacle for residents and to celebrate the wonderful life we all enjoy here, on and around the river. It is also being held to show appreciation to HRSC members and other River Hamble Combined Clubs for their continued support over the years.

The event will take place on Tuesday 6 August at the high water stand in the river (17.30). If you are interested in being part of this significant event, register before 5pm on Friday 2 August, visit www.hrsc.org.uk/sailing/centenary-sail-past-1 for details.

Anyone with a boat on the Hamble River is invited to join the parade to celebrate this momentous occasion. People of all ages are encouraged to get involved, and every type of water vessel is welcome, from baby dinghies through to super yachts, as well as stand-up paddle boards and kayaks. The smaller of the fleet will sail inshore on both the Hamble and Warsash side, with the larger boats in the secondary channel on the Hamble side of the river.

The parade will proceed past the platform of HRSC Club House where a salute will be taken, then past Hamble Quay and up to a point north of Hamble Yacht Services, where boats will disperse. Everyone is encouraged to dress in the HRSC colours of red, white and blue, decorate their boats with red, white and blue bunting and display Club burgees if they have them.

“We encourage everyone to head down to the Hamble and Warsash shoreline to enjoy what we hope will be a magnificent atmosphere and sail by,” comments Steph Merry, Commodore of HRSC. “Spectators will see more than 100 boats hold centre stage and provide a spectacle of noise and colour as they sail up the river. This is one event you shouldn’t miss!”

If you are interested in being part of this significant event, register before 5pm on Friday 2 August.

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