I got an email from fellow blogger and rower Chris Partridge to say that the Langstone Cutters were bringing a Solent Galley over for a row up the Hamble accompanied by a local boat and some Bursledon rowers, so we rowed to to see them at the Horse and Jockey. These boats are 30 feet in length, built for racing in Portsmouth Harbour and the surrounding area of the Solent, slim, fast, fixed seat rowing boats.
There were a very few other folk out on the river, but with autumn now in full swing it's all pretty peaceful with a complete absence of motorboat wash.
In fact pretty perfect conditions for rowing, flat water, cool but not cold, just the place to enjoy the peace and tranquillity with only the splash of the oars and the call of birds to be heard.
The Penlee picnic: part three
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