Solent Gaffers


Bursledon Regatta 31st August - 2nd September 2018

Friday, August 31, 2018 to Sunday, September 2, 2018
Bursledon Regatta 2011
©Jessica Warren

The organising committee is looking forward to welcoming Solent Gaffers to the regatta and racing with them.  This traditional riverside carnival takes place at the historic Elephant Boatyard on the River Hamble. On Saturday afternoon there is family fun. The day ends with a fantastic torchlight procession. 
This year's theme is ' AUSTRALIA Down-Under '. We are encouraged to dress ourselves and our boats in suitable theme.  A Solent Gaffers' trophy will be awarded to the best dressed boat and crew. 
Boats usually gather on the Friday for social partying.  You are invited to join in the Friday evening regatta event, but you should contact the Regatta committee to book a table.  On Saturday its a day of small dinghy and rowing boat racing in the Bursledon River in front of the Jolly Sailor pub, and to end there is always a fantastic firework display.  This is an event for all the family to join in and there are many children races and events on the Saturday afternoon. The Gaffers' Race on Sunday is in the Solent. More information at  

If you want to come, please contact the Elephant Boatyard  ( 02380 403268 ). Be prepared to raft,   Please put the equivalent of 0.50p  per foot in the Regatta fund box.

Once again this year Christine and David Hopkins invite gaffers, family and friends to their Saturday morning fundraising Regatta Breakfast.  Its always a superb feast with juice, ham, eggs, toast, croissants,jam, marmalade, coffee, and tea.  Please give generously to Regatta funds.  Breakfast will be available from 8.00 a.m.  to 11.30.a.m. on a first come first served basis.  You can even drive or walk to The Bungalow, Old Bursledon and enjoy the morning company of gaffers and friends.    Park in Station car park if coming by car or from Elephant boatyard turn right at top of hill, fork right down 'no through' road and you will find them !

RACE INFORMATION  is on the regatta website where you can now download  the Notice of Race,and  the Yacht entry form.  Please hand / post your completed entry form to the Elephant Boatyard by Thursday 23rd  August and in return you will receive a copy of the Sailing Instructions and the Regatta Programme. Please note the yacht prize giving will take place this year at 16.30 on Sunday 2nd September at the Elephant Boatyard.
As you may know the NOR and entry forms are also on the Regatta website ( and the organisers are interested to know if you would like to continue to receive an email each year or if you are happy to simply access the information via the web. They can then decide whether it is worthwhile maintaining the address list and emailing the documents each year.

The Regatta Committee look forward to seeing you on the start line again. 


The Elephant Boatyard, Bursledon, Hampshire
Paul Hobbs
Organiser phone: 
01489 577453 and 07764 608640