Solent Galleys used to be raced round the area from the Isle of Wight to Southampton in Victorian times, attracting huge crowds to regattas. They are built for speed, long, slim and light, mainly in larch or spruce on an oak frame. They are 30ft long and rowed by four crew and a coxswain.
These lovely boats were replaced by sliding seat coastal boats in the 1970s, and Langstone Cutters is privileged to operate three of the last half-dozen or so surviving examples, Bembridge, Sallyport and Langstone Lady.
Gladys and Mabel, our Claydon Skiffs, were the first boats the club bought. Claydons are grp copies of Thames estuary workboats dating from the time rowing boats were used to transfer crew, passengers and cargo from ship to shore, so they are stable, seaworthy and reliable. They are rowed with four oars plus a coxswain.