The South Coast Section typically covers those who keep their yachts anywhere between Brighton and Poole, the majority being around the Solent.
2018 Rally Dates for your Diaries
South Coast Report 2016
Over the last few years we have built a loyal following for our South Coast rallies, with a regular pattern of mid-June and early September and we maintained this tradition in 2016. The mood for our rallies is relaxed and fun, with the odd glass or two of beer and wine added to the mix.
Cowes – 17th to 19th June
The rally got off to a cracking start with our now famous Friday night chilli aboard Jellicle in Ocean Village. As always there were plenty of seconds and very little left by the end of the evening. We were lucky with the weather and able to mingle on the pontoon and eventually mostly on board, where we might possibly have spotted the new dawn in the small hours.
The main rally day was Saturday night at East Cowes marina. As an incentive to get some rally photos for the new Facebook page, we offered a small prize for the best dressed boat. Whilst we were all happily dusting off our signal flags and oversized ensigns, Margaret and Peter on Supertacks took the notion to a whole new level. Peter asked me for a five minute warning before judging to give them time to prepare. With not a single flag being hoisted, I was curious……well the best dressed boat prize went to the first Sadler 34 I have seen crewed by pirates and complete with a canon on the foredeck!
We hired the marquee and the BBQ’s and got everybody cooking. What a great spot to hold a rally and I’m sure we will return in the future – we had our own private party in a great location. Highlight of the evening was the Boules competition, keenly contested in a crew versus crew round robin challenge. Congratulations to Les and Tamara on Le Canard for a momentous and hard fought victory. We’ll all be back next year with much more practice under our belts.
We had 14no boats attending in total with over thirty people – a great weekend.
Attending boats: Jellicle, Alexandra, Le Canard, Supertacks, Eureka, Goodeaux, Thursdays Child, Waveney Rose, Coquette, Faustina, Patience, Rockhopper, Diamond Life and McCavity.
Beaulieu River – Gins – 3rd September
Everybody agreed this was a beautiful location last summer, so it seemed the perfect choice to revisit again this year. Perfect except for the weather – gusty winds for the inbound passage and then torrential rain hitting just at pontoon party time. This is the first time in 6 years of organising that our pontoon party has been hit by rain, so not a bad average really. Anyway with two cockpit tents amongst the fleet and the party goodies distributed, the pontoon drinks were held. A cosy way for everybody to chat and tell stories……so much so that it was only after much persuading that we managed to move everybody from boats to clubhouse in time for dinner. The Gins team (a satellite clubhouse of the Royal Southampton Yachy Club) did us proud with a fine dinner and needless to say, we stayed until closing and carried on amongst the boats with a nightcap or two. All in all a lovely evening in great company and apparently no more rain for the next 6 year’s of rallies!
A terrific turnout for this rally with 16no boats attending, 2 car loads and nearly 40 people.
Attending boats: Jellicle, Alexandra, Le Canard, Waveney Rose, Rockhopper, Vivace, Empty Sky, Eureka, Supertacks, Balair, Patience, Coquette, Gemini, Faustina, Mr Blue Sky and Miss Molly.
All best, Rick