South Coast

Branch Chairman: Rick Locker

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

Report from 2017 AGM

The Chairman also acts as South Coast Branch Chairman and therefore Rick presented his report.
The broad south coast region is a hive of activity on the water over the main sailing season, with much competition for diary space with local sailing clubs, racing and the like but I am please to report that the SSOA South Coast events have continued to be well supported in 2017, for which I am very grateful. We have held two rallies this year:
June 16-18 th Rally – Friday night saw our now traditional drinks and a bowl of chilli on Jellicle in Ocean Village, whilst Saturday saw the fleet muster on the mid river pontoon at Bucklers Hard on the Beaulieu River where food drinks and stories were shared into the late evening. Some 13no boats (and 25 people) attended: Jellicle, Le Canard, Alexandra, Goodeaux, Patience, Gemini, Vivace, Eureka, Coquette, Balair, Rockhopper, Sally and Blue Diamond.
On September 5 th we held a rally and dinner at Marchwood Sailing Club – with huge thanks to Mark & Amanda Ford for organizing this event and also to the very friendly Marchwood club for hosting us. Great sailing for all on the Saturday with a very wet departure on the Sunday morning – 9no boats (plus 2no cars and 23 people) attended: Jellicle, Eureka, Alexandra, Blue Diamond, Freebird, Prospero, Supertacks, Diamond Life, Vivace, Rockhopper and Dreamer.

2018 Diary dates –

15-17 th June rally Ocean Village and Bembridge, guaranteed berths and tables to the Jazz on the Quay Festival.

8 th September in Lymington – Dan Bran pontoon and dinner at Lymington Town Sailing Club.

There have been several impromptu meets over the year with a few members getting together flying the Association burgee with pride and I also hope this continues into 2018.

Ocean Village & Beaulieu Rally
16-18 June 2017
Once again our sun dance worked and we were blessed with a weekend of glorious weather. A great mix of old friends and new faces contributed to a fun weekend both on and off the water.
Our now traditional Friday night Chilli was served aboard Jellicle in Ocean Village with seconds pretty much all round, free-flowing wine and a few of us lasting into the small hours!
Saturday saw the fleet muster on the mid-river pontoon at Buckers Hard – always a pleasure to see a raft of Sadlers. More pontoon drinks and buffet food, lots of boat chat and plenty of sun cream were the order of the day…..and yes more small hours!
Thanks to all who attended for the fun, laughter and tall stories and looking forward to the next one!
Attending Boats were: Jellicle, Le Canard, Alexandra, Goodeaux, Patience, Gemini, Vivace, Eureka, Cocquette, Balair (boat in spirit and crew on Jellicle!), Rockhopper, Sally and Blue Diamond.
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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.

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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