Rally to Lymington
September 6th and 7th
With equal numbers of sail and power boats this could be described as a hybrid
rally, with five of each! A great two days, with a pleasant beat to Lymington
for those with sails, and a calm ride for the motor-boaters.
We moored on the Dan Bran pontoon, just downstream from the Royal Lymington
Y.C., an excellent viewpoint for watching activity on the river - ferries,
dinghy sailing, all the usual sailing and motor boat traffic, and a few paddle
boarders too. Perhaps we should be thinking of paddle board rallies?
Dan Bran is a great base for a pontoon party, as it simply doesn't sink, no wet
feet or neither does it lurch drunkenly as can be experienced elsewhere (the
pontoon not the people).
The Mayflower Hotel provided an excellent supper for 24 people, They really must
be commended for their helpfulness and prompt service.
Suggestions of walking along the seawall to Keyhaven the next day fell on deaf
ears, and boats variously took off westwards and eastwards, with several being
sighted in the Medina.
An excellent September rally!
The Annual Voyage to the Horse and Jockey
Our usual flotilla of six or seven boats including the club launch was reduced
to two ribs and Tim Harrison's Julie Jill this year, perhaps because of the
didn't detract from the great sense of adventure when passing under Bursledon
Bridge into the relative unknown.
The sunshine and blue skies contributed to the
tranquil scenery of the Upper Hamble, I am always amazed that one mile upriver
from the last of the moorings there simply isn't a boat in sight, though we did
encounter an intrepid swimmer.
As ever, we had the traditional grounding as we turned into the Curbridge Creek,
which appears to be full of large mullet. Not too long a wait though, before we
could travel the last 200m to tie up.
By tradition we sit outside by the creek
for lunch, and were served in good time to allow us to escape on the ebb tide,
for a peaceful and pleasant voyage back to the Royal Southern.
Thank you to Tim Harrison, Tim Stokes and Chris Russell for providing the water