Articles in the Cruising category
Mid-Week Rally to Beaulieu
The British know how to make the best of a bad weather forecast!
A few chickened out, but in the end 9 boats (and the crew of another who came by road) headed to Bucklers Hard.
The sea was flat for the motor boaters and the wind strong for the yachties so everyone arrived in dry weather and good spirits.
Published / Updated: 23 June 2017
2017 Solent Cruiser Race
Ten boats came to the start line near Coronation buoy on Saturday 29 April. Unlike the starts of most Cruiser Races everyone got away quite quickly.
Claire Dresser in Lady Penrose experiencing this event for the first time was too keen and proved to be OCS as the hooter sounded. The course took them first to Royal Southern in the light easterly wind and then round the east side of the Brambles to other marks and then to Royal Thames off the beach at Calshot, and Party off Egypt Point, back to the mainland shore at Needs Ore and thence to the finish off the Beaulieu River entrance.
Published / Updated: 30 May 2017
Easter Cruiser Rally to the Folly and Beyond. 2017
The fine Easter weather prompted sailors to put away the paint rollers and
polishers, abandon the garden, ignore the pull of the golf course and go
Our organiser, Ken Munro, had forecast (?) a sunny weekend and had booked enough
spaces for 18 boats at The Folly and on the Beaulieu River; we needed them all.
It was great to welcome so many new members to the event.
Published / Updated: 08 May 2017
October Folly Rally Weekend.
Typically, the annual late Cruiser supper marks the official close of the season
when we Cruisers reminisce about the good times we have had through the year in
the 25 or so events that the Cr/Committee have put on. Friday 14th October was
A healthy compliment of members sat down to a great supper of tasty Gammon in
sauce (Chairman's favourite - thanks Maggie) followed by Summer Fruit Tart -
another popular choice. Most of us decided to team this appropriately with what
was not quite the last of the summer wine, whilst viewing the member's action
photos on the large TV screen.
Published / Updated: 25 March 2017
Lymington - Horse & Jockey Rallies
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?
Published / Updated: 27 October 2016
Awayday on the Basingstoke Canal
Hamble Square, 0845 for 0900 start. Spot the picnic bags in the sunshine.
Coliseum Coaches, Dean at the wheel. 0910 and we were off after the usual
"hands up anyone who isn't here" from one of the Committee Members. Safe
Dean deposited us soon after 1000 at Colt Hill Wharf in Odiham where our numbers
were swelled by a dozen own-steam crew-members. We were 50 mixed Mercury Gardens
Residents and R Srn YC Members, some falling into both camps for a cruise on
John Pinkerton II on the Basingstoke Canal.
Published / Updated: 28 September 2016
Mid week rally to Newtown Creek
When the Cruising Committee plan the mid week rallies we
usually say 'we hope to have a BBQ on a lovely evening at Newtown' with our
fingers crossed. This year the finger crossing worked!
Published / Updated: 08 September 2016
Cruiser Race 2016
With all 10 boats assembled in Yarmouth, we made our way to The Royal Solent Yacht Club for the briefing and supper.
The start the next morning on Saturday 16 July was at 0830 by Black Rock. The CRO,
Graham Nixon on Magic was on his own but using the VHF & a hooter did a good job
starting us on time. The wind was from the south west about 12 knots with
sunshine. It was a fast passage to the Needles with a strong ebb tide.
Published / Updated: 16 September 2016
Sailability July 2016
The forecast was for breeze at 12-17kts; we had upwards of 25kts.
Undaunted, 35 guests on 5 club boats and Wetwheels set off from the club.
The sun shone on us and everyone had a great day on the water. There was a trip up Southampton water with a more sheltered run up to Burseldon and a dash across the Solent to East Cowes or the Folly.
The team on Wetwheels even managed a run ashore in...
Published / Updated: 11 July 2016
Cruiser Race And Rally 15th – 22nd July 2016
The Cruiser Race and Rally will be starting from Yarmouth with supper and briefing at 1900 hrs in the Royal Solent Yacht Club on Friday 15 July.
We welcome those members who do not want to race but would like to cruise in company.
If you would like more information on this event please contact Maggie Widdop or John Rutherford.
Published / Updated: 11 July 2016