During the winter months the Cruising Committee plan the mid week rallies and 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!
boats had booked in for the event and we had one later comer. The Tanners on 'Oojah'
had rung me in the morning to warn me that Newtown was quite crowded with 2
other rallies in the creek. But we all managed to find a space to anchor. It had
been a gentle sail down the Solent in the sunshine with the ebb tide. Graham and
Darne Rabbits had invited us all for the BYOB party on their boat which was
anchored just inside the entrance and it was a beautiful evening sitting on
their after deck.
It was soon time to go ashore to light the BBQs and luckily the tide was still
ebbing, especially kind for those who were rowing. It wasn't too long before the
sausages and steaks were sizzling on the hot charcoal. We were still enjoying
the food and wine as the sun set. It had had been a really warm evening and
again we had the tide with us to take us back to our boats in the dark.
Next morning we were on deck ready at 0800 as the RYS sounded a hooter to remind
us to raise our ensigns! It was another sunny morning so many of us had a swim
and luckily the seal did not join us but was seen swimming along by the oyster
beds obviously enjoying a fishy breakfast. Many of the crews enjoyed a walk
ashore before heading home. Sadly although it was a hot sunny day there was no
wind so it was a motor all the way back to the mooring.
It is hard to believe that all of our mid week rallies this year have been
blessed with sunshine and fairly gentle winds.