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.
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!
"Early sun on Beaulieu water lights the underside of oaks"
It wasn't quite like John Betjeman's poem 'Youth and Age on Beaulieu River' when the hardy bunch of mid week ralliers sailed round to Bucklers Hard. In spite of the weather 12 boats went to Bucklers Hard bringing around 30 people to a very lively pontoon party.
The first mid week rally of the season got off to a flying start with 12 boats and 28 people who were all determined to enjoy themselves as you can see - far more than usual for this time of the year. There was no wind on the Tuesday so most of us motored but an intrepid Mike Austin on 'Up to Speed' had a spinnaker run the whole way from Port Solent.