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.