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.
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?
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.