Mid week rally to Beaulieu
"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. Although we had been hit by wet weather in the afternoon
it cleared by 6 and once again the 'starters' for dinner were excellent. The
absence of the water taxi did not deter the crew of Mog from taking their own
dinghy ashore for dinner while the rest of us ate on board.
On Wednesday morning it was pouring with rain and there was a noticeable lack of
enthusiasm to get the ensigns up on time. Eventually the rain cleared and there
was an exodus before the next lot of showers. "Tree-roots pass'd and muddy
beaches" - another reminder of the poem as we went very quickly down the river
on the ebb tide.
Thanks to Dot for organizing another mid week rally and arranging the rain
showers at the right time.
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