Articles in the Cruising category
Sailability September 2nd
34 guests joined Wetwheels and 7 Royal southern boats to go sailing.
The weather was kind, with sunshine and light winds. Some boats went across to Cowes and up to the Folly and the rest went to the Beaulieu. We met up at lunchtime to enjoy the packed lunch paid for by the Trust.
It was clear from the happy smiles and animated conversations that everyone had a good time.
Published / Updated: 23 September 2017
2017 ICOYC Cruise In Finland
The next morning, 25 August, after sorting out a few things on "Nova", a Dufour 385, we set sail for Verkan on the island of Korpo. The navigation was relatively easy as we sailed, or rather motor-sailed, as the wind was very light, down the main channel towards Korpo.
We saw quite a few classic yachts tacking up through the islands. There was just a slight challenge going through the many small islands to the harbour of Verkan but the leading marks were extremely helpful and there were posts marking a very narrow passage.
Eventually we found a place to moor, hooking a buoy to tie to the stern and then bow to a jetty.
Published / Updated: 18 September 2017
Cruiser Rally Report - Summer 2017
Report & Images: Pat North
Yarmouth-St Peter Port. 86 nm
Early start at Yarmouth with Chatterbox Northwest 11- 15kts. Motor and sail to arrive at Alderney Race for 1600. We were perhaps early but had an easy ride through the race on the Alderney side. Chatterbox took shelter in Braye harbour.
The wind strengthened and backed so a very close reach in a rough sea from Alderney to St Peter Port. The wind and sea eased for a fast and sunny ride down the Little Russel to St Peter Port.
Published / Updated: 11 September 2017
Ladies Afloat – 24 May and 21 June
Although the April Ladies Afloat had been cancelled due to a terrible weather forecast the May and June were held in brilliant sunshine and gentle breezes.
As usual we met at the Royal Southern at 1000 hrs for coffee and to sort out who was going on which boat.
Published / Updated: 29 June 2017
Rally to Bembridge June 2017
Once again summer and the rally to Bembridge chose the same weekend.
This year 14 boats tied up alongside the Duver to enjoy unbroken sunshine, good company, great food and perhaps a little wine. It's always great to have both yachts and motor boats together
Published / Updated: 27 June 2017
Mid-Week Rally to Beaulieu
The British know how to make the best of a bad weather forecast!
A few chickened out, but in the end 9 boats (and the crew of another who came by road) headed to Bucklers Hard.
The sea was flat for the motor boaters and the wind strong for the yachties so everyone arrived in dry weather and good spirits.
Published / Updated: 23 June 2017
2017 Solent Cruiser Race
Ten boats came to the start line near Coronation buoy on Saturday 29 April. Unlike the starts of most Cruiser Races everyone got away quite quickly.
Claire Dresser in Lady Penrose experiencing this event for the first time was too keen and proved to be OCS as the hooter sounded. The course took them first to Royal Southern in the light easterly wind and then round the east side of the Brambles to other marks and then to Royal Thames off the beach at Calshot, and Party off Egypt Point, back to the mainland shore at Needs Ore and thence to the finish off the Beaulieu River entrance.
Published / Updated: 30 May 2017
Easter Cruiser Rally to the Folly and Beyond. 2017
The fine Easter weather prompted sailors to put away the paint rollers and
polishers, abandon the garden, ignore the pull of the golf course and go
Our organiser, Ken Munro, had forecast (?) a sunny weekend and had booked enough
spaces for 18 boats at The Folly and on the Beaulieu River; we needed them all.
It was great to welcome so many new members to the event.
Published / Updated: 08 May 2017
October Folly Rally Weekend.
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.
Published / Updated: 25 March 2017
Lymington - Horse & Jockey Rallies
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?
Published / Updated: 27 October 2016