Summer Cruise Races

An Update to Summer Cruiser Race

May 21, 2020

Summer Cruise Updates

For this year we have planned a series of short hops, with enough time in each port to explore and have fun shoreside. Starting midweek in Lymington on the 29th July, we proceed to Poole for a couple of days (perhaps take trips to Brownsea Island, have a Kayak race or explore the harbour and anchor out for lunch), then a quick hop down to the coast into Portland Marina for a pontoon party.  At this point we will have 2 options available dependent on weather and personal preferences; continue West or stay local.

If we decide that continuing West is appropriate, we will take the inshore passage round the Bill and proceed toward Dartmouth. Once in Dartmouth we have a couple of lay days to perhaps take a trip on the steam train or dinghy ride up the river to Dittisham. Next, we are off to Salcombe (with its Gin distillery – hic!) and finally to Plymouth (arriving on the 8th August) for victualing (more Gin anyone?), or perhaps take in the Mayflower exhibition, in this, the 40th year since her cruise to discover the new world.

The event ends on the 8th August in Plymouth, leaving each vessel free to make their way home, or perhaps explore the river Yealm, or press on westwards and with options to attend Falmouth Week  (7 -16 August) or Fowey Week (16 – 22 August), even venture to the Isles of Scilly. Time, tide and weather permitting of course!

If we decide that staying local is a better course to steer, options include a stay in Weymouth, then towards either Swanage or Studland to anchor, then perhaps a circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight, perhaps with stops in Gosport and Cowes.

There is no “typical” entrant into the summer cruise. Sailing yachts and motorboats are welcome. Some skippers and crews will have cruised extensively and others less so having spent more time in their local areas. We have a wide range of boats from a little 24-footer, whose skipper, like that of his boat, is more ‘senior of age and a trifle slower as like wine the voyage needs to savoured over time.  Others are more modern cruisers, ranging to 45 foot (although there is no size limit). Some are family boats that take a relaxed view of passage making, while others like to make a race of it. Whichever you choose, the emphasis is always on having fun.

We have produced a skipper’s handbook which can be downloaded from the Cruising Section of the club website. At the moment this only included option A. However, we will revise, once the situation in relation to lock-down and social distancing becomes clearer. 

Please contact Pat North if you would like to register your interest or for more details.