POOLE WEEK
June 26th - July 4th

 Despite the glorious sun , the week did not go quite to plan!

Several folks needed to start out at different times and after hearing lurid stories and experiencing the horrendous easterly swell on route, no-one wanted to park in Studland Bay!

So a day early on Tuesday, Seldom Seen and Sugar Glider left and enjoyed the E, NE until just past Cowes when the wind and water withered to mill-pond mode, returning a little just before the boats entered Yarmouth.

Drinks on Sugar Glider and then off to the Wheatsheaf. Yarmouth was very busy with boats being turned way but the last one allowed  in - French - at 11 pm parked alongside SG and then left at 3 am! SS was similarly rafted out and there was lots of shuffling around on the Wednesday morning as boats on the inside were let out. SS had a problem with broken shanks on the luff of the mainsail. These were transferred to the bottom so the sail could be reefed and sailed safely – but slowly. Leaving at 9 am, SG and SS made good but rolling progress to Poole in the continuing E wind although goose-winging was not nice.  Sailing was better when the wind veered 50 * and came in at 16 knots. Both boats settled into South Deep via the inner passage.

Thursday was walking around Brownsea Island , café for White%20Admiral-smalllunch and then into the Nature reserve oyster-catchers

Oyster catcher with one of their three chicks.    and        Rare White Admiral butterfly found in wild-life garden

Various hides gave views over the big sea lake with hordes of noisy breeding gulls – 220 terns this year with 75 chicks. Further walking gave glorious views over the harbour and middle lake and then it was back to the café for a cuppa and magnificent view to the entrance. Bit of trouble finding the route back to the tenders but had time to watch one lovely little regulation red squirrel. The tenders were high and dry and required lots of paddling over the banks - and mud - to get home!

Meanwhile, Gundog spent the Tuesday night at the Folly Inn leaving next day for NTC and then onto South Deep, arriving about the same time as Stewpot which had spent the previous night in Yarmouth!!

The Skipper of Gundog - Paul - was hailed for help with the anchor rope ofSouth-Deep SG which was wound around the keels. He stayed for drinks etc. and we were joined by Rosemary on her paddle board and then Gary. Stewpot had parked out of sight much further South. Clouds arrived for a few hours, disappeared, to be followed by a wind of galic proportions lasting a couple of hours.P1000211  

 

 

 

 

 Sunset off SG and Rosemary in fashionable, co-ordinating  gear paddling back to SS.       Pics by Barry

Friday, and after more paddle-boarding, we all moved into Parkstone YC Haven where sunshades were hurriedly erected if possessed. We were joined by Excalibur and Wild Thyme .Excalibur had spent the previous night in The Town Quay and then parked during the day for a swim off Potter’s Point. After some needful showering, we were all invited by Mike and his ‘student’ crew, Candice, to an impromptu pontoon party off the stern of Excalibur.
The new YC was very smart with several balconies and views over all the harbour.
The meal that evening was Tappas and was thoroughly enjoyed by the 11 of us.      
Many thanks go to Mike Tong for organising this very pleasant venue.

Next day, SaturdayExcalibur set off home, SS, SG and Gundog made for Arne, and Stewpot and Wild Thyme thought about life.

The Wych channel to Arne was very shallow but marked with lots of withies. SG anchored, SS came in but decided not to stay as they were worried about getting out early. They met Gundog who turned around with them. Paul decided that as he had had problems with his depth gauge, he was not sure how much water he had undernArneeath him so he decided to return to Cowes. SS went to the furthest reaches of South Deep, going hard aground in the process, and found a beach on the which to land whilst SG went ashore on Shipstal Beach and walked through the RSPB reserve to their café for a cuppa. Back on board with the  tide out, about 30 bar-tailed godwits were watched feeding along the water's edge of Long Island,  only a few meters away.                                                                              View from Shipstal Point to Long Island landing stage on left
As all other boats left for the evening, SG decided to moor in deeper water, only to be aroused at 5 am next morning with the anchor watch sounding off. SG had the anchor rope around the keels again which in deeper water had lifted the anchor sufficiently for SG to slowly be making her way home-wards!

TECHNIQUE FOR UNWINDING ANCHOR ROPE FROM BILGE KEELS

Tie a mooring rope to a large chain clip. Bow person takes this forward and clips it onto anchor rope. Stern person hauls this rope back till taught. Bow person lets off small amount of anchor rope and reties quickly. Stern person hastily winds in rope using Genny winch. As rope becomes vertical, anchor rope will come clear of the backward protruding keel. Mooring rope and clip can then be dragged forward and removed
Alternative is to have heavy chain which will stay on the ground.

Apparently SS had watched a larger fin keel boat having the same problems, but in this case the crew had to dive down to free the rope.

So, on Sunday, SG eventually left at 9 am, managing to keep 0.3 metres under the keel, and as there was NO wind had to motor to Yarmouth keeping a wary eye on the fog bank out to sea. SS, leaving at 5 am just got out of South Deep and then the Swashway and had a lovely fetch with 15-16 knots of NE up to the Needles where they hastily changed course for Hurst. After berthing, they then had time to walk along towards Fort Victoria but found a delightful café before this serving Sunday lunches.
Crews joined forces in the evening and walked to the Red Lion in Freshwater, only to be told by a rather surly staff that they did not serve meals outside in the evening. A very good supper, however, made up for this.

Monday and SS made for NTC with lunchtime visit to Shalfleet whilst SG stayed in Yarmouth for a rest-up day. Walked to Victoria fort and partook of a soggy, partially warmed Jacket potato whilst watching the boats. This included Rod Carr in his catamaran, Duet, which was speeding up the bank, way inside the Sconce Cardinal, either just keeping out of the tide or making use of a west-going eddy? Loads of migrating assorted white butterflies and also spotted a Fritillary further on walk through woods.

Tuesday and with 20 knots + on the nose SG and SS both had to motor home.

Arriving at West Pole 3 gannets were watched circling and swooping low but not actually diving – beautiful birds!

Meanwhile, back in Poole, Stewpot decided to stay rather than go chasing a chowder in Weymouth so walked on Brownsea and then waited out the windy-blows in Deep South coming home on Wednesday with a reasonable wind.

The itinerary of Wild Thyme consisted of Thursday in Yarmouth on the way down, with OK meal in the Kings Head, then onto Parkstone for Friday. Perversely, the crew did try Studland Bay on Saturday but, as said, it was a little rocky, so departed about 17.00 as the wind was good for a fetch to Keyhaven, where they anchored about 20.30 pm just inside the entrance. A lovely spot especially for boats of lesser draft! Unable to depart the next morning until about 09.30 am as they were gently aground. Unfortunately, motored nearly all the way home as the wind was so light.

We decided it was a good all-round week and many thanks to Mike Tong for his organisation.

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BLOOMING JUNE WEEK.
Tuesday 12th – Friday 17th

 Quiver went over a day early on Monday, to sort things but her progress at the entrance to Cowes  was slightly impeded by the presence of the ’City of Chichester’ – a very large dredger!  Next day, Tuesday, Excalibur, Sugar Glider and Wild Thyme left together in a light and shifty NE wind which eventually disappeared. Excalibur went through the Dolphins but had to motor sooner so got there first. Meanwhile, the others in the main channel were approached, first by a very large foreign tug, and then the Blade Runner coming out of Portsmouth.sg-flag-3

Parking was in the North side of Shepard’s Wharf with rather tight conditions. Seldom Seen, arriving a little later (due to a struggle getting their SUP aboard) and parked three out, was asked to move as they were restricting access! Silver Moon had come over from Gosport and Stewpot and then Gundog came from Langstone, the latter having to cruise up and down a bit whilst the Marina manager thought about things! Wotan snuggled in behind Silver Moon.
In the evening, David and Julia on Quiver, very kindly hosted a Pontoon Party  and then 15 of us deployed to the Duke of York – Kevin and Richard insisting that they were ‘not a couple’ except for the bill, whilst the remaining 6 tried the Tappas Bar at the entrance to the Marina which they all enjoyed.
Sugar Glider flag . Pic by Rosemary

On Wednesday, Quiver and Wild Thyme left early, as did Seldom Seen in order to refuel. Sugar Glider left next and quickly realising that there was an engine problem, hastily hoisted sails although there was very little wind.  Wotan came over and stood by whilst weed was extracted from the water inlet. All was well and then the wind - SSW – arrived, allowing the boats that started later a nice sail up to Newtown Creek. geese-flotilla-1

 

 

Picture of flotilla of Canada Geese taken by Ray Stewart who also spotted a dolphin. SG saw a seal, apparently there is a colony of them in this harbour. The gulls on the wall alongside the east estuary were roosting noisily for most of 24 hours!

 

 

ARMY-ARRIVESPicture of Army boats coming up the East arm of the harbour past  Louise (who had  arrived last – single handed - although the boat is all ‘push button’) where they moored overnight and departed next day for manoeuvres in the Solent

 

 

 

 

 

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 At 6 pm, 20 of us gathered where Kevin and Richard had set up the wind breaks at the entrance to the harbour. The wind dropped and a very pleasant evening was had – some say the highlight of the season! – until 8 pm when it started to get a bit misty. Departure time and various boats offered coffee to visitors.

 

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T hursday, Excalibur departed for Yarmouth and Silver Moon to Lymington whilst the rest of us waited for the rain to lift, then tendered up to Shalfleet Quay and walked to the Pub for lunch.

Later in the afternoon, 7 of us walked from the outer pontoon round the Hampstead farms – glorious views – but not quickly enough - only to return and find that only one of the tenders was floating and the others had to be hauled across the mud! It was also observed that SS was aground on her mooring and tilted over at 20*. Gary and Rosemary had to sit topside for over an hour before the tide returned sufficiently. Letters to the National Trust are in hand!   Pics by Rosemary

Friday, dawned wall to wall blue so whilst waiting for the tide, Rosemary did the rounds of the boats on her SUP and the crew of SG watched two black backed gulls kill a small chick on the water. With a brisk wind on the nose, most of the boats decided to motor to Yarmouth, only Sugar Glider hoisting sails, hastily reefing and then over-standing the entrance! Stewpot and Gundog had to return home.
All boats safely rafted out on the yellow pontoon and with Silver Moon on the inside hosting a Pontoon Party before all deployed to the Indian curry house. The food was hot, or hotter, if requested! but the noise was horrific, partly due to the presence of a table of bikers behind us!

Next day,  Saturday, Silver Moon moved over to the Haines Yard and joined a rally for Legends and Excalibur and Wild Thyme went home, the latter shearing a rudder bolt  as Chi Bar was reached . However, they managed to get home OK. 
This left SS and SG to do the walk from the Needles and back and Quivers’ crew to go biking, although we did all meet up at the Red Lion in Freshwater.  Getting off the bus at the Needles we met up with a delightful young Chinese couple who, although wanting to go to the Needles point, insisted on following us. We eventually set them on their correct path with the aid of an OS map and lots of sign language. Supper that evening arranged by Gary was at the Blue Crab – very fishy and very good.

Leaving on Sunday after the racing fleet from Emsworth Slipper, which was parked in a row behind us, we encountered a SW 15 – 20 knot wind and the strong east-going tide. Quiver hoisted a full main and SG alongside kept up with a reefed main and genny. SS had a reefed main but added the motor in anticipation of getting to Cowes before all the racing started. After that we all kept pace but SG opted to go for the Dolphins and made it home fractionally before the others. It was reckoned that, at 4 hrs, this was one of the quickest journeys home from Yarmouth. SG then had major problems with the broadside wind getting back into her berth in Sparkes – not helped by first turning into the wrong channel. Help was at hand fortunately!

Many thanks go to David and Julia for their overall organisation and the Pontoon Party, to John for the Silver Moon Party and organising the Curry supper and to Gary for the Blue Crab outing.

 

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FOLLY JAUNT

The weather for Tuesday looked fairly awful so Sugar Glider opted to leave on Monday , with rather gentle but variable winds, and spend two nights in Gosport. Tuesday morning was passed sitting warmly in the Marina cafe drinking coffee with brother-in law.  Meanwhile -

Tuesday, May 29th   HW 12.23   HT 4.6    Hisc Ferry 09.30
Visit to Folly Inn

Reports from Margaret
On Stewpot, we had  winds of 9-17 knots and a very lengthy ‘shower’ but we made up to 7 knots with just the Genoa. In all a good passage (Nomad reported they made 8.5 knots but had all the main and half their Genny up).  There were 8 boats, 6 on the walk ashore and then 2 on the mid river pontoon. The latter were Steora and Freya who had only decided that morning to come. Freya is owned and skippered by Andy Marshal, a recently retired gentleman and our latest new member to the fleet. Silver Moon, arriving early had already parked on the Mid River Pontoon but the Folly Harbour Master, Dave, told him that as there were only 6 boats booked on the walk-ashore he could just as well join Stewpot, Quiver, Louise, Gundog and Seldom Seen.
The food in the Folly was a little mixed, some good some not so, but a good evening was enjoyed by 18 members.

Wednesday, May  30th   HW 12.15  HT 4.6
Visit to Island Harbour Marina

The crews of Steora, Nomad, Quiver, Stewpot, Gundog, Silver Moon and Sugar Glider were joined by those of Seldom Seen who opted to stay moored at the Folly and walk whilst all the other boats enjoyed the free flow in and out of the lock and then drinks and nibbles on the pontoon by Stewpot. Louise meanwhile had gone off to the East Cowes Marina for a spot of sightseeing. Several of the crews made a sortie - along a very new posh path - into Newport for vital shopping or just a coffee.  Terry - Gundog crew - bought himself a pillow having suffered from a stiff neck due to new, rather hard foam cushions!
Dinner at the Breeze restaurant,  which was very good, was enjoyed by 17 of us

Many thanks to Margaret for organising both these days

Thursday, May  31st   HW 13.39   HT 4.6

Before leaving, the offering of  prosecco and chocolate cake was down graded to bring your own coffee,  cake provided, on the pontoon  and then further downgraded to Monica and Celia bringing large slices of the cake around to the boats as there was rather a heavy drizzle! The cake was a monster 3 layered edifice left over from an earlier birthday party of several monster cakes!

Visit to Bucklers Hard
The weather was so dismal and languid that no-one even bothered to unwrap their sails in anticipation! After a motor trip across the Solent and up the river,  the 8 attending boats, Quiver, Silver Moon, Nomad, Stewpot, Seldom Seen, Sugar Glider, Gundog and Freya, endured a slightly chaotic mooring manipulation on the walk-ashore fueling pontoon. Terry, crew to Gundog, unfortunately was required elsewhere and ordered a taxi to take him to Lymington. Several crews settled down for a nap after lunch aboard, whilst others, who had eaten on the way over, had a quick toes up and then did the lovely river walk into Beaulieu for a cream tea  - or  part of one thereof -  at the ever popular garden center!.
Returning home, the pontoon party given by David and Julia for was found to be in full swing. This was soon followed by a short walk up to the Master Builders’ Pub for supper. Food and service was v good and v quick!

Many thanks to David and Julia for arranging this visit

Friday, June 1st   HW 14.17  HT 4.5
Several boats planned to leave at about 8 am to get the full benefit of the East-going tides. Again the day dawned dank and dismal but by about 10 am as the boats were going either through the Forts or the Dolphins, a nice SSW filled in allowing a good 5 knot fetch home-wards.

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CHARITY EVENT

Friday, May 18th   HW 4.32 HT 4.8
Kids out on the Water' -  37th annual event

Although 3 schools dropped out, there were still 7 sending children down to Blake's for this event. In all, 82 children, all mentally and/or physically handicapped,  took part sailing in 28 boats all gathered together by John. 2-3 children went on each boat with 1-2 helpers. John tells a story of one little boy on his boat - the child was steering with John having a helping hand standing behind. The boy suddenly slapped John's hand off the wheel and said ‘ I can do this by myself’. He  never said another word all day but obviously enjoyed himself. John, who organised all this, was immensely satisfied  with the pleasure all the children derived from the day

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BEMBRIDGE BRADING & PORT SOLENT

Monday, May 14th    HW 11.28  HT 4.5  Hisc Ferry 10.00
Visit to Port Solent Marina 
 A rather fresh NW gusting up to 23-27 knots reduced sail down to a reefed Genny on most boats although Louise carried a main heavily reefed and with her self tacking blade was able to beat up to the Portsmouth channel, whereas all other boats dropped at the Dolphins as the wind headed.
Yachts  monitored Channel 11 Queen’s Harbour Master  on the way in and
Called Port Solent VHF Radio Channel 80 on reaching pile No. 78
No problems locking  in and all the boats - Gundog, Stewpot, Sugar Glider, Nomad, Louise, June Dawn and Excalibur were all berthed within chatting distance
Dinner was at - The Sir Alec Rose, Wetherspoons, where we had been allocated  a dedicated area with tables arranged around a bend.
Three people, driven by Hazel, came by car boosting our numbers to 29.
A very good menu with free drinks thrown in with some dishes! -
Many thanks to  Paul Young - the organiser for this event

Tuesday, May 15th   HW 12.10  HT 4.8  HISC Ferry 09.00
Visit to Bembridge
 A slightly reduced N wind meant that most people had a leisurely trip across with just Genny although Excalibur bravely hoisted her main just through the lock.
Berths were reserved on the Duver Pontoon, Bembridge Marina, for both nights and we were joined by Seldom Seen, Karma, Proud Moment, Steorra and Aurora..Bembridge-2018-1. Stewpot had to turn home to attend to news of a family illness.
Dinner was at Brading Haven YC   where we all enjoyed their  Swan Menu with very good and quick service
As the causeway was at the moment closed, the taxi service was running at a reduced rate to take all of us there and back to the YC    
Many thanks to Lyn for organising the dinner and the marina

Wednesday, May 16th   HW 12.55  HT 4.8
Lunch at Seaview YC 
It was raining! - after two gloriously sunny days. Fortunately it stopped for Louise to set off home early albeit in a strong NE wind - not very nice - and for the remainder to walk or taxi to Seaveiw for lunch; although some went off on their bikes and a small group opted to go to the Crab cafe by water taxi
 Assorted walks to Seaview where lunch was served upstairs and 19 of us enjoyed fish and chips or the traditional chicken curry. Thanks to Gary for organising this event.
Mandatory walk to the Nature reserve afterwards and to note that the “beach huts” have now all been sold allowing sleep-ins - for £150K!  Then it was walk back across the fields, or along the beach which was not a good idea as the tide had not dropped enough ordaining use of the muddy, steep path through the woods up the cliff. This was not enjoyable and ONE will certainly not do it again!Bembridge 2018 2
Meanwhile, Gordon the Bembridge Harbour Master was organising a Fire Practice involving 3 fire engines, the police and all the rescue ribs from the sailing clubs. We were not involved with this but did note that before-hand all our ropes left on the pontoon were tidied up!
 As it was now blowing 25 knots from the N and very cold, the pontoon party to be held by Gundog was, sadly, abandoned

Thursday, May 17th   HW 13.42  HT 4.9
Still blowing strongly from the N  so that those boats leaving at about 11.00 had to beat beyond the Harbour. Sugar Glider, leaving an hour later having coffeed up at the Baywatch, encountered the S wind immediately and so had a gentle jaunt home-wards, leaving Seldom Seen to the tender mercies of Gary, the local engineer

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EARLY SEASON DAY SAILING TRIPS

Thursday, May 10th.  HW 07.50   HT 3.7  Ferry 10.00
Day Cruise to Haslar Trinity Light Ship for Lunch

It was a lovely sunny day - it usually rains for this one - with a brisk wind of 15-20 knots just N of W. This allowed  Nomad and Excalibur  from HISC and Stewpot and Gundog (single handed) from Langstone to fetch along the coast. - all carrying at least one sail and Nomad hoisting the mizzen as well. (Nomad on left of pic below in distance)
The 15 of us were welcomed aboard the Lightship and enjoyed a very good menu  in a comfy ambiance - albeit not outside on the top deck viewing all the  boat activity  as it was deemed a little too windy.
Mike’s speech  - where he was telling us that  Excalibur is shortly to go on the market to be replaced by an MB  - was abruptly interrupted by the Harbour Master who informed us that two of the boats had been overcharged and one had not as yet paid. This initiated  a transfer of fivers to satisfactorily sort finances. Mike also announced that he would be away for a while so Jane offered to take over the Yahoo reminders again!
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Lots of chat on the pontoon as the boats prepared to leave.  pic by Jane      Haslar-18-2  There was still a brisk following wind as the boats eventually made their way home-wards with, Excalibur with the genny half down as the roller had jambed! (Pic by Barry)
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Many thanks to John Cook for organising this interesting event.

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Tuesday, May 1st.  HW 13.21  HT  4.7  Ferry at 10.00
Day Cruise to Dell Quay SC for Lunch

The weather was rather a concern with winds of up to 28 knots and rain forecast for the return journey. Stewpot opted out as a sail over the bar with a SW on the ebb was not fancied and Emmy 2 also decided it might be a bit bumpy for their small MB.
However, after lots of discussions,  Seldom Seen and Aurora made the journey up under Genny and Excalibur was watched lowering her main at the entrance to the Dell Quay Channel. Communications were instated on Ch 8 regarding which buoys to pick up and Alan and Delia Clarke, this year in Artemis from the Club, did all the ferrying honours here and back home.dell-quay-2818-2gHere with Seldom Seen on the visitors buoy
Several people came by car quite early and sat in the sun in the club room enjoying the view and watching the boats come in.
Lunch this year was a much appreciated hot salmon and spinach lasagne with dessert and coffee. Gluten free or fish free alternatives were especially provided and all 25 Social Sailors  agreed that everything was totally delicious!  The puds were particularly yummy!
The Dell Quay members looked after us wonderfully and made us all very welcome
Chat from Roy from Dell Quay -
It was so good to see your people relaxed and enjoying each other's company today, and what a blessing it was to have the sun shining, especially after yesterday.  It was reported to me that there were lots of empty plates so it seems the Dell Quay team got it right!
Herewith the recipe and hope you enjoy

LASAGNE WITH SMOKED SALMON        Serves 4-6
Ingredients
Béchamel Sauce            Lasagne
75 butter                            25 g butter                                      2 garlic cloves, grated
75 g plain flour                 Large leek cut into strips          8-10 sheets of lasagne
850 ml milk                       400 gm baby spinach               sprigs of dill to garnish
300g cheddar grated      400 gm smoked salmon
Method
Heat oven to 180c and make the cheese sauce.  Set aside.
For the lasagne, melt half the butter in a heavy-based pan over a medium-low heat. Add the leek strips, season and sweat gently for 2–3 minutes. Add the spinach leaves, a handful at
a time, along with the garlic.  Cook for another minute or two. Drain off/squeeze out the excess liquid.
Butter a large square or rectangular ovenproof dish. Cut the smoked salmon into small pieces, roughly 2 cm square.
Spoon a layer of the sauce over the bottom of the dish and layer a third of the lasagne sheets on top, followed by half the leek and spinach  and half the smoked salmon.  Repeat the layering and finally top with a third layer of lasagne and a good covering of sauce.    Top with grated Parmesan if you wish.
Bake for about 45 minutes until the top is a deep golden colour. To check that the lasagne is cooked, insert a knife in the middle; it should meet with minimal resistance.
Scatter the chopped dill on top of the lasagne and serve, with a crisp green salad on the side

Mike's  speech thanked Jane, the organiser, the dedicated Dell Quay caterers and their club member helpers - who were presented with  boxes of chocolates - and also Alan and Delia (with a bottle of wine) for their heroic efforts (anticipating the return journey) with the rib. Aurora actually offered to take them on board and tow the rib alongside if it got really bad!. No sails on the way back!
Bit from Gary - A really good day, great value for money and excellent food.  Not too cold on the return motoring. We were overtaken by the "faster boats" about half way home (chalkdock) but they had to wait in the rib whilst we locked up! All off the water by 3-50pm
 In fact, the rain did not materialise, and although the winds did gust up to 25 knots the sun stayed out all day!

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Thursday, April 26th.   HW 09.49     Ferry at 10.00
Day Cruise to  Itchenor SC  for Lunch

Three boats sailed from Hayling, Seldom Seen and Nomad hoisting a genny and Excalibur putting up two sails despite the westerly wind gusting at 25 knots on occasion! Rather cold but nice and bright and sunny so the 29 of us were able to sit outside the clubhouse for pre - lunch drinks. Wisely, we all decided to go inside for lunch as the prophesied rain came in on deadline at 13.15!
Nick and his crew served some excellent fish - Cod and chips or melt in the mouth Cajun or gluten free Salmon steak with veg or salad - and samphire - delicious!
There were also some rather yummy looking desserts.
The Club Rib kindly acted as Ferry for the boats who set off -  after some speechifying  and thanks to the club staff - in the rain whilst others went for a very short walk - in the rain.
Tidbit from Gary on Seldom Seen - Seldom Seen was caught in the worst of the hail storm and so severe for the shipper that he had a very red face in the evening.  I go on the helm when motoring in rough conditions, notice!
Very many thanks to John and Barbara Beck for organising this popular event

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Thursday, April 19th.   HW 14.42      Ferry at 10.00 
Day Cruise to Chichester YC for Lunch

Wild Thyme hitched the ferry a bit early and was off the mooring by the time Sugar Glider, Nomad, Emmy 2 and Swift Wind came out of Sparkes. Cathy and Terry Shoebridge plus dog, aboard Swift Wind, had been members for a couple of years but had not been able to join in last year. Fantasy set off rapidly in good order and Seldom Seen, with Paul Cook confidently on the helm, cut their own passage through the John’s Folly swash-way  with 20 cm to spare. They undertook  Sugar Glider who had rather over-stood things towards East Head in the very shifty, but sail-able 10 knots of SE wind.
We parked on the Waiting Pontoon( £5) with Trevor directing and assisting the nine boats. Most of the boats were on the inside  - bit shallow! - as the Lock was very busy and the outside was needed for waiting boats. One of the rather large Itchenor sightseeing boats was also parked there.
Sugar Glider was greeted by Trevor with -‘you are just past the very shitty part of the pontoon’. Incorrect! Jane jumped off to tie up and was promptly shat on, and very liberally, from a great height!
Excalibur arrived and just fitted on the end and the final arrival, Christina D - Skipper Norman - who had joined the fleet that day - parked alongside.
Six people had come by car and joined us for drinks on the pontoon.
On debarking - Hazel had difficulty walking so a wheelchair - very kindly supplied by the Club - was acquired by Margaret.
Up to the Club, where picnic benches were found right by the waters edge - some in the shade if required - and the food arrived in short order despite the Club being so busy - that is - apart from the 38 of us and one dog!CYC-2018-2-small
Not much wind for the return journey so no sails and we hope Fantasy was OK as her engine was stuck in gear!
What a fantastic day to start the season - wall to wall sunshine with Cambermet displaying a temperature of 20 * 
Many thanks to Trevor - and Monica - for organising this event with their usual attention to detail and welcome assistance on the pontoon.

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EARLY SEASON MEETINGS

SPRING MEETING.   FRIDAY, APRIL 6th 2018-         

 A rather windy day which did not deter the Teras and Fevas from catching up on their Winter Training whilst we lunched!

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LUNCH AT HISC, FRIDAY MARCH 2nd 

DUE TO CURRENT WEATHER FORECAST,
 I.E. LOTS MORE SNOW,
THE CLUB WAS ADVISED TO CLOSE THIS DAY,
SO THERE WAS NO SOC SAIL LUNCH !!!

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LUNCH AT CYC, THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15TH-

A glorious sunny day and Trevor had reserved the Conservatory for us - although he was then  slightly bothered that it might get too hot! No worries and we enjoyed their usual excellent menu although we gathered it had been changed for the evening to something more up-market. However,  their Commodore - Tony Mobbs who came up for a welcoming  chat with Barry - they both belong to the same Computer club - explained that we still had our usual ‘pub grub’ for lunch.
Mike made his thank-you speech and mentioned the next events and that Dell Quay is now back on the programme on May 1stCYC
Usual walks afterwards - up to Birdham to monitor the progress of the Marina - always interesting. Today works were in hand removing a load of pontoons seemingly imported to support machines for dredging inside the Marina.
Thanks to Monica and Trevor for their organisation

LUNCH AT HISC. FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 2nd       

 A reasonable day but with a cold wind not conducive to working on your boat!

 30 of us gathered in the adults bar and eventually migrated to the Restaurant to partake of John’s ever delicious menu and where we had a good view of trials being held on a foiling trimaran, necessarily accompanied by a rib!
Later a couple of Moths went out and there was the buoy laying barge maneuvering  just off the pontoon. One valiant cruiser went out of the harbour entrance  but then  returned

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LUNCH AT EMSWORTH SC. Friday January 26th

It was a lovely sunny day for our visit to Emsworth SC. The sunlight glinted gloriously off the miles of surrounding mud  alive with multitudes of winter visiting birds feeding around the edges of the channels Picture by Paul on Lyn's Camera.

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 About 30 of us met in the  relaxing atmosphere of the sunlit Clubhouse and enjoyed a delicious and varied menu served and waited upon by the attentive waitresses one of whom also took this photo!

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Many thanks to Judy Cave for arranging this outing . She enjoys doing this but admits to finding it a bit stressful sorting out the number of actual attendees for the benefit of the chef!
Several folks went on round to the Caves’  house afterwards - Rosemary on route back to her car at Langstone. Others did the usual plod and back along the beach  which was actually - due to sunshine - quite busy!

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LUNCH AT HISC  Friday, January 5th

Lovely sunny day but still windy
Good turnout with over 30 folks and Lyn’s grandchildren - behaving very nicely! 
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