… for the Max from your sailing!

Carolyn Trimming

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Ten boats joined the rally in Chichester Harbour on August 13/14. We rafted up on 3 visitors’ buoys at Itchenor in a formation of 4-3-3 and we’re very grateful to Amy Lou for procuring the first buoy on their arrival on the Friday evening.  Everyone had arrived by 5 pm on Saturday having enjoyed a good sail over. We then paddled or motored tenders to Itchenor pontoon to go to the Ship Inn for pre-dinner drinks.
Everyone contributed to a safari supper on three host boats, swapping over for the pudding course.
The next morning most people left early to catch the tide – but sadly no wind. A beautiful sunny August weekend which ended with a swim round the corner in Bosham Reach for the crew of Moonshine Blues!
Participating Maxis:
Pell Mell
Amy Lou
Blue Lightening
Lookin Foor Kloos
Blue Rider

Lymington Rally – June 2016

IMGP1367The Lymington Rally saw a good turnout of maxis on a lovely sunny afternoon. 11 Maxis were represented with 27 people attending.

Following their arrival, many of the group enjoyed the afternoon activity of a guided walk along the quay, finishing up at the Royal Lymington Club. Local guide Vivien and her team who led the walk, regaled us with stories of salt, smuggling and other curiosities of the town, providing a fascinating insight to the history of seafaring in the locality.

IMGP1370Following the walk, everyone enjoyed the welcome refreshments and nibbles on the pontoon provided by hosts, Carolyn and Julian, and all enjoyed the opportunity to catch up with familiar faces as well as welcome new friends.   As the sun began to dip to the horizon, we all wandered along to the Royal Lymington Club where we were treated to a feast of a dinner!



Lookin Foor Kloos            Julian and Carolyn Trimming

Suive                                     Richard, Lorraine Sams

Maxima                                David, Sandy and Ben Hodges

Rebel III                               Dave and Delores Cleary

Moonshine Blues             Sally and Robert Ledger

Maxi Magic                         Rob and Trisha Ware

Misty Blue                           Malcolm and Julie Denham

Blue Lightening                 Peter and Sarah Sands

Baldur                                   William Avery, Andy Hind

Vertigo                                 Duncan and Lyn Graham

Neroli                                    Rod and Carole Minkey

Bembridge Rally Report – 8th, 9th &10th May 2016

Following a very enjoyable and well attended mid-summer, mid-week rally to Bembridge last year, it was decided to repeat the event. With a rally already arranged for June, and the ‘tide factor’ for Bembridge to consider, mid-week did not work so a longer rally starting on Sunday 8th with a dinner on Monday 9th  at Brading Haven Yacht Club was organised to enable more people to attend, with an option to stay on until Wednesday 10th. Sunday was glorious; sunshine and a good wind meant a very enjoyable sail to Bembridge. Nine boats, ten if Moonshine Blues for lunch is included, attended on Sunday. Catering options are limited on Sunday nights so Pam & Andy on Ariam and Lorraine & Richard on Suive cooked a main course to follow the pontoon drinks & canapes and everyone else contributed to the meal by bringing desserts, cheese and chocolates, which were consumed by 17 of us on Suive!   A huge thank you to the Verdons for their hospitality on Ariam and to everyone for their contributions. It was great to meet newcomers Gill & Jeremy Thallon on Sunfish and ‘returners’ Jean & Paul Clark on Freebird. Andy Horwood took the ‘official’ photo for posterity.

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On Monday, Asante and Ariam left and Maxima and Leda of Hamble arrived. The weather was not so good on Monday but we all enjoyed the day – walking, cycling, touring IOW by bus and sailing on Baldur, courtesy of William Avery. In the evening we gathered for another pontoon party to welcome the new arrivals, before taking the water taxi to Brading Haven Yacht Club, which opened specially for us, for dinner.  Once again we were well looked after.

Tuesday was foggy at sea but Baldur, Leda, Out of the Blue and Sunfish set off for home whilst Freebird, Maxima, Neroli, Suive and Walk of Life stayed on for another day. All reached their home berth safely.

The rally was a great success and enjoyed by all. 11 yachts (12 if Moonshine Blues is included) attended. Although MOA’s rallies are usually a weekend event, it seems there is a place for events during the week.

Cowes Rally 17th-18th October

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The final rally of the season will take place 17th / 18th October : if you have not been able to join in so far here is your last chance this year.

10 berths have been reserved at Shepards Wharf in Cowes and we hope to have the  new Maxi 1200 from Regatta Yachts joining us and available to  view.

We will have the customary pontoon party at around 1800 hrs on Saturday followed by dinner at the Island Sailing Club. (menu to be confirmed)

If you plan to join us please e-mail p.sands@ntlworld.com by October 12th. to reserve your berth with details of your yacht and the number expected for dinner.

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