… for the Max from your sailing!

Carolyn Trimming




You may have read the report on the Midsummer Bembridge Rally when we mustered 9 boats and 18 people and had a very convivial time. We hope that now most of us have done our annual summer cruise, a similar number or more will support the rally to Yarmouth. Below are the details, but as always please book sooner rather than later to guarantee your pontoon space.

The next Maxi Owners Association rally at Yarmouth is being  organised by Julian and Carolyn Trimming.   Walk ashore berths have been booked for 10 boats and the plan is for a pontoon party followed by dinner at the Royal Solent Yacht Club. Please make sure that you put the date in your diary and send a mail to Julian on jtrimming@hotmail.com if you would like to reserve your place -3 boats have booked already!   H.W.Portmouth  is 11.50 BST ; perfect for all of the Maxi’s to the East and also manageable for the Poole boats through Hurst. Further details will be sent out nearer the date.

Graham Bremer

Solent Rally Coordinator.

Dartmouth Rally?


Solent members venturing down to the West Country recently.  Lookin Foor Kloos (Nick and Julian Trimming) and Out of the Blue (Bill and Sue McFarlane) rafted up on 8th July at Dartmouth…..was this a Dartmouth Rally?



Interested in the new Maxi 1200?

Yachting Monthly reviewed it in summer 2015 and you can currently (as at Feb 2016) read it here.

The Maxi 1200 was nominated in the 2015/2016 European Yacht of the Year Luxury Cruiser category along with the Adventure 55, Grand Soleil 46 LC, Oyster 475, and the Sunbeam 40.  Sadly, it was beaten by the Grand Soleil.  Read all about it here.


Bembridge Rally Report

17 &18th June

This was an innovation for the Solent Section of the MOA, a mid-week rally to coincide with midsummer, and the season certainly smiled on us with warmth, sunshine, good breezes and only five minutes of very light rain at 0700 on the 18th! Nine boats, (Morfran, Lookin for Kloos, Blue Lightning, Maxima, Fenix Flyer, Suive, Leda of Hamble, Neroli & Walk of Life. Eighteen owners and crew participants with many spending the afternoon walking in the delightful environment of the Duver and adjacent coast, before assembling for the “pontoon party” in the evening. This was hosted by Richard and Lorraine Sams on Suive who had organised the social events and Peter and Joan Lloyd on Walk of LIfe . Conversation and wine flowed as did a stream of wonderful canapes from Suive’s galley. Suitably warmed up, we were taken by water taxi to the Brading Haven Yacht Club where we were given a very friendly welcome by a club member and then served an excellent dinner by Tara and her catering team. Ten o’ clock saw us back on the water taxi, although a few chose to walk back in the last of the ebbing light. We hope that the obvious success of the event will confirm it as an annual one but with even more boats attending next year.

Dinner at Brading Haven Yacht Club

dinner at brading haven

Waiting for the water taxi

waiting for the water taxi