Blessed with sunshine and light winds, the annual rally at Shepards Wharf was attended by 11 Maxis and 25 crew. As before, Shepards had us raft up and non-Maxi boats were moved away to ensure a convivial rally atmosphere. Organized this year by Andy and Pam Verdon in Ariam, the other yachts were Pell Mell (Sarah and Peter O’Donnell), Suive (Richard and Lorraine Sams, with Rod and Carole Minkey aboard), Genepy (Tricia and Richard Morrison), Walk of Life (Peter and Joan Lloyd), Blue Lightning (Peter and Sarah Sands), Moondust (Rob and Julie Powter) and, joining a Maxi rally for the first time, Kevin Manville in Eye of Horus and Tony and Therese Rice in Freya. Bill MacFarlane elected to leave Out of the Blue on her berth in East Cowes, but made sure that he did not miss the pontoon party! A slightly surprised Gavin and Clarissa berthed alongside in Amazing Grace and, as MOA members, found themselves invited to (and already paying for) the pontoon party. As the sun went down, the Cowes water taxis ferried the team to UKSA where dinner was served, followed by a short talk on the amazing work done by the charity. The extremely reasonable price for dinner included a donation per-head to UKSA, which many people topped up with a further offering. The MOA enjoys an excellent relationship with UKSA, which provides an ideal facility for this kind of event. Without losing anyone into the Medina, the water taxis returned us in the dark to Shepards, in time for cocoa and bedtime stories. Good sailing conditions the following morning saw the participants sail away, some with cruising chutes up all the way to Chichester! A really nice final rally for the season.
The last rally for 2018 is approaching fast and will be at Shepards Wharf on Sat 29th Sept/Sun 30th Sept. This is a change to the advertised date in the 2018 rally programme. High tide at Cowes is 14.18hrs on Sat 29th & 14.37hrs on Sun 30th Sept (BST). Contact Shepards Marina VHF 80 on arrival and advise part of Maxi Rally – Tel 01983 297821
In summary, fabulous weather with 9 boats and 22 people plus several four legged friends.
Note – David Lemare deep in thought, “Suive” is in the mud & our Chairman is looking contented.
Berthed in two rafts, one of 5 yachts & one of four. Aloni with hatches wide open & David Brown’s (Leda of Hamble) with very effective sun awning in the background.
Final attendance – Aloni (2), Amylou (4), Atlantide (3), Genepy (2), Lady Penelope (2), Leda of Hamble (2) Looking for Kloos (2), Suive (2) & Sea Wolf (3)
Following the pontoon party on Suive (yes, we did manage to get everyone on our boat) Saturday evening dinner was at the Brading Haven Yacht Club. Our host from the YC turned out to be a regular Maxi sailor on Dodger of Gosport, a Maxi 1100 based at Portcullis Sailing Club in Gosport. We are also pleased to note that the boat share has MOA membership.
During the pontoon party the water taxi driver broke the news that there wasn’t enough water for the trip to the YC; fortunately, most of us were happy to walk. Our only injured sailor was given a lift in the water taxi driver’s car. Really good customer care by the Bembridge Harbour personnel.
Bembridge was incredibly busy; the convenient tides and the amazing weather made it a great weekend. Three yachts arrived on Friday and there was a carnival atmosphere. The marina was completely full. Some of us walked into Bembridge and/or Seaview whilst others went to the beach.
Special mention of Tricia, from Genepy, who worked hard to produce impressive, colourful bunting especially for the occasion. We still have to decode the flags – a prize will be given to the first person who manages to translate the signal. Gary Heward, Amylou, has new racing sails and we are very envious. We were pleased to welcome David Lack (Atlantide) and his crew to his first MOA Rally and hope that he will come again. A fun and very enjoyable time was had by all and we are now looking forward to Itchenor in August.
Richard & Lorraine Sams
|Date||Marina||Host yacht & Rally Organiser||Contact details||Notes|
Sat April 21st
Sun April 22nd
|Combined Rally & AGM – Marchwood Sailing Club
(River Test – opposite Herbert Walker Docks – the Cruise liner wharf)
Pontoon Party @ 1700hrs then..
AGM starts @ 1730hrs, max 2hrs.
Please confirm attendance ASAP to “email@example.com”
Skittles match – MOA v Marchwood sailing Club
+ tbc “The Salty Dogs” singing sea shanties
W/End Sat 12th May
|Poole Harbour – exact location tbc.||Julian Trimming & Niel Nivenfirstname.lastname@example.org||Tide turns to ebb @ Hurst Point approx. 0850hrs|
W/End Sat 23rd June
|Cherbourg – provisional
00 33 2 33 87 6570
Contact – Magali Hamon
|Andy & Sarah Horwoodemail@example.com
Provisionally contacted. Discount of 20% if 5 boats or more.
Wine event available
VHF Channel 9
Tide turns to ebb @ Hurst Point approx. 0630hrs
W/End Sat 14th July
|Richard & Lorraine Sams||Sat HT 1226hrs
W/End Sat 4th or W/End Sat 18th Aug
|Chichester||Sally & Robert Ledger||Flood tide at the bar starts approx. 0927hrs Sat 4th Aug & on Sat 18th @ approx. 0952hrs|
|Cowes – Shepards Wharf||Andy Verdon||The rally will be hosted by Pam & Andy Verdon (Ariam), with the usual Pontoon Party starting at 1800hrs followed by dinner in the UKSA canteen||High tide at Cowes is 14.18hrs on Sat 29th & 14.37hrs on Sun 30th Sept (BST).|
|East Coast Rally – Yacht or car||Peter & Sue Stonestreet + David Bronwickfirstname.lastname@example.org|
After good weather in the week, Saturday bought cool air and overcast skies with no wind meaning that the iron jib was the order for the day for most Maxis heading down to Poole on May 12th for the Maxi rally. Misty was the exception, coming later down the Solent, Nigel and Geoff persevered and sailed most of the way across Poole Bay.
In the afternoon, we were joined by Chris Holloway and Dave from RNLI, invited to help us inspect and repack lifejackets. We all learned something from them including the first thing to do with a man overboard – call in a MAYDAY! Inspection of lifejackets identified loose gas bottles, loose firing cartridges plus a number of out of date firing cartridges. I will leave it to others to own up to who’s were most out of date! Only Misty passed with flying colours.
We had 6 MOA boats alongside in Poole Quay Boat Haven plus one guest and when Neil and Debbie Niven from Ruby Max joined the pontoon party (aboard Lookin Foor Kloos as it was cold in the evening), we had 18 members and guests present which I understand is still not a record for a Maxi 1000!
Dinner was at the Rancho Steakhouse just opposite the marina – the food was great when it arrived but enough said. The company and discussion as always was the star of the evening.
Sunday saw a complete change in the weather – brilliant sunshine, clear blue sky and with most Maxis leaving at 10:30 – 11:00 to catch the tide back through Hurst, we had a brilliant sail back across Poole Bay and up through the Solent in force 3-4 SW winds – the type of sailing Carolyn likes and makes us all look forward to the rest of the season!
Maxi owners present
|Lookin Foor Kloos||Carolyn and Julian Trimming||Asante||Andy and Sara Horwood|
|Ariam||Andy and Pam Verdon||Leda of Hamble||David Brown & Kate|
|Suive||Richard and Lorraine Sams||Neroli||Rod and Carole Minkey|
|Ruby Max||Neil and Debbie Niven||Misty||Nigel Chilcott and Geoff|