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Dear MOA members,
With current Covid restrictions, we are unable to run the Lymington rally on the 10th/11th April and have had to cancel it.
The current Covid restrictions are expected to ease on Mon 17th May so we are planning on the basis that we will be allowed to meet outside in groups of up to 30 people. In view of this, we have moved the Island Harbour rally to mid-week on Tues 25th/Wed 26th May. This also gives us the advantage of a spring tide.
Peter & Joan Lloyd (Walk of Life) have kindly agreed to host the rally; they are berthed in Island Harbour.

We have booked berths for ten boats & two BBQ troughs so, if you want a slot, early booking is recommended.

High Water at Folly Reach on Tues 25th May is 1040hrs BST. Free flow through the locked entrance ends approx 30 mins later at 1110hrs. Locked entry is then available for approximate 2 hours for a 2m draught – for timings on the day contact the marina office on 01983 539994 or call Island Harbour on VHF80 when passing Folly Reach. Mention you are with the MOA rally to get appropriate berthing instructions (should be grouped together).

The Island Harbour website is recommended reading!!

If you are planning to attend please email Peter Lloyd and cc Andy Horwood. (p.Lloyd2011@btinternet.com and saraandyh@yahoo.co.uk) with your boat name, type (or length) and approx head count.

The MOA “What’s App” group is proving a great success and is a useful source of maintenance advice. If you would like to join, please contact Julian Trimming, who manages the group.

Happy sailing

Andy Horwood & Richard Sams

Dear fellow Maxi Owners

Your committee has booked the following locations for this season’s rally programme; details are subject to revision depending on COVID rules at the time.

1. 10th/11th April – Lymington (Dan Bran pontoon) – Cancelled due to ongoing COVID restrictions

2. 25th/26th May – Island Harbour – Note – New Date

3. 19th/20th June – Yarmouth

4. 4th/5th Sept – River Yealm

5. 25th/26th Sept – Shepherds Wharf & UKSA

Rally details, joining instructions and host yacht information will be issued in due course.

Regards,Richard M Sams – MOA Chair

Andy Horwood – Rally coordinator.

Your Committee recently had a successful Zoom meeting.

In summary

  1. We are preparing a 2021 rally programme using, as a base case scenario, a rally structure that respects “outside” restricted social meetings. It would be good if we could find some new faces as Rally hosts, existing members will help provide guidance and support for the role. Any ideas for new locations? Please email to discuss – membership@maxiowners.net
  2. The MOA “Whats App” has been very successful with 44 active participants. If anybody would like tips on the best way to use this app please contact any of the committee members. One to one chat can be done using the “call” icon on the top right-hand side of the page. We have had active input from outside the Solent which has been encouraging. Please take a look.
  3. In order to keep track of our membership (& boats) we will continue with our annual membership levy. As there has been no MOA rally activity this year, we shall be sending members a token gift, in recognition of your continuing support.
  4. A couple of our long-standing committee members, Peter & Sue Stonestreet, are standing down this year after seventeen years dedicated work. Peter & Sue have been very active committee members and their enthusiastic input will be missed. We thank them both for all their hard work over the years. They will continue to be MOA members.
  5. Next year’s AGM location will be finalised as soon as we have a clearer picture of the COVID lockdown situation.  We look forward to seeing you then.
  6. Don’t forget to support the UK participants in the Vendeeglobe race. The web site is full of interesting statistics, Alex Thomson is 7th, 14.1 nm behind the leader, close.

Happy sailing

Richard Sams

Committee Chair

This year we have a great response to the Maxi photo competition with 17 entries.  Maybe the restrictions on our activities have made us think back to better times.  The photographs come form locations both by and beyond our shores with images including Sydney Harbour, Germany, Netherlands and Ireland showing how Maxis get around.

With so many entries, I am changing the voting this year.  Everyone has a total of 5 votes that you can apply to as many photos as you wish, all 5 to one photo if you like it a lot.  In this way we should get a clear winner.

Could you please e-mail me your votes to jtrimming@hotmail.com by April 10th in the format of picture number and the number of your votes you wish to award (note – picture numbers and titles are underneath the photographs).

With no AGM date set at present, I will consult the committee on how and when we announce the winner.



Picture 1 – Skyfall

Picture 2 – In the west Solent

Picture 3 – AmyLou Powering West Under Code 0

Picture 4 – On the way to Lochranza at the north end of Arran, Firth of Clyde

Picture 5 – Maxi 1100 Tulla, dipping her toe in racing at Schull Regatta, SW Ireland

Picture 6 – Misty at Zeriksee in the rain

Picture 7 – Misty

Picture 8 – Aloni’s new agile foredeck crew

Picture 9 – 2019 Round the Island

Picture 10 – Sailing in Sound of Mull

Picture 11 – Ueckermünde, Germany

Picture 12 – Low tide at Rosiere steps, Herm

Picture 13 – Sunset over Mengham Rythe

Picture 14 – Maxi and HMS Queen Elizabeth

Picture 15 – Leaving Helford River at sunrise

Picture 16 – Sailing in Sydney Harbour

Picture 17 – Off Lagos, Portugal

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