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Rally Reports 2008


Nimbus Power Boat/Maxi Yacht Rally at Bembridge in the Solent  16-18 May 2008

In 2007, our first Nimbus/Maxi rally had to be postponed from May until October due to the terrible forecast and limited access at Bembridge.  This year we were rather more fortunate with the weather.  It was however somewhat ironic that this year’s date coincided with the formal transfer of Maxi Yachts from the Nimbus Group to the Najad group.  More news soon on this move, but we hope that our excellent relationship with Nimbus Owners, many of whom formerly sailed Maxi’s, will continue.
"A very happy gathering of 8 boats. What a date to choose. The date of the Nimbus sale of Maxi to Naiad!  Despite this 2 Nimbi and 2 Maxi arrived late Friday evening to meet and compare different styles of boating.  On Saturday 7 more Maxi arrived in time for some to visit the excellent Roman Villa museum nearby at Brading which included lunch. Again, it was remarked how the owners of Maxi and Nimbus boats mix well so that no one was left out.
Following the delayed return we joined the others in discussion of modifications to 1100 and 1050 as well as anticipation of the 1300’s that have been sold through SD Marine.  Thumbs down for the evening BBQ in a cold NE wind, with preference for a quick thinking, seemless alternative of ‘progressive supper’ configured by the crews to ensure that all mixed at different boats for different courses.
Unfortunately a regular, Saphire, could not attend hence, by popular vote was recommended as a coordinator for Channel Isles where they have recently moved!
Boat Crew No’s
Blue Lightning  1100 Peter & Sarah Sands 2
Blue Rider  1000 Peter & Sue Stonestreet 2
Maxima  1100 David & Sandy Hodges 2
Asante 1100 Andy & Sara Horwood 2
Magewind 1050 John Skipper, Rosemary, Ruben 3
Blue Demon 1100 Guy & Ros Warner 2
Footloose  Nimbus Don Lucas & Avril 2
Vilana  Nimbus Micky, Brigitte, Gabor, Idkila 4

Bucklers Hard Rally, 21 – 22 June 2008

Even the met office did not even know what the weather would be. Rain, wind, sunshine, it varied by the day.  Perhaps a little grey to begin with, but lovely surroundings in a quiet up river location, next to the maritime heritage village houses of Bucklers Hard…

"The mid summer barbeque for the Maxi Owners proved a popular event, with a total of 10 boats and 22 people attending.  The weather started a little damp and gloomy on Saturday morning, but by the time most boats had arrived, things were clearing up and getting decidedly warmer.

The BBQ, provided by Bucklers Hard Marina, was set up on the green by the waters edge in front of the Bucklers Hard cottages between the historic building slips of the earliest warships of England.  Things kicked off with traditional summer Pimm’s, beer and nibbles courtesy of the M-O-A while the charcoal heated up.  Then for the great ‘cook-off’ with all crews cooking their own meals on the coals, with salads and puddings to share.

The evening stayed dry until the meal was over, but then a few drops of rain were felt, so Peter Stonestreet to the rescue (with a little help from a few others) and up went the gazebo.  Well fortified with food and not a few drinks, and we all managed to shelter from the light shower in true British barbeque style!

The food was finished, the barbeque cooling and the drinks had disappeared, so crews slowly drifted off back to their boats for a good nights sleep, apart from a few diehard drinkers who went on for a nightcap on Huggy Bear.

Sunday morning dawned bright and sunny.  Boats started to depart from around 0930, with Good Time Girl the first to leave in order to make their way back to Birdham in time for the lock opening.  Looking for Kloos departed at the same time, with the remainder of the boats having a more leisurely morning, with a number of crews getting together on Blue Rider for a pre-departure coffee.

The wind had been picking up all morning, and I think most boats were surprised to be met with winds of 30 knots plus at the entrance of the Beaulieu River.  Blue Rider, Blue Lightening and Asante all came out of the river together; no mainsails were raised, but Blue Rider set full genoa and stormed off towards Gosport in fine style.  Asante and Blue Lightning took things a little more steadily, with just a small amount of foresail unfurled, but nevertheless had a speedy trip back to the Hamble.

All in all, a great weekend – possibly one to be repeated next year?

Boats attending were:-

Asante 1100 Sara & Andy 2
Blue Lightning 1100 Peter & Sarah 2
Caribou 1100 Tim & Sarah 2
Good Time Girl 1000 Kevin & Annie 2
Blue Demon 1100 Guy & Ros 2
Looking  For Kloos 1000 Carolyn & Julian 2
Tosara Blue 1100 Martin, Debbie, Becky & Katie 4
Huggy Bear 38 Colin & Christine 2
Mischief Maker 1100 Douglas & Sarah 2
Blue Rider 1000 Peter & Sue 2

Peter Sands

Chichester Harbour  –  Summer family rally & Spit Roast BBQ, 1 – 3 August 2008

Another excellent rally with a good turn out – thirty all told representing 11 boats –  and a great Spit Roast courtesy of SD Marine!

Another new format Rally.  This time it was in Chichester harbour with space to include all the family.  However the seasonal weather persisted with overcast sky, fresh breeze and more, although the rain was occasional.  Northney Marina provided a very friendly, suitable sheltered surroundings and a good base for us.  SD Marine arranged for an excellent BBQ.  We had our own Celebrity, the stranded whale right outside the marina entrance.  The trouble was she arrived 24 hours early and we only had the pictures with the news reports.


I called out across the ether on Friday evening for any early Maxi’s to join a raft up for supper at East Head.  There was no response.  We sheltered in Thorney creek and enjoyed our evening aboard with just an occasional other boat on this first August holiday weekend.  However by midday on Saturday several other Maxi’s arrived in Northney and we were underway meeting the others as expected. 

The games kit was out and our leader and Chairman started off with a bold French cricket.  His plastered leg provided a good sized target.  This was gained during a recent holiday on land.  Supported by his family and daughters, later in the evening we went on to an all-in Rounder’s game.  Other options included volleyball and frizby.  We prepared three gazebos as shelter and saw at least one march across the field of play in the wind.

The BBQ was well prepared and set up with some 4 different meat choices and 8 salads for us all.  Alison Skipper had prepared a lovely range of deserts too.  In total there were 30 from 11 crews with Roger & Sue Moon to bring us up to date with the changes to the Maxi brand ownership.  Two came by wheels with 2 more resident Northney bertholders.  The additional boat Intrepid arrived just too late having been delayed in their cross channel passage.

Sunday morning was a gentle start, taking advantage of the Board Walk marquee restaurant for breakfasts 4 or 5 crews gathered, before finally departing to catch the last of the flood to Chichester or about midday well reefed to catch the ebb Westwards.

28 Participants in all… and many thanks to SD Marine for the BBQ!

Boat    Crew    No’s
Bilton Garth  1050  Richard & Loraine Sams    4
Good Time Girl  1000  Kevin & Annie Brown    4
Maxima  1100  David & Sandy Hodges  Northney  2
Blue Lightning  1100  Peter & Sarah Sands    2
Magewind  1050  John & Alison Skipper  By wheels  4
Blue Rider  1000  Peter & Sue Stonestreet    2
Leda of Hamble  1000  David & Frances Brown    2
Blue Demon  1100  Guy & Ros Warner  By wheels  2
Intrepid  1000  Bob & Sue Garrett  Northney  2
Asante  1100  Andy & Sara Horwood    2
Mischief  1100  Douglas Mursell & Rachel  By wheels  2
SD Marine    Roger Moon & Sue    2

Peter Stonestreet                Whale Photos courtesy of Mike Smith, MDL Northney Marina

End of Season Folly Jolly – October 25th/26th 2008

Solent Region end a successful season at the Folly Inn with six boats

The last rally of the season was enjoyed by all who braved the weather to meet up at the Folly Inn.  Six boats tied up at the pontoon and in all the party comprised nineteen adults, one intrepid nine year old and a dog.  The crews of four boats sent apologies because of the adverse weather forecast for Saturday and Sunday.  However, conditions were not as bad as predicted with good sailing on Saturday and very gentle conditions for the trip home on Sunday.  Sara and Andy Horwood (Asante) came by car since they were racing the next morning and wanted to make sure they were on the start line by 9.00 am!

The wind did get up on Saturday evening driving the pontoon party aboard ‘Blue Rider’.  It was a case of ‘How many can you get on a Maxi?’  The answer is all of us!  Please see the photograph below of those in the cock pit of Peter and Sue Stonestreet’s ‘maxiest’ Maxi 1000; the rest were below and, to Peter’s relief, the boat stayed afloat.  Everyone was pleased to welcome Jim, his son and grandson plus friend Jutta, the crew of ‘Second Rebellion’, who were initiated into the joys of table top dancing at the Folly and were able to provide excellent advice about on board electronics.  As usual, a good time was had by all and after Sunday morning coffee, we began to disperse, promising to do it all again next October.

Richard & Lorraine Sams (Bilton Garth)