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Cherbourg rally report

The bank holiday weekend of May 27th saw the inaugural Maxi cross channel rally to Cherbourg. Unfortunately, bad weather, home issues and thunderstorms Friday night reduced the fleet from 7 confirmed to 3 arriving on in Cherbourg on Saturday afternoon.


Lookin Foor Kloos, Suive, Neroli and True Blue were starting from the western Solent planning to leave early to get the tide through Hurst with Sunfish and Moonshine Blues leaving from Chichester. Unfortunately, we had not counted on a thunderstorm with great pyrotechnics at 3am.  Poor visibility and the storm deterred True Blue (it would have been their first channel crossing) and Neroli, without AIS was put off by the visibility while in Chichester, Moonshine Blues encountered strong southerly winds at the bar and engine problems and called it a day.


Suive & Lookin Foor Kloos cleared the needles just after 4:30am and the weather settled for a good sail across the channel, initially motor sailing and then a good beat across with in force 3-5 south westerly.


Richard Sams takes over the story:


It started at 0335hrs with thunder, lightning & heavy rain on a buoy off Yarmouth. Having cleared a twisted reserve mooring line, we began our trip. An impromptu risk analysis reckoned that we could be hit by lightning as easily on a buoy as on passage! So we set off, reassuringly we saw Julian’s nav lights coming out of Lymington. The voyage to Cherbourg was hard work as it was both windy and rough but the boat went well, rarely below 7kts through the water and starboard tack virtually all the way. We were the first Rally boat into Cherbourg & there was plenty of room on the Rally pontoon, close to the facilities.


Three yachts made it to Cherbourg – ourselves, Sunfish (Jeremy & Gill) & Julian and Flint on Lookin Foor Kloos. So the pontoon party on the Sunday was a select gathering followed by lunch in the Marina restaurant. Including my daughter & her partner eight of us enjoyed a pleasant lunch. By now the weather had improved significantly and life was returning to normal.


At the pontoon party, it was interesting to discuss the various tactics employed in the crossing. With a strong tide carrying us eastwards and a south-westerly wind, all 3 boats had let the forces play their part and sail as much south as possible.  When 25 miles “off course” and getting no closer to Cherbourg as the phot of the plot shows, both Suive and Lookin Foor Kloos tries a tack to the west but making little over the ground against the tide, reverted to plan A and headed south until the tide changed.  A good shift in the wind to westwards then carried us very fast in the right direction all on starboard tack.


After the rally, the three boats had different plans. Suive was setting off for St. Vast on the Monday, the Thallon’s on Sunfish were leaving the boat in Cherbourg, coming back to cruise the Channel Islands the following week while Lookin Foor Kloos headed straight back on the Monday.  It appears as though Lookin Foor Kloos drew the short straw.  We left Cherbourg around 7:30am and one hour later hit fog which stayed with us all the wat across the channel with visibility down to 200 meters at times.  The forecast SW3 did not appear so we motored the whole way across with AIS transceiver and radar keeping us safe from the big stuff and a tiring 9-hour horizon scanning watch looking out for yachts and fishing vessels before the fog cleared off the Needles.


Richard recounts Suive’s tour below:


We had a crew change as my daughter & her partner had to return home by ferry because of work. We were joined by an old French friend of ours & when Julian left for the UK we set sail for St Vaast. A very pleasant sail followed and we arrived early afternoon in St Vaast.  


A bit of sightseeing followed before we returned to Cherbourg on the Tues. The weather forecast indicated a good weather window for an easier return trip on the Thursday so we decided to have a rest day on the Wed to prepare for an early start on the Thurs to catch the Needles tidal gate. We originally had planned to leave Cherbourg at 0500hrs French time (0400hrs BST) but fate intervened when Lorraine woke me up at about 0130hrs (BST or French time – not sure!!) to say that somebody was walking about on our boat!! I dashed out of my warm bed to repel intruders to find a French yacht rafting alongside. I’m not sure who was most surprised, me half dressed or a very tired French man. It quickly became evident that, to avoid complications the best option was for us to depart asap, which we duly did.


Thank God for GPS, leaving Cherbourg in the dark with lots of multi-coloured lights around was ok but needed a bit of care. Not a whisper of wind so hoisted the main and motor sailed until north (and clear) of the shipping lanes when the wind had freshened enough for “George” to take us to the Needles clear way buoy. George is our auto pilot, invaluable when on long passages. The trip back was calm and pleasant with no sea mist and a clear sunrise.


All sorts of strange winds in the Solent, but warm sun & safely home. “Suive” did us proud.


If you are interested I can show you our actual track for the outbound & return legs of the journey. The tide effect is very evident.


We plan to be at the Lymington Rally; we will head west after the Rally for our annual western approaches voyage.

Please see below the programme for 2017.  Please contact Peter and Sarah Sands if interested in attending the 1st Rally on April 8th.

Maxi Owners Association 2017 Solent Rally programme

Date Marina Host yacht & Rally Organiser Contact details Notes
1st Rally


Wheels option.


Sat April 8th


Universal – River Hamble – Confirmed.


Sat night dinner in “Bistro 8”

Peter & Sarah Sands s.sands@ntlworld.com


Please confirm attendance ASAP.



(nb Easter w/e is 15/16th April)


2nd Rally


NB This is the

27th – 29th May Bank Hol w/end.


Cherbourg – provisional


Port Chanteryne.

00 33 2 33 87 6570


Contact – Magali Hamon


Andy & Sarah Horwood saraandyh@yahoo.co.uk Provisionally contacted. Discount of 20% if 5 boats or more.

Wine event available.


VHF Channel 9

3rd Rally


Sat 24th June


Lymington – Confirmed.


(Dan Bran pontoon?)


Dinner – Royal Lymington Yacht Club. (TBC)


Julian & Carolyn Trimming jtrimming@hotmail.com
4th Rally


26th/27th Aug (Bank Hol w/end)


Chichester – provisional Robert & Sally Ledger robert.ledger@linefive.co.uk Rafting on buoys
5th Rally


9th/10th Sept


Island Harbour – tbc

01983 539994



Sat night – BBQ.

Peter & Joan Lloyd (Walk of Life) p.lloyd2011@btinternet.com Provisionally reserved.


H Tide Sat 1341hrs

H Tide Sun 1418hrs

6th Rally

14th/15th Oct


Cowes – Shepherds Wharf Peter & Sue Stonestreet peter@stonestreet.me.uk


Note – Discussions taking place re SW Rally in mid to late June to link up with some Maxi yachts based in the Salcombe/Dartmouth area. (Martin Beck – Maxi 1300)

05/03/2017  RMS

Many thanks to those who sent in photographs or voted in the 2016 photo competition.

The winners were announced at a well attended AGM meeting on February 19th.  First prize of £20 went to Steve and Sue Harridge with their picture of Aloni on the 2016 Round the Island Race 2016.

Second price of £10 went to Rod and Carle Minkey for their picture of Neroli on the way to the Poole Rally.

We plan to run the competition again this year – entries to show Maxi’s at play so get the cameras clicking!


Peter Stonestreet suggested that I write up my experience of removing the keel from my 1997 Maxi 34 a year or two ago as, after the tragedy of Cheeky Raffiki, this is a topical subject.   The story starts with us purchasing Ariam from Roger Moon at SD Marine in 2012.   She had been chartered for most of her life and we paid an appropriate price, although being a Maxi she was fundamentally sound.   After a season I noticed that the bilges were never completely dry and began looking for what must be a small, but persistent leak.   On a reach to starboard, the discovery of a thin, pulsing trickle of seawater appearing from a crack in a section of fibreglass fillet at the aft end of the keel, indicated the potential source.

Deep gloom descended as my first reaction was that Ariam must have been grounded hard at some stage in her life, but Neil Desty (of Destys at Hamble Point) kindly came up to Kemps Quay to inspect the hull internally. His view was that this had not the case and the structure was in perfect condition.    He was reluctant to remove the keel as “you really, really don’t want to take the keel off a Maxi” but we agreed that the only way to pin down the leak was to drop the keel.   Thus Ariam was de-rigged and lifted out at Hamble Point.   With all 8 keel bolt nuts undone, you might have expected the keel to come away with little resistance, but not so.   After hours in the slings and much heaving and hammering from above, Desty’s troops suggested it would be better for the owner not to watch the next stage of the process.  This involved cutting scallops of material out of the fibreglass, front and rear and either side of the keel, and inserting crowbars to lever the keel out of its socket.   With an almighty ‘bang’ the keel eventually disconnected and sat upright in the dunnage prepared for it.

A thin, black line along the sealant indicated where water was entering through a crack at the forward end of the keel, seeping along its length and emerging through a keel bolt hole at the rear, then out through the fillet. I took the opportunity to have some corrosion pits in the keel filled, after slurry blasting the cast iron.   Destys then re-coppercoated it, cleaned out the keel slot and refitted the keel with new sealant.   Ariam has been bone dry ever since.

The point I took home from this was that the keel attachments in the Maxi 1000/ Maxi 34 hull are immensely well engineered. First of all the keel fits into a 2″ deep slot in the hull, ensuring there is plenty of solid fibreglass structure around it.  Secondly the bending moment the keel imposes on the hull, as the boat heels, is reacted over a wide area due to the flat, flared-out top section of the keel.  This makes the keel more expensive to cast, but has the added benefit of allowing the 8 keel bolts to be staggered athwartships, further spreading the load.   I am very happy to see how well the boat is constructed and have no worries about the keel detaching at sea.


Annual General meeting – 21st February 2016

Held at The Phoenix Inn, Twyford. Meeting Opened at 12:00hrs


Amylou ~ Gary & Carole Heward

Asante ~ Andy & Sara Horwood

Blue Lightning ~ Peter & Sarah Sands

Blue Rider ~ Peter & Sue Stonestreet

Looking Foor Klos ~ Julian & Carolyn Trimming

Neroli ~ Rod & Carole Minkey


Magewind ~ John Skipper

Misty ~ Nigel Chilcott

Atlantide ~ David Lack

Good Time Girl ~ Kevin & Annie Brown


Apologies were received from the following:

Fenix Flyer ~ Graham Bremer

Suive ~ Richard & Lorraine Sams

Caribou ~ Tim & Sarah Phillips

Leda ~ David Brown

Orinoco ~ Ronnie and Jane Harris

Moonshine Blues ~ Robert & Sally Ledger

Vouvray ~ Chris & Helen Wildey

Aloni ~ Jim & Jackie Burns


Copies of the minutes of the 2015 AGM were distributed

It was unanimously agreed that they were a true and accurate account of that meeting.

 Chairman’s Report:

Julian Trimming opened the meeting by thanking those members attending and summarised the events of 2015.

A significant milestone was the advice that Maxi Yachts had a new UK distributor “Regatta Yachts”

Regatta Yachts would be offered membership of the Association conditional on them undertaking to respect that Membership Data was classified and not available for them to use for marketing purposes..

There was intent to confirm a rally program as early as possible in the hope that getting the events in to Members diaries would encourage wider attendance.


In discussions with Chris Wildey, it was believed that changing the website to a “Wordpress” format would make site maintenance easier and allow the site to be kept up to date without the reliance on everything needing to be processed by the webmaster.

Program for change and budget costs were discussed and it was agreed that Chris Wildey would be given the authority to proceed.

Chris has expended a great deal of time and effort in researching and proposing plans for the website and the Association formally recognises his work, expresses a vote of thanks and will present him with a token gift of wine to show appreciation.

A survey has been conducted by the “Dufour” Owners Association looking at various aspects of Boat Owners Associations.

One of the areas highlighted is the difficulty that smaller Associations are having in maintaining support from their membership. Giving some reassurance that the difficulty the M.O.A is having in engaging its members is not unique.

The Memberships ideas and opinions are again sought to try to boost Association activity.

Treasurer’s Statement:

 Sarah presented a summary of the years accounts and had the accounts available for review by the members.

Balance of our accounts at the end of the 2015/16 year was:

Current account:                     £278.30

Savings account:                     £4655.32

Income (Subs & Sales)           £817.77


Website hosting                      £128.00

AGM Costs                             £26.00

Rallies                                     £469.12

Expences                                 £50.00


 Sara provided an updated membership list which showed that membership is slightly down on that of previous year, although the distribution is generally unchanged.

Other memberships:

It was agreed by those present that “Honorary” memberships should be removed from the Association

It was agreed by those present that the following “Associate” Memberships would be granted for one year

John Haskins Marine – technical advisor

SD Marine

Regatta Yachts


Proposals for the Committee are set out below.

In addition it was proposed and agreed that Three (3) additional General Members would be elected on to the Committee.

Chairman                                                  Julian Trimming

Vice Chairman                                         Vacant

Secretary                                                   Peter Sands

Treasurer                                                  Sarah Sands

Web Master                                              Vacant

Membership Secretary                           Sara Horwood

UK Rally Coordinator                            Peter Stonestreet

South Coast Rally Coordinator            Graham Bremer

East Coast Rally Coordinator               Vacant

General Committee Members (3)       Andy Horwood

Carolyn Trimming

Rod Minkey


Signatories to the Association bank accounts remain as Sarah Sands (Treasurer) and Sara Horwood (Membership) and Peter Sands (Secretary)

The proposed committee was unanimously approved by those members present at the meeting

Volunteers are requested to fill the two vacant positions

Area Coordinators:

 Graham Bremer was sadly unable to attend the meeting so a report of activity in the Solent area was given by Peter Sands

The Solent area are circulating invitations to attend rallies to all Association Members to both demonstrate what is going on and welcome any Member to an event should they be cruising in the area during a planned event.

No reports were given of activity in any other area

Rally Co-ordinators are requested for all other regions in the hope activity can be encouraged.

Preliminary Rally Program Solent Area

26 / 27 March ~ Ocean Village / Mercury Marina

9/10/11 May ~ Bembridge

4 / 5 June ~ Lymington

13 / 14 ~ August Chichester

3 / 4 September ~ Poole

16 / 16 October ~ Cowes

Web Site

Joomla to be replaced by “Wordpress” to make it easier to maintain the site and add items.

See Chairman’s report


No items were tabled and the meeting was closed at 1430hrs.

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