Poole Rally 4-5th Sep 1999
The Rally to Parkstone Y.C., Poole Harbour on the 4 & 5 Sept.’99 was a great success and the facilities offered by the Club and restaurant very good. The Cherbourg Rally photos were on display and a few words of wisdom spoken by Roger of S.D.Marine who with a few of his stalwart disciples arrived by … was it sand yacht or Mondeo?? Introduced were our newest members and our "volunteer" committee organisers for 2000; Sarah Huxford, Gordon Agnew and Julian Wise. Sarah is organising the Yarmouth, LO.W. Rally, Gordon the Rally to Cherbourg and Julian our novel event of a combined sailing l golf competition to Cowes. Naturally our Chairman was forced to say a "few" words and afterwards to introduce Gordon and his wife, Christine, organisers of the passage speed contest from many start points to Parkstone by sea and land. You may question was it fair?, car against yacht but a cunning formula had been devised by our team and prizes were awarded accordingly. Altogether we had in attendance 40 crew representing 13 yachts and for the benefit of our new members this compares with the 17 Maxis at Cherbourg in May.
- Hugh Rowan
Our first Association Rally was to Cherbourg, on 29 – 31 May, where we had most of the 17 Maxi’s berthed together although the marina was over capacity. Informal drinks on the terrace and dinner were held at the Hotel Mercure over looking the marina. The following mid day the S D Marine team provided a "drinks & snacks" meeting on the marina park land. Cherbourg Marina looked after us very well considering the overcrowding and some weeks later they were generous over a misunderstanding of berth payments. After the Rally a survey was taken of the members and all agreed the event to be a success and that we should hold another Rally later this year and also a repeat to France next year.