… for the Max from your sailing!

Yarmouth September 28th 2002

I received a phone call early in the morning of the 28th to say that Yarmouth was heaving with seven rallies. A little disappointing as I had called the Harbour master one month earlier and had been told that there were no events booked and that I couldn’t book. I now know that the harbour will take bookings, so the mistake will not be repeated. I must however thank the Harbour master for finding 6 berths for us at short notice.

The weekend was beautifully sunny with a SE force 3-4, the weather could not have been better!

Five boats, Taranaki, Cascade, Tumbler, Leda of Hamble and Jovi managed to moor between a pair of piles and Ospray squeezed on to the harbour wall. Unfortunately Maxima could not get into the harbour and Morfran had to moor on one of the outside buoys. Apologies to Maxima, Morfran & Ospray for the disorganisation and missing out on the Glasses of wine and chat.

The rest of us enjoyed some sunshine whilst sipping a glass of wine before rushing off to the Kings head to meet the 1830 hours food ordering deadline.

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Weymouth Saturday August 3rd 2002

Eight boats met on the east side of the Weymouth’s old harbour on Saturday night. Those from Taranaki, Caorann, Cascade, Tumbler, Maxima, Leda of Hamble, Jovi and local boat Aitch attended. We all managed to perch on/in Taranaki’s cockpit for a glass of wine and a chat. Ospray joined us on the Sunday on her way to the west country.

Thank you all for coming.

Mick & Rose

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East Coast 2002 Round-Up

2002 has been the first year for Eastern England M-O-A and our boats have met each other all around the South East as well as much further afield.  The meetings have been informal, and often just by chance.
The season started with a somewhat fragmented (and stormy) weekend in April when Morpheus and Sgian Dubh met as planned in Titchmarsh while Moonshine, Ziggy and Vouvray visited a pub near Woolverstone on the Saturday!  On the Sunday, Morpheus, Vouvray and Moonshine’s crew met up for lunch at Levington.
Vouvray happened to meet Sapphire and Orville in Chatham on a very colourful Jubilee weekend and then later, while on summer cruise, met Madrigal in Honfleur (a very attractive historic port) and Ziggy in St Vaast.
…and Maxi’s go fast too!
 Moonshine took part in the Haven Race to Ostend, managing an astounding average of 7.7 knots for the 78 mile trip.  Wind conditions were good, starting at F4 and building to F5/6, with spinnaker runs for the first 12 and last 6 miles.  Moonshine then followed this with a delightful day with Bacchus in Nieuwpoort before turning for home.
Champions Bell at Burnham Week 2002
After a disastrous excursion under spinnaker onto the Foulness Sands (or concrete) on Monday, the rest of Eclipse’s week went much better…

          Tuesday: class winners for the up river race;
          Wednesday: won the first off-shore regatta and took line honours too;
          Thursday: runners up in the second offshore race;
          Friday: won the last offshore race and as a consequence the Midweek Points and Offshore regatta cups;
          Saturday: class line honours

Overall, Eclipse were the Class 3 winners for the week and to cap it all, she was the Best Boat in Regatta in terms of points scored after discards (one retirement and a second place) and so won this year’s Champions Bell – quite an achievement!
It shows the benefit of a very well oiled crew and ….. a great yacht!
by Daryl M  

 August Bank holiday weekend saw                     
Neroli and Vouvray cruising from the Orwell to Burnham to meet Eclipse.  An excellent evening was spent on “SB Adwina” (Daryl’s other boat is a Thames Sailing Barge!)  with her crew and friends.  Eclipse excelled by winning the Champions Bell for the best points overall for Burnham Week.
Vouvray hasn’t been too happy with her sails and trimming so Chris was sent to crew on Moonshine for a Haven Series race weekend.  It was certainly a worthwhile experience with exciting sailing, good company and good food – what more can a Maxi owner wish?
No doubt, many are already thinking in terms of laying up for the season but Vouvray plans to stay in the water until the New Year, weather depending, so keep an eye out for us!
Planning the future…
Would a winter dinner appeal for Eastern Region members?  Perhaps in the dark days of February when we could meet up by car – perhaps booking The Harbour Lights Restaurant at Titchmarsh, The Duke of Wellington at Hatfield Peverel (no sea to be seen) or alternative venue for good food at an easily reached point?
Next season it has been suggested Eastern Region try to focus on just one main weekend “meet” which everyone would make a special effort to get to (even if some came by car), perhaps with some social land and water events.  Burnham may be just the place for this!
Also, some members on the South Coast have suggested a joint event but this would probably require more than just a long weekend.  Boulogne could be a choice but has anyone sampled it on land and sea recently?  South Coast members may also be tempted to venture around North Foreland to go up the Thames to St Katherines, next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge.