The Brixham Rally 13/14 September 2005 was attended by four Maxi owners.
We had three boats: Peter and Sue Stonestreet with their Maxi 1000 Blue Rider; Lindsey and Viv Thomas-Keeping with their Maxi 1100 Iona; and David Naughton on his own with Balloo, his Maxi 1000.
Then Marion and Neil Cornwell (Maxi 1100 Aurora) joined us by car rather than boat together with Petra, their black Labrador guide dog puppy, because of inclement weather and time constraints. Unfortunately Peter Siddall – Maxi 1000 Gemini from Fowey – rang to say he would not be able to join in because of business commitments.
Peter and Sue entertained us all initially on Blue Rider (and very nobly including Petra). We then all adjourned to the Yacht Club for an excellent meal.
Conversation flowed freely and much useful information was exchanged about such captivating subjects such as seacocks, autohelms and navigational equipment.
We all agreed that Maxi Rallies are an excellent way of keeping in touch and swapping ideas and information and that the Maxi Owners Association should endeavour to plan and advertise the regional rallies well in advance to allow members time to plan their summer itineraries around them when possible. David, although not a M-O-A member, happened by chance and we were happy to include him as a guest for the occasion.
Our group photo above is on Peter and Sue’s boat. Below, you may just be able to make out a seal between the boat and the harbour wall, as well as us enjoying ourselves in the Yacht Club!