West Mersea Rally, 29 April – 1 May 2017

Organisers: John Davison, HPO, and Jonathan Hague, Rear Commodore Sail & Power

By Jill Moffatt and Kate Newman

The early May Bank Holiday weekend saw the annual LSC pilgrimage to West Mersea. This is the traditional opener of the East Coast rally season and in our opinion is one of the highlights of the Club’s sailing calendar, particularly for foodies and lovers of fresh seafood. The rally is promoted as offering fine dining, great company and a seafood & bubbles Sunday breakfast – plus the best sunset in Britain. It certainly lived up to this impressive billing!

The Passage

Jill Moffatt, 30.05.2017 | More from Jill Moffatt’s blog

Lymington - Lively Timed Passage !

Pontoon party and prize-giving, Lymington

Lively passage to Lymington!

5 intrepid Little Ship Club boats braved the elements on Saturday 23 June to test out the new handicap system in the Timed Passage to Lymington. 

The forecast on Friday night was not inspiring, with winds of F5-7 predicted, with gusts of F8 predicted. In the event the wind was a stiff 20-25kn South Westerly, only gusting 30kn on occasions – and there were quite a few of those!

An exciting sail was had by all (reefs in all round) from No Man’s Land Fort to Lymington, via Calshot, Gurnard and Hampstead Ledge resulting in a keenly contested passage. 

Jill Moffatt, 24.06.2012 | More from Jill Moffatt’s blog

Norman's Jubilee Calais Rally

Yachts Dressed Overall in Calais

Norman's 85th Calais Rally - if you can remember it, you weren't there!

An intrepid group of Little Ship Club boats braved a lottery of weather conditions to attend Norman's 85th Calais rally, some having to motor sail and others experiencing a more exciting sail than they (or their crew) might have wished! The Royal Navy provided an escort once again as HMS Puncher turned down an invitation to participate in the Jubilee pageant to attend the rally for the 24th consecutive year. They were joined by seven Little Ship Club yachts as well as boats from the RNSA, the Narrow Seas Club and others, coming from a variety of ports on the East and South East coasts.

Jill Moffatt, 06.06.2012 | More from Jill Moffatt’s blog