Spring Bank Holiday Solent Rally - 30th April to 3rd May
We will visit two attractive local locations with scope for either adding a short fast cruise or moving on to other places if the weather and demand permit. We are assured of moorings in the Beaulieu River, berths at Island Harbour and overspill space is also usually available on the Folly pontoons.
If you do not have a dinghy, you can easily share with those who have.
Covid restrictions are likely to remain in place so skippers will need to check the rules as to crew restrictions.
Skippers who cannot reach Beaulieu on Friday afternoon will be very welcome to join on Saturday with the afternoon tide.
A quiz and a couple of other distractions will be arranged to add interest to your weekend.
Day 1 Friday 30th April 2021
Gather in the Beaulieu River at Gins Farm
Welcome to the Rally
HW Portsmouth 14.35 BST
HW Cowes 14.11 BST
Call Sea Echo on Channel 77 or the LSC Commodore on Channel 72.
Berthing is straightforward, the Commodore has reserved space on the Gins Farm island pontoon, on the Gins pontoon itself (unlikely) or there are swinging moorings upriver of Exbury Point. Eat on board or go ashore to Gins RSYC if food and/or bar are available.
Day 2 Saturday 1st May 2021
Lay day in the Beaulieu River
HW Portsmouth 15.36 BST
HW Cowes 15.16 BST
The options today are a ferry ride up to Bucklers Hard and a stroll up to the Master Builders PH or, for the more adventurous, a dinghy ride with the tide up to the Montague Arms for a dignified glass of wine or a pint of beer. Catch the ebb back to Gins where we will have a distanced pontoon party and later eat at the RSYC pizza oven (not included in rally fee) with seating outside reserved. A menu from the Clubhouse may also be available.
Day 3 Sunday 2nd May 2021
Beaulieu River to Island Harbour Marina (half a mile beyond the Folly Inn PH, Medina River)
HW Portsmouth 16.45 BST
HW Cowes 15.37 BST
Island Harbour is one of the Solent’s best kept secrets and the upper reaches of the Medina are beautiful. The marina is usually accessible to 2.00m draft yachts at around at least HW +1 to -1. Call the marina on Ch 80 who will give you lock instructions and depths of water in the river and over the lock cill. For those not wishing to do that, moor up at the Folly Inn where there is usually space available and walk across the fields to Island Harbour (about half a mile), or take the ferry or use your own dinghy. Berths have been reserved in Island Harbour. We will BBQ in the evening, bring your own food, or eat at the Breeze Restaurant which will be open for eating outside with choice of menus. The Breeze will be busy so it will be necessary to book in advance (Breeze Restaurant 01983 533388). Pre-supper wine and nibbles will be provided. (Folly Launch Ch.72 or 07884 400046 or Folly Waterbus 07974 864627).
Day 4 Monday 3rd May 2021
Island Harbour Marina or Folly Pontoon
HW Portsmouth 17.49 BST
HW Cowes 16.43 BST
Take a walk up the river path to Newport or down the river to the Folly. Points of interest are the Spice Bus (used in the Spice Girls film, we are told!) and the wreck of the Ryde paddle steamer which is unlikely to ever sail again. A quick inspection will confirm that to be the case. Well equipped chandlery with very reasonable prices.
Wait for the afternoon tide to return to home ports.
Rally Fee: £20.00 per person
The rally fee will include organisation of the rally, nibbles wine or beer, hire of the BBQ.
The organisers have made limited reservations at Island Harbour, first come first served basis, skippers to settle their own marina fees.
Skippers and Crew
If you have space for crew or are looking for a berth then please do use the Skippers and Crew Forum to post details of your requirements.
Solent Boat Charter
Organiser: Tim Bizzey
Date and time
Mon, 03 May 2021 17:00