Chichester rally - 23-25 Aug 2008

Report and pictures by Tim Reeder.

We had a good rally to Chichester over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Despite the forecasts containing anything from 4 -7 we had 17 boats turn up for the Saturday meet on the beach at Hayling Island SC (HISC). We mostly managed to fit rafted up together, but unfortunately happened to land in the muddiest part of what is mainly a sandy beach!

We had drinks on the beach and then had a very pleasant meal in HISC. The club was very hospitable and accommodating especially as they had way over 100 RS dinghies doing a national event at the same time!

Despite more 5s in the night we were well sheltered and fairly level. The next morning the organiser had offered a trip up to Emsworth to view the harbour but due to early tide and appalling weather not many took part.

Later on though the weather perked up and all enjoyed paddling in the mud and cleaning boats till the afternoon high tide. Sensibly given the forecast several boats headed back west to home ports on the Sunday, but the more local boats and our hardy Commodore, making a total of nine, all met up for an excellent barbecue ashore at Thorney Island SC.

They again were very hospitable and we enjoyed a very pleasant venue plus a more restful night on moorings and anchors in a well sheltered arm of the harbour.

As far as we know all returned safely on what was a fairly boisterous weekend for sailing.
Boats attending:
Breeze 21
Silver Seal 22
Cleo 26
Miss Fidget 26
Rascal 26
Red Seal 26
Harlequin 27
Jans Express 27
Stroller 27
Many Moons 31
Blue Jazz 235
Cool Breeze 235
Abacus 275
Grace 275
Penlu 275
Speedwell 275
Sunflower 285
Shemar 335
Sea Lady 850
Ashore at HISC
Drinks at HISC
Barbeque at TISC
Speedwell's new banner