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Half-term rally/cruise

Solent to Weymouth, 29 May-4 June

Report by Geoff Turner, photos by Ken and Sue Surplice and Geoff Turner

Of course, this rally didn't go as planned! On Saturday, a strong south-westerly made Christchurch entrance a bad idea, but a few boats made it to Lymington. Perversely, Cleo went from Lymington back to the Hamble. On Sunday, although Abacus and Macoma left Lymington, more boats arrived, and about 18 of us enjoyed a meal at Prezzo - joined belatedly by Vol au Vent, delayed because the keel wouldn't go down (the start of a saga!).

On Monday, we all set off for Weymouth. However, there now wasn't enough wind! Cleo and Vol au Vent motored the whole way, but the rest of us attempted to sail and therefore got no further than Poole. This is when the fleet split up, and didn't get back together until Thursday.

After a wet Tuesday, when only Dawn went on to Weymouth, the sun came out and the rest of the week was lovely. Most of us met up again on Thursday for a barbeque in Bramblebush Bay in Poole harbour; then on Friday we returned to Lymington to be ready for Saturday's Round the Island (or not!) race.

Boats attending (at some stage or other!): Abacus, Blythe Spirit, Cleo, Dawn, Macoma, Miss Fidget, Niquaydi, Rascal, Vol au Vent

 

Weymouth after the rain
Weymouth after the rain
Worbarrow Bay
Worbarrow Bay
Bramblebush Bay, Poole Harbour
Bramblebush Bay, Poole Harbour
Barbeque in Bramblebush
Barbeque in Bramblebush
Barbeque in Bramblebush
Barbeque in Bramblebush
Barbeque in Bramblebush
Barbeque in Bramblebush
Going back to the boat at the end of the evening
Going back to the boat at the end of the evening
At Lymington Town SC
At Lymington Town SC