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East Coast Group: Medway Rally

3rd August 2018 - 4th August 2018

This event was from Friday 3 to Sunday 5 August. It started on this extremely hot day by meeting late afternoon in Queenborough with 4 yachts (Slipstream, Water Gypsy, Mystique, Woodstock Hi) rafting together on a visitor mooring and one (Concerto) on the all weather landing as there was an elderly Labrador on board. A further yacht (Orion) arrived later in time for a quick pint.

The 7 crew from the first 5 boats to arrive went ashore to Queenborough Yacht Club for a 3 course meal. We had to keep an eye on the clock as the harbour launch stopped at 9.15. For the 5 yachts rafted together meant the party continued. The chairman’s crew had brought a bottle of single malt with a few drams of whisky being consumed. It could not continue too late as Woodstock Hi was leaving at 5 am for a holiday up the East Coast.

Saturday morning, no one was keen to start moving as the tide needed to rise for easy entry to Gillingham Marina. Most of us tried to sail in the very light and very variable wind on the incoming tide. However, Water Gypsy decided to find some mud, threw the anchor out and then went for a swim. They attracted Mystique, another Griffin, to join them. Our chairman was standing on the bottom whilst an anchor was laid, then the owner joined them in the water. Both boats were then scrubbed before drifting upriver.

Locking in to Gillingham was fun, 2 Griffins, a Centaur and a Fulmar. That was a lock full! The second Fulmar had to wait for the next lock. That evening, 6 sat in Concerto’s cockpit and had fish and chips, all washed down with several bottles and cans of alcohol. Later 2 other members joined us, but a supply of a single malt was required, and the bottle was almost finished. All the participants headed for their boats at about 10.30.

The following day, everyone either headed for their home ports or home. During the rally, 9 people participated, and all agreed this was probably the best Westerly meet they have attended as it was so friendly and highly sociable.

Roger Clark


3rd August 2018
4th August 2018
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Roger Clark