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South Coast: Gin’s Farm Rally

13th May 2017 - 15th May 2017

After a lively sail from Chichester we arrived at Gins Farm (part of the Royal Southampton Yacht Club) on Friday evening with water to spare before low tide. Boats, Starquest and Sandpiper had beaten us there, and, while having a very pleasant drink on Starquest we were joined by Ampotis which had had a major problem with the fuel pump which Ian had overcome by cleverly arranging another pump and several pipes across the cockpit floor!

The next morning dawned with uncertain weather…would the Pontoon party be rained off or blown away?! During the day all the other boats arrived, Flycatcher, General Kaos, Shiatsu, the Symonds in their brand-spanking new land yacht, (member of the new ‘Westerly on Wheels’ club), Sijelita. Arkudi, Shahin, Moonstorm, Bifrost, Petrel; Sea Melody and Sherpa came by road. Most boats were accommodated on the walk ashore pontoon but a few boats were on the mid-river pontoon or a swinging mooring, to which, Bob, the RSYC bosun provided a ferry service in the day time. Thank you to Graham Tracey, a member of RSYC who offered to arrange kayaking or cycling, although no one took up the offer.

The weather cleared, the wind dropped and we had a jolly bring and share Pontoon party on the walk-on pontoon, after this 30 of us sat down to a very enjoyable dinner in the Gins Farm clubhouse, ably organised by June and her team on the first night of the new chef! At the end of the meal limericks were read out over coffee; there were several excellent entries but the winner of the bottle of gin and of tonic and a lemon, by popular ballot was Judith Symonds for her splendid rhyme….

A Westerly Corsair that wins
Has a range of Botanical Gins
With ice all the time
And lemon and lime
And tonic in bottles and tins.

This was closely followed by Doug and Gail, (Flycatcher)

A Westerly wind was a-blowing
As up to Gins Farm we were going
Up the cut tack by tack
With the main half aback
How well George’s banner was flying.

Third by a whisker were newcomers to WOA Piers and Angela Benn (Sherpa) with…

A Buckler’s Hard sailor went quiet
When his doctor advised him to diet
For the party at Gins
Had encouraged his sins
And Westerlys made it a riot!

The next morning dawned bright and breezy and most boats left in the morning, but a select 6 of us walked to Buckler’s Hard where we had a good lunch sitting in the garden of ‘The Master Builder’, we then went our separate ways. By the evening Slaney V was the only boat left on the pontoon, it was quite quiet with birdsong and a beautiful sunset….quite a contrast to the bustle and merriment of the night before!

There were several newcomers to Westerly events which was very good, so we hope you enjoyed it and that we’ll see you all again soon!


13th May 2017
15th May 2017
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