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South Coast: Marchwood Rally

7th April 2018 - 8th April 2018

This was a welcome return to Marchwood Yacht Club after a break of several years. The weather forecast was not good – cold and rainy, with little or no wind – but notwithstanding, six boats made the trip up to Marchwood and a further five crews attended by car.

In the event, the rain held off obligingly, and the boats arrived during the Saturday afternoon and were berthed and welcomed by Mike Ellis, who was MYC’s Officer of the Day. It was very pleasing to welcome Simon and Elaine Wilson of Wellwisher and Philip & Christina Kingston of Bonney, for whom this was their first WOA event.

Due to the temperature and the ever-present threat of rain, the pontoon party was moved, by kind permission of the MYC into their clubhouse. Here we were joined by the crews arriving by car. The wintry weather was soon dispelled by the loud and tropical costumes sported by various members, and even Lily the dog!

An excellent three course dinner was served by Adam and his very able staff from the “Honest Kitchen”, who now provide the catering for MYC. It was especially creditable as this was the first visitor event they had done the catering for, since taking over the kitchens at MYC.

During the meal, the diners were provided with a quiz, the answers to which were all famous ship or boat names. This was won by Starquest (Martyn and Anne Langford). The prize for the “loudest costume” was awarded to Michael and Mary Allen by Doug Pattison, for their imaginative multi-coloured crepe-paper tops.

A raffle was held in support of the Ocean Brothers of Lymington, who had just completed their two-handed row across the Atlantic from the Canaries to Barbados in 53 days, with the objective of raising £100,000 for the British Skin Foundation, in support of their research into the battle against skin cancer. Our raffle raised a further £105 towards their goal.

Boats attending – Busiris , Bonney, Merlot, Coyote, Optimist, Wellwisher

Crews attending by car – Flycatcher, Starquest, Petrel, Sassy, Xante of Exe

Dick Leedham


7th April 2018
8th April 2018
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Marchwood Yacht Club
Southampton, SO40 4UX United Kingdom
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Dick Leedham