The last rally of the season, traditionally to Fambridge, on the 17th October was attended by 10 yachts though not all stayed for the evening get-together in the Ferryboat Inn.
The Laying up Dinner Dance was a fitting finale to the year’s activities. Held at the Royal Corinthian YC on Saturday 22nd October, we enjoyed the Skipper’s Welcoming Drinks before taking our places at the tables. They were named after Royal Navy ships that fought at the Battle of Trafalgar (21.10.1805), the 206th anniversary taking place the day before. After the meal there was much activity on the dance floor and probably sore feet (and heads) on Sunday. A great evening!
Saturday 1st October Rally to Marconi SC on the River Blackwater was attended by five yachts with three coming directly from Burnham by way of the Rays’n channel. There was just enough time to carry the tide up to Marconi with help from the engine as the light breeze was never enough for a good sail. We barbequed our sausages, meat and burgers as the sun set, comfortably seated in Marconi’s BBQ area. Though dark, getting back to our boats wasn’t too difficult; the tide had ebbed away from the pontoon and a short drag over the sandy shingle enabled us to easily launch our inflatables. On station were Papa Romeo, Dry Fly, Lune Orbiter, Parana and Spindrift of Hamble . An early start on Sunday enabled most to carry the last of the ebb to the Spitway, while Dry Fly leaving at dead low water retraced his route, motoring back to the Ray and picking up the fine sou’sou’westerly wind the others had enjoyed from the Spitway. Pics – Peter Tyler