Rallies: the first of this season was to Fambridge when five yachts made their way up river in glorious Fambridge sunshine but little wind for some pleasant socialising on board Skipper’s Juliet, (excellent nibbles and drinks) before repairing to the Ferryboat for the evening. On station were Juliet, Storm, DryFly, Barbary Heron and Lune Orbiter; other members arrived by road. After a dull start on Sunday, the day brightened, helped no doubt by the delicious bacon rolls served aboard Storm, though the light Easterly breeze meant a motoring back to Burnham for some.
The Spring Bank Holiday rallies to Brightlingsea and West Mersea were inevitably a disappointment due to the gale-force winds experienced over the holiday weekend. Colin and Yvonne Brewer in Lady Pickle sailed into Brightlingsea on Friday after a ‘pretty rough’ trip as Colin put it and were one of only five yachts to enter Brightlingsea Harbour over the weekend. Returning Sunday in bright sunshine and a northeasterly gusting 40k at times, the homeward trip was just as ‘thrilling’ – double rally points for effort maybe?