East Solent May Event

This is just an initial post to create this event which was discussed at the AGM.

Full details will posted in this thread by the organiser soon.

If you want to declare your interest in this event you can go ahead now and post here.

In the meantime I am copying in to here the responses already received:-

"We would be interested in the Kennet and Avon trip" - Liz Healey

"Hi Roly,

Re the AGM discussion on proposed East Solent rally Sat 25th May 2013. Myself and Bob Farmer (both in 'Sonny') are up for this one.

Regards, John Richardson"

18 Comments

rick.jones's picture

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Definitely interested, but will only be able to participate midweek given the proposed dates.

Rick

Rick Jones (Treasurer) 1994 Mac 19 "White Lightning", Isle of Wight

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Great to hear of the interest so far.

Launching from Chichester which is a locked marina with good facilities we can sail in all weathers within the harbour and there are beach areas to anchor but the great sailing of the Solent is just outside the narrow channel . We can go across to Bembridge on the Isle of Wight where a couple of years ago 7 Macs beached and enjoyed jazzz playing and beach BBQ. Down to Portsmouth for the big shoips, he ligyts and perhaps Porchester Castle and then back to Chichester . That would be the short circuit but depending on numbers and interest we could subsequently go around the biBill , exploring up to Arundel and perhaps even to Brighton and back. Alternatively the other way, around rhe back of the isle of Wight and back again visiting favourite haunts.

This time of year usually has good weather so it should be good.

Roly

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Interested.

As far as I know, a Mac Event has never included any areas East of Chichester e.g. as you say "go around the Bill , exploring up to Arundel and perhaps even to Brighton and back".
I gather there is a slipway at Arundel so a one way cruise from Chichester with a trailer shuttle might be possible.

Stephen
"Duette"

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Hi Guys

How long will the solent rally be for? im quite interested .

Matt

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Hi Matt, sorry , I have been away.
The rally would be from the Friday night at start of bank holiday weekend...24th , planning to launch and overnight at Chichester marina. Then for a short rally ending on Monday followed by an extension covering the following week up to Sat/Sun. exact timings and passage plans to be determined following a further appraisal of tide times and interest of participants.
I shall try to get something more concrete up for the next mag . issue.

Hope that is helpful and that you can come. Remind me where you are based and what experience you might have of the area.
Roly Simpson

john.denman's picture

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Hi Roly
Cant be sure about my own state of readiness or availability but have some( growing)local knowledge being based in the Arun Yacht club in Littlehampton where we have lots of local " experts"
If you want to give me a call I can maybe help with your planning?
Cheers
John Denman

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Thanks John, hope you are ging to be available. Ill perhaps give you a call at the weekend.

Roly

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Sorry I havenet been on the phone yet John but I have left a message this evening.
My thinking was that on the Tuesday morning , weather permitting , and hopefully with prevailing Southwesterly we would sail around Selsey Bill and along the coast as far as Brighton or Shoreham but I shall research earlier possibilities to pull in. I have never sailed this stretch of coast but think it could be pleasant with the view of the white cliffs up ahead.
Beating back and perhaps augmented I thought wed get to Littlehampton Wednesday lunchtime for foray up the river in afternoon eve and stay overnight at Littlehampton . Back around to the Solent on the Thursday for further exploration .
I havent yet checked out the timings with the tidal flow charts , which may affect the exact route.
As I said in my email , Im sure we could get you on a boat if you are free.

Roly

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I hope to be there but not sure yet on which boat.
For years I have wanted to take a MacGregor East out of Chichester Harbour (see my post of 24th February). I hope others will also want to stay on after the weekend. We will be relying on yours & John Denman's local knowledge Roly.
Did you think anymore about recovering on the Arun with a trailer shuttle on the way back?
I will "watch this space".
Stephen

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good to hear that you are still planning to come to this event Stephen.
I am hoping to have some further interest following the latest magazine.
The exact itinery will need to depend on who is attending and how long they can stay.
As originally proposed , I shall plan for the bank holiday weekend to be spent in the waters between Chichester, Bembridge, Ryde and Portsmouth in order that relatively new sailors can enjoy these places but if all those coming want to do something else we can be flexible.
Regarding sailing Eastwards , I have gleaned some local information from John via his club members at Littlehampton and have read about some possibilities before but my latest thoughts were to probably not go beyond the Arun and instead enjoy taking the boats up to Arundel , dropping masts for the bridges , and then returning to enjoy a bit more of the Solent.
Arundel is an interesting small town with a castle in a picturesque valley and if we wanted we could use dingies to go further up-stream.
The tide times are not very favourable for sailing East and then returning westwards and infact it is a bit tricky to plan a favourable passage around Selsey Bill to Arundel. Ideally we would need to be at the Looe Channel off Selsey soon after 6am but a later passage might be possible providing we could accept tide against us towards Littlehampton. However getting out of Chichester could be a problem in the morning .
I shall do some more enquiries and calculations but all in all the tide times dont look too helpful. We could instead go westwards .

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Re the extended event :-
Further enquiry at Chichester Marina reveals that they think there would be enough water in their channel for us to get out from approx 8.30 am on Tuesday 28th , so allowing 30 mins to motor to the entrance of Chichester harbour we could then have 2 hours to sail with some tide , and probably wind , with us towards Selsey Bill, to reach the Looe Channel with slight favourable tide between 11 and 12.00 , going into slack water . We would likely have up to 3 hr sail to Littlehampton with some tide against in last 1.5 hrs but keeping inshore this would be minimiised. There would be an option to anchor just off Bognor Regis (small anchorage marked ) for a break and sit out the strongest of tide. Depending on arrival time the options are to either explore up river sraight away and then retun back home the next day or to take a more leisurely day of it the next day, exploring up the Arun either with Macs or in tenders.
Should we prefer or weather dictate I understand there is a Mac suitable slip at Littlehampton sailing club where John Denham is a member. The club will have a dinghy week on but have said they will be happy to welcome us.
Assuming we sail back, my plan would be to try and go to Southsea Marina in Langstone Harbour on 30th , then sail all down the Solent to Yarmouth via newtown Creek on the Friday . Back to explore the full depths of Beaulieu on Saturday and finlly home to Chichester with rising tide , on Sunday (or whichever direction is home port).

Re the Bank Holiday weekend,
I am still hoping to have confirmations from more boats. Just a few of the experienced lot so far.
This event has been planned for fun and versatility, with plenty of poor weatjher options and even the possibilty or non-boaties joining in/meeting up. Chichester harbour offers good safe sailing and cycle routes especially along Hayling Island and along Langstone Harbour. Great views of the Isle of Wight along the beach and a high speed ferry from Southsea to Ryde could enable linkage with boats at Bemmbridge or Ryde. Portsmouth has lots of spectacular visitor attractions for those who want to spend more time there . At Bembridge we can beach our boats at low cost and either BBQ or visit the pub and at Portsmouth we can either more where have done before , next to the old Lighship in view of the Spinnaker tower , or go on up to Port Solent where there are a mass of restaurants and designer shops along the boardwalk....the first has a great view nd good food while that has good food choice etc but could be busy with weekend Sunsail racers.
From Bembridge, there is an possibility of a lunchtime stop at Ryde since highwater Portsmouth will be at 12.50

Provided weather is reasonable , all this sailing should be quite easy and safe and passages of max 2 hours.

Please can all interested boats now confirm to this webbsite re their intentions.

Roly Simpson

rick.jones's picture

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Given that I can't make the first weekend, on that itinerary I could plan to join the rally at Langstone Harbour on the Thursday.

However, the plan for Yarmouth on the Friday might not be too good, as that's Old Gaffers weekend so is probably booked up (and premium prices!). Lymington could be better, as last year, or maybe Keyhaven - the tides are good for an overnighter.

Rick

Rick Jones (Treasurer) 1994 Mac 19 "White Lightning", Isle of Wight

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Since this event is now less than 2 weeks away I would like to have final confirmation from all those planning to attend , with names of boat , skipper and crew and inteded duration of attendance. Any that hope to attend without boat ie to join another boat as crew , also please let me know either through this event posting or by personal message.
I will send/email further info to all attendees.

So far I have had indication from just a few so if there are others that would attend given a different program please let us know so that we can reconsider.

I know the weather is foul this week but it was similarly poor last year and then we had a great 12 days (till the last !).

Roly Simpson

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this event has now reduced to 2 boats , Aranah and Sonny so we shall not be launching at Chichester and will not be adhering to the original plan. Any last minute interest please call Roly on 07971074525

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Well, we were blessed with an amazing break in the weather for the bank holiday weekend. The rally of two boats looked in jeopardy as bad weather for Friday warned us Matt and I not to set out to meet John and Bob on Sonny who were in Cowes . However , fortunartely I read the clouds rather than the forcast and decided we could motor over to the island. We even had a patch of sunshine following us across the Solent while it was raining in Cowes . No sooner had we docked the gale began with waves breaking over the outer pontoons at Cowes Yacht Haven. Next day the sun apperaed and we had a great time at Bembridge and Chichester .
Read more in the magazine !
Roly

PS...it is amazing how things work out. While we were away my mother fell and broke her arm so it is really useful that I am off work but no longer sailing so I can help her sort things out.

Looking ahead now to Plymouth.

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Glad to hear you got onto the water - your weather down there sounds even more weird than ours up here! Looking forward to the article and lots of photos - are there any contenders for the cover?? I'm starting work on Issue 82 now.

Liz