Thanks Mike, I've added you to the list in the post above.
It'll be good to see the both of you down South again!
Rick Jones (Treasurer) 1994 Mac 19 "White Lightning", Isle of Wight
Thanks to all who replied. Will contact Bosham & make a decision from there.
Have you made any progress with Bosham? If so, have you found any facilities for trailer parking? I'm casting around for parking for those launching at Chichester.
just got back to Tim at Bosham. He's doubtful as he has limited space but says he will think about it tonight.
He did say that he has no vehicle parking other than in the public car park on ticket payment only.
I will keep you informed as soon as he gets back to me.
Having now rearranged things we can make the changed dates in Chichester if there is still room.
sorry things took so long to sort.
looking forward to meeting up.
Roger and Chris Gabriel plus 2 dogs (hopefully that's ok)
Pas de Chat 2
I should be back in the water by then so pencil me in if you can
Mark (Mac Marie)
Just to confirm, I've added you to the count. That's now 15 boats in total!
Just to be clear, I am planning on attending with Logan's Run.
Here's an update on the plan for the Big Mac week.
We've planed an itinerary around local marinas. We had hoped to include a sail westwards to Cowes, but then realised that Cowes week starts on the Friday! Not only will it be total mayhem on the water, but the Cowes marinas are booked solid. So we will be keeping to the Eastern end of the Solent.
Here's the plan.
Wed 28/7: Boats arrive at Chichester marina, those on trailers launch. Overnight in the marina.
Thu 29/7: Leisurely exploration of Chichester harbour, and/or sort any first-day issues in the marina. The tide will be rising during the day, so there should be no risk of getting stranded on sandbanks - something of a Chichester hazard. Second night in marina.
Fri 30/7: Sail out of the harbour and westward to Portsmouth harbour. May take a circuitous route according to weather and preferences - decide on the day. Overnight in Haslar marina, Gosport.
Sat 31/7: Scope for exploring Portsmouth harbour, potentially up to Fareham, or landlubber day in Portsmouth - Historic dockyard, Spinnaker tower, dare I even say Gunwharf Keys shopping? Second night in Haslar. We are hoping to arrange an "event dinner" for everyone.
Sun 1/8: Move to Bembridge harbour, Isle of Wight. Decide route, lunch stop, etc. on the day. Overnight in Bembridge marina. Possibility of a big BBQ.
Mon 2/8: Back to Chichester marina. Good opportunity for a lunch break beached on the Witterings inside the harbour.
Tue 3/8: Messing around in the harbour again, or for a break from the water, a walk along the Chichester canal into the town. Last night in the marina.
Wed 4/8: Those with trailers pull out, all head home.
So in summary it is 2 nights in Chichester, 2 in Haslar (Gosport), 1 in Bembridge, 2 in Chichester.
Places have been reserved, and can be paid at the time, except for Bembridge. Moorings in Bembridge must be booked and paid online in advance. If you cancel at least 3 days in advance you get 75% refunded, which is not too much of a risk.
To book Bembridge, go to selfservicebembridge.eharbours.co.uk (or follow the booing link on bembridgeharbour.co.uk). The process is a bit odd, to my mind, but here's what you do. The page says "register or login", and there are boxes for email and password. Unless you've already got an account (in which case you know what to do), just enter your email address and click the Login / Register button.
There's no "registration" process as such, what you do is book a Visitor Mooring by clicking the button on the next page. Enter all your boat and personal details over the next pages, and pay for your booking.
For address and contact details for Chichester marina, see this page.
Any comments or suggestions on the plan welcome!
This all sounds good Rick. I have booked Bembridge, £23. Looking forward to it.
Quentin Sands (Editor)
1993 MacGregor 19, Margarita