I am sure that just thinking about the Christmas Jolly makes some people shudder. However, once again we were not disappointed either by the weather or the level of enthusiasm and support from members.
We chartered three yachts for this event. Appaloosa was booked for the weekend. Sea Essay for the Fri, Sat and Sun and Viola for Sat, Sun and Monday. Our pre-booked Christmas meal was on the Sat night in Hythe.
On Sea Essay, we slipped at 11:00 on Fri 30 Nov for some exhilarating tacking in max 18kts of wind in the central Solent. We anchored near Gins Farm in the Beaulieu River for lunch after which we sailed to Cowes for the night and a meal at the Union.
The crew of Sea Essay had a lazy start next day. Full English with poached eggs were the order of the day. Outside it was damp and visibility very poor so some opportunity for retail therapy and some exploration of Cowes. Hythe Marina in Southampton was our destination. Wind 16kts from SW rising to around 21kts later. Some excellent reefing. Locking into the Marina was straightforward and we were secure alongside in Hythe by 3PM.
The pre-booked meal was at SeaShells Restaurant in Hythe Village. Here we were joined by four bucanneers. The menu and organisation in the restaurant was excellent. Several members commented that this was the best club meal in the Solent that they could remember. I am sure we will return.
Sunday. A slightly late start after another fantastic breakfast on board. Our destination at MYH was not many miles but with a favourable tide and the wind soon touching 16kts we were past the Hamble and out in the Solent.
By 13:30 the wind was touching 30kts. Perfect time for lunch at anchor in Osborne Bay where we were joined by Appaloosa. Appaloosa had witnessed significantly higher gusts a little earlier and were having trouble getting their own anchor to set in the prevailing conditions.
Many thanks to all involved for an excellent weekend”s sailing.
Total mileage 50 NM