Report from BBQ Weekend – Sep 2021

For the record we chartered three yachts Gull, Aphrodite Spirit and Freyja of Orwell. Gull and Aphrodite Spirit were chartered for the weekend. Photos of the BBQ itself are at the bottom of this report.

This report from James who skippered the extended version of this event on Freyja a 38′ Najad. The outline plan was for 4 days on the water sailing out of Hornet Services Sailing Club in Gosport. In theory, and weather permitting, this provided enough time to get down to Poole and be back for the main event – our annual BBQ on the Saturday. We victualled for all but two evening meals to be eaten on board.

Outline Plan v Actual

Date Objective Remarks
15 Sep Shake down & Night Sail The Royal Victoria Yacht Club in Wooton Creek has long been on my list of places to stop for a meal and it was in a useful direction.  So time for some tidal planning: 

mmm Neeps….  Not a lot of height of Tide.   The water around the pontoon dries about 1.5-2m so it could be tight but should be OK.  HW at 1915 on the other hand is perfect.  And we will have the last of the daylight too.   This seemed like a plan.
Also in our favour was Freyja’s 1.6m keel.   So how did it go?

Well no plan survives first contact with the enemy.  In this case, it was competition from other yachts so our only option was to raft up against a smaller vessel.
We had 1.1m UKC on arrival at RVYC Pontoon in Wooton Creek at about 1845, saw nothing more at HW and we had 1.1 when we slipped.
Weds was Pie night so we all had an excellent meal of pies, chips and peas at the clubhouse. 

We then had a moonlit night sail down to Yarmouth where only option given was a mooring outside. 23 NM run (2 Night hours)
16 Sep Check out some anchorages, Recce of Brownsea Island, Get to Poole 0730 slipped mooring. Favourable tide all the way to St Albans Head and then on to recce anchorage at Chapmans Pool.
View of west side of the approach.
Ate lunch on the go as the tide turned. Moored in Studland mid afternoon then entered Poole Harbour. Used Wych Channel to approach anchorage at Pottery Pier on Brownsea Island. Minimum of 2m UKC.
Moored at Poole Quay Yacht Haven. Evening Meal eaten on board. 46.8 NM run
17 Sep Return to Solent Tides allowed a late start that in turn provided an opportunity to diagnose and fix some issues with the anchor winch. With those issues resolved we tried out a mooring at Brownsea Castle while waiting for the tide to turn.
We decided to target Beaulieu River as Chichester was too far. Ate lunch on the go. No pontoon berths offered so we selected an empty buoy just above Buckers Hard.

Tender used to get crew ashore. Evening meal eaten on board. This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is Mooring-on-Beaulieu-20210917_174110-1024x576.jpg 32.5 NM run
18 Sep Get to BBQ on time Early start for some who wanted a walk using the tender again to get us to Bucklers.
Slipped mooring at 1000hrs just before the top of the tide. First leg was to New Town Creek where we anchored for lunch.
Second leg of passage was to Lymington. Moored up by 1520 hrs.
BBQ was held in Lymington Yacht Haven – Food was excellent (thanks Mike) 14.6 NM run
19 Sep Return to Hornet by 1500 hrs 0830 Slipped lines. Shadowed a racing fleet up the Solent towards Cowes. Anchored off Lee on Solent for lunch. Used inside channel approaching Portsmouth. Moored up in Hornet by 1430 hrs.
18.6NM run. Total mileage logged: 135.5 NM