This year the BTOSC had four boats out on the water for the Spring Rally / AGM Weekend. This is a brief illustrated report from Jasper a Dufor 36 skippered by Colin Jarvis. Osprey a Dufor 38, Viola – Gibsea 37 and Ca’Canny – a Nijad 400 were also chartered by the club for this event.
Inventory check and introductions followed by Dinner in the Ketch Rigger. Jasper’s crew comprised Colin, Mike, Roy, Peter, James and Richard. Skippers briefed on the quiz and given a list of potential anchorages to visit the next day.
Saturday Wind W/SW 3-4
- Breakfast at 0800
- On the water by 0930
- Decided not to examine Ashlet Creek
- Explored Power Station Creek / Used lead-in marks
- As a navigation exercise, since it was safe to do so, we sailed out to the Bramble Bank post and compared depth of water around to that calculated from Almanac.
- Practiced pilotage on approached Beaulieu estuary. Used lead-in bearing and transit. House and beacon is hidden by trees when too far east. Easier to see from the west.
- Moored in Beaulieu River for lunch. £5 mooring fee.
- We were slightly hard pressed on leaving Beaulieu and sailed most of the way with one reef in main and the genny. With the tide in our favour we were soon at Lymington Yacht Haven.
- Mooring was on the expensive side at £33.77 for the night.
- BTOSC AGM in the Lymington Yacht Club
- All four boats then got together for dinner in the Mayflower Hotel. Excellent menu. Reasonably priced. Something for everyone. Food was well presented too.
Sunday Wind W/NW 2-3
- Breakfast at 0730
- On the water by 0830 to catch the flood tide
- As a navigation and pilotage exercise we sailed across to NewTown Creek. Almost a run so sailed on Genny alone.
- Noted that the buoy near the entrance is now a Cardinal Mark
- Followed the lead-in marks to the entrance
- Rode the flood tide to Osborne Bay whilst avoiding all the sunday racing out of Cowes.
- Anchored in Osborne Bay for Lunch in 3.5 m of water on a still rising tide. A fabulous view of Osborne House requested specially by the skipper.
- Returned to the Hamble via East Knoll
- Finished the day with boat handling practice in Hamble River
Our GPS Track for Saturday: