Bembridge Rally Saturday 14th May 2022

10 yachts set off for Bembridge (Tim on Firebird arrived a day before) making 11 yachts in all ranging from 22ft to 36ft, with the wind on the bow as usual! Mandalay left Chichester Marina 08.00 hrs an hour earlier than planned to be in Bembridge before the fleet, only to be beaten by a number of yachts. We motored against the reducing tide and passed over the bar just before high water. Two thirds across the Solent we manage to sail the rest of the way to St Helen Fort at the entrance to Bembridge in sunshine. We arrived in Bembridge at 12.16 hrs with a number of Dell Quay already moored up and the remaining arriving during the next hour. The yachts leaving Dell Quay later had a much better sail across the Solent and some sailed all of the way.
The following yachts enjoyed the rally:
Opus IV; Hi Time; Moody Maid; Hobo; Snoopy, Mandalay; Firebird; Jacob faithful; Laudi; Osprey and Piquant from Bosham SC.

image1Having all arrived we turned our minds to socialising with pre-dinner drinks from 17.30hrs to 18.30 hrs. Bembridge Harbour Authority reserved most of the marque on the quay for us but as it was sunny we sat outside looking over the harbour and at our boats.

image2At 18.30hrs a water Taxi was waiting to take those not walking to Brading Haven Sailing Club for our evening meal.

Our meal was pre-ordered with the service and food being very acceptable. Brading Haven made us most welcome. We all had a lovely walk back in a moon lit evening along the salt pan walls. A really good social with good company.

On Sunday most boats left between 08.00 and 09.00 hrs missing out on the bacon and egg baps on the quay to get back to Dell Quay for high water at 11.43hrs. All returned safely despite a wet sail home with the wind on the bow!! That’s sailing for you. We had a lovely weekend rally with Bembridge Harbour and Brading Haven Yacht Club making Dell Quay very welcome.

Thank you to all on the rally that helped make it such a good event.

Martin Greenhalgh
Mandalay        20/05/2022