Newtown Informal Rally & BBQ May 31st 2022


With good weather forecast earlier in the week Treble C and Fairwind made plans to head west on Monday 30 May and rendezvous in Newtown Creek for a get together and beach BBQ on Tuesday.
Fairwind enjoyed a good close reach all the way to Beaulieu River where they picked up a visitors buoy opposite the Beaulieu River SC for the night.  These are now charged out at £2.50 /m and not the £10 flat rate as before.  Treble C popped into East Cowes for the night.

Treble C made a very early start to carry the last of the ebb tide into Newtown, Fairwind left a bit later and had to tack inshore to stay out of the tide. Martin Watson in Frith was leaving Newtown in company as Fairwind entered in a heavy rain shower and picked up a mooring that was very convenient for the proposed BBQ site. Treble C’s crew had a trip in the dinghy up on the tide to Shalfleet for coffee and lunch in the New Inn. Fairwind’s crew checked out the shop (still open all hours) and made a trip to the Newtown boathouse slip to collect water from the tap in the hedge at the end of the wooden bridge followed by a spot of fishing.


The BBQ site was selected and about to be set up when the heavens opened and Fairwind’s crew scuttled back to the boat and a decision was made to cook aboard. Treble C’s crew were picked up and ferried to Fairwind later and enjoyed a drink and cake to celebrate Sue’s birthday in sunshine in the cockpit.  

Wednesday dawned bright and sunny and both boats left early, Treble C bound for Portsmouth whilst Fairwind motored to Cowes with a spring tide under her and sailed under genoa from the Forts back to her mooring.

Sue Pearson