DQSC Yarmouth Rally Fri 15 and Sat 16 July 2022

The plan was a rally to Yarmouth IoW on Fri 15 and Sat 16 July 2022, as Yarmouth won’t take rally bookings on a Saturday during July and August but we could book in on the Friday and stay for a second night. Initially there had been 11 boats signed up however, due to Covid or other problems only six boats made the rally, Moody Moon (Piers Chamberlain and Chris Rigg-Milner), Osprey, Moody Maid, Opus IV, Frith (of Glasgow), Lady P and Figia (friends of Lex in Frith of Glasgow).

Moody Moon left Dell Quay on the last of the afternoon tide on the Thursday and slipped quietly down harbour picking up a mooring of Hayling Island Sailing Club (HISC) for the night.

The other ralliers left from Dell Quay on earlier tides or from other marinas such as Cowes.

Moody Moon having been tidied away (lots of stores to stow away as we are going west after the rally) had a quiet night at HISC.

Friday 15th dawned bright and calm so a leisurely breakfast on Moody Moon before getting underway to catch the first of the tide going west, unfortunately the winds were still light to non existent, so it was the iron topsail doing the work. It stayed like this until we got to the Forts off Portsmouth where there was a breeze setting in so off engine and up sails for a gentle but lovely sail, thankfully the tide was in our favour otherwise we may have gone backwards and taken for ever to reach Cowes where the breeze tailed off again so iron topsail back on.

Called Yarmouth Harbour as we approached and were guided into a reserved berth to find Osprey (Chris and Janet Playford) and Lady P (Graham Morris and Pip the terrier) already alongside.


We were soon joined by Opus IV (Peter and Jane Mattews), Moody Maid (Dick Cole and John Holland) and Figa (Tom, Laura and Archie Newman). Frith of Glasgow (Lex Harrison and Leigh) had technical problems and was late leaving Dell Quay and after having tried to sail again the tide gave up and motored the rest of the way, wind against tide so fairly lumpy as a strong breeze had developed, arriving at around 21:30.

Disaster when checking out the BBQ site, I found they weren’t where I was expecting them to be so a quick question to the Harbour Office and I was directed to the BBQ site – over the bridge and walk to the corner then down the path to the beach then back towards the marina – bit of a camel hike when carrying all food and coals. DISASTER after finding the site there were no BBQ facilities only metal plinths for you to put your own BBQ on. Thankfully on Moody Moon I had a COBB BBQ and on Opus IV Peter had a disposable plus a bucket BQQ – so it was back to the boats to get them. Our luck was changing as right beside the BBQ site is a water taxi stop and it was dropping some people off so after a very quick round trip and we were up and BBQing. The walk and time waiting enabled everyone to get to know each other. Piers dropped the lid of the COBB BBQ and managed to spill the sausages and Kofta’s on the sand -sorry everyone for the gritty eating. A great evening of chatting and eating with some small glasses of beer or wine consumed watching a stunning sunset over the western Solent. Everything packed up and disposable BQQ, and all charcoal carefully extinguished and rubbish put in the bins provided and it was a quick water taxi ride back to the boats.



On Saturday 16th everyone did their own thing during the day with Frith of Glasgow and Figa leaving mid morning to go over to the sea-food festival in Lymington. A short shopping trip was needed for some essential supplies on Moody Moon and so a walk into town was required with a stop for some refreshment in the Bugle where we caught up with Graham and Pip. Moody Moon was tidied and prepared for sea, as the Yarmouth Lifeboat slipped and proceed out of harbour, hoping it was for nothing too serious, we later found out they were going on a search for a missing swimmer.

The Gin Pennant was hoisted at 18:00 and everyone came aboard for a very convivial pre-dinner drinks, repairing to the Bugle for a table booked for 19:30. Great conversation, laughter and fun evening with great food.


Sunday morning and an 08:00 send off for the boats going back to Dell Quay or ports east of Yarmouth, for Moody Moon it was a leisurely breakfast, fill the water tanks and take the last mains charge for the batteries and heating of the water then secure for sea even though it was still harry flatters. Moody Moon slipped her moorings at around 12:30 and headed west and what is happening on that cruise is another story so you will have to wait and see what we put in to the log competition and the Christmas Quay News…….

Piers Chamberlain
Moody Moon