Cruiser Rally to Bucklers Hard Marina, Beaulieu.

Tuesday 9 May to Wednesday 10 May 2023

The wind moderated obligingly to F4/5, but the direction W or WSW remained more of a challenge for the trip out to the Beaulieu River.  

1Most left between 9:00 and 10:00 with Plover, a 19’ Shrimper being the first away. The west going tide was used to make good progress against the wind. As usual, conditions became more boisterous off Cowes and engines were used to help lay the Dolphin that marks the entrance to the river.  All was calm once inside and the delightful river with its fine array of large yachts never fail to impress.

inmage 2Berths had been booked in the southernmost visitors H pontoon and soon HOBO (Ron and Pam), Osprey (Chris and Janet), Plover (Mike and Simon), Fairwind (Sue and Barrie), Jacob Faithful (Esmond, Paul and Ian) were tied alongside with Moody Maid (Dick and Andy) arriving a little later.

image 3The evening stayed dry and the BBQ was lit and after drinks and nibbles a very convivial evening was enjoyed around the picnic tables provided with coffee kindly served aboard HOBO. Mike and Simon ate at the Master Builders at Bucklers Hard but sadly both the food and service were disappointing.

image 4The return trip was a fast downwind sail with all covering the 18nm down the Solent to Chichester in good time to reach moorings ahead of the rain that was forecast.


Sue Pearson