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Having enjoyed a brief period of summer weather, the clouds returned just in time for the MOA rally to Yarmouth. Light winds meant a gentle sail to Yarmouth under overcast skies but at least it stayed dry……. until the pre-dinner drinks party on the green, when the rain returned and a feeling of deja-vu set in with memories of the previous get together at Island Harbour. Nevertheless, we soldiered on and gathered together for snacks and drinks, much to the amusement of passers-by.

Suitably fed (and watered) we packed up and moved on the main event, dinner at the Royal Solent Yacht Club where an excellent evening was had by all. The club, in it’s prime position overlooking the Solent, greeted us with a warm personalised welcome and a delicious meal, served by friendly and helpful staff.

Crews woke on Sunday morning to cloudy skies and low visibility. Poole based boats left first to catch the tide out of the Solent, whilst others enjoyed a lazy morning chatting and drinking coffee before motoring home in the very light airs.

Boats attending:

Asante
Blue Lightning
D’eau Nuts
Eye of Horus
Huggy Bear
Leda of Hamble
Maxi Magic
Suive
Walk of Life (by car)

The first MOA rally for over a year took place at Island Harbour on 25th & 26th May, having been rescheduled to avoid Covid restrictions. Nervous eyes watched the weather forecasts, hoping against ever decreasing odds that we were going to be blessed with some fine weather. A strong breeze meant a brisk sail for many in the Solent, whilst Eye of Horus battled up from Poole, encountering some difficult conditions in the Needles channel.

Crews gathered together for the evening’s barbecue on the green just as the skies opened. Luckily Peter and Sue Stonestreet came prepared with a gazebo. With lots of differing opinions on how it should go together, the wise amongst us stood back and watched proceedings and eventually it was up and doing a sterling job keeping the food dry. The barbecues were lit and in true British barbecue style, food was grilled, wine and beers were drunk while we all sat around in the rain in full wet weather gear.

Typically the next morning dawned fine, the sun came out and we were all able to enjoy a more pleasant sail back to home ports.

Despite the weather, a fun time was had by all and it was good to meet up with friends, old and new. The marina staff did a great job allocating berths and making sure we had all we needed. Particular thanks to our hosts, Peter & Joan Lloyd who organised everything as well as providing salads and nibbles, pre-dinner drinks and the hire and coals for the barbecue.

Boats attending:

Walk of Life
Blue Rider
Caribou
Eye of Horus
Suive
Cava
Looking For Kloos
Leda of Hamble
Wild Blue
Lady Penelope
Asante

From 2018 but the code still appears to work

Dear Commodore,

I hope this emails finds you well.

With the sailing season now in full swing for many, I write to remind you of the fantastic benefits available with the Cruising Association, specifically for your members. We offer a huge 25% discount for members of the Maxi Owners’ Association and each member will receive a free of charge 18 x 9 burgee, which entitles them to a wide range of discounts around the globe.

Membership of the Cruising Association will be available for £96 for your members and benefits include:

  • A mine of information; with over 6,000 members around the globe you will always have access to someone who’s been there and done that!
  • 16,000 pages of cruising information on our members’ only website
  • Access to our 10,000 book library – not in London? We’ll send them to your door!
  • ‘Sections’ around the UK and further afield so you can meet likeminded sailors who have information on your preferred cruising grounds
  • Access to our unique CAptain’s Mate app for the latest cruising information on ports around the world
  • Hundreds of marine discounts ranging from marinas to charts and insurance
  • London clubhouse with accommodation available from £55!
  • Plus much more!

To take advantage of this fantastic offer, please ask your members to use the code MA2Y at www.theca.org.uk or come and see us on stand J419 at the Southampton Boat Show!

As ever, we’d be extremely grateful if you’d continue to promote this offer within your membership. If you’d like additional information, or membership brochures, please do not hesitate to contact me and I’d be happy to help.

Happy sailing for 2018.

Kind Regards,

Lucy

Lucy Gray

General Manager

The Cruising Association, 1 Northey Street, Limehouse Basin, London E14 8BT
Tel: 0207 537 2828 | Web: www.theca.org.uk

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Dear fellow Maxi Owners

Your committee has booked the following locations for this season’s rally programme; details are subject to revision depending on COVID rules at the time.

1. 10th/11th April – Lymington (Dan Bran pontoon) – Cancelled due to ongoing COVID restrictions

2. 25th/26th May – Island Harbour – Note – New Date

3. 19th/20th June – Yarmouth

4. 4th/5th Sept – River Yealm

5. 25th/26th Sept – Shepherds Wharf & UKSA

Rally details, joining instructions and host yacht information will be issued in due course.

Regards,Richard M Sams – MOA Chair

Andy Horwood – Rally coordinator.

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