Poole and Wareham Rally 15th - 17th June 2018

Rally organisers Beverly and Martin Briggs (on board Dacelo and accompanied by Eddie McDonald) and Rosemary and David Lyth (on board Balayette) cruised to Poole on Wednesday 13th, taking full advantage of flat calm, sunny conditions. On Friday 15th they were joined by Elizabeth and Alan Fuller (on board Blue Blood), Laurie and Anton Bates (on board Slipaway) and Sarah and Steve Dean, (on board More Magic and accompanied by Georgina McMasters); the latter 2 boats having to negotiate ‘lumpy’, windy conditions en route to Poole. The 5 Broom boats looked mightily impressive, all moored on a dedicated pontoon. Special thanks to Alan Fuller for arranging moorings in such a prime position in the marina.

As Poole Quay Boat Haven is located in the heart of the town, everyone was able to wander along the quayside and/or stroll around the shops in the afternoon.

In the evening, with the sun shining brightly, the group gathered for pre-dinner drinks and nibbles on the pontoon prior to the short walk to Da Vinci restaurant where everyone enjoyed delicious food in a lively, friendly atmosphere.

Saturday 16th saw the group boarding the 11am ferry to Wareham with everyone wrapped up due to the windy, grey weather. At 2.30pm the ferry arrived back in Poole where Harry Paye day was in full swing with lots of ‘pirates’ around, stalls on the quayside, live music and cannon fire at the top of every hour! On cue, the sun pushed away the grey clouds for the festivities to continue under blue skies.

In the evening the group gathered again on the pontoon, suitably attired in pirate costumes (ahoy me hearties!), for the walk along the quay to the Customs House restaurant. Everyone enjoyed another pleasant evening of nice food and lively conversation.

All 5 boats departed Poole Quay Boat Haven on Sunday morning to cruise to their respective home berths, everyone having enjoyed a very successful rally.

Beverly (Briggs)

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