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South Coast Planning for 2021

Despite the Covid Roadmap showing a route out of lock-down, planning for Club events continues to be fraught with uncertainty. But, in the confident hope that Club boating events will soon be possible, here is the first Newsletter that I sent out to members in the South Coast and South West Regions:

South Coast Region Newsletter 31 March 2021

Hi All!
I hope this finds you all well and looking forward to the boating season, as and when things start!! To that effect I would just like to inform you of dates to put in your diary so far. I had planned to continue our Zoom meets for the 1st weekend of every month 'till we are back on our boats. However, I have realised that Easter would likely mean not many of you would be available so, the:

Next South Coast Zoom meet is going to be on Saturday, April 17th, at 7pm


Currently there are two definite events in the South Coast diary:


FRIDAY 13th  AUGUST TO MONDAY 16th AUGUST ( 3 nights )

(Friday 13th August High Water Folly:  15.51 BST)

This is just an early reminder regarding the annual Island Harbour Rally. 

Peter Upcher, who is organising the event, writes:

I have pre-booked 14 berths for the 13th, 14th and 15th August. It is clear that marinas, including Island Harbour, are rapidly taking bookings, so I suggest that, if you are attending and wish to book dates either side  of those I have reserved, you contact the Island Harbour marina early, stating you are with the BOC rally. They will then berth you near to the rally. You will also need to advise me (Peter Upcher) closer to the time, so I can mark you down for any events that will be set up that weekend. The Island Harbour telephone number is 01983 539994.

More details of the Rally will be sent out nearer the time.

This annual gathering on the Island has long been a well- attended event and has previously included a BBQ, a Sunday evening meal and a “fun sports” challenge.(if anyone has some suggestions for a “fun sport event” that we can have that would be great.

Peter Upcher


Anton Bates has graciously booked our year end “Laying up “ supper for Saturday 6th November 2021, at  the Royal Lymington Yacht Club. Times to be confirmed nearer the date.

If anyone has any other suggestions or the willingness to take on an event for this year then please do get in contact.  

My thanks to the BOC members who have offered to organise these events. I look forward to hearing from any other South Coast members who have ideas for other activities and are willing to be involved in their planning. 

Tashia Scott, South Coast Region Co-ordinator

Tashia Scott, Ba(Hons), MA


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.

Read more: Poole and Wareham Rally 15th - 17th June 2018

BOC South Coast Region Summer Report

Until the strong winds and heavy rains in July we have, by and large, enjoyed a good sailing summer. Although the August forecast has been for unsettled weather, hopefully we can still look forward to some continuing sunshine and calm seas for our remaining active sailing months. To open/download the report in pdf format along with pictures click HERE.

1 The South Coast has enjoyed a busy events’ programme starting with a Lunch at the Boathouse in Hythe Marina on the 26th February enjoyed by 27 members and guest. Most attended by car but two boats braved the winter chills. This was a well attended addition to our line up so may well be repeated next year.

2 Lunch at Hythe was followed on the 8th April by our now traditional Royal Lymington Dinner attended by 28 members all anticipating the start, for most perhaps, of the active sailing season. Post dinner, our Chairman also entertained us with her lively history of the formation and early years of our club.

3 The season got into full swing with our Yarmouth Rally over the weekend of the 19th to 22nd May. Our eight Brooms made a mighty impressive sight together on the Harold Hayles pontoon, notwithstanding its rather eccentric organisation. Dinner on the Friday evening was at the On The Rocks restaurant. Why does food seem to taste so very much better, mostly anyway, when you cook it yourself? On the Saturday, several members took advantage of the pleasant weather to enjoy some leisurely exercise exploring the scenic banks of the river Yar before very welcome evening Drinks and Nibbles on the pontoon next to G&T - thanks very much Terry and Gill. After a sobering walk, we then all dined very well at the Royal Solent Yacht Club. Although some had to make an early departure, the majority stayed on to enjoy a fine Sunday lunch at the Kings Head.

4 The Summer Cruise in Company started on the 13th June, organised and led by Warwick and Jan Morgan and, after brief spells in Yarmouth and Weymouth, set sail for Brixham and the West Country where they enjoyed great weather, fine food and excellent company.

Whilst the start date may be fixed, summer cruise destinations can be flexible and as some invariably cross the Channel, it could be a way of inspiring confidence for those who may not have ventured before across the Channel either to the Channel Islands or further south. Perhaps, if you might want to venture further afield, you might wish to consider joining us next year?

Our ever popular visit to Island Harbour was well attended by boats and people, not withstanding the weather’s harsh attempt to dampen spirits. As I was not able to attend, I am grateful to John Oldham for his report:

28-31 July Island Harbour Rally ‘The Dunkirk spirit revisited!’ Despite force 6 winds and turbulent seas, 9 boats (with 23 members and guests) arrived at Island Harbour on the River Medina, Isle of Wight. We were very pleased to welcome Kelston and Jackie Tobin (S.E. region members) and honorary member Louise Busby. Continuing heavy rain meant that the outdoor drinks reception planned for Friday evening was held in a reception room in the on-site Breeze restaurant, thanks to the generosity of its manager, Jane. At this event, four other members who sensibly arrived by car! Saturday dawned with even more typically-British wet weather, so the scheduled lunchtime barbecue-on-the-green was cancelled, but (in true Dunkirk/BOC spirit) members developed alternative strategies, including on-board barbecues and excursions to nearby venues. Happily, Sunday dawned bright and breezy, so we were able to hold the traditional sports event on the sloping green. Organised by David Harrison and studiously umpired by Peter Upcher, and supported by some members of the Island Harbour Yacht Club, members present wanged wellies, bowled boules, aimed arrows, hurled horseshoes and lobbed lines around a post. This year ‘men’ beat the ‘ladies’ and were awarded the prestigious challenge club, while the ladies received the ceremonial wooden spoon. Great was had by all!

The weekend was rounded off on Saturday evening with an excellent meal at the Breeze restaurant, attended by 29 members and guests (including some who had specially travelled over by ferry from the mainland. Luckily, despite the early tide the next morning, harbour staff kindly arrived at 6.30 am to allow those that needed a prompt return to do so. Others left on the rising tide later that afternoon, while others stayed on for a while to sample further the delights of the Island.

Our thanks to Peter Upcher for organising this successful event (though he could have done better with the weather!). Finally, I would like to extend my sincere thanks, and yours too I am sure, to our South Coast organisers for all their hard work in helping to make our sailing season more enjoyable. Without them, there would be no events and our sailing pleasure somewhat diminished.

The Boathouse, Hythe Julia Greenhalf

Dinner at the Royal Lym.  John Adcock

Yarmouth Rally Terry & Gill Bishop

Cruise in Company Warwick Morgan

Island Harbour Rally Peter Upcher

There are still several further events to enjoy, details of which have been circulated. If you haven’t already booked, it might still be worth a call to an organiser.

Bembridge Rally 5-8 September Simon Atwell

Royal Southampton YC Reception 22 September Gill Oldham

No Mans Fort Lunch 30 September Chris Dawson

Enjoy our remaining events and the rest of your sailing season.

Best wishes, Anton Bates



Sun and fun on the Isle of Wight

Nine boats with 26 members and friends travelled to Island Harbour on the Isle of Wight for the annual July Rally. The weather and sea conditions were kind- well, most of the time!

On Friday evening we all gathered on the green for a "welccome" drinks reception. 

Saturday afternoon, with the sun still shining, the BBQ was lit and we enjoyed a peaceful few hours together.

On Sunday morning we were joined by members of the Island Harbour Yacht club for the "fun sports event" Games were arranged ladies v men and we did a Round Robin of these: Throwing the horseshoe; Boules; Lassoing the mooring pin; Wellie throwing and Bat and Ball skills. Scores were reported to the umpire, Frank Hawkins who kept a careful eye on the proceedings. The ladies team emerged triumphant and were awarded the challenge cup. The mens' team received a smaller version as a reminder of their weaker skills! Some Individuals were also given prizes for their prowess in various games.

On Sunday evening we gathered in the Breeze restaurant for an end-of rally meal. To see more pictures go to Facebook and click on photos then album.


South Coast members enjoy Bembridge Harbour

Four boats with 11 members and friends came to a mid-week  rally at Bembridge Harbour on the Isle of Wight on 7th - 10th June.

The weather was perfect and during the meet we enjoyed a pontoon drinks reception, a BBQ and a meal at the Baywatch on the Beach restaurant. There was also plenty of time to  walk and explore the unspoilt area around the harbour. I've put an album of pictures on BOC Facebook. To view, click on the Facebook icon and select photos then albums.

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