Please See Covid Note Below
Ruby Jubilee Vintage Extravaganza
Come along and enjoy this spectacular event to celebrate 40+ years of S&CA. The vintage bus will take you on a scenic route, to arrive at the Isle of Wight Historic Railway.
Numbers are limited, so early booking is advised. Registration will close two weeks before the event in order for us to confirm vessel details to the marina and to confirm numbers for the bus and train.
‘The Old Girl’, as she is affectionately known, was purchased new in 1939 and, unlike most vintage buses, this beautiful specimen has spent her entire life - that's over 80 years - on the Isle of Wight with Southern Vectis, her original owner. The bus has 56 seats, 30 of which are on the upper deck and 26 in the lower saloon, all are forward facing complying with covid travel requirements.
The Isle of Wight Steam Railway is in Havenstreet and will take you along the award-winning railway line, seated in beautifully restored Victorian and Edwardian carriages, to enjoy a unique view of the island's unspoilt landscapes.
NB: the Last Wight of the Proms is now no longer an option as the date has been moved.
Skippers - See below for berthing arrangements at East Cowes, unfortunately there are restrictions due to their capacity issues this year.
Friday 16th July - Sail/Motor to East Cowes Marina
Ideally plan to arrive on Friday evening to ensure being in good time for the start of Saturday's activities. Others may wish to dash to Cowes early Saturday morning!
Please ensure that you are self-sufficient for meals. Dinner onboard own boats or book your own tables at The Lifeboat. Adhoc activities and own / inter-boat socialising as rules permit.
Saturday 17th July - Vintage Bus Tour and Steam Train Ride Ticket price is £20 person and includes the bus and train fare. Tickets need to be bought at registration and shall be handed out on the bus.
11.00am - Bus leaves Marina Car Park
1.15pm - Train leaves Havenstreet Station
Lunch in the cafe or take your own picnic and visit the museum.
5.00pm - The ‘Old Girl’ will then take you back to the Marina.
Evening - The Marquee and BBQ are unfortunately not available. Please ensure that you are self-sufficient for meals. Dinner onboard own boats or book your own tables at The Lifeboat. Adhoc activities and own / inter-boat socialising as rules permit.
*Shore-based Members* - If you have not pre-arranged a crew place or made arrangements directly with skippers, and are considering attending please ensure you register individually and pay for your bus/train ticket. There are B&Bs and a campsite in the area, which I can help with upon request.
Sunday 18th July - Return to Home ports
Info for Skippers
East Cowes Marina have constraints on capacity this season, so we have only been able to provisionally reserve 10 berths (3 remaining), and the maximum vessel length is 45'. Berths will be allocated as 'first come first served' and must be booked by individual skippers. We recommend booking ASAP on event registration to avoid disappointment and in any event the marina are likely to release any unused berths from our allocation to the public 2 weeks before the event.
If you need a larger berth, or miss out on the allocation please try the other marinas in the area. They were unable to accept a rally booking but may be able to accommodate individual vessels.
East Cowes Marina
Phone 01983 293983
VHF CH 80
HW Portsmouth Friday 16th 17:03, Sunday 18th 18:56
The Committee intends that club events will go ahead wherever possible in 2021, and the planned events are not intended to be cancelled unless they are clearly prohibited by government restrictions.
All events will be run as 'Cruise in Company'. All participants must comply with and be individually responsible for relevant guidance or regulations such as socially distancing, maximum group sizes and household mixing during any interaction of crew groups.
It will be the responsibility of individual skippers to comply with relevant guidance or regulations in respect of crewing arrangements and the safety of their crews. This includes, but is not limited to - hygiene precautions, social distancing, group sizes and mixing of households on board.
Due to the uncertainty over Covid risks and restrictions at the time of the event, activities and catered dining arrangements (Plan A) are subject to change or cancellation. Crews will need to be prepared for a Plan B of switching to an open air BBQ in individual crew groups or catering on board for example.
All attendees must be registered for the event for track and trace purposes.
ANYONE EXPERIENCING COVID SYMPTOMS MUST NOT ATTEND
GETTING HELP TO JOIN US
Crew seeking berths are initially advised to visit the club Facebook ‘Crew Match’ page. If you are unsuccessful or not in the Facebook group, you are welcome to contact the event host.
Land based participants are as always welcome to join, and may wish to take advantage of one of the local hotels or B&B's in the area.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
1. Register your attendance via the S&CA website by Friday 2nd July
2. Visit the Facebook CrewMatch page for all crewing opportunities
3. Upon approach, skippers will be required to contact the harbour / marina by VHF for specific berthing instructions. (please state you are part of the S&CA / Sailing & Cruising Association Rally)
4. You can bring along friends, but remember to ‘add guest’ at the point of your registration. Guests can only be added at the time of registration. If you later want to add a guest and the event did not require payment please cancel your registration and re-register adding your guest. If your registration did require payment please contact the event host.