This year's Treasure Hunt was due to be held on the weekend of 12th June. Due to Covid restrictions, this has sadly had to be postponed until next year. The event will now be a cruise in company (to what would have been the secret final destination)..... Island Harbour.
THE PLAN: Saturday 12th June: For those who want an earlier start, boats could meet for a mid morning swim and early lunch at anchor in Osborne Bay, before making their way to Island Harbour.
For those who have not been to Island Harbour, it is a peaceful marina located south of the Folly Inn in the River Medina (Isle of Wight). Island Harbour Marina – A Unique Waterside Lifestyle (island-harbour.co.uk)
Boats registered will be booked into Island Harbour Marina by the club. On approach skippers will need to radio Island Harbour VHF80. High water is at 13.30, please be aware this marina has a lock and is not accessible at all states of the tide. In general for a 1.8m yacht, access through the lock is approx. 2hours either side of HW. Free flow does operates approx. 30 mins either side of HW. Island harbour is about 30minute motor upstream from Cowes, so please allow yourself sufficient time to get up to the marina.
There is no formal evening plan due to Covid restrictions on numbers. However there are several dining options - self cater on boats, eat at the onsite restaurant called The Breeze, take a short walk to the Folly Inn pub, or there is also a communal BBQ area that members can use. It is up to individuals/boats on which option you choose.
We strongly suggest you book the Breeze or Folly Inn at your earliest opportunity if you wanted eat in a restaurant. There is no need to reserve the BBQ area.
Newport is about a 30 minute walk up the riverside path for those who want to explore further up the river, or visit the shops and pubs there. There are no shops onsite at Island Harbour.
Skippers - Please take note of access/tide restrictions. The club has reserved 15 berths, which will be allocated in order of registration. There is a registration cut off date of 28th May, as the marina needs final boat numbers by this date. As there is no formal evening plan, it will not matter if your crew numbers change after this date. However all crew must register themselves for track and trace reasons.GETTING HELP TO JOIN US
Crew seeking berths are advised to visit the club Facebook ‘Crew Match’ page, and ensure you follow any covid regulations.
WHAT DO I NEED TO DO?
1. Register your attendance via the S&CA website by Friday 28th May
2. Visit the Facebook CrewMatch page for crewing opportunities. Note that CrewMatch must only be used in accordance with any Covid restrictions or guidelines in force at the time of the event.
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. 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.
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.
All attendees must be registered for the event for track and trace purposes.
ANYONE EXPERIENCING COVID SYMPTOMS MUST NOT ATTEND
Your host for this event will be Jonathan Loynes /Yuksel Sayner
Any questions, please email Membership@gaysailing.org.uk