The late May bank holiday is our East Coast rally to the Blackwater Estuary and we are very keen to get as many boats & crew on this trip as we can.
The plan includes a sojourn to the atmospheric port of Tollesbury followed by an overnight visit to Osea Island.
The initial plan is for boats and crews to day sail on Saturday 27 May from their respective home ports to the mouth of the creek leading to Tollesbury marina where we will assemble to enter Tollesbury Marina at high tide (approximately 14:00).
A meal for skippers and crew at the Harbour View restaurant (home of the local cruising yachts club) in Tollesbury on Saturday night is planned.
Sunday 28 May is free; to catch up with fellow club members, go for walks and to explore the charming and rustic town of Tollesbury and then depart in the afternoon (high tide at approximately 15:00) for Osea Island further up the Blackwater and to anchor for a BBQ evening meal and further overnight stay.
On Monday 29 May: a cruise in company to the ancient town of Maldon is envisaged and then head back to our home ports.
Berths have been reserved in the Tollesbury Marina for the Saturday night.
As it’s a Spring tide we should have no problem entering and departing over the marina sill. For boats up to 2 metres depth the sill is navigable 2 hours either side of high tide; for deeper drafts, cross at high tide and consult the Marina http://www.tollesbury-marina.co.uk/ – there is a tide gauge on entry and exit over the sill.
Full contact details of the organiser of this rally (BC) were e-mailed to all members on 7 May so please contact the organiser if you would like further information and to register for the rally.
Skippers: please let BC know if you intend to join this rally as soon as possible. Please also let him know if you have spare berths for crew wanting to join this rally.
Crew: please e-mail BC with your contact details if you wish to join this rally and also please register your interest in this rally on the “S&CA Crew-Match” Facebook page.
Fair winds and happy cruising.
Rear Commodore South Coast on behalf of BC