Laying Up Supper 2017

Our gala event of the year will once again be held at “The Gun”.

After the huge success of last year’s event and a feast of fabulous food and fun, we thought it would be rude not to return to this fantastic waterfront venue for 2017.

This year will see a repeat in format of last year’s event (with a few tweaks for improvement). Prosecco & Canapés on the terrace will be followed by a feast style banquet, the annual Awards ceremony and the much anticipated return of the “S&CA does Strictly”  Glitterball Trophy on the dance floor.

Fizz from 6.45pm. Dinner served 8pm.
Disco 10.30pm. Carriages 1am.

Tickets for this years event are £80 per head.

Dress Code: Black Tie or Dress to Impress

A cash bar will be available for additional drinks.

Non-alcoholic & vegetarian options are available. Please request when booking.

Tickets are on sale now and will sell out fast so don’t delay! Details have been e-mailed to all members and requests for tickets should be e-mailed to the Commodore.



Trafalgar Day East Coast End of Season Dinner

This year’s East Coast End of Season Dinner & Trafalgar Celebration

will be held on Saturday 21 October (Trafalgar Day) at Medway Yacht Club, Lower Upnor, Kent.

Come and join us for an evening of two celebrations, marking the End Of Season on the actual 112th anniversary of Trafalgar Day.  All club members are warmly invited to attend this East Coast social event. Medway Yacht Club is only 40 minutes drive from London and there are regular fast trains departing from St Pancras International, Victoria, Charing Cross or London Bridge.

The cost is £28.50 (per person) which includes dinner and entertainment;  further details are below.

If you are interested in coming along to what promises to be an entertaining and fun evening, full details of how to contact the organiser have been e-mailed to all members.

Final attendees and menu choices are requested no later than Sunday 15 October 2017.

We look forward to welcoming you to the East Coast for our celebration dinner.

Berthing / Accommodation:  There are free moorings and limited accommodation may be available on local boats.

Timings:  Please arrive at 19:30 for a 20:00 dinner

Menu: please select from the options below (vegetarian on request):

Watercress & Pancetta Tart
Classic Prawn Cocktail

Minted Lamb Rump with Red Wine Glaze
Grilled Sea Bass with Chorizo & Roasted Vine Tomatoes

Raspberry Meringue Roulade
Dark Chocolate Pot with Shortbread Biscuit


South Coast End of Season Dinner

THE END OF SEASON RALLY will take place on Saturday 14 October 2017 at Gins Farm, Beaulieu River.

It is now time to sign up to this year’s End Of Season event. This year, we will find ourselves surrounded by the natural beauty of The New Forest. Gins Farm, which is part of Royal Southampton Yacht Club, located just a short distance from the river entrance. A scrumptious £29.00 three course evening meal has been arranged at the club house. There will be oodles of berthing for all vessels.

Annually, this proves to be a very popular event, so we strongly advise you reserve your place sooner rather than later, as this venue has a maximum capacity.


If this event appeals to you, please contact us on with your boat name, length, draft and total number of crew, so we can confirm number of diners attending the evening meal. Please also let us know if you have space to welcome guest crew from the club onboard.


If you are interested and are seeking a berth, we would kindly ask you to either use the Facebook crew match page or contact us on


Club members arriving by land are as always welcome to attend. Please email us on to book your place and to receive evening instructions.


Berthing instructions will be issued to skippers once your attendance has been confirmed


Portsmouth high water is at 07:30 (Low water 13:07). It is a neap tide with approximately 1.9m on top of the 0.8 chart datum over the river entrance bar. Don’t be deterred by the bar.

For those unfamiliar with Beaulieu River, please view the River authorities’ video:

We look forward to your  “I want to come” emails

RC South Coast


Equinox Cruise

THE EQUINOX RALLY will take place on Saturday 23 September 2017 at The Folly, River Medina, Cowes 

Arrangements for berthing have been made for all boats to moor onto The Folly mid river pontoon, where members can mingle and relax before meeting for pre-dinner drinks on the pontoon.

We then have a reservation at The Folly Inn for a group evening meal at 20:00 and afterwards you can possibly join in on the pub’s tradition of shaking your hips to that weekend’s live band


If this event appeals to you, please contact us on with your boat name, length and  total number of crew by Monday 18 September, so we can confirm number of diners attending the evening meal. Please also let us know if you have space to welcome guest crew from the club onboard.


If you are interested and are seeking a berth, we would kindly ask you to either use the Facebook crew match page or contact us on
Club members arriving by land are as always welcome to attend. Please email us as per above.


This is a non walk-ashore jetty but offers a regular ferry service for as little as £3 return per person to travel ashore. We have selected this jetty as the harbour master has advised not all rally vessels would fit on the walk ashore pontoon. Of course, skippers are welcome to transport their crew in their own super speedy tenders.


Portsmouth high water is at 14:18 meaning the tide from Portsmouth direction for instance towards Cowes will be at around lunchtime.

We look forward to sharing the weekend with you all


Summer Bank Holiday – South Coast

The S&CA South Coast Summer Rally has a new venue for 2017

The original plan to go to Studland has had to be cancelled owing to various adverse circumstances, including the unfavourable tidal times.

As an alternative, RC Training is organising a weekend of fun sailing. On Saturday 26 August we will meet for lunch at 12:00 at Osborne Bay, followed by a pontoon barbecue and party on the Hamble mid-river pontoons.

RSVP asap to with your vessel length and name.

If there is enough interest then we will pre-pay the berthing to guarantee our berths.



Last Minute Dash and Splash

We are planning a ‘Dash & Splash’ at Duver Marina in Bembridge, Isle of Wight, next weekend (5/6 Aug).

The plan is for club boats to ‘Dash’ over to Bembridge on Saturday morning and then have a ‘Splash’ in the afternoon by hiring some kayaks and paddleboards. We’ll maybe play a few games, a little competition, then head back to shore for evening drinks and BBQ ashore.

RC Training will be leading the event and can be contacted at

There may be spaces available on club boats – please register your interest and we will try to accommodate your request.

Happy Splashing!


Southampton Boat Show, Club meetup

The Southampton Boat Show runs from 15 to 24 September and there are free tickets if you are an RYA member.

The Club is meeting up on Saturday 16 September
Location: Tapas Terrace in the Boat Show (southernmost point near Mayflower Gate)
Time: 1300

RYA members can get a free ticket in advance HERE

This is a great chance to meet other club members informally, have some food/drink and pick up a few bargains or maybe size up a new boat!

If you are planning to attend please let CTW know at


Jazz on the Quay – (Please note the changed date)

Now on 10 June and not 17 June as previously announced.

Get your hats on and jazz hands flapping…Jazz on the Quay is here!

This year, Jazz on the Quay will be held on Saturday 10 June and will feature old-time gypsy jazz from Cat Skelington, followed by traditional jazz from The Unity Stompers – the music will start from 1730 (until 2230).   Food and a cash bar will be available.

This all takes place in the boatyard at the end of the pontoon in Bembridge Harbour.  The event is run in support of The Sophie Rolf Trust

I have reserved a number of berths for S&CA boats, but space is limited as this is very popular event.  The marina already has 7 rallies booked in.

Skippers – please let me know if you intend to join this rally as soon as possible with your boat name, length and draught.  Please also let me know if you have any spare berths for crew to join you.

You will need to purchase tickets for all of your crew for the Jazz on the Quay event and these are priced at a very reasonable £5 with concessions available.

Tickets are available online by following this link  Book Tickets online

Crew – please e-mail me with your contact details if you would like to attend this event.  I will try to place you with one of the skippers.  Please also register your interest in this event on the S&CA’s Crew Match Facebook page.

Land based members are also, as always, welcome to join this event to meet up with fellow club members whilst enjoying the music and atmosphere of this event.

If you require further information, please contact me at




Late May Bank Holiday River Blackwater Rally – East Coast

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  – 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