Please See Covid Note Below
Following the announcement on 22nd February, it looks like the South Coast Easter event cannot go ahead in any form, since overnight stays away from home will not yet be permitted. Registration for the event has therefore been suspended. I still have a slither of optimism that if there are unexpected improvements in the situation, perhaps the roadmap might be brought forward. There will be a further announcement nearer the time to confirm whether the event is cancelled.
The Easter Rally will be the first event of the season since Easter falls early in April, and Covid restrictions may be problematic for an early March 'Kick Off' event. The Easter Rally is a 3-4 day event starting in Lymington, where we have berths reserved for two nights and a day of shore based activities on Easter Saturday. On Easter Sunday we will make our way to Ocean Village Marina in Southampton, heading back to home ports on Easter Monday.
Good Friday 2nd April
Crews will make their way to the Lymington Dan Bran Pontoon for Friday Evening.
Drinks on the pontoon and aboard in the evening, with option to eat on board or make own arrangements for restaurant bookings.
Skippers - Note that Lymington Harbour authority have changed their rally booking procedure. All individual vessels must now book direct and pay in advance for their berthing reservation. Failure to pay for your berth will mean that your berthing reservation will be cancelled. Please contact Lymington Harbour on 01590 672014 to book/pay for your berth at least 2 days prior to the event (on the Dan Brown Rally Pontoon)
Easter Saturday 3rd April
On Saturday morning we will walk along the coastal path, and Solent Way Ancient Highway to Keyhaven and Hurst Castle. It's a long trek, so those wanting a shorter walk can turn back at the mid-point. Any members and their friends who would like to join us just for the walk, and / or Saturday evening at the Sailing Club are very welcome.
On Saturday evening 'Plan A' is to have a quiz followed by a pre-booked buffet style dinner at the Lower Deck Bar, Lymington Town Sailing Club at a cost of £17 per person.
Menu - Beef Chilli with Jacket Potatoes and Vegetable Curry with Rice followed by Chocolate Fudge Cake and Cheesecake
Lymington Dan Bran Pontoon also reserved for Saturday Evening
Easter Sunday 4th April
Crews make their way to Southampton Ocean Village. There will be an optional excursion to The London Hotel to support the local pink economy!
We will have drinks on the pontoons or onboard in the evening. Plan A is to order a Chinese Takeaway style meal as a group. The cost for the meal is £17 per person.
Easter Monday5th April
Head for home ports.
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 26th March
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. You can bring along friends, but remember to ‘add guest’ at the point of your registration
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
You host will be Andrew Palmer
Any questions, please email email@example.com
HW Portsmouth 15:46 on Friday 2nd, 19:14 Monday 5th.
VHF 'Lymington Harbour' Ch 66
VHF 'Ocean Village Marina' Ch 80