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RNVR Yacht Club May Bank Holiday Meet 2017

  • 29 Apr 2017
  • 01 May 2017
  • Beaulieu River: Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour, then Royal Southampton Yacht Club's Gins Clubhouse


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Spring May Bank Holiday Meet


29 April – 1 May 2017


 The Beaulieu River




The first sailing event on the Club’s 2017 programme will take place on the Beaulieu River, which Tom Cunliffe has described as “the most beautiful harbour on the mainland side of the Solent”. The custodianship of the river by the Montagu family over four centuries has ensured that the river has remained largely unspoilt, both in terms of its landscape and as a haven for wildlife. From the 1740s Buckler’s Hard was used for the building of over 50 wooden ships for the Royal Navy. The Master Shipbuilder, Henry Adams, and his sons built ships such as Agamemnon, Euryalus and Swiftsure, all of which fought at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. During the Second World War, Buckler’s Hard became a motor torpedo base and Bailey’s Hard was used for fitting out minesweepers. Further downstream, sections of the Mulberry harbours were constructed in the old oyster beds in preparation for the D-Day landings. Sir Francis Chichester kept yachts on the river, including Gipsy Moth IV, in which he circumnavigated the globe.


We shall spend Saturday night at Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour, where we shall be holding a pontoon party and a rotating dinner, followed by Sunday night at Royal Southampton YC’s Gins Clubhouse, where we shall dine. The views from this location looking down the Beaulieu River and across the Solent are spectacular and at times the light becomes magical.


Tide times (all times BST)


Saturday 29 April


0114     3.9

0725     0.1

1341     3.9

1844     0.2


Sunday 30 April


0207     3.8

0806     0.3

1442     3.8

2028     0.5


Monday 1 May


0307     3.7

0852     0.6

1555     3.6

2118     0.9


The bar at the entrance of the Beaulieu River is approximately 0.9m above chart datum at dead low water springs. As a general rule, avoid crossing the bar 2 hours either side of low water. Passing the bar on a flooding tide is recommended. Please also note that there is a shallow reach as you approach Buckler’s Hard (by the white cottage with a white gangway). This is the same depth as at the entrance, so if you are entering the river on a falling tide, this should be considered.


The Beaulieu River has a first-class website on which further detailed navigational information is available together with a video in which Tom Cunliffe provides advice on how to navigate your way into the river and up to the marina – he considers the bar at the entrance to the Beaulieu River the 'friendliest bar' he knows!


Photograph by permission of Beaulieu Enterprises Limited


Walk-ashore pontoon berths have been reserved for the Saturday night. When approaching Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour call Beaulieu River Radio (office) or Beaulieu River Patrol on VHF Channel 68 for berthing instructions


On the Saturday evening we will gather for a pontoon party at 1845, for which please bring the usual bottle of bubbly and imaginative canapes (they will serve as the starter for dinner), after which Martin Alexander has kindly agreed once again to get the right hosts and the right guests in the right boats for the right courses of the rotating dinner.


Sunday will be a day of leisure, giving participants the opportunity to enjoy the delights of Buckler’s Hard and Beaulieu and their environs, including walks down the lower reaches of the Beaulieu River and a visit to the Maritime Museum (open 1000 -1700), which has been re-designed to focus on the ships built on the river, whilst The Buckler's Hard Story gives you an insight into village life in the 18th century. Sadly, Gypsy Moth 1V is not expected to be open to visitors, but the museum covers the full facts of her dramatic story, which included several floodings and a capsizing. At 1030, John Singleton has kindly agreed to conduct a short non-denominational service in St. Mary’s Chapel, Buckler’s Hard, to which all Meet participants and their guests will be very welcome.


On the Sunday evening, berths have been reserved at Royal Southampton YC’s Gins Clubhouse. As they approach Gins, skippers are requested to contact the Bosun on Channel 77, call sign 'Sea Echo', and he will direct you to a berth (a courtesy call just before departure the next day will also be appreciated). It is hoped that all participating boats will be able to berth alongside, but this will depend upon the priority needs of RSYC members. A ferry service will be provided before and after the dinner should any boat have to berth on the pontoon in mid-stream. Gins was where the monks of Beaulieu Abbey kept their fishing boats and trading ships. The clubhouse enjoys superb panoramic views over the water, with the Solent and the Isle of Wight providing a stunning backdrop in the distance. 


Gins Clubhouse is accessible by road (Gins Clubhouse, St. Leonards SO42 7XG), and shore parties are encouraged to join the sailors for the dinner. A cash bar will be available before dinner from 1845 and we shall sit down to dinner at 19.45.


Dinner will comprise:




                Gins Soup of the day, warm Breads




Smoked Salmon & Lemon Mascarpone Roulade with Peppered Citrus Reduction






Braised Belly of Pork, Olive Mash, Caramelised Apple Cider Jus or




                Breast of Corn Fed Chicken, Fondant Potato & Basil Sauce






                Dark Chocolate Torte, Chantilly Cream




                Apple and Cinnamon Crumble & Vanilla Custard



The price at £35 per head will include a half bottle of house wine per person and service. Additional wine will be available for individual purchase.


The dress code for the dinner is Smart Casual Rig.


Next Steps


Bookings should be made using the Register button, as soon as possible and by 23 April 2017.


           Skippers please state whether you wish to book berths both at Buckler’s Hard and Gins Clubhouse through the Club. Skippers will be responsible for paying their berthing charges at each location.


           Register any guests you are inviting and include the costs of their dinners at Gins Clubhouse in your payment. Please advise on registration


1.     Your and each guest’s choices for each course at the Sunday night dinner


2.     If you or any guest should require a vegetarian alternative or have a food allergy (if so, please also give appropriate guidance for the Rotating Dinner).


           Shore parties please register here too.


           Note the Safety and Insurance section below.


Then send your cheque for the Gins Clubhouse dinner only made out to “RNVR Yacht Club” to Tim Ware at 46 Hurlingham Square, London SW6 3DZ promptly after registration. 


Safety and Insurance


Parents and guardians are responsible at all times for the protection, behaviour and well-being of minors in their care.


Where a boat (to include, where the context may permit, its skipper and crew) takes part in a Club event the boat is entirely responsible for its own safety and the safety of anyone else having anything to do with the boat, whether afloat or ashore, and nothing, whether in this notice of event or anywhere else, reduces this responsibility. It is for the boat to decide whether to take part in the event and whether it is fit to sail in the conditions in which it will find itself. By launching or going to sea, the boat confirms that it is fit for those conditions and that its skipper and crew are competent to sail and use it. The boat is required to hold adequate insurance and, in particular, insurance against third party claims. Nothing done or not done by the Club or the event organisers will reduce the responsibility of the boat nor will anything done or not done by the Club or the event organisers make the Club or the event organisers responsible for any loss, damage, death or personal injury, howsoever it may have occurred, as a result of the boat taking part in the event. “The event organisers” includes everyone helping to run the event, and includes the individual organisers and the Club’s Officers and Committee. By registering for the event, you agree to these statements and confirm that you will comply with Rule 23 of the Club’s Rules and ensure that these statements are brought to the attention of and agreed by the boat’s skipper and crew.

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