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May Bank Holiday Meet 2012

  • 05 May 2012
  • 18:00
  • 07 May 2012
  • 12:00
  • Yarmouth and the Royal Solent Yacht Club


(depends on selected options)

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Please register now for this event.
The May Bank Holiday Meet will be held in the picturesque harbour town of Yarmouth on 5th - 7th May, and features a full programme of dining, sailing, socialising and fun.

The main dinner, which to break with traditional will be held on the Sunday night instead of Saturday, will be held in the splendid dining rooms of the Royal Solent Yacht Club, currently going through extensive refurbishment and we look forward to being amongst the first guests to enjoy the new facilities.  For those who don't know, the RSolYC is directly on the sea front and enjoys direct and uninterrupted views cross the Solent towards Lymington. 
Berths have been booked at Yarmouth Harbour for the nights of Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May.  

Full details of the programme are set out below.

Rotating Dinner on Sat 5th May
Following a pontoon drinks reception at 18:00, a rotating dinner will commence at 19:00.

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The following from Peter Costalas.  Thank you Peter!

By kind permission of TOT Club member Bernie Steed who will be MC for the proceedings, the good ship Susan Ayu would like to invite all those attending the weekend meet to a TOT Club ceremony onboard Susan Ayu at 1800 on Saturday 5th May ( . The Ceremony will take approx 20 minutes and we would like all those participating in the ceremony to be aboard by 1750. Depending on numbers we can either run it onboard Susan Ayu or on the adjacent pontoon (or both).

Having participated in several of these both in Antigua and elsewhere I can assure you it will mean we all get "flying speed" for the evening.
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The undisputed master of the art of the rotating dinner is Martin Alexander and he shall be organising the rotation to ensure that diners, boats and food are all scheduled and planned for optimum enjoyment.  Martin will make contact with skippers in April to provide instructions.

"Mayfest" on Sun 6th May
Sunday is a free day and participants may choose to explore the town of Yarmouth -  its many galleries, shops and bars.  

In addition, the town is holding its May Day celebration - "Mayfest" - on the village green (directly across the main road from the marina).  The organisers are yet to confirm the detailed programme, however, here are some highlights to whet our appetites:  
  • Live Acoustic Music All Day
  • Real Ale and Cider
  • Great Traditional Food
  • Full Live Bands Every Evening
  • Morris Dancing (!)
  • Carnival Skills Workshops
  • Traditional Sideshow
  • Games and Activities
Details at

Dinner on Sun 6th May
We shall meet in the bar of the Royal Solent Yacht Club from 19:00, where a cash bar will operate, before being seated for dinner at 20:00.

Dinner will comprise four courses:

Duck and Orange Pâté with Caramelised Onion Chutney
Mushroom and Tarragon Soup
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Braised Fillet of Lamb
with Crushed Potatoes 
and Courgette with Mint Salsa
Grilled Whole Plaice with Parsley Butter,
New Potatoes 
and Green Salad
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Strawberry Shortcake
Chocolate and Baileys Pot
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The cost for dinner is £34.50 per person and includes a half bottle of white or red house wine per person and service.  Additional wine is available at extra cost to the individual.  Your choice of food is required upon registering, so we can inform the Chef in advance.

House white: Caliterra Reserva Sauvignon Blanc, Chile 
House red: Caliterra Reserva Merlot, Chile.

The bar will be open until 23:00.

Rig for Dinner on Sun 6th May
The rig for dinner is Club Rig.

Departure on Mon 7th May
The berths are booked until 12:00 on Mon 7th May.

Yarmouth Harbour has currently reserved 15 of their new walkashore berths.  Yarmouth Harbour is located on the eastern (town) side of the Western Yar river (for clarity, it is not Harold Hayles boatyard, which is on the western side of the river).  It is 1/3 mile walk from the Royal Solent Yacht Club.  More details at

Their charges for the two night stay are £29 in total for yachts with LOA up to 10.5m and £33 in total for yachts with LOA of 10.5m to 12m.  This fee includes VAT, electric hook-up and use of on-shore shower facilities.

A £5 administration fee has already been paid on your behalf to Yarmouth Harbour.  This is in addition to the above mooring fees. 

Make your berth booking through the RNVR Yacht Club when you register for the event and then make your £5 administration fee payment for the berth to the RNVR Yacht Club along with your costs for the Sunday dinner.  

Skippers are reminded that it is their responsibility to settle their £29 or £33 berthing fees directly with the Yarmouth Harbour.

Berths are available from 15:00 on Saturday 5th May and must be vacated by 12:00 on Monday 7th May.  Yarmouth Harbour can be contacted on Channel 68 or 01983 760321. Members who wish to arrive earlier or stay later than this should make their own arrangements with them. 

Crews - are you looking for a skipper?
Would you like to participate in this event but don't know who to sail with?  Contact the organiser by phone or email (before you register) and they will broker introductions.

Shore Parties Welcome
Shore parties are particularly welcome and are encouraged to make a weekend of it.  Yarmouth is served by the Wightlink ferry from Lymington, with return fares from £18 per foot passenger and from £54 per car.  More details and bookings on their website at

Tripadvisor lists two hotels in the centre of Yarmouth: The George Hotel and the Solent House B&B.  There is also the Bugle.

The first floor dining room is accessible by lift.

PDF of this Event
You can download a PDF version of this page that you can then email to potential guests who aren't Club members, by clicking here.

Next Steps

* * Bookings for yachts closed on 11th April.  Bookings for shore party may be made using the Register button.  Bookings for additional crew can be made by emailing Jonathan Otter * *

Bookings should be made using the Register button, as soon as possible and by 18th April at the latest in order to facilitate dinner and berth bookings
  • Skippers please say whether you wish to book a berth through the Club (remember, you pay a £5 admin fee now).  Indicate the size of berth required.

  • Register any guests you are inviting and under your payment.

  • Make your menu choices now

  • Shore parties please register here too.

Then send your cheque (payable to RNVR Yacht Club) to the event organiser, Jonathan Otter, at 129 Guildford Road, West End, Woking, GU24 9LS, as soon as possible.

Further Information
For further information, please contact the event organiser, Jonathan Otter.
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