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Summer Rally 2012

  • 01 Jul 2012
  • 08 Jul 2012
  • Weymouth, Dartmouth, Salcombe


(depends on selected options)

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This year’s Summer Rally takes us down to the West Country, with the opportunity to link up at the end of our rally in Salcombe with RNSA, who will leave from there to start a cruise to the Channel Islands, which RNVR YC boats are welcome to join.  

We have timed our visit to Weymouth shortly before the area closes to the public in preparation for the Olympics, and we have arranged a visit to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy (WPNSA) in Portland, the venue for the Olympics sailing. Dartmouth has been chosen as the mid-week “hub” port, providing a central location and a good shore venue in case of foul weather. There is an opportunity for boats to join up with RNSA on Saturday 7th July in Salcombe and to join their cruise to the Channel Islands, sailing from Salcombe on Sunday 8th July.
We are looking forward to having strong support from boat owning members, their crews and shore parties, and we hope that a good number of West Country members will participate.

The outline programme is as follows:

Date Port/Passage Details
Sun 1st Weymouth Berths reserved at Weymouth Marina.
Evening pontoon party.

Mon 2nd Weymouth Morning visit to Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and buffet lunch.
Rally dinner at the Royal Dorset Yacht Club.

Tue 3rd Weymouth

Berths reserved at Torquay Marina.

Alternatively, boats can overnight in any of the other Torbay ports (Peter Costalas intends to berth Susan Ayu overnight in Teignmouth and would welcome company) or can proceed straight to Dartmouth (Kingswear).

Wed 4th Dartmouth
Early evening pontoon party, followed by an Informal Evening at Dartmouth Yacht Club.

Thur 5th Dartmouth
All-day Round Robin boat and steam train excursion in the Dart Valley and neighbourhood.
Rally dinner at the Royal Dart Yacht Club.
    After the Thursday, skippers and crews are free to make their own plans. Some may choose to return to their home ports. For those able to remain in the area, an optional itinerary is set out below.
Fri 6th Dartmouth to Newton Ferrers
Berths will be arranged.
Sat 7th Newton Ferrers to Salcombe  Berths will be arranged.
Evening pontoon party and a rotating dinner afloat (both with RNSA).
Sun 8th Salcombe  Rally ends. Yachts to disperse (with opportunity to join RNSA cruise to Channel Islands) 



HW: 1 July: Dover: 0920 BST and 2147 BST

Weymouth is very busy this year with the Olympics and whilst the pre-Olympic activities and associated restrictions officially start on 16th July there will be preparatory activity in the outer harbour and therefore no club bookings are being accepted for this area. We have confirmed bookings at Weymouth Marina (the inner harbour beyond the lifting bridge) at £2.95 per metre per night. Skippers will be responsible for paying their own berthing fees following arrival.

Planned events
Weather permitting, there will be a pontoon party on the Sunday evening and each yacht’s crew should come with appropriate snacks and at least one bottle of “bubbly”. Boats to make their own arrangements for dinner.

On the Monday (2nd) morning, commencing at 1000 there will be an optional visit to the Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy, which is the host for the Olympics. This will include tea/coffee/biscuits on arrival, a guided tour and a buffet lunch. Cost: £15 per head. We have no expectation that the UK team will be standing by to greet us!  We will organise transport from Weymouth Marina to the Academy and return. 

On the Monday evening, there will be a rally dinner at the Royal Dorset Yacht Club, commencing at 1830 for 1930. A cash bar is available both before and after the dinner. The cost of the dinner is £33 per head for three courses, including half a bottle of wine per head and coffee. There is a stairlift for the main staircase but the heads are accessed via a small 5 step staircase. The rig will be Club Rig.

When booking for the rally, please register your and your guests’ choices from the following menu:

Chicken liver and port pate with beetroot chutney
Carrot and root ginger soup topped with cumin scented cream
Leek and salmon tart with a rocket and parmesan salad
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Braised lamb shank flavoured with garlic and rosemary on a bed of red onion mash
Grilled fillet of cod in a rich parsley sauce with fine beans and pink fir apple potatoes
Mushroom and stilton pancake torte with dressed leaves
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Apple and blackberry crumble with vanilla custard
Dark chocolate and coffee tort with fresh fruit salad
Selections of English cheeses and biscuits


Departure from Weymouth.

Boats to depart on 3rd July, with due attention paid to the best time to navigate round Portland Bill.

HW: 3 July: Dover: 1120 BST and 2342 BST

Skippers should consider the possibility that the fuel berths in Weymouth could be quite busy, so may prefer to plan for any refuelling to be undertaken in another port.

Optional destination: Torquay
We have booked berths at Torquay Marina for the night of 3rd July to provide some variety on our route to Dartmouth and a slightly more favourable course and sheltered arrival if there is a stiff SW breeze. No specific event is planned but Torquay offers a wide variety of pubs and restaurants. Skippers will be responsible for paying their own berthing fees following arrival.

Alternative destinations
As an alternative to overnighting in Torquay, Peter Costalas proposes to put in to Teignmouth and would welcome other Club boats joining him there.  If interested, please contact Peter on

Skippers may prefer to overnight in Brixham or Paignton or to proceed straight from Weymouth to Dartmouth (Kingswear). The Club will book berths on the Visitors’ Pontoon in Darthaven Marina, Kingswear for the length of the stay – further details below.



HW:  4 July: Dover: 1211 BST 

The Club will book berths on the Visitors’ Pontoon in Darthaven Marina, Kingswear for the duration of each boat’s stay.  For this, members MUST complete their registration by Monday 4th June. A deposit of £30 towards the final berthing fees will be due, which will not be refundable unless the boat’s subsequent non-arrival is caused by an event beyond the skipper’s reasonable control.

Skippers will be responsible for paying to the marina directly the balance of their own berthing fees following arrival.
Berthing fees will be as follows:

First night: £3.64 per metre, inclusive of harbour duties and VAT (at 20%).

Second and subsequent nights: £2.16 per metre, inclusive of VAT (at 20%).

Planned events

On Wednesday evening, weather permitting, a pontoon party, commencing at 1800, and each yacht’s crew should come with appropriate snacks and at least one bottle of “bubbly”.

At 1900, the assembled company will cross the Dart by ferry, to resume the festivities in the form of an Informal Evening at Dartmouth Yacht Club. A cash bar will operate throughout the evening. At 2000, we will sit down to an informal two course supper (main course and pudding) in the Gunroom (seating capacity 54), at a cost of £16.50 per head, payable in advance to the Port Officer during the Rally in cash. 

Following supper, a sing-song will be led by the Nauti Bouys, a Dartmouth-based sea shanty band, whose reputation befits their name and whose number includes Club member and current Commodore of the Dartmouth Yacht Club, Alister Harbord! The band has kindly offered their services free of charge (but hope to be treated to a drink or two!) but a collection will be made for an appropriate charity. The rig will be Smart Casual Rig. Wheelchair access is available.

When booking for the rally, please register your and your guests’ choices of main course only from the following:

American Independence Day Celebration Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings
Jumbo Channel Cod Fillet Chips peas and homemade tartar sauce
Chef’s Nasi Goreng Indonesian golden chicken curry

The main course will be followed by a choice of homemade desserts or cheese from a West Country cheese board. Coffee and Tea will be available for purchase from the Bar.

Thursday: day
A group booking is proposed for an all-day round robin boat, bus and steam train excursion in the Dart Valley and neighbourhood. 

Because of the tide that day, the group will need to leave Kingswear in the morning by ferry for Dartmouth not later than 0900 to commence a memorable boat trip up the Dart between Dartmouth and Totnes (90 minutes), viewing, as we pass by, Bayards Cove, Kingswear and Dartmouth Castles, Britannia Royal Naval College, Dittisham Village, Sir Walter Raleigh's Boathouse, Greenway Quay and The Estate of the late Dame Agatha Christie.

Participants can spend some time in Totnes before catching the bus to Paignton. During the train journey (35 minutes), we will admire a stunning stretch of coastline and countryside between Paignton and Kingswear. We are scheduled to arrive back in Kingswear not later than 1650. Assuming that the minimum number is reached to benefit from a group discount, the cost per head will be £19.80 for under 60's and £18.00 for persons aged 60+ (ferry fare not included).

Thursday: Evening
Rally dinner at the Royal Dart Yacht Club, commencing at 1900 for 1945. There will be a sparkling wine reception before dinner and a cash bar afterwards. The menu will comprise:

Cod and prawn fishcakes
Boeuf Bourguignon, new potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Crème Brulée

Cost £38.50 per head for three courses, including half a bottle of wine per head and port (subsidised by the Commodore) and coffee.

The rig will be Club Rig. Unfortunately, there is no disabled access. 


HW:  6 July: Dover: 1341 BST

Whilst some skippers and crews may decide to stay longer on the Dart, it is assumed that the majority will wish to depart on the Friday. Some may prefer to head back to their home ports, but for those who are able to stay for the next 2 days the following optional itinerary is proposed



HW: Newton Ferrers 6 July 0837 and 2049 BST;7 July 0921 BST

The River Yealm has a beautiful tree-lined estuary and Newton Ferrers is a mini version of Dartmouth.  It is quiet, but a short boat ride and walk will bring you to one of three excellent pubs or the very welcoming Yealm Yacht Club.

Arrangements have been made for boats to moor at the modern upper pontoon on the west side in the River Yealm branch. Skippers will be responsible for paying their own berthing fees following arrival.

Planned events
No programme has been arranged.

Toilet and shower facilities are available in the Harbour Master’s office complex at Yealm Steps and water is available at the pontoon. Boats are permitted to berth at the pontoon for up to 20 minutes. Newton Ferrers boasts a number of shops, including a post office, a small supermarket and a pharmacy.



HW: Salcombe: 7 July 0920 and 2128 BST; 8 July 0957 BST

Salcombe is a delightful place to visit, and boasts a wide range of pubs and restaurants.

Arrangements have been made for boats to moor at the modern pontoon in The Bag. Skippers will be responsible for paying their own berthing fees following arrival. Access to shore is via own tenders or the water taxi (Ch 12).

Planned events
RNVR YC boats will be joined at Salcombe by boats from RNSA Plymouth, many of which will be about to embark on the RNSA Channel Islands Rally, which Club boats are cordially invited to join.

Weather permitting, there will be a joint RNSA/RNVR YC Pontoon Party starting at 1730, and each yacht’s crew should come with appropriate snacks and at least one bottle of “bubbly”, after which boats will settle down to a rotating supper.

With regard to services, toilet and shower facilities are available at the Salcombe Yacht Club, and water is available at the town pontoon.  Boats are permitted to berth at the pontoon for up to 30 minutes.  Salcombe has a full range of shops.  A fuel barge is available 7 days a week and can be called on Ch 6 to make arrangements.

Rally Plaques
Rally plaques have been commissioned in a form similar to those for prior rallies. They make attractive mementoes, whether mounted for display or used as coasters. £10 each, but provided each boat buys at least one the following offer applies per boat:-
1 plaque:                 £10.00
2 plaques:                £17.00
3 plaques:               £22.50
4 plaques:               £26.00
There is a minimum order requirement from our supplier, hence the pricing.

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.

Safety and Insurance  
Last but not least a note on safety. Where a boat (meaning 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 use of 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 crew is competent to sail and use it. The boat is required to hold adequate insurance and in particular insurance against third party claims. Nothing done by the Club or the event organisers will reduce the responsibility of the boat nor will it make the 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 organisers includes everyone helping to run the event, and include 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 24 of the Club’s Rules and ensure that these statements are brought to the attention of and agreed by the boat’s skipper and/or crew.

Next Steps
Requests by skippers for additional crew or for spare berths by members volunteering themselves as crew should be made by email to Richard Snell on

Bookings whether for boats and crew or for shore parties should be made using the Register button, as soon as possible and by 4th June at the latest in order to facilitate event and berth bookings. 

Remember you MUST press the button Confirm and Proceed with Payment at the end of the registration process.  Only when you have done this and received your automatic confirmation email will your booking be made. No email = no booking.

* * NEW BOOKING PROCESS: Would all members register themselves individually.  Only non-members should be recorded as guests.  If you are crewing for another member, please put the name of their boat into the field in the booking form.. * *

Then send your cheque (payable to RNVR Yacht Club) to Richard Snell, at Seekers Green, 17 Links Road, Flackwell Heath, High Wycombe, HP10 9LY, as soon as possible. 

Further Information
For further information, please contact any of the Rally sub-committee: Richard Snell, Tim Clark or Tim Ware

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