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May Bank Holiday Meet 2013

  • 04 May 2013
  • 06 May 2013
  • Bembridge


(depends on selected options)

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Please register now for this event.
The first sailing event of the new season will take place in Bembridge and features a programme of sailing, socialising, sightseeing, dining and fun.

By kind permission of the Harbourmaster we have been able to book berths for all boats participating at Bembridge Marina for the Bank Holiday weekend. The harbour is under new ownership and the visitors' pontoons have been recently dredged and extended. Skippers will settle their berthing fees (at a discounted rally rate of £2.66 per metre) directly with the Harbourmaster.

High waters at Bembridge

4 May: 08:49 2.7m; 21:31 2.8m
6 May: 10:58 2.8m

Access to the harbour for 2m draught vessels is available from approximately 2 hours before high water to 1½ hours after (check water depths carefully). A study of the Navigation section on the harbour’s website at is recommended, where a pictorial guide to safe pilotage into the Harbour can be found and printed off for easy use on board.

Saturday Evening
On the Saturday evening, Alison Child and Gavin Dunbar have agreed to lay on a BBQ once again, which will take place in a marquee adjacent to the berths, where tables and chairs will be available for approximately 40 people. The cost of the barbecue will be £12 per head, to include wine. The BBQ will be served from 2030 onwards but from 1945 a “pontoon party” will be held in or near the marquee. Participants will please bring their glasses (plastic), bubbly and nibbles as usual for their aperitifs and plates, cutlery and their appetites for the BBQ.

Sunday will be a free day for all to enjoy the delights of Bembridge and its environs. The harbour is a Site of Special Scientific Interest and nearby Brading Marshes are home to the first RSPB site on the island. There are many picturesque walks in and around the area, historic sites to visit and beautiful beaches to enjoy. The villages of Bembridge and St Helens offer a rich variety of shops, restaurants and pubs and are well worth exploring.

Sunday Evening
On the Sunday evening, dinner has been arranged at Bembridge Sailing Club. Founded in 1886, not only is the Club one of the oldest sailing clubs on the Solent, but it also boasts a very attractive Clubhouse with impressive function facilities nestling right on the edge of picturesque Bembridge Harbour. The Club’s Dining Room enjoys panoramic views over the water with the rolling hills of Brading Downs providing a stunning backdrop in the distance.  Their website is

A water taxi service will be provided from the Marina to the Club and return (£5 for the round trip), the outgoing service commencing at 1900. A cash bar at the Club will operate both before and after dinner until 2300 and we will take our seats for dinner at 1945.

Dinner will comprise:

Sweet Potato and Chorizo with balsamic dressing

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Pork Escalope coated in parmesan crust served with capers and anchovies Beurre Noisette

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Profiteroles and Chocolate Sauce

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The price at £30 per head will include half a bottle of house wine and service. Additional wine will be available for individual purchase.

Rig for Dinner on Sun 5th May
The rig for dinner is Club Rig

Make your berth booking through the RNVR Yacht Club when you register for the event.

Skippers are reminded that it is their responsibility to settle their berthing fees directly with the Marina.

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.  Bembridge is served by hovercraft from Portsmouth to Ryde, then onward taxi, or by car ferry from Portsmouth to Fishbourne.

Information to Email to Your Guests
A PDF version of this screen that you can send to friends and guests that you have invited is available by clicking here.

Next Steps
Bookings should be made using the Register button, as soon as possible and by 26th 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.  Note the Safety and Insurance section below.

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

  • Shore parties please register here too.

Then send your cheque (payable to RNVR Yacht Club) to the event organiser, Tim Ware at 46 Hurlingham Square, London, SW6 3DZ as soon as possible.

Notes on How to Book
  1. Would all members register themselves individually. Only non-members should be recorded as guests.
  2. If you want to add more guests but you have already made a booking, then make a new booking for yourself, choose No for booking place at the party for yourself (i.e. you are creating a "blank" booking for yourself) and then add your guests in the usual way.
  3. Please do not add guests by typing their name instead of your name.
  4. Please don't type names in lowercase, use Title Case as you would expect them to be. The reason: they are used in various lists that are distributed.
  5. If another member is paying for you, they should note that when they send the cheque.
  6. Lastly, complete the registration by pressing the "Confirm and Proceed With Payment" button. This will cause an email to be sent. If you don't receive the email, then your registration hasn't been made

Safety and Insurance

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.

Further Information
For further information, please contact the event organiser, Tim Ware        
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