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May Bank Holiday Meet 2014

  • 03 May 2014
  • 18:00
  • 05 May 2014
  • 12:00
  • Yarmouth and the Royal Solent Yacht Club


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The May Bank Holiday Meet will be held in the picturesque harbour town of Yarmouth on 3rd - 5th May, and features a full programme of dining, sailing, socialising and fun.

The main dinner on Saturday will be held in the splendid dining rooms of the Royal Solent Yacht Club, having been through their recent extensive refurbishment.  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 reserved at Yarmouth Harbour for the nights of Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th May.  

Full details of the programme are set out below.

Dinner on Sat 3rd May
We shall meet in the bar of the Royal Solent Yacht Club from 1845 (or earlier if you prefer, as they are open), where a cash bar will operate, before being seated for dinner at 1945.

Dinner will comprise four courses:

Stilton Stuffed Portobello Mushroom on a Mixed Leaf Salad
Butternut Squash Soup with Sage & Parmesan Croutons

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Herb Crusted Salmon with a Dill & Hollandaise Sauce
Roast Loin of Isle of Wight Pork with Sage & Onion Stuffing

(both served with seasonal vegetables)

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Fruit Pavlova
Rich Chocolate & Baileys Mousse

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The cost for dinner is £35.00 per person and includes a half bottle of white or red 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.

White: Caliterra Reserva Chardonnay, Chile
Red: 2011 Caliterra Reserva Merlot, Chile

The bar will be open until 23:00.

Rig for Dinner on Sat 3rd May
The rig for dinner is Club Rig.

Sun 4th May
Sunday is a free day and participants may choose to explore the town of Yarmouth -  its many galleries, shops and bars.  

Other attractions include:
  • Walks along the scenic River Yar, on the disused railway line.
  • A walk to Fort Victoria Country Park, including the Planetarium, Aquarium and Model Railway. 
  • A bus trip to Alum Bay, Totland, Freshwater Bay
Details at:

Pontoon Party on Sun 6th May
A pontoon drinks reception will be held at 18:00.  Each yacht to bring a bottle of fizz, nibbles and don't forget your glasses.

Dinner on Sun 6th May
Following drinks, a rotating dinner will be held from 19:00.  We shall be organising the rotation to ensure that diners, boats and food are all scheduled and planned for optimum enjoyment. Details to follow.

Departure on Mon 5th May
The berths are booked until 12:00 on Mon 5th May.

Yarmouth Harbour has currently reserved 10 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 discounted rally rate, per night, are £27.00 for yachts with LOA 9m to 10.5m and £31.50 for yachts with LOA of 10.5m to 12m.  

Electric hook-up is £4.00 per visit.

Showers are £1.30.  There are clothes washing and drying machines in the marina building.

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 Yarmouth Harbour.

Berths are available from 15:00 on Saturday 3rd May (but must be taken by 18:00).  They must be vacated by 12:00 on Monday 5th 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 £18.80 per foot passenger and from £40 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 should be made using the Register button, as soon as possible and by 24th 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.

  • 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 2a Artillery Terrace, Guildford, GU1 4NL, 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, Jonathan Otter.
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