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Spring Rally Yarmouth

Challenging weather forecast failed to put off the HROA fleet from a fine turn out at Yarmouth.

Members from afar as Bruinisse in South Holland to the east, and Weymouth to the west, gathered in the renowned Solent harbour of Yarmouth to enjoy a breezy and unseasonably chilly rally weekend, topped by an excellent dinner at the cheerfully warm and friendly Royal Solent Yacht Club.

Organised by our indomitable Social Sec Sue Ross, twenty nine boats in all, from a lovingly cherished Rasmus ketch, to a smart pair of HR46s lay rafted three deep all along the pontoons. Though as a series of lows lined up to march across the southern UK bringing driving rain and wind to the Western Solent, it was decided not to hold the traditional Friday evening pontoon party to welcome our hardy all comers!

Snug at the gala rally dinner for 80 guests at the smart club house for the RSYC, the HROA Cruising Secretary John Lepper outlined the exciting arrangements for the forthcoming Summer Rally towards the Channel Islands and North Brittany at the end of May, and the Commodore of the Royal Solent Yacht Club, Tony Walton, led a rousing toast to the Hallberg Rassy Owners' Association.

Early starts for those with home berths in the Eastern Solent, slipping the pontoon raft ups on Sunday morning to catch the flood tide back with a bitingly cold, but perfectly set northerly F6 wind led some skippers to report a very rapid blast return home!