The 2011 Spring Bank Holiday Meet will be commencing at Hayling Island Sailing Club (www.hisc.co.uk
), just inside Chichester Harbour. Berths have been provisionally reserved at the adjacent Sparkes Marina for the night of Saturday 28th May. Members who wish to arrive earlier or stay later than this should make their own arrangements with the marina (www.mdlmarinas.co.uk/mdl-sparkes-marina
or telephone 02392 463572 or mobile 07770 365610). Members are reminded that it is their responsibility
to settle their berthing fees directly with the Marina. The cost at Sparkes is £3.32 per metre, less a 10% club discount taking it to £2.99 per metre.
Saturday Evening, 28th May
The Spring Bank Holiday Meet Dinner will be held in the Dining Room of the Hayling Island Yacht Club on Saturday 28th May at 1930 for 2000. Drinks at the bar before dinner are included in the price. Dinner will comprise three courses, a starter of crayfish and avocado salad and a main course of oriental pork, followed by a dessert of panna cotta, and will be accompanied by Club wine and coffee. A vegetarian option is available. Half a bottle of wine per head is included in the dinner price, beyond which additional wine may be purchased. A band will play after dinner. The cost of the dinner is £32 per person.
Hayling Island Sailing Club enjoys a marvellous position at Sandy Point on the West side of the entrance to Chichester Harbour. Those tacking in or out of the harbour will have enjoyed close views of this spectacular setting. Dinner will be in the Dining Room upstairs, outside which there is a balcony around the entire clubhouse, providing outstanding views of the harbour. Dinner will be cooked by Chef John Blanchard whose past “clients” have included Margaret Thatcher on board HMS Victory, and Prince Andrew.
The Dining Room, with views over the harbour
Rig for the dinner is Red, White and Blue. Members and guests are requested to wear all three of these colours, and only these. Non-conformists risk being keel-hauled. The Club Tie, being suitably coloured, may be worn but is not obligatory.
Sunday 29th May
On Sunday there will be a Treasure Hunt requiring seamanship, luck, inside information and a nose for treasure. Treasure may be in the form of Pieces of Eight but is more likely to be liquid. It may be on land or it may be floating...
Treasure Island, Chichester Harbour.
(The Event Organiser has employed
the services of a weather-witch so
perfect weather is guaranteed)
Supper on the Sunday evening will be at the Ship Inn at Itchenor. Featured in the Les Routiers guide, The Ship is famed for its locally caught seafood. Boats will raft up on the pontoon at Itchenor. It is not possible to book the pontoon but the Treasure Hunt will end early afternoon allowing good time to secure a position.
Shore parties are very welcome on both Saturday and Sunday, though they may have to employ a swimmer to retrieve any floating treasure. Basic accommodation is available at Hayling Island Sailing Club or there are also rooms available at the Ship Inn (01243 512284).
The Commodore looks forward to seeing as many Members and their Guests as possible, suitably attired.
Navigational information can be found in the PDF document here
Bookings should be made using the Register button, as soon as possible, with your cheque for the Saturday night dinner (payable to RNVR Yacht Club) sent to Hugh Stewart, at 1 Bottom Pond Cottages, Morestead, Hampshire , SO21 1JE , as soon as possible