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:
||Berths reserved at Weymouth Marina.
Evening pontoon party.
||Morning visit to Weymouth and Portland National Sailing Academy and buffet lunch.
Rally dinner at the Royal Dorset Yacht Club.
|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).
||Early evening pontoon party, followed by an Informal Evening at Dartmouth Yacht Club.
||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.
||Dartmouth to Newton Ferrers
||Berths will be arranged.
||Newton Ferrers to Salcombe
||Berths will be arranged.
Evening pontoon party and a rotating dinner afloat (both with RNSA).
||Rally ends. Yachts to disperse (with opportunity to join RNSA cruise to Channel Islands)
SUNDAY 1 JULY: ARRIVE AT WEYMOUTH (FOR NIGHTS OF SUN 1st and MON 2nd JULY)
PORT OFFICER: RICHARD SNELL
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.
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
TUESDAY 3 JULY: PASSAGE TO TORBAY OR DARTMOUTH (KINGSWEAR) (FOR NIGHT OF TUESDAY 3 JULY)
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.
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 email@example.com
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.
WEDNESDAY 4 JULY: PASSAGE TO DARTMOUTH (KINGSWEAR) (FOR NIGHTS OF WED 4 AND THUR 5 JULY)
PORT OFFICER: TIM WARE
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%).
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.
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).
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
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.
DEPARTURE FROM KINGSWEAR: FRIDAY 6 JULY
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
PASSAGE TO NEWTON FERRERS (FOR NIGHT OF 6 JULY)
PORT OFFICER: TIM CLARK
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.
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.
PASSAGE TO SALCOMBE (FOR NIGHT OF SAT 7 JULY)
PORT OFFICER: TIM CLARK
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).
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 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.