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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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
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 www.yarmouth-harbour.co.uk
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 www.wightlink.co.uk