The weather has been steadily improving over the last couple of weeks and we were all looking forward to the first Rally of the summer season. Nick (newly appointed Rear Commodore, Offshore) had booked us berths at East Cowes Marina and dinner in the lifeboat.

The sky was overcast but the temperature warm when Carina slipped her lines from Portsmouth on Saturday morning.  She motored out of the harbour and into the Solent. With the sails hoisted she made use of the starting ebb to have a great light winds close reach to Cowes in close company with Sea Dragon.

During the afternoon we all arrived and tied up, in the end there were seven boats and about 20 of us there. It was a shame that the rain came in just before we set up tea and cakes on the pontoon, although this did nothing to dampen the enthusiasm as we set about the cakes that had been made for us.

The rain had stopped by the time we made our way up to the Lifeboat restaurant, where we were seated on a long table by the window. The meal was served and there was even some live music that helped to make a memorable evening.

The next morning dawned bright and sunny, making a nice change from the rain. An intrepid bunch of us set off on foot to Osbourne House, but faced with very long queues and a tide to catch later we settled for a walk around the East Cowes seafront.

Many thanks to Nick and Alison for organising a fantastic Rally.

12th-13th May 2018