Cruising With ECSC
Medium to pocket-sized cruising yachts are well represented in the dub. club members vary in experience from complete novices, through weekend family sailors to veteran ocean passage- makers.
The club welcomes new cruising members from any background.
We encourage all-comers to enjoy participating in club rallies. Amongst the club racing fleet, there are owners who like to engage with the more relaxed approach and overnight socialising associated with the rally programme. The club also sports a healthy Motor Boat and Fishing section, whose members and their families sometimes enjoy spending the odd night away.
On our rallies, we make sure everyone is made welcome – we generally stick to central Solent locations and gentle to moderate forecast conditions to encourage the widest possible participation. There will always be someone around to help or offer advice if the need arises.
Rallies generally start on a Saturday morning. Passage-making takes up Saturday afternoon. There will be a pre-dinner drinks party on a pontoon/yacht. If we are being hosted by a sailing dub then we may dine there. Otherwise, it could be a BBQ on the beach or a short hop/dinghy ride to the local pub.
One highlight of the season is the Marlowe Cup race and accompanying cruise. The Marlowe Cup race is particularly suited to cruising yachts of any size – race or cruise; the more the merrier.
We take a pragmatic approach to rally organisation. when forecast conditions are favourable, we may put together short notice rallies to attractive locations or events. News of short-notice rallies is posted on the club website and Facebook. Each rally has a nominated host who takes care of any arrangements and acts as a point of contact.
Each year, a number of club members set off for France, East Anglia or the West country. often, the initiating owner will invite other yachB to join for all or part of the pmge. cruises in company are informal arrangements but the cruising Section will post news of forthcoming cruises to the club website and Facebook.
There is a prize for the most entertaining rally account published on the club website. There is also a prize for club skippers making their first cruise of 100 nautical miles or more.
A typical season’s rally programme looks like this:
- Shakedown Rally (April short-notice rally)
- Marlowe cup Race/Cruise (May, Lymington)
- Cruises in company (destination and timing determined by organiser preference, tides,
winds and weather)
- Summer BBQ (July; options include: Nemown creek; Hurst; Bembridge)
- High Summer Rallies (July/August; multiple short notice options include: Marchwood, Beaulieu; studland; Chichester…)
- Autumn up-river cruise to Newport with a stopover for lunch and back to the dub on the ebb tide