Cruising coordinator: David Nixon
Watch this space for the dates of, and invitations to, the 2018 cruising programme to include:
- Shakedown Rally
- Meridian Cruise in Company
- Marlowe Passage Race and Rally
- Summer beach BBQ
- Summer picnic and junior crabbing competition
- Southampton Water Rally
- Gosport Rally
Cruising with ECSC
Medium to pocket-sized cruising yachts are well represented in the club. 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 with any class of boat (sail or power).
We encourage all-comers to participate 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 includes a Motor Boat and Fishing section, some of whose whose members and their families enjoy spending the odd night away.
On our rallies, we make sure everyone is made welcome. We generally stick to Solent destinations to encourage the widest possible participation.
Rallies start on a Saturday morning. Passage-making takes up Saturday afternoon. There will be a pontoon party once all the boats are safely moored up. If we are being hosted by a sailing club we may dine there. Otherwise, it could be a BBQ on the beach or a short hop/dinghy ride to the local pub. We return to our home berths late on Sunday morning.
One highlight of the season is the Marlowe Cup passage race and associated rally. The Marlowe Cup passage race and rally is particularly suited to cruising yachts of any size. Race or cruise; the more the merrier.
When forecast conditions are favourable, we may put together short notice rallies for the coming weekend.