The ECA Rally to Port Solent – Sat/Sun 7/8 February

Dear ECA member,

Apologies if you have already received this but we are having a few issues with some members not getting rally notifications. Hopefully this will be sorted soon.


Graham Davis, ECA webmaster.

 The ECA  Rally to Port Solent, Portsmouth Harbour Sat 7th to Sun 8th February 2015

Portsmouth HW Sat 07/02/15 01.05 4.6m& 13.12 4.5m Sunday 01.36 4.5m& 13.42 4.4m

For Port Solent HW and their approximate Lock Freeflow times;

Portsmouth Harbour working VHF channels; QHM Ch 11, Port Solent Ch80

Emsworth Cruising Association prides itself on being one of the first clubs in the Solent to start the rally season, so we began 2015 with the January Frostbite Rally, which was alas,  like that great USA Civil War Classic; “Gone with the Wind”.

Undaunted by that setback, we are off again to the exotic climes  (!?!?) of Portsmouth Harbour, a location that allows a short hop to blow the cobwebs out of the sails or engines for most and an even shorter hop for Badgie 2, hopefully followed by a choice of warm eating and drinking venues.

Call the Marina as you pass the Portchester SC mooring piles, before you reach the pontoons outside the Marina lock.

Drinks and nibbles at 16:00 pm on Tringa II of Hamble, if I can get a Crew for this Rally. If not, on another participating boat, I can con into hosting-look for the big ECA flag and merry laughter!

Then we have a choice of eating venues for the rally, there are various Restaurants at the marina complex.

Many seem to change every time I visit there, but if you would like to confirm your tastes on the Rally booking form; Italian, Indian, Chinese, Thai, Weatherspoons, PSYC, etc.

I will then see what’s still open at the marina, and book a table at a  Restaurant  when we have the numbers actually attending.

I look forward to seeing all you hardy 365 boaters rosy cheeked and invigorated after a brisk, freezing  windward  trip in  the cold,frozen, northern, wake free? Locked waters of Port Solent.

Please contact me directly using the contact details below.

Dick Tyrrell

Tringa II of Hamble

Mobile 07939240289            e-mail

Contact VHF Channel 16 / 08

Participating skippers are reminded that all ECA rallies and events are carried out under rule 22 of the Emsworth Cruising Association Rules as published in the Emsworth Cruising Association Yearbook.

Participation in an ECA rally or event is taken as acknowledgement and understanding of this rule.

The ECA draws to the attention of Skippers and crew attending, that full responsibility for the sea worthiness of boats, safety and experience of crew attending, is held with the skipper of the boat sailing to the rally, all information given in guidance should be checked before setting out.

It is a recommendation of the ECA and the RYA that full and working safety equipment is carried on board for the protection of crew as laid down in RYA guidelines. 

Third party insurance must be valid for the boat taking part.

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