ECA Southampton Boat Show Rally

Boat Show Rally to Shepards Wharf, Cowes, 11th/13th Sept 2015

Friday 11th September HW Portsmouth BST 11.20 (4.4m)

It’s a reasonable 9.30 am start time from EYH with a favourable tide to Cowes where some of us will meet on Friday.   Please call Shepard’s Wharf on VHF channel 80 (or if no response try 69) for berthing instructions or look out for Badgie Two since they normally try to put us all together. There will be informal hospitality on board Badgie Two from 17.30 when people can decide whether to eat communally and, if so, where.   There are a wide variety of eating and drinking places in Cowes at prices and tastes to suit all pockets and palates.   In the recent past a bulk buy of fish and chips and eat on board has been popular.

Saturday 12th September HW Portsmouth BST 11.50 (4.5m)

A choice of instructions here; those who arrived on Friday may take the Red Jet ferry to Southampton where the Boat Show will be on, very close to the ferry terminal.   Red Jet does a discounted combined crossing and Show entrance ticket. Or, do your own thing for the day.

For those who only take the week-end, this can be treated as an ordinary Saturday-Sunday out-and-back rally with just the one night stop in Cowes. The usual drinks party will be held on Badgie Two at 18.00.  Please bring some liquid refreshment but not too many nibbles, and be prepared to show off whatever you bought at the Show or just the brochures if that’s all you came away with.   The last two years we ate at Mojac’s which all considered to be excellent and they currently have space.  No website but a good selection. Small Starter Plates are typically £7, Large Main Plates between £14 (Homemade burger with trimmings) and £21 (Fillet Steak).  The Coast Bar and Dining Room ( you’ll need good eyesight!) was popular with ‘yachties’ over the August Bank Holiday weekend and they also have space.  We have also eaten in the Island Sailing Club and we may be able to book that again this year if the majority wish to do so.    Perhaps you would let me know your preference when registering interest in attending the rally and if enough are interested I will try to book us a table at the venue receiving the most votes.  Telephone me on 02392 426460 or email    Otherwise, further eating and drinking as for Friday.

Sunday 13th September HW Portsmouth BST 12.30 (4.6m)

It should be an easy ride back to Emsworth aiming to be at the Chi bar by about noon to avoid the onset of the adverse tidal stream in the Solent and, since it is a fairly big tide, too strong an adverse current on the way up the harbour to EYH, suggesting a departure at about 09.00 BST.


VHF Channel 16/08 while on board and awake.    My MMSI is 235035554 and my mobile number is 07572 430145.

I look forward to seeing you!

Please register interest by 4th September via the form below if you are thinking of coming, so I can book catering and let Shepards know the number of boats.   Late comers welcome but no guarantee of a place at the table!

To register an interest in this event please complete the details below and press Submit.





Derek Ellinor, ‘Badgie Two’


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.

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