ECA Snowdrop Rally 03-04 March or 17-18 March 2018

The ECA Snowdrop Rally  03-04 March or 17-18 March 2018

          HW Portsmouth Saturday 03/03/2018;  12.07hrs 4.8m

          HW Portsmouth  Sunday   04/03/2018;  12.52hrs 4.7m


         HW Portsmouth Saturday 17/03/2018;   11.30hrs 4.5m

         HW Portsmouth Sunday    18/03/2018;   12.02hrs 4.5m

Emsworth Cruising Association prides itself on being one of the first clubs in the Solent to start the rally season.

Our third Rally is off once more to Gosport, a short hop to blow the cobwebs out of the sails or engines for most. We intend to visit the hospitable member run Hardway Sailing Club(, whose pontoons are north of the Royal Clarence Marina and the RNSA moorings-look north of a white timber framed building on the Gosport shore.


The Clubs pontoons are on a ‘first come, first served’ basis, so be prepared to raft up and except at the very eastern end, take the ground in soft mud. Shore power was only available at the Club end of the pontoons in 2017, so if the weather is very cold, we may divert to one of the Gosport Marinas on the day.


Remember to monitor QHM traffic on VHF Ch 11 after passing the Submarine Barrier and follow the Small Boat Channel in the correct lane when entering and leaving Portsmouth from 4 Bar Bouy to Ballast Pile (see QHM Portsmouth/Leisure Users website page).


I look forward to seeing all you hardy 365 boaters rosy cheeked and invigorated or coughing and sneezing,for Drinks and nibbles at 17:00-ish on Tringa II of Hamble on Saturday evening. Then we eat at the Club if the members run galley is open or the nearby pub if not.


Dick Tyrrell Tringa II of Hamble

Mobile 07939240289  e-mail Rally Contact VHF Ch 16/08 

Queens Harbour Master, Portsmouth; VHF Channel 11, NCIS VHF Channel 65

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 sea worthiness of boats 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 boattaking part.

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