ECA September Rally to Cowes Yacht Haven, with option to visit Southampton Boat Show, 14 to 16 Sept 2018.

ECA September Rally to Cowes Yacht Haven, with option to visit Southampton Boat Show, 14 to 16 Sept 2018.


Friday 14 September HW Portsmouth BST 15.39 (4.7m)

It’s a late morning start time from EYH, stemming the last of the flood towards West Pole, to pick up a favourable Spring tide to Cowes where some of us will meet on Friday.   Please call Cowes Yacht Haven on VHF channel 80 (or phone 01983 299 975) for berthing instructions and look out for Witch Hazel’s wooden mast and bowsprit!  Assuming our boats berth in Cowes at approx. 18:00 BST, there will be drinks on board Witch Hazel from 18.30 when people can decide whether to eat communally and, if so, where.   There are a wide variety of eating and drinking places in Cowes or we could opt for a bulk buy of fish and chips and eat on board the host boat and “overflow” to adjacent ECA boats, if required.


Saturday 15 September HW Portsmouth BST 16.21 (4.5m)

We have a choice of options:-

Southampton Boat Show

Those who arrived on Friday may take the Red Jet ferry to Southampton where the Boat Show takes place almost adjacent to the ferry terminal and there is a shuttle bus service from the Ferry Terminal towards the Show Entrance.   Red Jet usually does a discounted combined crossing and Show entrance ticket.

This year the Southampton Boat Show is sponsored by the Yacht Market and some of the features include:

  • Opportunity to visit the tall ship (and star of Poldark), Kaskelot
  • Try a Boat – subject to availability
  • Free mini Cruise – subject to availability
  • Appearances by the Hairy Bikers!

More information is available via the Southampton Boat Show web site:


Alternatively, do your own thing for the day with options including:

  • Southampton sightseeing or “retail therapy” – West Quay, Ikea, etc
  • Exploring the many delights of Cowes
  • IOW Sightseeing – taking the bus to other parts of the island – e.g. Ryde, Newport, Yarmouth, etc.


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.

A short drinks party will be held on Witch Hazel at 17.30.  Please bring a bottle and light snacks and be prepared to “show and tell” whatever you bought at the Show or any brochures you collected.   I have booked a table at the Duke of York Public House for 20 people on Saturday 15 Sept – 7:30pm start – no pre-ordering of food is required, but we need to give an idea of our numbers. Link to their web site:


Sunday 16 September HW Portsmouth BST 17.02 (4.2m),

It should be an easy passage back to Chichester Harbour and Emsworth, with favourable east-going tides in the Solent from 09.00 to 15.00hrs approx.



  • Rally OOD                        Charles Harrison – Witch Hazel
  • VHF Channel:                    16/08
  • MMSI for Witch Hazel:    235016343
  • Mobile number:               07808 911 511 (phone, voice-mail or text)
  • Email:                       


I look forward to seeing you!

Please register interest via the form below by 7th September if you are thinking of coming, so I can book places at the Duke of York PH and let Cowes Yacht Haven know the number of boats.   Late comers are welcome but no guarantee of a place!


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




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 boat taking part.

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