11th – 14th October 2019

Fri 11th – HW Emsworth 11:16, 4.1m; Portsmouth 11:08, 4.5m

 Mon 14th – HW Emsworth 12:53, 4.6m; Portsmouth 12:48, 4.7m

I am pleased to say we already have 11 -12 boats booked on this rally. If you are thinking of coming but have still to submit the form please do so as soon as possible so that menu choices can be forwarded for the Saturday night dinner and Bembridge harbour can make the necessary berthing arrangements.  A whatsapp group has been set up for this rally so if you would like to be added please let me know.


The venue for the Saturday night dinner has been changed to Bembridge Sailing Club. This will be a two course meal from a set menu of choices. There will be a water taxi to take people over to the club with a minibus taxi booked to return to the Duver. The reason for the change is that Brading are not doing meals on that evening due to participating over the weekend in the Beer & Bus Festival.

The menus for the dinner will be forwarded to those going this week so that they can be sent back to the sailing club in good time for the food to be ordered.


The rally has been planned to coincide with the islands Classic Buses, Beer and Walks weekend. During the weekend classic buses are travelling on various routes all over the island enabling you to travel on them free of charge. The bus routes and stops are all based around various island pubs and local walks.


The buses start running of the Saturday morning and finish Sunday tea time so the rally has been planned to maximise every ones opportunity to participate hence berths have been booked from the  Friday 11th to Monday lunchtime on the 14th October.  If you are interested in coming please register your interest on the form at the bottom of these details.


For further information on the classic buses programme, routes and pubs please visit their website at https://iwbeerandbuses.co.uk/


The association has purchased 3 programmes so that we have the bus timetables readily available however, if you want your own programme you can order them from the website at £7 each. The actual travel on the buses is free however, purchase of a programme also entitles you to purchase a weekend Vectis bus pass for £15 which will widen you opportunity to travel.


As you will see we have  a  late morning high tide on the Friday  and for those with 1.5 draft we aim to leave Emsworth on Friday at around 09:45, 1.5hrs before high tide (or as soon as tide permits).

On Monday we aim to leave Bembridge around 10:30am to get into Emsworth around high water.

When you approach the Bembridge pontoon call the harbour on VHF Chan 80 and inform them you are part of the ECA rally and ask for berthing instructions.


Fri 11th October

12:00     Arrive Bembridge.

18.00 – 19:30 Drinks on Yacht Bob

Sat 12th October

10:30 – 18:00      Classic Bus trips / walks

19:30     Table booked for dinner at the Bembridge Sailing Club

Sunday 13th October

10:30 – 18:00 Classic Bus trips / walks

Monday 14th October

10:30     Depart for Emsworth



The OOD for this Rally is: Andrew Bannister Contact no: 07599180046, Boat Name: Bob. 

Email: rearcommodorecruising@emsworthcruisingassociation.co.uk

Rally Contact: VHF Chan 16/08

If you are intending to join us on this Rally please complete and submit the form below as soon as possible.  We are going to try setting up a whats app contact group for Rally communication so please let me know if you use whats app and are happy to be added to the group. I can then keep everyone updated easily if anything changes. Thankyou.

Look forward to hearing from you and seeing you there.

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 ECA 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 should be checked before setting out.

Please don’t hesitate to contact the cruise officer of the day – Andy Bannister, if you have any questions.

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



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