ECA Treasure Hunt Rally – Chichester Harbour – 25th and 26th April

ECA Treasure Hunt Rally – Chichester Harbour – 25th and 26th April


Announcing the ECA Spring Treasure Hunt Rally around Chichester Harbour on the 25th and 26th April.

25th – HW EYH 14:07 BST 4.6m

26th – HW EYH 14:39 BST 4.5m

Come in Fancy Dress if you dare (Optional). No theme so you can be anyone (or thing), from Long John Silver to the Queen of Hearts, Andy Pandy to Penelope Pitstop.

Cost is £5 per Treasure Hunter, with a packed lunch provided (payable when you get your treasure map).

Evening Supper and awards at Hayling Island Sailing Club (supper menus and prices to follow)*

Join us for a virtually weather proof Spring rally incorporating some boat based and some land based treasure and clue hunting fun around Chichester Harbour.  Staying within the safety of beautiful Chichester Harbour, we hope that this rally will appeal whatever your boat size or your crew’s level of ability.

25th April

The rally will start with us meeting in our fancy dress (optional) for a briefing outside the office at Emsworth Yacht Harbour at 10.30 on Saturday. There you will receive your treasure maps which will then take you off on foot, collecting your land based clues before setting off for Itchenor Visitor Pontoon as soon as the EYH sill height allows (approx. 12:30 for 1.5m draft). For those based outside EYH then either have your dinghy in EYH, or cadge a lift out to your boat from one of those based in the marina.

For lunch we will meet up at the mid-channel visitor pontoon at Itchenor where an individual picnic lunch will be provided to all rally-goers.  There will be plenty of experienced crews around to catch lines and tie up those who need any help. The afternoon will be more clue hunting by boat this time before coming in to Sparks Marina** (All tide access, but do make sure you keep to the channel) for our overnight berths. The last clues will be land based around the marina and HISC so keep some energy for the last sprint.

We will then meet up in our normal clothes in the bar at Hayling Island Sailing Club at 18:30 where your treasure will be collected and the winners and losers decided.  HISC will be doing a supper in their panoramic restaurant where the day’s awards, including best fancy dress will be made.

26th April

On Sunday we will make our way back to our home ports at leisure as Sparks is all tide access, but those needing to come into EYH should be able to go across the sill by around 13:00 for a 1.5m draft. If the weather is nice why not potter around the harbour before heading back.

If you wish to come on this rally please fill the form on the form below.

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




* Attendees will be responsible for settling their own bills on the night.

** Attendees are responsible for settling their own marina bills (rate: ~£4.00 per metre at time of press).

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.

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