Sunday 8th November saw the 2015 AGM of the XYOA. Some 16 people attended including Ian Miller from Jersey who had sailed in to the Royal Southampton yacht Club from Hamble on his first outing with his brand new Xc-38

A very quick AGM was held to re-elect the existing officers, there being no other volunteers. This was followed by a very convivial lunch where this year’s stories were exchanged and next year’s plans shared.

The next event will be the Fitting out supper, which by a majority vote will probably be held at RORC in St. James, the date of which will be announced soon.


Annual Review for the Annual General Meeting (AGM), Sunday 08 November 2015

Max Hubbard
by Chairman, Max Hubbard

The Association currently has over 60 members and has organised many popular and well-attended events. Despite being created essentially for owners in the United Kingdom and Ireland, enquiries still continue from owners in other countries as to whether the Association has overseas representation.

To celebrate the Association’s fifth year, a Celebratory Dinner was held on Friday 6 March on HQS Wellington, London. Excellent food, copious wine and engaging conversations were all enjoyed in the beautifully converted engine room of this historic Atlantic escort ship. Niels Jeppesen gave an interesting talk on the origins of X-Yachts, which led to a lively debate afterwards.

As there was no X-Yachts Solent Cup this year, the Association organised a two day-rally to Lymington and Poole on the 2 – 4 May. Some twenty X-Yachts and nearly 100 owners and crew came from various homeports on Saturday to enjoy an excellent seafood dinner in the Haven Restaurant at Lymington Yacht Haven. The fun race to Poole was cancelled on Sunday morning with winds gusting at over 50 knots at Hurst. However, by various means and methods nearly all the crews and owners managed to have dinner in the RNLI in Poole and enjoy an informative talk by Neil Garrie about the history of the RNLI

A rally to Yarmouth, Isle of Wight was held on the Saturday 26 to Sunday 27 September with some nine yachts taking part from X50 to X332. After a drinks reception on the pontoon, later some 26 members and guests enjoyed a very convivial and noisy evening in Saltys restaurant.

The last XYOA event of 2015 will be the AGM and Laying-Up Luncheon on Sunday 8 November at The Royal Southampton Yacht Club, Ocean Village, Southampton.

Our Marketing and PR Secretary, Lawrence Hodgkinson, resigned earlier in the year. I take this opportunity to thank Lawrence for his considerable help and support during his term of office. All members were circulated to see whether a volunteer would step up to take on this role. However, despite this request, we are still looking for a new committee member who could take over the marketing and PR functions.

Partnering arrangements continue with several leading manufacturers and suppliers, where XYOA members are able to obtain a discount on items such as sails, electronic equipment, winches and insurance. The XYOA branded SLAM clothing is still a very popular purchase, as is the XYOA burgee.

The XYOA members’ only web site continues to expand, and all are encouraged to submit articles and photographs.

Max Hubbard

XYOA Secretary enjoys the Lymington rally

by XYOA secretary Nicky Gardner


As a “new boy” to the Association and to the committee, before I talk about my experiences of the Rally I would like to thank again Max, John N., John O from the committee and Debbie from X-Yachts for their unstinting hard work and determination to produce a very successful and extremely well attended two day rally. I believe the numbers attending were the highest to date.

The plan was to sail to Lymington Yacht Haven from our various ports of call and to raft up as many boats, as possible, together. This proved a bit of a nightmare for the Harbour Master, Peter, but with a lot of juggling he managed to get us all in.

Our boat Xtract was rafted alongside Unruly, La Nef IV and SX Girl. No sooner had we moored up alongside Unruly than we were invited on board for a drink. What a wonderful way to start a rally.

Later that evening we all met up for dinner in the Haven Restaurant where we had a really first class meal. The atmosphere was electric, the service first class and the drinks flowed. This was followed by drinks aboard Minx, a gorgeous boat which had sailed over from Jersey especially for the rally. No mean feat considering the preceding weather conditions.

During the evening there was much talk about the forthcoming weather. The forecast was winds of up to 30 knots from the South West which if we raced to the Fairway Buoy, as was the plan, would have been rather hairy struggling straight into rough sea.

3rd May. Sunday morning. We all met up on the pontoon for a conflab with our leader John N. and the overall decision was to talk again at midday. In the meantime with gusts of 52Kn registered at Hurst Castle, all thoughts of racing were cancelled. This gave everyone time to work out how they might get to and from Poole, ably helped by Debbie who sorted out train times and taxis.

Dudley and I arrived in Poole in time for lunch, meeting up with other members of the committee and their wives and had a very convivial lunch of excellent standard and value overlooking the harbour.

A few of the larger boats had decided to take up the challenge and sailed off to Poole, namely, Unruly, Texa, Xtravagance and Boxer.  Many of us took the easier route by land. Again the Lymington Yacht Haven dock master was very obliging and let us keep our boats in the Haven for another night.

After lunch we headed into town to welcome the boats who had made the trip across.

Back to the RNLI and the upper bar where we all met up for pre-dinner drinks and to catch up on the news of the boats which had sailed across, whom we hadn’t seen arrive.

Our guest speaker at dinner, Neil Garrie, was a very entertaining volunteer who gave us a brief history of the RNLI. Its beginnings by three very determined men, and how a few dedicated donors made the present headquarters a reality. In real terms the cost of running the RNLI is over £300,000 – per year I immediately thought, but oh no, it’s per day!

Supper followed, regrettably not up to the standard of the previous evening, but again we were on a table with lovely entertaining people which made the evening very memorable.

The turn out from the members was very impressive, bearing in mind the conditions, and we thank everyone for making such an effort to support the rally.

The end of my first rally was a taxi ride back to Lymington being driven by a lovely Estonian just about to go for his citizenship, and the cost was cheaper than a taxi ride from Hamble to Parkway Train Station some fifteen to twenty minutes away!!

XYOA Rally May 2015  

Some twenty-one X-Yachts and nearly 100 owners and crew entered the two-day Rally on the 2 -4 May 2015.

On Saturday, 2 May, the yachts came from their various homeports, including Ipswich and the Channel Islands to the Lymington Yacht Haven.  Some crew and owners took the opportunity to visit the shops, whilst others found the local bars.  The Marina chandler, Nick Cox, was offering generous discounts to X-Yacht owners, and so some took advantage to buy equipment for their yachts.

However, all gathered in the evening for drinks at the bar of The Haven Restaurant, before enjoying an excellent seafood dinner.  The atmosphere was relaxed and noisy, and this all helped everyone to ignore the ominous black clouds and rain outside!  Despite a relatively early finish to the meal, it was midnight before the last of the revellers left the restaurant.

There should have been a fun race from Lymington to Poole on Sunday morning, but with rain, and winds gusting over 50 knots at Hurst, it was decided to cancel the race and leave it to individual owners whether they sailed to Poole or not.  Whilst some owners consulted train times and taxi tariffs, a few brave souls in heavy weather gear left in their yachts for Poole.

There was to have been complimentary drinks reception at Poole on the pontoons in the marina, but with winds still blowing force 6, it was decided to cancel the event.  Drinks were ordered at the Bar at the RNLI headquarters, and shortly afterwards, Neil Garrie gave a very informative and interesting talk about the history of the RNLI, and in particular, the training and life boat facilities at Poole.

After dinner, the Chairman gave a short speech thanking all those who had made the considerable effort, and indeed extra cost, to attend the dinner despite the adverse weather.  He also thanked Debbie Weldon and John Noe for helping to organise the Rally.  Mention was made of the 463 emails the Chairman had already received on the Rally!  Whilst some left the dinner to travel back to Lymington by train, car and taxi, others stayed the night in the comfortable bedrooms of the RNLI College.

The Chairman also reminded owners of the XYOA Rally to Yarmouth, 26 -27 September 2015; and the AGM and Laying Up Luncheon, RSYC, Southampton, 1 November 2015.

There was a brief respite in the weather on Monday morning, so owners took the opportunity to sail back early to the Solent, or in one case to sail to the Channel Islands.

Despite the poor weather conditions, the Rally seems to have been a success and enjoyed by all.

Future Rally gift packs will contain not only race instructions and tide tables, but also train times and contact details of local taxis!