Annual Rally – Cowes, Isle of Wight
Saturday/Sunday – 03/04 September 2016
We are extremely fortunate in that the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes, will be our venue for this year’s annual X-Yachts Owners Association Rally.
The Royal Yacht Squadron is one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the world. The Yacht Club, as the Squadron was first known, was founded on the 1st of June 1815. Its clubhouse is the historic Cowes Castle which was built in 1539 as part of Henry VIII’s chain of coastal defences.
Member yachts are given the suffix ‘RYS’ to their names, and permitted to fly the White Ensign of the Royal Navy. The club’s patron is Queen Elizabeth II and the club’s Admiral is Prince Philip who is also a former club Commodore.
The RYS Haven has been reserved for member’s yachts on Saturday evening, 03 September 2016. Berthing is limited and places will be allocated in order of reservations received. If fully booked, there will be berthing places available on the Jubilee Pier. High water Cowes is predicted to be approximately 13.15 hours BST on Saturday 03 September 2016.
An early evening reception will be held at the Castle, before members and their crews will enjoy a three-course dinner with wine. The reception and dinner including wine will cost £55.00 per person. Full details, including the menu, will be sent to all those wishing to participate in this splendid event, but in the meantime, in order to finalise the arrangements, please complete the form which is attached and send it to the Association’s secretary with the appropriate cheque. An early response is advised due to the limited berthing in the RYS Haven.
In accordance with the traditions for dining on a Saturday evening at the Royal Yacht Squadron, the dress code is dinner jackets or mess kit.
The provisional programme is –
17.30 Welcome drink on-board a member’s yacht in the RYS Haven
18.30 Drinks reception at the Castle
Members who are unable to sail their yachts to Cowes are encouraged to come by ferry as the Ferry Terminal is close to the Royal Yacht Squadron. There is a good choice of hotels and B & B’s in Cowes for those not sleeping on their yachts, but book early as there is international power boat racing taking place that same weekend.
Please complete the attached form and post with payment to our treasurer, John Noë
XYOA Annual Rally Sept 2016 booking form