Dartmouth Music Festival Spring Rally Report

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Despite strong wind warnings and cold temperatures 14 X-Yachts eventually gathered in Dartmouth for the XYOA rally.  Some yachts had sailed in company within VHF range from the Solent and they enjoyed good food and wine in Weymouth whilst exchanging views on the best times to round Portland in the prevailing strong winds and tides.  Other yachts had ventured from Guernsey, Jersey, Plymouth and elsewhere.

Despite the Dart Haven Marina being apparently full, according to the berthing officer, all X-Yachts successfully tied up either in the marina or on the marina’s visitors pontoon.  On Saturday afternoon as temperatures warmed, a drinks reception on the pontoon was quickly organised with an invitation to bring a bottle and glasses.  Anne Gunter went one stage further and provided some delicious canapés.

Eventually those in the marina all walked to the Royal Dart Yacht Club where we met up with more members and we all enjoyed a welcome drink of sparkling wine.  Dinner was served in the elegant Members’ Dining Room with its large bay window overlooking the River Dart. The sea food starter, roast rack of Devon lamb and the pears poached in red wine were all delicious, as were no doubt the vegetarian dishes.  The service was first class and the room whilst noisy, had lots of atmosphere with stunning views.  All too soon the evening was over and members returned to their yachts, with many having a last night cap before returning to bed.

Cold Easterly winds then followed and many yachts delayed their departures which provided lots of opportunities both onboard and ashore to further chat about our X-Yachts.  Whilst many yachts eventually left for their home ports, a small contingent eventually arrived in Plymouth which again provided an opportunity for more socialising.

The rally was considered a great success by all those taking part, with a request to perhaps organise a rally to the Channel Islands in 2020.  The only sad note was that the The Royal Dart Yacht Club suffered a burst pipe on Saturday night which caused much damage to the kitchen and public rooms.

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