5th Hamble Rally - 19th / 20th / 21st June 2020

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5th Hamble Rally - 19th / 20th / 21st June 2020

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Following last years'gathering in June 2019 (5 boats, 11 people) we will be running the same format again this year. MDL Mercury has recently confirmed they can accommodate us *.

* Will be subject to the Covid-19 / enforcement rules in force by the 19th June. At present (May 20th, 2020) the Marina is open and accessible, but MDL are not allowing overnighting on board (n/a for us), the toilets are open, but not the showers. There is also no refreshment / food /drink available / open on site (but both Co-ops are open & Tesco too, at the top end of Hamble Lane, near the M27). The campsite is yet to open (Riverside) and most accommodation ** will be closed and at present no one should be away from home overnight.

Personally I am banking on a lifting of some restrictions, with the month, so at this stage I need to know tentative numbers on the basis that local accommodation will be available by then (even if we are still not allowed to hug, kiss, slap each other on the back, or drink out of each other's pint glasses..).

So, please let me know if you can attend - including any crew - and let me know boat size and number of days, in order to plan moorings. Payment will only be due to the Marina on the weekend - no advance payments necessary.

Dates: 19th, 20th & 21st June, 2020

Where: Hamble-le-Rice, Hampshire

Tides (add 1 hour for BST) and local information: https://tides.willyweather.co.uk/se/ham ... ledon.html

Boating Waters: River Hamble, River Itchen, Beaulieu River / Bucklers Hard, Southampton Water, Solent and a trip to Cowes, IOW (all weather dependent)

Challenge: Although both rivers and Southampton Water can be calm, gIven the nature of the tides and sea (plus commercial traffic) around the Solent, this event will fall under the CMBA's 'Challenging' category (details in the club magazine).

Mooring facilities: Mercury Marina - finger pontoons or double rafting up a push - self launch /recovery, trailer storage and mooring cost around £79 each boat (ca. 4m mooring), for the 3 days. Map of the venue is here:-

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/place/Mer ... -1.3133744

** Accommodation in and around Hamble is always very busy, so I encourage early booking. The B&Bs and campsites below are within a few minutes drive of the slipway and Club, but Hotels are out of the way and they will charge typical coastal rates in the summer. I've stayed in Farthings - a 2min walk to the Hamble Village centre and pubs / restaurants. The campsite next to Mercury Marina (now owned by them) is about 15-20mins walk from the village centre, but proved a good choice for Vans, RVs and they can cope with tents too.

Accommodation - Royal Southern Yacht Club


The RSrnYC has excellent facilities, a very pleasant and large bar with terrace, plus great views over the river and moorings.

Farthings B&B Hamble

Farthings is a friendly family run Guest House in an individual architect designed home. Run by family friends Jo and Ian Straker.

Compass Point B&B Hamble
Opposite a number of pubs and restaurants in the centre of the old village, so is busy,


Luxury accommodation in the heart of Hamble village.




Camping and /or motorhomes / caravanning - here are 2 good sites within a 5mins drive, or a 10 minute walk from Mercury Marina:-


Airbnb - most will be within walking distance to the marina of 15-20minutes (avoid south of Hamble Lane up to Copse Lane - these suffer from all night industrial noise from Cooper Vision / GE / BP & late night HGV fuel tanker traffic and shipping bulk oil carrier discharging)


Riverside Holidays - Campsite owned by MDL & next door to Mercury Marina. They take RVs, Vans and Tents. Deposit will be required and checkout would be around 11am on the 21st, parking is available at Mercury.

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Re: 5th Hamble Rally - 19th / 20th / 21st June 2020

Post by kgarla »

Thank you Rapier. Fingers toes and all other anatomy possible crossed. Cheers Kgarla :wot: :pirate:

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