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Rescheduled 5th Hamble Rally - 24th / 25th / 26th July 2020

Posted: Wed May 20, 2020 2:29 pm
by Rapier
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 subject to: *.

* Ask that your owners contact us in advance on 02380 455994, (or by email on of the event, to book and pay for the weekend over the telephone (due) to limited footfall through the Marina Office. If they can please quote the Classic Motor Boat Rally, we can offer the price we have quoted below.

Please see below the information relating to Riverside Holidays and the path to book the accommodation or touring pitches your members require.

The Reception will be open again from the 4th July for telephone enquiries and bookings.

Holiday Homes - Opening Friday 10th July 2020
We have 15 Holiday Homes that are self-contained and cleaned by a professional contractor. These can be booked for short breaks or weeks away. To view the different styles of accommodation or to book please contact us through Riverside Holidays

Touring Pitches -Opening Friday 17th July
We will be taking pre-paid booking for 15 Self Contained Touring Pitches for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights only through the rest of the season with a minimum stay of 2 nights stay. Touring pitches will be closed Monday through to Thursday.

Unfortunately the Toilets and Showers will not be opening for the remainder of the season and therefore the requirement for self-contained Caravans or Motorhomes.

If you have any further questions please do not hesitate in contacting one of the team at the Marina Office on 02380 455994 or by email on

I have spoken to Sunnydale Farm (2.5 miles / 6 min drive from the Marina). They will be open to tent campers and motorhomes (and I believe washing facilities will be open) by the 24th. Contact:

Sunnydale Farm Touring Park Ltd

Grange Rd
Netley Abbey
SO31 8GD
Tel:+44 (0) 2380 457462

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 be due to the Marina before the weekend now.

Dates: 24th, 25th & 26th July, 2020

Where: Hamble-le-Rice, Hampshire

Tides (add 1 hour for BST) and local information: ... 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 (less £, if your stay is shorter..). Map of the venue is here:- ... -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 6mins drive 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.

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

Posted: Fri May 22, 2020 7:19 pm
by kgarla
Thank you Rapier. Fingers toes and all other anatomy possible crossed. Cheers Kgarla :wot: :pirate:

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

Posted: Thu Jun 04, 2020 11:10 pm
by plasticbadger
Hi! I’m keen and interested in this event, I confess I’m not currently a member, so of course I’d join. I’m local, can attend daily and have a mooring available further up river. It would be me in my ‘64 Fjord 21 and some family (which ever combination of wife and kids want to join).

What’s the latest plan? Is the event going ahead? How do I officially sign up?

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

Posted: Fri Jun 05, 2020 10:08 pm
by kgarla
Hi Plasticbadger,
Welcome to the fold, hopefully! Please see on the website the section 'How to become a member' which should take you through the process. This year is a weird one for all of us to say the least and we have not been able to have a Rally so far for obvious reasons. As you are local to the venue you are well placed to attend and we are hoping we can proceed within the Gov guidelines applicable at the time. Cheers. Kgarla.(Chairman)

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

Posted: Wed Jun 10, 2020 11:42 am
by Somethingfishy
Hi - I had put my name down to come 19-20th, but what is the current view with no overnights being possible (don’t think the plan is to lift those before July?) for those travelling a distance, could we join for 1 day, or leave the boat afloat and come back the following day? Keeping everything crossed!

Rescheduled 5th Hamble Rally - 24th / 25th / 26th July 2020

Posted: Sat Jun 13, 2020 11:35 am
by Rapier
With the July 4th government ruling unlikely to change before our proposed rally next week it's been decided to postpone this event - perhaps to late July. MDL says that initially the self-contained 'unit's will be open at Riverside, but it's not known when shared facilities will resume. Given that many will come from around the country to stay in motorhomes / campers etc, it means that daily 'commutes' to the rally are not really possible. I will continue to liase with the marina as to our options.

See main post above..rescheduled..