• Cowes Rally

    The 2024 rally season is off to a very successful start!
    This weekend, six boats and 21 crew took part in the Cowes Shakedown Rally to Cowes Yacht Club. It was great sailing with imaginative entertainment in the form of a St George’s Day quiz and a dragon boat challenge, a lovely meal out at Island Sailing Club followed by dancing the night away at Cowes Corinthian. Two yachts continued the fun on Sunday with a lunchtime stop in Newtown Creek where they rafted up for lunch.
    Many thanks to Rear Commodore Gary Eversfield and his team, with special mention to Rally Organisers Garry and Janice Mackie.
    Thanks to Cowes Yacht Haven for finding a space for all 6 boats, the Island Sailing Club for a fantastic meal, and Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club for letting us join the party.
    Don’t forget, every Thursday you can find us at the MBA Lounge, VBS Community Stadium, Gander Green Lane, Sutton
  • Photographic competition 2023 results

    We had a wonderful display of photography last week at our annual Photographic Competition, thanks to all who entered images, it really was a wonderful display. 

    Derek did a great job as usual of organising and displaying the prints, as well as securing the knowledgeable and talented judge Phillip Quarry, who gave an interesting and informative talk about some of his own images. 

    The results of the competition are:

    An Amusing Incident

    Winner – A Right Pair (Bev Hart)


    Club Event

    Winner – Neptune’s Beard – Ruth Grainger


    2nd – Vanishing Point – Ruth Grainger


    3rd – Mirror Image – Gary Eversfield


    Highly commended – I’m Sorted – Chris Dukes


    Best overall

    Blue Solent – Roger Evans


    2nd – It’s not so windy when they switch those big fans off – Roger Evans


    3rd – Sunrise Spinnaker – Danny McDonnell


    4th – Dartmouth, Nova Scotia – Roger Evans


  • Mini photographic competition 2023 results

    Thank you to the six members who submitted 17 entries for my mini photographic competition. I particularly liked the night and sunset images but the one that stands out for me is Garry’s ‘Gone in a flash’ because ‘it does what it says on the tin’ Garry nicely captured the dipping sun between his blue ensign and the lifesaving gear, but it also has an interesting sky, to boot! See following image.

    A close second is Ruth’s (see below) but I think it would have been better had the yacht been on the right rather than the left. The reasoning being that we read from left to right so it would be better for the lights (and reflected lights) to take the viewer across the photograph from left to right ending at the yacht.

    I’m having to take a very critical approach to my photographic work at present so it was good to have the opportunity to review other peoples’ images.