Henley Offshore Group Rally 2016

group of friends in cockpit of yacht

Island Harbour

The club's 2016 rally took place over the weekend of May 7th and 8th and was held at Island Harbour on the upper reaches of the River Medina at Cowes on the Isle of Wight.

five yachts in merged image

There were five boats attending, two Nauticats, an Island Packet, a Sadler and a Beneteau Trawler.

entrance to Cowes Harbour on busy spring day

On a warm sunny Saturday the entrance to Cowes was busy with traffic.

row of flags flying in breeze

With a fresh breeze the flags were flying at Cowes Yacht Haven as we went past.

vies of sterns of yachts attending a rally

Andante, Freya, Karvinen, Taiva and Vivace moored on B pontoon at Island Harbour.

rusting medway paddle steamer on the shore

The remains of an old Medway Paddle Steamer are just outside Island Harbour

mud banks at entrance to island harbour marina at low water

mud banks at entrance to island harbour marina at low water

The channel to Island Harbour at low water shows clearly why the marina has lock gates

frineds sitting at table at the end of a meal

A fine dinner was enjoyed at the Breeze Restaurant at the marina.

On Sunday morning after coffee and cakes on board Andante we all departed Island Harbour for our home marinas. With winds gusting up to 20 knots some fine sailing was had on the return passages.