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NEWPORT HARBOUR Cruiser Rally - 9th to 12th August

Published 01:00 on 26 Jun 2024

(Last booking date for this rally is the 15th July).

Hosts for the event
We are looking for Hosts for this event, please contact Trevor and Sharon if you wish to host this rally.

The 5th LSC Rally of the season and we are off on the relatively short sail to the ancient port of Newport Harbour, an ideal base for exploring England's biggest island.
There is something special about coasting up the 4 mile inland stretch of the River Medina under sail, passing the traditional boat house of the NRC founded in 1863 and onwards to the visitors' pontoons close to the centre of Newport country town.

A total of 12 berths have been booked at Newport Harbour, and at the Folly Pontoon.
As with all rallies you have the option to shorten or lengthen your stay, so why not finish work early on the Friday afternoon (taking advantage of an afternoon tide) joining us for the weekend only for drinks on the pontoon and a meal in company at the Folly Inn.

The rally programme is as follows:

  • Friday 9th to Saturday 10th August - The Folly Pontoon, River Medina, Cowes.

Tide Chichester HW 15.24 BST

Depending on how early you book, you will have the choice of booking on the Walk-ashore Pontoon (first 9 booked boats) or the Mid-River Pontoon leaving for Newport Harbour on the incoming tide on the Saturday 10th August)

The Folly Pontoons are situated 20 minutes from the entrance of the river Medina providing access at all states of the tide. This quieter stretch of the river Medina is designated as a 'Site of Special Scientific Interest' (SSSI) and there are some beautiful walks to be had.
There will be drinks on the pontoon from 6.30pm and dining arrangements have been made at the Folly Inn for 7.30pm.

  • Saturday 10th to Monday 12th August Newport Harbour (leaving for home on Monday 12th August)

Newport Harbour (which is a drying harbour) is a secure haven in all weathers and seasons and an ideal base for the island from where you can explore unspoilt countryside, visit the famous Carisbrook Castle and with easy access to the central bus station travel all over the island.

The visitors' pontoons have water and electricity available (there will be a requirement to raft 2 deep) and on the quayside there are toilets and showers.

There will be drinks on the pontoon at 6.30pm, although no dining arrangements have been made for the Saturday evening, giving skippers the flexibility to make their own arrangements.

Dining arrangements have been organised for Sunday 11th August (should you wish to join us) at

Da Vinci's Restaurant Newport at 7.00pm.

Please note: that there will be a requirement to raft on the Folly and Newport Harbour pontoons.

To avoid disappointment book early by completing the booking form below.

PLEASE BOOK NOW! Booking Form - [HERE]

Closing date for completed booking form is the 15th July (no further bookings will be accepted after this date)

Further details regarding the rally will be E Mailed out to those who have completed the booking form nearer the time.

Any queries, please contact the rally organisers Trevor & Sharon Holloway: email -

If you book a place for berthing or restaurant and you change your plans for any reason, please ensure you inform the Hosts as soon as possible.

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