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    From John Gallagher:

    South West Gaffers are delighted to be hosting you on passage down to the finest part of the coastline of the South Coast.

    After leaving Weymouth many may wish to break the journey at Brixham, where Paul and Penny Jolley will look after you.  Boats are expected at Brixham on 24th and 25thJuly and berthing for you has been organised on the Heritage pontoon.  Water, electricity and fuel are available.  On Tuesday 25th a reception at 18.30 has been arranged on one of the Brixham Sailing Trawlers with shanties by Miss’an’Tackle.  A curry supper is organised at 20.00 at Brixham Yacht Club a few minutes walk around the harbour or direct to the BYC slipway by tender.  The Prince William Pub is at the head of the Heritage Pontoon.  Brixham is in a good position for boats to make the tidal gate at Start Point on passage to Plymouth.

    It’s a long day sail to Plymouth from there to Yachthaven Marina, Mountbatten where we have arranged the main reception for you.  But some may wish to break the trip at Dartmouth or Salcombe if they start out on 26th.

    On Friday 28th we will get you rafted up on the outer pontoon where my gaffer will be, dressed overall to help guide you.  But as soon as you find the Marina after coming round Mountbatten Pier please contact them on VHF 80 to let them know you are coming as part of the OGA fleet.  We will explain where all the facilities are including the bar at The Bridge Restaurant on site.

    That evening we have arranged a welcome party for you at 18.30 at the Mountbatten Sailing Centre which is a healthy few hundred yards walk.  We are meeting in the Ocean Room upstairs beside the bar and hot food has been arranged for you from 19.00 at a token rate.  After the meal we will explain the arrangements for the weekend starting with the Parade of Sail on Saturday which will set you out to where you can explore Devonport and the Rivers beyond should you wish.  But be back for the pontoon party at 1800, for the free beer and crac.

    On Saturday evening we thought you might like to explore the locality of Turnchapel Village where two fine real ale pubs are to be found both of which do good food, the famed 17th century Borringdon Arms and the Clovelly Bay Pub.  It’s Turnchapel Festival that weekend so live music and dancing will be about. The village is a pleasant half mile walk away.  But if you don’t want that there is The Bridge Restaurant on site but book early there.

    Sunday is race day but it’s Devon style racing.  We start using five minute windows for each group so no rushed jostling.  Those complaining are automatically disqualified.   We race in Plymouth Sound and all details will have been explained during the briefing on Friday evening.  Racing here is always a fun event which culminates with the prizegiving in the evening at our send off party.  We have arranged hot food from 1900 at the same room in the Sailing Centre but the bar is open well beforehand.  At 20.30 we have arranged for a lively Celtic music group to entertain us and round off the party for we will all need to be off in the morn.

    For those that may not want to travel much further, Fowey Classics starts on the Tuesday.  Set in this this lovely Cornish town it is always a good event.  Otherwise is on to Falmouth and beyond.

    We hope you enjoy your stay and want to come back again get to those places you didn’t reach.



    From Paul Jolley:

    Just a bit more information on Brixham.

    Brixham Yacht Club is situated on Overgang Road overlooking the harbour with views across Lyme Bay to Portland so you can see where you have been! This a ten minute walk around the harbour or zip across to the BYC steps/slipway in your tender.

    Showers etc. Are available from 08:00hrs on the lower floor.

    On Monday and Tuesday the bar will be serving a lunch menu 12:00 – 13:45.

    On Monday evening sailing suppers will be available 19:00 – 21:00, if you intend to have supper on Monday it would be good, but not essential, to let them know earlier in the day so that the dinghy sailors do not polish off all the grub before you get there!

    For our” bring a bottle” and sea shanty event at 18:30 Tuesday 25th on board Vigilance no need to bring a beer mug as the RNLI have kindly provided us with 1pt Plastics ( Glasses?). This is of course followed by our curry supper at BYC.

    May the weather be kind to you,

    Paul Jolley.

    South West Gaffers.

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