Emsworth Picnic Association - Picnic Boat World Championship

Competitor Update No 4 (8 July 09) - Record Turnout & Impressive Picnics All Round

Well done to everyone who made it over to East Head on Friday night.  The weather gods cooperated, it was the biggest turnout we've ever had for the event and a great time was had by all. 

If anyone picked up a tent on the beach that night please let us know as Polly has lost one.  Description is a small Eurohike two man in pale blue, pink and white with a heart and star pattern on it (sounds lovely and very Polly!).

We definitely missed our illustrious Chairman Mark Rushall and our equally illustrious Master of Ceremonies Mark Covell and as a result we all forgot to award any prizes (too busy guzzling Pimms!).  Here instead is a quick summary of the performances of note:-

Travellers Trophy - jointly awarded to the Beadsworths, Childerleys and Marstons for an excellent effort in making it round from the Solent.

International Travellers Trophy - Jointly awarded to the Tunnicliffes who made the trip all the way from Chicago and Jo (sorry we don't yet know your surname yet, but that's because until Friday night we thought you were a figment of Ollie's imagination) who came in from Boston (Massachusetts not Lincolnshire).

Best Picnic - Julie & Mike Turner were clear winners in this category and Julie wins a special award for being the first person to ever produce an actual table at the picnic boat worlds!

Smartest BBQ - Toby and Claire for their incredible stainless steel bucket BBQ (available from Sainsbury for under twenty quid for those of you with BBQ envy).

Least Impressive BBQ - Marion for forgetting to take the cardboard wrapper off the disposable BBQ before lighting - mind you it added an interesting smokey hint to the sweetcorn.

Winning Duckling - First Duckling to arrive at the beach was Darren Marston who towed his Duckling from Hamble and then sailed it in from the entrance to the harbour.  Special mention goes to Annie Goodman who made a herculean effort to sail Lucy down from Emsworth despite having to wait until the afternoon sea breeze dropped off enough for it to be sailable and not finishing until after 9pm (actually she was windsurfing but .......).

Winning Dinghy/Cadets - Will Acres and Edward Bowman sailing their Fever (and special thanks to Dave Acres for acting as support boat and bringing down the launching trolley on the RIB).

Duckling Concourse de Elegance - Darren & Tina Marston's beautifully resorted Duckling wins this by a country mile and the fact that his Duckling arrived as tender to his Fairy Huntsman (one of the purposes for which the Duckling was originally designed) also won extra points.

Highest Recorded Speed - the official winners of this trophy are Al, Lee, Ruby and Lara Wood who came down Emsworth Harbour in their Dragonfly like the proverbial scalded cat.  However, Andy Beasdworth also gets a special mention in this category for being told off for going to fast in the harbour in his RIB on his way to pick up the family from the Emsworth pontoon (he swears he had no idea there was a speed limit officer).

Fastest Return Journey - rumoured to have been Stuart, Ben and Abby Childerley departing in haste to collect Lisa from the railway station who had by this time time given up waiting and was half way home on foot.  Nice going Stuart.

Latest Emsworth Start But Fastest Time Down The Harbour (discounting multihulls and RIBs) - goes to the best sailed Drascomb Lugger ever (courtesy of a loan by the Stubbings) crewed by Chips, Sarah, Ella and Nat Howarth, who may have left Emsworth after everyone else but still managed to be one of the first on the beach thanks to their excellent use of local knowledge and top quality mud bank hopping.

Best Musical Contribution - Tracey and Emily Covell who more than made up for the absence of DJ Covell by offering us mellow tunes on their guitars late into the evening (and who knew Mike Woods could sing like that?).

Highest Number of God Children In Attendance - won by Annie Goodman who had three of her god children taking part.

Special Award For Effort - this award goes to someone who couldn't actually attend the event.  Sadly Led Pritchard's severely injured and in plaster leg (still mending after a nasty sailing accident last spring) kept him from going afloat and actually making it down to the beach but, in typical Led style, he didn't let that stop him joining in and made it to the public pontoon to wave the committee boat off. Thanks Led - it's great to see you on the mend at last and we hope you'll actually make the beach next year.

Most Beautiful Competitor - has to go to the absolutely lovely Rag Doll whose varnish work was gleaming in the sunset as Liz, Tom, Sam and Adam sailed her into the anchorage at East Head.  

Best Race Officers - Michael Woods, Paul Todd and Marion Brennan who did a sterling job drinking Pimms and eating canapes whilst a variety of craft snuck past without them really noticing and who failed to arrive at the beach in time to finish anyone except Annie (and they missed her in the dark anyway!). 

So that's it for another year folks.  If anyone wants to start training for the 2009 event just let us know as the Ducklings are always up for picnic training and keep up the good work on those picnic's folks - it's important that we maintain standards!

We'll send news of the dates for the 2010 Picnic Boat Worlds in spring next year and here's to seeing everyone on the beach again then (if not before).

PS - Sorry the report is so late but the communications officer has been sunning herself down in Falmouth with the Dragon fleet and has been pretending she's been working really hard (honestly - this gin and tonic is purely medicinal)!

Competitors Update No 3 (2 July 2009) - Forecast Is Good And Picnic Boats Are Go Go Go For Tomorrow!

Dear All

There is just one more sleep to go until the Picnic Boat Worlds and the good news is that the forecast for Friday night is looking excellent.  All the key weather web sites are saying that some rain will go through overnight tonight but by tomorrow afternoon it will be dry and mainly sunny with temperatures into the 20s.
 
Naturally this week has seen a hive of picnic boat training activity.  The week opened with an impromptu theory session in Fi's garden where the precise ratio of Pimms to Lemonade was reviewed and a selection of picnic nibbles were tested.  Vashti definitely won the prize for putting the most effort into the training session and special thanks must go to Claire for making sure she got home safely (they were last seen broaching past Tesco).  Congratulations too to Ella and Nat Howarth who proved that they have definitely inherited their parents ability to enjoy a good picnic (lord help us when they hit their teens).
 
 There have also been a number of training sessions in the harbour this week and we have been very impressed with the dedication show by everyone.  Our spies tell us Rag Doll and the Rushalls were spotted training off East Head last night and the evening tides have provided plenty of chances to get out on paddle boards, picnic boats and ducklings in the harbour so Fowley Island has been a busy place.
 
 As you know we take the race management for this event extremely seriously and we are delighted to be able to tell you that once again we have secured the services of Mike Woods - former Director of Race Operations for the Volvo Race - as our Principle Race Officer.  The Committee Boat will be Annie's illustrious picnic boat (blue hull with red trim) which should be on station in the vicinty of NE Hayling shortly before 6.30pm.

  

Sadly DJ Covell is not able to join us this year due to a prior filming commitment so could someone volunteer to bring some tunes and something to play them on?
 
It looks like we should have an excellent turnout with crews from all around the harbour plus a contingent from Hamble led by the Beadsworths and Childerleys.  For those of you who can't make it this year we will or course raise a toast to absent friends and for those of you who can make it - here's to a great evening.
 
 Finally here are a couple of quick reminders about key points from the NOR:-
 
 8.    Identification and Acknowledgement of Risk
8.1 It is for each owner/competitor to decide whether the boat and crew are fit to sail in the conditions in which they will find themselves, especially on the way home.
 8.2  Each owner/competitor is entirely responsible for the contents of their own picnic.
  
 9.         Compulsary Equipment
The organisers may inspect any boat, and/or her picnic equipment before, during or after the race.
 The following equipment is compulsary:
 9.1               BBQ (fairy ducklings excempt)
 9.2               Large picnic including min 1 punnet strawberries to EEC standard 49-4409-35 (a)
 9.3               Emergency Pimms, insensible shoes, beer spectacles, woefully inadequate anchor.
 9.4               Something to sleep in/on:  there will probably be spare room for those with craft without sleeping facilities.
  
 10.       Prohibitions
Sobriety is strictly prohibited. Random testing may be in force.
  
 11.       Course
Start somewhere between EpiA vessel (Annie's picnic boat) and North East Hayling post (post with red hat, at 50º49.6΄N, 00º56.8΄W)
 Marker Post: pass to port
 Mill Rythe navigation mark (red): pass the port to the left.
 NW Pilsey navigation mark (green): round of port c/w stilton.
 Finish: present picnic basket abve HW mark East head beach, and have another Pimms
  
 12.              Declarations
Examples of suitable declarations are "look at the size of that basket", "You show me yours and I'll show you mine". As camping is not permitted at East Head, declarations with in tent should be avoided.
 
   
Programme and Racing Schedule  
  
Western Feeder Race A:  Working classes:
 Start somewhere in the Solent and aim to arrive at East Head around 8 p.m.
  
 Western Feeder Race B:  Leisured classes:
 Start somewhere in the Solent and aim to arrive at Emsworth around 6 p.m.
  
 Emsworth-East Head Passage Race:
 Start Between EPiA starting vessel (TBC) and Emsworth mark " NE Hayling" (in vicinity of swear deep)
  
 Fairy Ducklings start:            6.30 pm (ish)
 All other Craft                       7.15 pm
 Auxilliary powered vessels     7.30 pm

  

 
Full Notice Of Race can be found at www.rushall.net/Picnic_boat_worlds.htm 

Competitor Update #2 - 16 June 2009

There are now just 17 days to go until the Picnic Boat Worlds on Friday 3 July and our spies have discovered that some members of the fleet are already making serious preparations.
 
Toby and Claire have purchased a very sophisticated new staineless steel bucket BBQ for their picnic boat which passed initial trials on Saturday night (fortunately we quite like our sausages well done). 
 
The Rushalls spent the weekend on a combined picnic boat and parenting skills training session as they took their niece and nephew away for the weekend on Rag Doll.  There are also rumours that Rag Doll will be crewed by more young relatives for the Worlds as Liz and Mark continue to introduce the next generation to the wonderful world of picnic boating.
 
Naturally the Duckling fleet has been taking the whole thing very seriously.  On Saturday Annie and Fi made their inaugural 2009 sail in Lucy and Eeyore and, after battling their way through the Sargasso Sea of weed which now sits just off the deck Annie Washes Lucyhouses, they got through a fairly respectable amount of Pimms.  Having both agreed that more practise will be necessary they're planning a little training session of sundowners and canapes on Fowley Island this Wednesday evening (high tide is 19.22 and the forecast is for a mainly sunny day with temperatures in the high teens) so if anyone wants to join in they'll see you out at Fowley around 19.00.  (Photograph shows Annie cleaning a winter's worth of dust and the odd Pimms can out of Lucy!)
  
The Beadsworth and Childerley families are expected to head up the Hamble feeder fleet and there's even the possibility that Mike Stannard will make it round from Warsash in his (not so very) new Sonata which he recently dug out of the bottom of his parents garden after 20 something years of mouldering.  If you want to join the Hamble feeder fleet just let e-mail picnicboat@fionabrown.com and we'll put everyone in touch.
 
With the tide turning flood in the Solent around 3pm it will be the perfect afternoon for making passage to Chichester Harbour from Hamble, Cowes and even Lymington so we're hoping for a record turnout this year (actually we've no idea what the current record number of attendees is as no one has ever stayed sober enough to count so that comment is pure PR flannel but it sounds really good!).

High tide Portsmouth is at 21.45 so it will be possible to launch from Emsworth Sailing Club at around 18.45 and from the public hard next to the Emsworth town pontoon at least an hour before that.  For boats kept at the Deck Houses launching won't be possible there until 19.45 so either tow your boat round to the public hard or launch off the evening/morning before and leave the boat on the public pontoon or moorings ready to go.  If anyone needs help getting boats moved or launched from the Deck Houses please contact picnicboat@fionabrown.com. .  
 
Programme and Racing Schedule
Western Feeder Race A:  Working classes:
Start somewhere in the Solent and aim to arrive at East Head around 8 p.m.
 
Western Feeder Race B:  Leisured classes:
Start somewhere in the Solent and aim to arrive at Emsworth around 6 p.m.
 
Emsworth-East Head Passage Race:
Start Between EPiA starting vessel (TBC) and Emsworth mark " NE Hayling" (in vicinity of swear deep)
 
Fairy Ducklings start:            6.30 pm (ish)
All other Craft                       7.15 pm
Auxilliary powered vessels     7.30 pm
 
Full Notice Of Race can be found at www.rushall.net/Picnic_boat_worlds.htm
 
For those needing to return that evening it will be possible to get to the Deck House slipway until around midnight, to the ESC ramp until around 01.00, to the public hard next to the pontoon until around 02.00 and up to the public pontoon until about 03.00.  On Saturday morning high tide is at 10.18 and on Saturday evening its at 22.33 so plenty of next day return options for all.
 
Accommodation
 
We already have quite a few people looking for a bed for the night, so if you have spare bunks on your boat and could accommodate some guests please e-mail picnicboat@fionabrown.com and we will do our best to pair everyone up.  
 
Please forward this message to your picnic boating friends and family and here's to good weather and a great evening on Friday 3 July!

Competitor Update #1 - 22 April 2009


The Emsworth Picnic Association is delighted to announce that the 2009 Picnic Boat World Championship will take place on Friday 3 July so start planning your menu now and fingers crossed that the rumours of a long hot summer include the first weekend of July! Full details of the event can be found in the "Notice of Race" which is now available at www.rushall.net/Picnic_boat_worlds.htm.

Please do pay particular attention to section 11 as under the new 2009-2012 International Picnic Federation (IPIF) Picnic Rules Of Sailing (PRS) additional penalties will apply to anyone failling to pass the port and a lack of stilton is now protestable.

Logistics

High tide Portsmouth is at 21.45 that evening so for those coming in from the Solent you will have a flood tide with you. It will be possible to launch from Emsworth Sailing Club at around 18.45 and from the public hard next to the Emsworth town pontoon at least an hour before that. For the Ducklings and other boats normally kept at the Deck Houses launching won't be possible until 19.45 so either tow your boat round to the public hard or launch off the evening/morning before and leave the boat on the public pontoon or moorings ready to go. If anyone needs help getting boats moved or launched from the Deck Houses please contact picnicboat@fionabrown.com.

For those needing to return that evening it will be possible to get to the Deck House slipway until around midnight, to the public hard next to the pontoon until around 02.00 and up to the public pontoon until about 03.00. On Saturday morning high tide is at 10.18 and on Saturday evening its at 22.33 so plenty of next day return options for all.

Accommodation

If you have spare bunks on your boat and could accommodate some guests or if you want to stay afloat that night but need accommodation please e-mail picnicboat@fionabrown.com and we will do our best to pair everyone up.

For further information and to be added to the circulation list for details please e-mail picnicboat@fionabrown.com.

For those starting from Emsworth start times are as follows:-

Fairy Ducklings start: 6.30 pm (ish)
All other Craft 7.15 pm
Auxilliary powered vessels 7.30 pm