We had contacted Philip Keen who it seems organises Hardy get togethers in the Solent area. He welcomed our request to join the gathering at Bembridge on 23rd to 25th September. It coincided with the local Oktoberfest event organised by the Harbour Authority and other local businesses. We contacted Gordon, the operations manager and managed to book a place. Gordon knows Teal, and the issues Dairne has, so he tucked us into a corner. Tricky to get into – but comfortable once there, and close to the passarelle.
By Saturday midday there were 150 boats in the Duver (the harbour pontoon system). It was fascinating to meet the other Hardy owners. Nearly all the boats, other than 3 32s were large than us there being a few 42s and a very handsome Hardy 50. We were able to take advantage of the Oktoberfest events, though Phil Keen had managed to book the Barbecue tent for the Friday evening.
A great event marred by a misjudgement I made when leaving, causing some damage to another boat, though much less than I had feared. Malcolm Thrpe, the harbour owner was most sympathetic, and extremely helpful in contacting the owner.
The album of pictures I took at the event can be seen by clicking here
Trained as Naval Architect. Involved in shipbuilding and shipyard construction/ Worked briefly in aviation. Joined Associated British Ports in 1984 as Business Development Manager. For 10 years until retirement in 2001, Environment Manager at ABP. Has owned several yachts described on this website