HOEOCA Rallies form the basis of our cruising programme and are organised by Beryl Reed - Rear Commodore Cruising - who can be contacted by email at

HOEOCA organises three main rallies each year to give everyone an opportunity to have a go at sailing whatever their level of experience.

  • Spring Rallies to beautiful destinations including France, the Channel Islands and the West Country in May or June
  • Hot-Hot-Hot trips take us to the Mediterranean, usually in September
  • Autumn Rally on the Solent usually in November

Spring Rally

In May or early June we try to use the longer days to venture across to France, the Channel Islands or the West Country for a 5-7 day trip. These trips allow members to experience a channel crossing, collect some night hours and record a 60 mile passage for RYA qualifications.

We use a mix of owners and chartered boats and put together crews based on experience. Where possible, we cruise in the company of at least one other boat and plan to meet up overnight. The highpoint of the rally is an organised dinner together at the Rally destination.

Autumn Rally

Our 4-day rally in November usually takes place in the Solent and is more about practising skills and socialising than accumulating miles. The weather at that time of year can be surprisingly good and the waters are much emptier.

The format is similar to the Spring Rally. We again use a mix of owners and chartered boats and our aim is to cruise in company. The rally dinner, normally held in one of the excellent yacht clubs in the area, again provides the main event and may be centred on a fancy dress theme (alternating years).


We have now been on 20 trips to warmer climes in the late summer / early autumn. On these longer (7-10 day) trips we operate as our own mini flotilla, typically with 4 or 5 boats and a planned route, allowing us to explore a new cruising area.

To date we have visited Croatia, Sardinia/Corsica, Majorca, Malta, Montenegro, Elba, Sicily, Greece and Turkey. In 2019 we ventured even further afield to the Caribbean to celebrate the Commodore's 50th Birthday.

Social Cruising

We run additional Cruises to provide more sailing opportunities for both seasoned sailors and newbies a couple of years ago.

Cruises are either long weekends or mid-week, either with a single yacht or a mini flotilla. We'll normally charter from Fairview in Port Hamble as we do for the Spring and Autumn rallies. Information and booking details will be posted in the Book Now section of the website.



The club has purchased an Adriatic, Turkish, Italian, French, Dutch and Greek Pilot which members are welcome to borrow from Judy Lambourne.



Notes for Rally Skippers - October 2021

Notes for Virgins & Inexperienced Sailors - April 2021

Club Event Terms & Condiitions - December 2023

On the Water Payment Policy - January 2022

COVID-19 Policy - March 2022

Forthcoming Rallies

Check out the diary and Book Now sections of the website for information and booking details.

Past Rallies

Some write ups of some of our previous rallies to give you an idea

Autumn Rally 2022

Lavrion, Greece 2022

Spring Rally 2022

Autumn Rally 2021

Canal Weekend 2021 - Llangollen

Spring Rally 2021

Turkey 2020

Canal Weekend 2020

Corsica 2019

Spring Rally 2019

BVIs 2019

Autumn Rally 2018

Montenegro 2108

Spring Rally 2018

Rhodes 2017

Spring Rally 2017

Croatia 2015

Flat Flat Flat 2015

May Rally 2015

Join Us

Please get in touch if you're interested in joining HOEOCA or come along to a First Tuesday Social or Speaker Evening to meet some members and find out more. All the dates are listed in the Whats' On section on the home page.

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