Solent Branch

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Please take a few moments to check out the branch event calendar of events planned for 2018 and consider keeping some of the dates free to come along to join in.  More information will be appear on this page when bookings open. You can be sure of a friendly welcome!

Bucklers Hard on the Beaulieu River 23rd and 24th June (Please Note Booking for this event is now closed)

Join us at the picturesque location of Bucklers Hard in the new Forest on the Beaulieu River.  We have Berths reserved on the Mid Stream Pontoon and plan to have a BBQ on Saturday Night

Stuart and Joy Tanner are the event Coordinators so if you would like to attend please complete the booking form (Word or PDF) and return to

High water on the 23rd is at 0812 BST, height 3.2 m, neaps. LW1350, 1.3m.  Corresponding values for Sunday 0906 3.2 m, 1447 1.3 m. This may mean you’d prefer to come on Friday evening, HW 1952.  Least depths in the entrance to Beaulieu River are approx 0.9 m.

Joy and I will plan to get there in time to help with lines and to turf off any non-Moody overstayers. 15 berths have been booked on the mid-stream pontoon, which has water & electricity.

There will be a cream tea on the pontoon at around 1600 on Saturday, and then a barbecue in the usual place ashore from about 1800. Please bring food and drink and eating irons for the barbecue as usual.

Anyone wishing to record a Dixon Race time for this event can find instructions Here


Skippers are responsible for their own mooring fees. IF YOU BOOK 7 DAYS IN ADVANCE YOU’LL GET A 10% DISCOUNT. To obtain the discount you must ring Bucklers Hard on 01590 616200 (Deputy Harbour Master Adam Lewis) and tell them you are part of the Moody Rally

Mobile phone signals seem to be a problem at Beaulieu but there’s very good wifi so WhatsApp or FaceTime work well.

Yarmouth to Bembridge Cruise in Company and Bembridge BBQ Saturday 21st July
Please join us for one or both of our Cruise in Company from Yarmouth to Bembridge via the South Coast of the Isle of Wight and/or our BBQ at Bembridge on Saturday 21st July.

For the Cruise in Company we plan to assemble at just outside Yarmouth Harbour West of the Black Rock SHM for a departure at 1000 on Saturday 21st July.  We’ll cruise as a fleet out past the Needles and along the South of the IOW arriving in Bembridge at approx. 17:00.

It will be skippers’ own responsibility to arrange their logistics for the start of the event on Saturday morning or berthing on Friday night which in the Western Solent could be Lymington, Yarmouth, Newtown or on the hook at Hurst Castle.

Tim Norman-Walker is co-ordinating the BBQ at Bembridge.  We have booked berths, a BBQ and a marquee.  So bring some food and drinks to the BBQ for a pleasant post-cruise meal with friends. You are of course welcome to just come to Bembridge for the BBQ and not do the cruise.

If you would like to take part please complete one of these forms (Word format, PDF format) and email to Tim Norman-Walker.

As always every Skipper is responsible for their own planning and decisions, but you might find the below helpful:

Bembridge Harbour Website

Portsmouth Sat 21st July (BST)

HW 0653 4.0
LW 1217 1.6
HW 1927 4.2
LW 2350 1.2


Bembridge Sat 21st July (BST)
LW 0010 1.8
HW 0650 4.2
LW 1240 1.7
HW 1920 4.3

Lymington Seafood Festival Aug 11th – 12th
Tides for the Weekend Times all BST

HW Portsmouth
Fri 10th
11.13               4.6m
23.29               4.8m

Sat 11th
12.02               4.8m

Sun 12th
00.15               4.9m
12.50               4.9m

Mon 13th                  
01.01                4.9m
13.38               4.9m

Join Mistral Dancer for a fun visit to the Lymington Seafood Festival. The event is to be held at Bath Park Road which is the open green between The Royal  Lymington Yacht Club and Berthon on Sat 11th and Sun 12th Aug. Saturday 11-8pm and Sunday 11-6pm. It is a very short walk from our berthing on the Dan Bran pontoon.

There will be live music on both days and a demonstration kitchen featuring top regional chefs. The organisers are hoping for a very special guest on the music stage from a pretty famous band!

There will be over 80 stallholders serving every kind of seafood possible including oysters, lobster, prawns, scallops, fishcakes, smoked trout, cockles, whelks, sushi, Thai and Indian and some meat and pudding options as well!!

The Dan Bran pontoon is booked for 20 yachts, for arrival on Saturday morning from midday. This will give crews time to go up to Lymington market and get back to enjoy the party atmosphere. After  a few drinks on the pontoon our plan is to set up an MOA camp for an early evening group picnic ashore (on Saturday) having bought our food selection earlier in the market or from the various festival  stalls and then sit back and enjoy the music. Bring your own chairs/ picnic rug and anything else you might need.

The festival continues on Sunday, but our pontoon reservation requires us to vacate by midday, although we would hope for some flexibility from the Harbour office if anyone wants to arrive at the event earlier or leave later.

This was a great event last year so the list may fill up quickly. All we need is the same weather as last year!

To sign up for this event please email Laurence and Annie Gandar with the names of the Skipper and Crew, Boat Name and Length.

Check out more details at


We look forward to taking your lines,

Laurence & Annie Gandar

New Members East Cowes Rally Saturday 25th to Monday 27th August
HW Portsmouth Sat 25th August 1158 4.5m

Please join us for a weekend of fun at East Cowes this August Bank Holiday.

All are welcome – but we are particularly hoping to encourage some new Solent members to come to this event and find out what our events are like. So if you have not been to a Solent Branch rally before, please do come along. You will be made most welcome.

On the Saturday we have booked a table for 30 guests at the The Lifeboat next to the Marina.  You can chose from their regular menu and pay on the night.  Note that they are expecting to be very busy that night so do book early – we may not be able to get more spaces.  The tables are booked for 1930, so we will gather at the pub from 1800 onwards for pre-dinner drinks.

Please secure your table with a £5 deposit per head, refundable on the evening.

On the Sunday morning we plan to catch the bus to Carisbrooke Castle (from outside Waitrose in E Cowes) to visit this Romantic Castle.  It is an English Heritage site, so if you are a member you will get in for free.  The castle has a tearoom, and is just outside Newport which provides alternative shopping and/or eating options.

If you don’t wish to go to Carisbrooke, Osborne House is close, or else there are always the delights that West Cowes has to offer.

We have booked a marquee and BBQ for Sunday evening at the marina.  We aim to gather about 1700.  Bring your chosen food to cook and drink and meet up with everyone for a friendly natter.

Monday is free for you to make your way home, or to wherever your plans take you.

To take part in the rally please complete the booking form in MS Word or Adobe PDF format.

If you wish to come to the meal on the Saturday night please remember to send your £5 deposit per person as set out in the booking form.

Note that you will need to book your berth directly with East Cowes Marina for this event on 01983 293983 as they will not take group bookings this weekend.

We look forward to seeing you at East Cowes.

Neil and Elaine O’Connor

Solent Branch members can be found in most harbours and marinas along the South Coast between Poole and Dover and the Solent Branch Committee works hard to deliver events across the year to provide opportunities for us all to meet up.
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Informal Meets
Sometimes Solent Branch members will suggest an “Informal Meet” – a simple gathering!

The idea is that people will simply turn up at a particular location and be responsible for making their own anchoring or berthing and dining arrangements.  The whole idea is based on informality and spontaneity.

If you spot an opportunity to propose an Informal Meet, why not take a chance and send a message via the Solent Branch Discussion Board.  Alternatively, if you are already afloat you could try using your VHF radio or its DSC function to broiadcast a message.

The Solent Branch uses VHF Channel 77 and has adopted a group call sign of Compass. Our group DSC MMSI number is 023200031.

If you do enjoy a successful meet please send a short report with photos (if you have any) to our team of website updaters to help encourage other Branch members to participate.

Solent Photographic Competition
The theme for this year’s photographic competition is “At the end of the day”. The prize is a framed print of your winning photo.  To be eligible photos must be taken by a member of the MOA Solent Branch or their crew this season.

To enter send your photos to Neil O’Connor by 31st December 2018. Please include your name  and the title of your photo.

Last year’s winner was “Jouster M336 Newtown Creek” by James and Jackie Macbeth.

Jouster M336 Newtown Creek