Solent Branch

Latest Information

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!

Current Events
Easter Rally to Southampton Town Quay – Saturday 31st March 2018
We are booked in on the Saturday and Sunday nights, the marina has another group booked in on the Friday night. The marina is a little way up the River Test beside the terminal for the Fast Cat and Hythe Ferry. We will be at the marina from 1pm to handle your lines beware the marina has very high pontoons so adjust your fenders accordingly
There will be a drinks party at 6pm at the top of the pontoon on the marina the side of the office, where there is a barbecue if it is mild enough to cook alfresco!
On Sunday we have arranged for a visit to the Solent Sky Aviation Museum. We will meet at the marina reception at 1030. The museum is opening early for us and they will have guides to take around and there is a coffee bar for refreshments.
We will have lunch at 1.30 at Ennios Restaurant over the main road from the road to the marina. A two course menu to follow t,at £19 inc service.
There will be an Easter Bonnet Parade later.
On Sunday evening there is Ten Pin Bowling in West Quays for any who would like it. Booking at least 48hrs in advance
HW Portsmouth 31 March 1204 4.7. 2 April 1332 4.7. BST

To book please contact Roy Matthewson via Email 

or on 01798 812185

with your boat name number of crew and whether you will be comming to the museum and /or lunch
Dixon Race Instructions – Dixon Race instructions for this event can be found Here

Nab Tower Race and Rally to Haslar Marina – 14th April 2018

Please note the Location has changed to Haslar from Chichester due to Tide Timing

HW Portsmouth 1130hrs 4.3m

Due to the early HW I have made a refreshing change to the venue of our spring rally, as it is unlikely the yachts that are racing will be able to get into the Chichester Marina with the early high tide and meeting the ebb at the harbour entrance.

Please come along and enjoy a visit/race to the Nab Tower, alternately a visit to the Submarine museum just by the marina or some retail therapy at Gunwharf Quay, just a short ferry trip from Haslar.


Race Starts 0900hrs

For those not racing, arrive at Haslar during the day at your leisure and call marina on arrival on Channel 80 to be advised on berthing.

Pontoon Drinks party 1800

Supper at Hardy’s 1930hrs

The plan is to start the race at 0900hrs and full details can be found Here

Supper is booked at Hardy’s Restaurant with menu choices detailed on the Event Booking Form.

Please complete the Booking Form Microsoft Word or PDF and return to

Mark Glyde Via Email

The closing date will be Friday 6th April to allow notification to the Marina and Restaurant



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.
Solent Members Forum
The Solent Members Forum is the place to visit to view “Event Sign Up Lists” and any other information your Branch Committee chooses not to make available to the “world at large”.

You can view the Solent Members Forum via the Forum Dropdown menu or by clicking the link in the box immediately below the Latest information area on the Solent Homepage.  If you access the Solent Members Forum via the Information Exchange you may find you have the discussion tab highlighted – if so click the overview tab to view the full version of the information.  You need to be logged on to the website to view the Solent Members Forum in the same way as you need to be logged on to access the Technical Library or to view entries on the Info Exchange.  If you have forgotten your password or username please visit the Members tab on the Main Menu where you will find help.

We issue periodic email updates and a copy of each email can be viewed in the Solent Members Forum.

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.