Solent Branch

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Bookings are now being taken for the Branch Laying Up Supper and Prize Giving on Saturday 11th November 2017 and for the Newtown Dash on 21st October 2017 (the last sailing event of the season). Please scroll down this page for more detail.

Saturday 21st October 2017 - Newtown Dash

Sat 21st October :    HW Portsmouth 13.09   4.8m    HW Yarmouth 11.42    3.0m

Come and enjoy the tranquility of Newtown Creek for the last sailing event of the MOA Solent 2017 calendar.

On arrival, pick up a visitors buoy or anchor in Clamerkin Lake.  Rafting of two boats on each buoy is permitted.

For those of you arriving Friday evening or Saturday morning we can have an early lunch at the New Inn at Shalfleet.

Weather permitting, we will follow this with an early afternoon stroll in the National Trust Nature Reserve. Autumn sees the arrival of golden plovers, lapwings, brent geese, widgeon and dunlins. So bring your birding gear.

On Saturday evening Alchemy will host drinks and nibbles with the usual convivial Moody socialising.  On Sunday depart at your leisure.  Our Race Officer has provided race details for the final race of the 2017 Dixon Series – the course can be completed on yourway to join the rally or when you leave – Dixon 7 (word) or Dixon 7 (pdf).

Please let us know if you plan to attend. Please email Roger and Diane Perry with your names, boat name and type and how many of you would like lunch at the New Inn.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Roger and Diane

Saturday 11th November 2017 - Laying Up Supper and Prize Giving

The 2017 Solent branch laying up supper and prize giving will take place on Saturday 11th November at The Port House, Port Solent

Dinner will be a three course menu including coffee for a cost of £25 per head.

Dinner will be at 7:45pm with drinks at the Bar from 6:45pm

For members that will still have their boats in the water,  Port Solent Marina has agreed to give a 10% Berthing Discount for the weekend or members that are berthed at other Premier Marinas should be able to use the Premier Advantage Scheme.

For those requiring Hotels then both the Marriott and Travelodge Hotels are within 1.5 Miles

Please book by returning the Booking Form (word) or Booking Form (pdf) indicating menu choices and if berthing is required to Mike & Carol Neave.  Booking will close on 28th October.


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.

Please take a few moments to check out the branch event calendar 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!

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.

2017 Solent Branch Passage around the Isle of Wight

This race is for the fastest circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight and the winner will be awarded the Bill Dixon Challenge Shield at the Laying Up Supper on Saturday 11th November 2017. .

The following instructions need to be adhered to.

  • The race can be completed either clockwise or anticlockwis.
  • No engines can be used
  • Autopilots can be used, but not in close quarter situations
  • Boats using chutes or spinnakers (racers) will attract a 5% penalty on their respective base number
  • Timings to be submitted by the end of October
  • The Skipper is to record the Longitude at his selected start point and the race circuit will be deemed complete when that Longitude has been passed after the circumnavigation
  • Please refer to the Solent Branch Racing Rules for further information
  • Each participating boat will be responsible for recording start, finish, elapsed times and sailing category i.e. “racing” or “cruising” and for sending this information, by email, to Ian Bevington and Jon Bell no later than Tuesday 24th October 2017.
2017 Photographic competition

The theme for the 2017 Solent Branch Photographic Competition is “Moodys in Nature”. There has been ample opportunity throughout the season to snap those unforgettable moments that sailing and nature present us with.  Please take a look through your albums and send your photo entries to Neil O’Connor as soon as you would like to see your photo added to the photo competition gallery.  The closing date for entries is Monday 8th January 2018 and the winner will be announced on Sunday 4th February 2017 at the 2017 Solent Branch AGM.