Solent Branch

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Berths are currently available for the September rally to Lymington – to avoid disappointment please don’t leave booking until the last moment!

If you think there is an event missing from the calendar and can spot a weekend when you would be happy to coordinate it please contact Neil O’Connor, our Branch Events Secretary (or one of the other branch committee members). More information will appear (scroll down) as bookings open for events.

Saturday 26th August - August Bank Holiday Fun at Southampton Town Quay

Update: 16th August 2017 – Sorry – bookings have now closed for this event.

Coordinators: David and Jennifer Shepperd

Our August Bank Holiday Rally this year is to Town Quay, Southampton.

It is a lovely marina with excellent facilities and a visitor pontoon that will accommodate between 12 and 16 boats (depending on lengths). For those who haven’t visited this marina before access is very easy and the marina is accessible at all states of the tide. It is conveniently located for a visit to the bustling and historic city of Southampton. West Quay centre has shops to suit the most ardent shopper and there are numerous other attractions including Sea City and the aeronautical museum.

We are planning a pontoon party on Saturday evening followed by a BBQ. A large gas BBQ will be provided by the marina free of charge! All you will need to bring is something to cook on it.

On Sunday morning we have organised a very interesting walk with a tour guide. We will visit various sights related to the history of the Titanic.  We are sure you will find the Titanic Trail tour fascinating and sometimes moving. We all know the story of the Titanic’s tragic maiden voyage from the port of Southampton but this themed walk, we are assured, will bring the history to life. It will be based around the old town close to Town Quay. Places on the tour are limited (courtesy of MOA Solent Branch) and will be allocated on a first come first served basis so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Following the tour we will meet at Ennios (opposite the marina) for a traditional Sunday Lunch Menu, a restaurant with an excellent reputation for providing first class meals.

Sunday afternoon and evening is free for you to enjoy relaxing or maybe taking in a film at the new multiplex cinema.

We plan to arrive on Friday 25th so will be there to welcome you and take your lines.

To join this rally please complete the Booking Form (word) or Booking Form (pdf) and return to David and Jennifer to be received by 12th August. The form asks for payment of a £5 deposit per person for the Sunday lunch.  Click Sunday Lunch Menu to see the choices provided by the restaurant.

Our Race Officer has set a course for the Dixon 5, details of which can be downloaded by clicking  Dixon 5 (pdf) or Dixon 5 (word).

Please contact David and Jennifer if you have any queries


Wednesday 23rd August - Midweek meet in Newtown Creek

Coordinators: Allan and Liz Howlett

Our next midweek event is to Newtown where we hope to visit the Nature reserve, Newtown Old Town Hall and maybe take a walk to the ‘New Inn’ at Shalford.

We plan to enter the Newtown river on Wednesday (HW 1453) to pick up a visitor buoy and hopefully enjoy an afternoon walk to visit the salt works, the memorial to some local fishermen lost at sea or the Nature Reserve.

Newtown Old Town Hall, a National Trust property is due to be open on Thursday 27th August between 10.30am and 5pm so hopefully 2017 will finally see us visit the property.

Please let me know if you are interested in joining us – maybe, like Liz and I, you can arrange to visit Newtown en-route to the August Bank Holiday meet at Southampton Town Quay.

Allan and Liz Howlett
Halyards, Moody 38

Saturday 16th September 2017 - Lymington Rally

Coordinators: Sheena and Martin Boyce

With HW Portsmouth at 0907, the tides are right for a trip to Lymington, so save Saturday 16th September 2017 in your diary and book your places to join us.  Booking will close no later than Friday 8th September 2017 (and earlier if the remaining berths are allocated earlier!).

We have reserved berths at the Dan Bran Pontoon for between 15 and 20 boats (depending on lengths).  We hope to spend Friday night on the buoys off the town quay to ensure we can be on hand on the 16th to take your lines at the Dan Bran pontoon.  Once berthed we will provide you with details of a brainteaser (or maybe two) to enjoy at your leisure.

There will be a late afternoon pontoon party and we have arranged an evening meal at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club.  Please complete a Booking Form (word) or Booking Form (pdf) and return it to us as soon as you can.

Our Race Officer has set a course for the Dixon 6, details of which can be downloaded by clicking Dixon 6 (word) or Dixon 6 (pdf).

Please contact Sheena and Martin Boyce with any queries


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 informaion by email to Ian Bevington and Jon Bell.
2017 Photographic competition

The theme for the 2017 Solent Branch Photographic Competition is “Moodys in Nature”. There should be ample opportunity throughout the season to snap those unforgettable moments that sailing and nature present us with.  Please send your photo entries to Neil O’Connor as soon as you would like to see your photo added to the photo competition gallery.