Solent Branch

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Bookings are now being taken for the Captain’s Fitting Out Lunch on Saturday 18th March – please scroll down for more details.

An outline Calendar of Weekend Events for 2017 has been published so please take a few minutes to note the dates on your calendars.  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).

Saturday 18th March - Branch Captain's Fitting Out Lunch

Make a date to join us at the Museum of Army Flying, (Middle Wallop, Stockbridge, Hampshire. SO20 8DY), to meet up with old friends, make some new friends, exchange news and discuss your plans for the 2017 sailing season.

Lunch will be served at noon in the museum’s Blackburn Beverly Room, during which time a cash bar will be available.  Your Branch Captain will take the opportunity, at this event to update us all following your Branch Committee’s meeting at the end of January (to finalise event planning for 2017) and the MOA National AGM in February.

We have arranged a “walking tour” of the museum, starting at 2pm, that is expected to take up to 1.5 hours.  You also have the option to spend time, at your leisure, visiting the museum, both after lunch and during the morning, from 10am.  Please indicate on your booking form if you would like to join a guided tour.

The options for lunch are shown below – please make your choices, and return your completed booking form (word) or booking form (pdf), with full payment, as soon you can and no later than Sunday 5th March 2016.

      British Lamb Shank in a mint gravy served with roast potatoes, carrots and green beans
M2      British Chicken, Leek and Ham Pie served with roast potatoes, carrots and green beans
M3      Char-grilled cod with a sun-ripened tomato and basil sauce served with new potatoes, carrots and green beans

Chocolate chip sponge pudding, served with custard
D2      Three berry mousse dessert
D3      Cheese Board – Stilton, Brie and Cheddar

Coffee / Tea

Price £20.00 per person including entry to the Museum


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 coming along to join in.  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. Whilst we keep the content of each update very simple (in the hope they will successfully pass through spam and junk filters) some mebers do sometimes find they have been flagged up as spam or junk.  If you find you are not receiving emails please check your membership details include your up to date email address and, If you are using software to filter emails, please ensure you add the emails listed in the membership handbook for each of your branch committee members to your safe senders list.  If this is unsuccessful you may need to contact your Internet Service Provider to ask them to “white list” emails from email addresses.  If all else fails do visit the Solent Members Forum to read the emails that have been issued.

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.

2016 Photographic competition

The theme for the 2016 Solent Branch Photographic Competition was “Moodys in Action” and the winning entry was “on passage to Plymouth”, a photograph of White Whisper and Sea’Scape taken on passage from Salcombe to Plymouth by Mike Neave, who sails Gannet.  A framed print of the winning photograph was displayed at the event and awarded to Mike.