Solent Branch

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Bookings are now being taken for the Cream Tea and BBQ at Bucklers Hard on Saturday 13th May – scroll down for more details.

if you wish to take part in the 2017 Nab Tower Race on Saturday 29 April please click one of the following link for race details: Nab Tower Race 29th April (PDF) or Nab Tower Race 29th April (word).  Make sure you set your alarm early enough to make it (in good time) to the start line and make your self known to the nominated starter boat using Ch 77 in accordance with the Solent Branch Racing Rules.

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 13th May - Beaulieu Cream Tea and BBQ

Neil and Elaine O’Connor invite you to join them at Beaulieu on Saturday 13th May 2017 for a cream tea followed by a barbecue at Buckler’s Hard.
HW Buckler’s Hard  HW Portsmouth
Friday 12th May 2017                       12:50 3.5m           13:30 4.5m
Saturday 13th May 2017                   13:30 3.5m           14:00 4.4m

We have 20 berths booked on the mid-stream pontoon at Beaulieu, so you’ll need to book the water taxi or use your tenders to get ashore.

About 3:00 PM on Saturday we’ll put the kettles on and have a cream tea on the pontoon – we’ll provide scones, jam and cream; you just need to bring a cup and some sunshine.

We have booked the barbecues ashore at Buckler’s Hard for the evening.  We aim to get the barbecues going about six so we should be able to cook from about half past. The Solent Branch will pay for the barbecues and provide the charcoal, just bring what you want to cook and drink.

This is always a fun event in a delightful location and we do hope that you can join us.  To take part in this event please complete this Booking Form (word) or Booking Form (pdf) and return it to Neil O’ Connor no later than Sunday 7th May (or earlier if all 20 spaces are booked sooner!).

We look forward to seeing you at Beaulieu.

Neil & Elaine O’Connor



Saturday 29th April - Monday 1st May - Nab Tower Race, Chichester Harbour, Langstone Harbour

if you wish to take part in the Nab Tower Race on Saturday 29 April click on the following link for race details: Nab Tower Race 29th April (PDF) or Nab Tower Race 29th April (word).  Make sure you set your alarm early enough to make it (in good time) to the start llne and make your self known to the nominated starter boat using Ch 77 in accordance with the Solent Branch Racing Rules.

Sorry – the event detailed below is now fully booked.

Simon and Sarah Stevens, Lady J, invite you to join them for the first May bank holiday weekend taking part in the Nab Tower race, the rally at Chichester marina then cruising to Langstone harbour and the rally at Southsea marina.

Saturday 29 April: Chichester marina

We are booked into the marina and on the Saturday evening we will have a drinks party at around 1730 (location in the marina to be confirmed) followed by a safari supper starting at 1900.

Sunday 30 April: cruise from Chichester harbour to Langstone harbour and into Southsea marina

we are booked into the marina and on Sunday evening the plan is to have a group meal at the Bombay Bay, the highly rated restaurant in Southsea marina.

Please note that both marinas have height restricted tidal access so please do plan your arrival and departure times appropriately.

We look forward to everyone enjoying a highly sociable weekend. If you have any questions please feel free to email me, Simon Stevens.

Simon and Sarah Stevens, LadyJ



Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th May - Cherbourg Cup & Commodore's Rally

The MOA Commodore has published details of the rally planned for the end of May Bank Holiday.

Solent Branch members who take part in the rally will be eligible to compete for the Cherbourg Cup.  This year the Solent Branch Committee has decided that the Cup will be awarded for the fastest crossing either to or from Cherbourg between two Latitudes that will be provided (soonish!) by Jon Bell, Solent Branch Racing Officer.

Visit Solent Branch Racing Rules for more information and please direct any queries you may have to Jon Bell.



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.

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 photos to Neil O’Connor as soon as you would like as any photos will be added to the gallery.

Mike Neave, winner of 2016 years photo competition, presented with his prize.