Solent Branch

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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!

New Members East Cowes Rally Saturday 25th to Monday 27th August

HW Portsmouth Sat 25th August 1158 4.5m

Please join us for a weekend of fun at East Cowes this August Bank Holiday.

All are welcome – but we are particularly hoping to encourage some new Solent members to come to this event and find out what our events are like. So if you have not been to a Solent Branch rally before, please do come along. You will be made most welcome.

On the Saturday we have booked a table for 30 guests at the The Lifeboat next to the Marina.  You can chose from their regular menu and pay on the night.  Note that they are expecting to be very busy that night so do book early – we may not be able to get more spaces.  The tables are booked for 1930, so we will gather at the pub from 1800 onwards for pre-dinner drinks.

Please secure your table with a £5 deposit per head, refundable on the evening.

On the Sunday morning we plan to catch the bus to Carisbrooke Castle (from outside Waitrose in E Cowes) to visit this Romantic Castle.  It is an English Heritage site, so if you are a member you will get in for free.  The castle has a tearoom, and is just outside Newport which provides alternative shopping and/or eating options.

If you don’t wish to go to Carisbrooke, Osborne House is close, or else there are always the delights that West Cowes has to offer.

We have booked a marquee and BBQ for Sunday evening at the marina.  We aim to gather about 1700.  Bring your chosen food to cook and drink and meet up with everyone for a friendly natter.

Monday is free for you to make your way home, or to wherever your plans take you.

To take part in the rally please complete the booking form in MS Word or Adobe PDF format.

If you wish to come to the meal on the Saturday night please remember to send your £5 deposit per person as set out in the booking form.

Note that you will need to book your berth directly with East Cowes Marina for this event on 01983 293983 as they will not take group bookings this weekend.

We look forward to seeing you at East Cowes.

Neil and Elaine O’Connor

Yarmouth Rally 8th - 9th September

8 September HW Portsmouth 1102

9 September HW Portsmouth 1148

One of the high points for this year’s MOA sailing calendar will take place on SATURDAY/SUNDAY 8/9th September

Berths have been booked at Hayles Boat Yard  for Saturday night. You should aim to arrive Saturday morning, where you will be met by our excellent shore team to assist with your berthing. A boules competition will be held on the green from 1500 onwards – a fun but competitive family event followed by a Pontoon Party at 1800.

Dinner has been booked at the Royal Solent Yacht Club for 19.30. This is a great venue with fantastic views across the Solent. The menu is attached and we need your choices by 28th August at the latest. There will be a  walk and pub lunch on Sunday and for those who are able to stay an extra night we plan an evening BBQ on the dunes weather permitting.

Some boats may wish to arrive Friday and perhaps stay Sunday night, if you wish to do this please contact Hayles directly, mentioning you are with the Moody Owners Rally. Phone 01983 760373

Book your berth now to avoid disappointment and email your menu choices to us together with your boat name.

Please download the booking form, menu choices and payment details from here (PDF & Word) and return to Val & Geoff Lucas.


Details of the Dixon Race for the weekend can be found here: Dixon 6 Yarmouth

Looking forward to welcoming you there.

Val & Geoff Lucas


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.

Solent Photographic Competition
The theme for this year’s photographic competition is “At the end of the day”. The prize is a framed print of your winning photo.  To be eligible photos must be taken by a member of the MOA Solent Branch or their crew this season.

To enter send your photos to Neil O’Connor by 31st December 2018. Please include your name  and the title of your photo.

Last year’s winner was “Jouster M336 Newtown Creek” by James and Jackie Macbeth.

Jouster M336 Newtown Creek