Solent Branch

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Please take a few moments to check out the branch event calendar of events planned for 2019 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!

Easter Rally to Bembridge and the NAB tower Race 20th April-April 22nd (Booking Now Closed)

 Easter Weekend heralds the start to the 2019 Events Calendar.


The Nab Tower Race Saturday 20th April, for instructions please see Here

and a Weekend Rally in Bembridge led by Ian and Sue Fellowes-Freeman.

The weekend programme to include:-

Arrival Saturday (unless additional booking requested for Friday)

Saturday evening dinner at the Bembridge Sailing Club

An outing on Sunday to Ventnor, the most southerly point on the

Isle of Wight

Sunday evening a friendly, social “Safari Supper” (a meal shared on different boats each hosting one part of the meal)

To help celebrate the Easter Festival please make an “Easter Decoration” for your boat (can be as simple or complex as you wish) maybe to hang from a guardrail or anchor, decorate a wheel or tiller, sit on the coach roof or flutter from a halyard!

There will be prizes

Monday – Depart

For booking form  please see Here (Word & PDF)

Bookings can be made for The Nab Tower Race or Bembridge Rally alone or for both.

 Please send completed Booking forms to

Here’s hoping for some fine weather and fair wind sailing.

Looking forward to meeting all in Bembridge

Ian and Sue Fellowes Freeman




H.W Portsmouth  Saturday 20th April 2019    12.44

H.W Portsmouth   Sunday 21st April 2019       13.31

H.W. Portsmouth  Monday 22nd April 2019      14.19Details to be posted shortly




Rally to Poole 4th - 6th May

Saturday 4th May HW Portsmouth 1210hrs 4.4m
Monday 6th May HW Portsmouth 1310 hrs 4.5m

Co-ordinators Mark and Diana Glyde

Please come and join us at Poole for a great weekend
We have booked for up to 12 boats in the marina, please call the dockmaster on vhf channel 80 or telephone 01202 649488 on arrival for directions of where to berth.

Outline itinerary

Saturday arrive at Yacht haven
Saturday evening Restaurant from 1930hrs, 24 places reserved at Bingley’s Bistro

Sunday Morning
Walk the “cockle trail” around Poole’s historic landmarks

River cruise to Wareham at 1300hrs , the group rate is adults £11.50, children £6.50 and seniors £10.50

Sunday evening Pontoon drinks party and a light supper, finger buffet style, all to bring a plate to share, we will ask you to bring either a suitable starter, main or pudding, unless you have a preference for preparing something savoury or sweet, please let us know.

Please select your menu choices for Saturday Night from the Booking form and indicate if you wish to join the trip to Wareham.

Please Fill in the Booking Form (PDF and Word) and email back to us at,

Please add up the meal cost and add the cost of the River Cruise and arrange transfer to :
MOA Solent Branch
Sort Code: 40-19-22
Account number: 51583263
Please confirm on your email how much you have transferred.

 Members wishing to record a Dixon Race time for this event can find details Here


Lymington Rally 25th to 27th May

Sat 25th May HW Portsmouth 04:20 4.1m

Mon 27th May HW Portsmouth 06:20 3.7m

Please join us for our Rally to Lymington on the second May Bank Holiday weekend Saturday 25th to Monday 27th May.

We have booked berths for 15 boats on the Dan Bran pontoon.

We will start the rally with a pontoon party prior to walking over to the Lymington Town Sailing Club for our evening meal.  Choose from the following three course menu at £27.50 a head:


  • Smoked Duck Salad, Pine Nuts, Pear Chutney and Toasted Ciabatta
  • Cod Chowder with Potato and Sweet Corn


  • Corn fed Chicken Breast, Garlic Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables with a Lentil Sauce
  • Grilled Sea Bass, Dauphinoise Potatoes with Hollandaise Sauce
  • Wild Mushroom Risotto with Parmesan, Pesto and Truffle Oil


  • Crème Brulée with Shortbread Biscuit and Raspberry Coulis
  • Eton Mess with Raspberry Coulis
  • Selection of three Cheeses served with Celery, Grapes and Chutney

On the Sunday morning we have arranged a guided walk with Lymington Town Tours entitled Sea, Salt and Smuggling.  This 90 minute walk along the waterfront covers how important the river has always been to the town. Before the 1960s and the coming of tourists to Lymington, the Quay was a very rough working area. Ships brought coal to fuel the sea salt industry, and shipped the salt out to ports all over the world. Smugglers plied their trade, and in the 1700s the writer Daniel Defoe visited and reported that the town was “teeming with smugglers and all sorts of desperados“. The cost of the walk is being met out of Solent Branch funds.

The rest of the day is free to relax and socialise and enjoy all that Lymington has to offer.

Monday is free for our return to our home ports.

Please complete the attached booking form (Word and PDF) and email to and send payment for the Saturday night meal. If due to unforeseen circumstances you have to cancel then there will be a full refund for the evening meal for cancellations before Friday 17th May, and a £5 per head charge after that.

We would be very grateful if people could book before Friday 11th May as that will help with the planning and arranging guides.

If you wish to enter the Dixon race to or from the Lymington rally the course details are here Dixon 2 race instructions for Lymington

Neil and Elaine O’Connor

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