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
Bookings can be made for The Nab Tower Race or Bembridge Rally alone or for both.
Please send completed Booking forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Saturday arrive at Yacht haven
Saturday evening Restaurant from 1930hrs, 24 places reserved at Bingley’s Bistro
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 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 email@example.com 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 Members Forum
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.
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
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.