Solent Branch

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Our first branch event in 2018 will be lunch on Sunday 4th February to be preceded by the 2017 Branch AGM – scroll down for further details.

As several members of the Solent Branch Committee will have completed their terms in office the Branch is keen to attract volunteers to be appointed at the forthcoming AGM to take on Committee roles.  The role of the Committee is to ensure the effective running of Solent Branch and to promote the many Solent events and activities that take place across the year.   Any member who would like to become more involved with and contribute to the Branch will be made very welcome.  If you would like to volunteer or would like to know more about what is involved please contact Mike Neave.

Sunday 4th February 2018 - Fitting Out Lunch & AGM

To be preceded by the 2017 Solent Branch AGM
at Itchenor Sailing Club
Itchenor, West Sussex PO20 7AG

10.30am – Tea & Coffee will be served
11.00am – AGM
Noon – Lunch

Please come along to Itchenor Sailing Club to meet up with other Solent Branch members and help your committee achieve its aim to convene a gathering of like-minded people, in pleasant surroundings, to enjoy a tasty lunch in good company.

Coffee and tea will be available from 10.30am in the Club Room, and, once we have held the 2017 Branch AGM, we will transfer to the Club’s dining area to enjoy a two-course carvery lunch with coffee.  The Club bar, that will be open from 11am, offers a wide choice of drinks.

So, please mark the date in your diary, complete your booking form (pdf) or booking form (word) and return it to our Solent Branch Secretary, Sheena Boyce.

Whilst we hope you will wish to join us for lunch, you are (of course) welcome to limit your attendance to your Branch AGM.

Sheena Boyce
Solent Branch Secretary



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.

2017 Photographic competition


The theme for the 2017 Solent Branch Photographic Competition is “Moodys in Nature”. There has been ample opportunity throughout the season to snap those unforgettable moments that sailing and nature present us with.  Please take a look through your albums and send your photo entries to Neil O’Connor as soon as you would like to see your photo added to the photo competition gallery.  The closing date for entries is Monday 8th January 2018 and the winner will be announced on Sunday 4th February 2017 at the 2017 Solent Branch AGM.

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.