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!

August Bank Holiday Rally to Island Harbour (24th to 26th August 2019) - Booking Now Closed

Fifteen berths have been booked at the tranquil Island Harbour Marina on the Medina River IOW for our August Bank Holiday rally this year. If it is sometime since you last visited Island Harbour you may wish to click on the following link to see how much has changed at this marina in the last few years. Also if you have never visited Island Harbour before, the website provides much useful information. and click on the drop down menu (top right of home page).

It will be neap tides on the Saturday with HW at 18.30 BST 3.6m at Cowes so we expect the majority of boats to arrive mid to late afternoon depending on draft. Departure Monday morning, HW is 0830 BST 3.5m at Cowes.

Reservations have been made at ‘The Breeze Bar and Restaurant’ for dinner at the marina on Saturday evening. The menu has yet to be finalised but a three course dinner should be approximately £25.00 with payment individually on the night.

On Sunday you may wish to take a leisurely stroll (approx 45 mins) along the River Medina into Newport perhaps stopping for a coffee or lunch. The footpath has been greatly improved and is now designated cycle path.

Later in the afternoon we plan to have the annual boules competition, always a popular event. The pontoon party will be held around 6.00 followed by a BBQ on the green. A number of BBQ’s have been booked and we will provide the charcoal so all you will need to bring are drinks and something to cook on the BBQ.

We plan to arrive on Friday so we will be there to welcome you and take your lines.

If you would like to attend please download (Word & PDF) and complete the booking form and email to by 9th August.

We look forward to seeing you there

David and Jennifer Shepperd

Bembridge Rally Saturday 7th September – Sunday 8th September 2019

The crew of “Lady J” Simon and Sarah Stevens invite you to join them for the

“Rally to Bembridge” for the weekend of September 7th and 8th.

As part of the rally crews may wish to join “A cruise in company” on Saturday 7th September from Yarmouth to Bembridge, round the back of the Isle of Wight or simply sail direct to Bembridge where berths have been reserved.

(Skippers joining the “Cruise in company” should make their own arrangements/booking to rendezvous at Yarmouth on Saturday 7th September.

Further details for this will be given closer to the time.)

Saturday evening crews will meet on the pontoon for drinks before an evening “Bring your own food to cook” and drinks, BBQ on the hard standing by the harbour office. (A marquee has been booked should the weather be a little less than warm and sunny!!)

During the evening there will be a light-hearted quiz, naturally with prizes.

Looking forward to seeing you there and hope for fine weather and fair winds.

Please complete a booking form ( Word & PDF) and return to:

Simon Stevens e mail :-


High Tide Portsmouth Saturday 7th September 2019    06.28

High Tide Portsmouth Sunday 8th September 2019       07.38



Eleanor and Tony are ready to welcome you to the Solent Branch Rally to Yarmouth on the weekend 28 -29th September.
We have a booking for 12 berths – finger berths at walk-ashore prices, in the main marina (not Hayles Pontoon as listed in the MOA calendar) – for 8 average sized boats, up to 36ft. long and 4 larger yachts.

The usual pontoon party will either be Pimms, or Mulled wine, depending on the weather!

We also have reserved dinner on Saturday evening at The Royal Solent Yacht Club – 20 places available….2 courses for £17.95 or 3 courses for £23.95. See menu. Numbers and menu choices needed by September 15th.

There is the possibility of visiting some Camelids, at West Wight Alpacas and Llamas, at Wellow, just 2 miles to the East of Yarmouth….by no. 7 bus, runs hourly or you could take a taxi or walk there. They also have baby rare breed animals. There is a good café and there is the opportunity to buy wool and knitwear in The Yarn Barn. It would make an interesting visit for families and others.
You could visit Yarmouth Castle, Grade 1 listed building, run by English Heritage.
Or follow the easy, flat Western Yar Estuary Walk…get a pamphlet or use Page 52 in The Yarmouth Harbour Visitors guide.
We also have a Challenge Quiz for you to try – should be fun, with a prize to be awarded.

HW Portsmouth 28th September: 11.45 BST

Please complete the Booking Form (link to form  Word or PDF), as soon as convenient and return to Eleanor and Tony at : , as places are limited and we already have ‘boats’ that have shown an interest.

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