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!

Bembridge Harbour - May 5th - May7th

Forget the age old saying “ Ne’re cast a clout till May be out.”

Join Ian and Sue Fellowes-Freeman for the weekend at

“The Duver Marina” Bembridge.

Saturday Evening drinks and BBQ with marquee shelter “for rain or shine!” and a fun quiz.

Sunday Lunch at Brading Haven Yacht Club (Due to change of caterers final details to follow as soon as possible.)

Monday prior to departure coffee and cake on the pontoon. (Please Note Tide Times on Monday will mean a PM departure from Bembridge)

Please complete booking form (Word or PDF) and return to

 to secure a berth.

Dixon Race details for this event are avaliable here

Looking forward to an enjoyable weekend with you all

Ian and Sue Fellowes-Freeman



Island Harbour IOW May 26th - May 28th

 We hope you will join us for an MOA get together at Island Harbour Marina on the Isle of Wight on Saturday 26th May till Monday 28th May (Bank Holiday)

Island Harbour Marina is one of the Solent’s best-kept secrets. Conveniently situated on the River Medina, two miles south of Cowes, it has one of the most picturesque riverside locations

On Saturday it is expected that boats will arrive during the Morning (see tide information below) and dinner is booked at the Breeze Restaurant (On Site).  

On Sunday we are planning a walk to Wootton Bridge to join the IOW Railway which is holding a steam event that weekend including a Real Ale Bar.  A relaxing alternative is a walk along the river to Newport and a pub lunch.

A Pontoon Party is planned for 6 pm on Sunday and then we plan to have a group BBQ (Marina Facilities) from 7 pm

Monday Boats will depart Island Harbour on the Morning tide (see below)

Please Note:

Island Harbour has Tidal Access via a lock, access is available up to 3Hrs before HW Cowes and 3 Hrs After HW Cowes for Vessels drawing 1.5M,  For Vessels drawing > 1.83M (6ft) this reduces to 2.5Hrs Before HW Cowes and 2.5 Hrs After HW Cowes.

Tide Times for Cowes on Saturday 26th May is 09:30 BST so arrivals are expected from approx. 07:00 BSTto 12:00 BST depending on draft

On Monday nd HW Cowes is 11:05 BST

Boats wishing to arrive early or leave late please indicate on the booking form and we will let Island Harbour know. Please note if you plan to arrive on Friday Evening the Lock is manned till 21:00 BST

Please complete the booking form (Word or PDF) and return to Mike or Carol Neave  to secure your Berth


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.