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!


15 berths have been booked on the Mid-Stream Pontoon for 15th and 16th June. Those who wish to attend are asked to email a completed Booking Form (Word & PDF) to Tim Norman-Walker at

Tide Times as follows:

Friday 14th June          HW 0821        3.4M

LW 1416         0.9M

HW 2050        3.6M

Sat 15th June                HW 0908        3.5M

LW 1507         0.8M

HW 2131        3.6M

Sunday 16th June        HW 0953        3.5M

LW 1557         0.7M

HW 2211        3.5M

Note: All times BST.

Those who have not visited the Beaulieu River before should pay close attention to the depth over the Bar at the entrance to the channel especially at Spring Tides which apply at this weekend.

It is intended to hold a Pontoon Drinks Party at 1230 on Saturday 15th followed by a BBQ ashore from 1830 onwards. I will provide the charcoal and make all ready. Please bring your own food and drink. Apart from those events everyone is free to visit the various attractions at Bucklers Hard or upriver at Beaulieu itself. A booklet giving full information on the River and other attractions can be downloaded from the Bucklers Hard website:  Look under Visiting and scroll down to find the Booklet download.

My daughter Belinda and I look forward to seeing you all there!


Full instructions for the Dixon Race that goes with this event are avaliable Here


Best Wishes,


Tim Norman-Walker

Black Morwenna

Solent Branch Captains Rally July 13th - July 18th

The Solent Branch Captains Rally to Cherbourg and St Peter Port will take place from Saturday July 13th till Thursday July 18th.

It is expected that Saturday will be the main Channel crossing day although some may prefer to cross earlier in the week either direct or via other arrival ports.   

 Sunday 14th July is Bastille day in Cherbourg we are now planning to have a group lunch at the restaurant “Le Liberty” at approx. 13:00.  This will be a fixed price 3 course menu for 25 euros each 

There will be a pontoon party at 19:00 with wine and nibbles provided but feel free to bring your own tipple and snacks as well.

 Following the pontoon party crews will return to their boats where watching the Bastille day fireworks will finish off the day.

 On Monday we have arranged a wine tasting at Normandie Wine ( and any purchases will be delivered back to the Marina by Normandie Wine.

 Tuesday 16th is planned to be the main passage day from Cherbourg to St Peter Port and the approx. departure time will be 10:00 FST to catch the tide at Cap de la Hague.

 The passage to St Peter Port should have the majority of boats arriving late afternoon.  In St Peter Port there will be two berthing options available the inner Victoria Marina which is accessed via a tidal sill (based on 10am FST departure from Cherbourg the sill should be open either when we arrive or shortly after and there is a waiting pontoon) or there is a walk ashore pontoon in the outer harbour, the principle differences are that Victoria Marina Berths have full facilities (Water and Electric) and the walk ashore has no electric but will allow a larger group to be berthed together and has no timing restrictions for subsequent departures. 

 Wednesday 17th July you are at your leisure to explore Guernsey during the day.  We will hold a pontoon party late afternoon and we have a Group Dinner booked at Guernsey Yacht club at 19:00, This will be a fixed menu 2 or 3 course dinner (£15.95 or £18.95) with 3 choices per course.

 Thursday 18th July we have arranged a walking tour of St Peter Port with a Tour Guide on Thursday Morning this will cover sites of interest and also the History of Guernsey there will be a charge of £2 per head for this event.

 Full details and Booking Forms are available Here (Word & PDF)

 Please complete and return to

  Mike & Carol Neave

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.
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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