Solent Branch

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Whilst the Current COVID situation makes 2021 unpredictable the Branch Committee has made plans for the following Events in 2021.  Circumstances at the time will dictate if events are able to proceed or will need to be cancelled.

Remaining Solent Branch Calendar for 2021
Saturday 18th September – Sunday 19th September Yarmouth
Saturday 9th October – Sunday 10th October East Cowes



Third Time Lucky

Eleanor and Tony are ready to welcome you to the Solent Branch Rally to Yarmouth on the weekend 17th -19th September 2021.  The last two attempts were aborted due to weather and/ or Covid.  We hope for better luck this year.

We have a booking for 15 berths on Friday 17th, and 20 berths on Saturday 18th – walk ashore in the main harbour, but rafting will be required.  Come on the Friday, and have the whole of Saturday to enjoy.

We have reserved space on Saturday evening at The Bugle in The Square – up to 40 places available.    The menu will be available at the end of August. We will need to pre order our meals.

Covid restrictions permitting, we will have a pontoon party with Pimms or Mulled wine, weather depending.  There will also be a quiz/ treasure hunt around Yarmouth, with prize.

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.  See . They also have baby rare breed animals. There is a café which provides takeaways, 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.  The Red Lion Pub at Freshwater is open for business and has a large garden.  The return walk, can be extended via Golden Hill Fort Country Park, and Fort Victoria Country Park.

HW Portsmouth 18th September: 10:40 BST, 4.40m

There will also be a Dixon Race – details are avaliable here (Link)

Please complete the Booking Form , as soon as convenient, and return to or

East Cowes Rally Saturday 9th October – Sunday 10th October 2021

Join Ian and Sue Fellowes-Freeman on Libra of Lorne in East Cowes for a late summer, early autumn gathering. The final on the water event of the MOA Solent 2021 calender.

Berths have been reserved at East Cowes Marina and tables booked

At “The Lifeboat,” adjacent to the marina for dinner on the Saturday evening.

On route to East Cowes or homeward bound the chance to claim the trophy for the fastest time to complete the final “Dixon” timed passage. (course information to follow)


Please complete the booking form (Here) and return by end of September to Ian and Sue Fellowes-Freeman at:- or


Looking forward to seeing you all there and here’s hoping for more fine weather.


Ian and Sue Fellowes-Freeman

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.