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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.

Solent Branch Calendar for 2021
Saturday 19th June – Sunday 20th June Now Fully Booked Cruise in Company Round the back of the Island (Yarmouth / Bembridge)
Saturday 24th July – Sunday 25th July Hamble Dinghy Dash (Swanwick)

August Bank Holiday

Saturday 28th August – Monday 30th August

West Cowes Shephards Wharf
Saturday 18th September – Sunday 19th September Yarmouth
Saturday 9th October – Sunday 10th October East Cowes


Cruise in company Yarmouth to Bembridge (round the back of the island), alternatively sail direct to Bembridge Saturday 19 June & Sunday 20 June

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>>Please note we have reached the attendance limit of 30 (Covid Restrictions) for Bembridge Berths and Booking is now closed

Our Annual Cruise in Company from Yarmouth to Bembridge arround the south side of the IOW will take place on Saturday 19th June.  Yachts can either join the cruise at Yarmouth where we will assemble in the area of the “Black Rock” Stbd Hand Mark and a start will be called on VHF 77 at approx 09:45 or make there own way direct to Bembridge.

Those sailing from Yarmouth need to make their own arrangements (overnight berthing Friday or sail direct Saturday morning to be at the Start at 09:45).

 On arrival in Bembridge radio up the harbour master for berthing instructions.

A drinks party will be in the MOA pre-booked BBQ marquee at 1800 and the BBQ from 1900 (bring your own food and drink although drinks can be purchased from the Marina Bar).

Weather permitting we are planning a walk on Sunday to Seaview for an ice cream and back in time for lunch.

You need to first complete the booking form <Here> and email to us and then we will send you your rally code. All boats need to use the online booking system on Bembridge Harbours web site quoting the rally code for the discount. Berthing fees need to paid at this time. Your berth is not secured until this is done.  There is no rafting larger vessels with deeper draft  may be alongside all other berths are finger pontoons. If  you wish to extend your stay this should be done at the time of booking.


We are limited to 30 people due to Covid restrictions, so you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

Swanwick Marina, River Hamble - 24th to 25th July 2021s

Join us on the weekend of the 24th and 25th July for some mid-summer madness on the River Hamble.

Bring your own dinghy and outboard with a little extra fuel to top up in the lunch break. We’ll be departing Swanwick Marina at 10:30am on Saturday morning to catch the tide upriver.

On the way we’ll pass the Chandlery barge and have time to admire the M27 bridge architecture from below before passing Manor Farm Park where ‘Love the Weekend’ and ‘Spring into Summer’ is filmed (Alan Titchmarsh). Our final destination is the Horse and Jockey at Curbridge where we will be stopping for lite bite and drink before taking the afternoon tide back to Swanwick.

After the pontoon party we will be heading to The Old Ship for some traditional pub food. (pending Covid restrictions)

On Sunday morning you’re free  to take a walk around Old Bursledon or the river footpath to Warsash before making your way home in your own time.

Please complete the Booking Form Here and return to 



West Cowes Rally, Shepards Marina - Saturday 28th August to Monday 30th August

Join us for the West Cowes rally over the August bank holiday weekend.

The rally is being held at Shepards Marina. 20 berths have been booked for the rally so places will be limited. In addition, for those who would like to arrive on Friday 27th 10 berths have been booked. Please note that the information you provide on the booking form will be provided to Shepards Marine to complete their rally booking process. Marina fees to be paid direct to Cowes Harbour Commissioners through Shepards Marina in advance of the rally.

Arrival to be after noon with departure on Monday 30th before noon. The marina fees will have a rally discount. Further details on Shepards Marina can be found at

On Saturday 28th there will be an evening meal at the Island Sailing Club. Menu details are being finalised with the ISC based on a guide price of £25 per person.      

For the second part of the evening we have booked Pete Walkden a local DJ for a dance/disco. This will be paid for by the Solent Branch.

The provisional itinerary is made on the assumption that Covid restrictions will have been lifted, current expectation being 19th July. The full rally details and itinerary will be advised once we have clarity in this respect. 

Further information and updates will be provided by email (to those who have submitted a booking form) and also on the Solent Members Forum.

Please complete the Booking Form and send to 

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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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.