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.

Solent Branch Calendar for 2021

May Bank Holiday

Saturday 1st May – Monday 3rd May – Now Fully Booked

Saturday 15th May – Sunday 16th May Nab Tower Race (Haslar/Gosport)

Spring Bank Holiday

Saturday 29th May – Monday 31st May

Island Harbour
Saturday 19th June – Sunday 20th June 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


Lymington Berths Friday 30th April to Monday 3rd May

Please Note

All places are now taken for Lymington Berths Friday 30th April – Monday 3rd May 2021

 The UK Government’s proposed roadmap out of COVID-19 Restrictions limits meeting to 6 people or two households outdoors.  Boating activity is permitted and you are allowed to stay on your boat overnight.

We have reserved some berths on the Dan Bran pontoon at Lymington from the evening of Friday 30th April to Monday 3rd May.  We propose to allocate these berths on a first come, first served basis to MOA Solent members as follows:

  • Please complete the booking form (Word ) and email to Sue Fellowes-Freeman at
  • Once you have been allocated a berth by Sue could you contact Lymington Harbour directly to book your berth
  • Please comply with Lymington Harbour’s requirements for pre-payment, agreement to rafting and agreement to follow their COVID-19 regulations etc.

We ask that you let Sue know if you subsequently decide that you do not want your berth as we can then give it to another MOA member.

Note that we believe that there will be limited toilet & shower facilities available. See

There will be a Dixon race to/from Lymington.  See the attached race instructions <here>

Nab Tower Race Saturday 15th May

We will be holding the annual MOA Solent Branch Nab Tower Race on Saturday 15th May 2021.

The start line will be off Gikicker at 09:30 BST on Saturday 15th May.

Race details can be downloaded <here>.

If you would like to join in this fun race please complete the Declaration and Boat Information in the Race Details and email to our Race Officer Ian Bevington at

We look forward to seeing you out on the water.

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.