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SOLENT HANDBOOK & DIRECTORY

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MARCH 2015 - APRIL 2016

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INTRODUCTION Sailing allows you to see life from a different perspective… The timeless art of moving a vessel across water using nothing but the power of the wind has changed the world.

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Welcome to the fifth edition of the Solent Handbook & Directory which, like sailing, is constantly evolving. It is a valuable source of information for locals, as well as for visitors and holidaymakers to the Solent area. TKZ Media launched the first Solent Handbook in 2011. Our unique blend of thought-provoking articles, together with a calendar of Solent sailing events, tide tables, maps, directory of services, and guides to popular destinations ensures a winning read. The Solent Handbook has now become a must-have guide whether you are sailing, cruising or enjoying a shore-based holiday. This year we would like to thank inspirational multi-award winning sailor Natasha Lambert - dubbed Miss Isle - for providing the Foreword, and talking about her love of the Solent. We must also mention sailor and author Graham Sunderland who offers his insight on the new Cowes Breakwater. He reveals how the project will affect sailing in the area – and his answers are guaranteed to interest all. We’d like to thank all our advertisers for their continued support and we’d like to ask you to let advertisers know that you’ve seen their adverts in the Solent Handbook. And let us not forget all those wonderful people who have contributed, supported and made the Handbook possible. Finally, don’t forget to make regular visits to our online publication www.solenthandbook.com. This constantly evolving website is where sailors and boaters can keep up to date with everything that’s happening in the Solent and further afield. We hope you enjoy this Handbook. It is intended not only as a practical guide to a wonderful sport, but also aims to convey the joy of being afloat.

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CONTENTS CONTENTS

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Welcome to the Solent - Natasha Lambert 6 Solent Yacht Clubs

8-13

Solent Racing

14-21

Offshore Racing

22-27

Solent Cruising

28-35

Weather 36-39 A Guide to Buying & Selling a Boat

40-41

RNLI Advice

42-43

Solent Events Diary

44-53

Solent Events Calendar

54-63

Winning Tides

64-65

Useful Contacts Solent Ports & Harbours

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Beaulieu River

70-71

Bembridge Harbour

72-73

Chichester Harbour

74-77

Cowes & River Medina

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Fareham 88 Keyhaven 89 Langstone Harbour

90-91

Lymington Harbour

92-95

Newtown Harbour Poole Harbour Port Solent

96-97 98-102 103

Portsmouth & Gosport

104-112

River Hamble & Warsash

113-116

Ryde Harbour

117-118

Southampton Water

119-125

Ventnor Haven

126-128

Wootton Creek

130-132

Yarmouth Harbour

133-134

Solent Directory Index

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Solent Directory

136-149

Cowes Tide Tables

150-157

Portsmouth Tide Tables

158-165

Advertisers’ Index

166-167

Acknowledgements 168 Solent Location Map

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Racing Marks Map

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WELCOME TO THE SOLENT

WELCOME TO THE SOLENT

Before I started sailing I would walk along Cowes seafront and gaze out at all the bustling traffic in the Solent, marvelling at the apparent randomness of the scene. I wondered how on earth anyone knew what to do and how could they all possibly avoid colliding into each other? But they did! As I have cerebral palsy I sail my boat Miss Isle completely by mouth using a single straw mounted in a helmet. I never dreamed that one day I would be out there, controlling my own vessel! The first time I sailed solo across the Solent from Cowes to Calshot was just the best days sailing anyone could ever have. It is a day I will never forget. I have sailed extensively in the Solent and no two days are ever the same. The tide, the wind, the traffic - they constantly throw up new experiences and challenges. It is never boring. The Solent still remains the vibrant home of sailing. People come from every corner of the globe to race in our wonderful playground. The Solent is also the home of the most amazing institutions. The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust based in Cowes supports young people recovering from cancer by taking them on sailing trips. Elsewhere, the Artemis Academy works tirelessly to produce the country’s next top solo racers, and Wetwheels provides powerboating for people with disabilities - the list goes on. Behind the scenes are the people who operate our wonderful marinas. The skilled and talented world-class boat builders who engineer the boats we all sail in; the sailmakers with years of experience designing building and repairing the engines of the sailing boats; the chandlers with vast stocks of material for every conceivable event. All these people are here around the Solent, just waiting to help. This really is a very special place. Although I am still only 17 and can’t really fully engage in the onshore parties and activities, you can’t help but be overwhelmed by the atmosphere which envelops the Solent. You don’t need to be a sailor to appreciate amazing spectacles such as Cowes Week. And let’s not forget the beautiful countryside and unspoilt beaches that border the Solent. And if nightlife and shopping are what you seek, we have the historic cities of Portsmouth and Southampton close by. Whether you are a local or a visitor, we must all treasure this special place we call the Solent. I will be out sailing most weeks during this summer in my specially adapted boat and I hope if you see me you will give me a wave! Natasha Lambert YJA Apollo Young Sailor of the Year 2013 www.missisle.com

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SOLENT YACHT CLUBS

SOLENT YACHT CLUBS BEMBRIDGE SAILING CLUB Founded in 1886, Bembridge Sailing Club provides the base for the Bembridge Redwing, Bembridge OneDesign, and Illusion fleets. It is an RYA Training Centre and Volvo Champion Club. Visiting yachtsmen from RYA affiliated clubs are always welcome. Lunch available every weekend. Rallies by prior arrangement.

BRADING HAVEN YACHT CLUB Set up by businessmen and artisans, Brading Haven Yacht Club has gained a reputation with visiting yachtsmen for being one of the friendliest clubs in the Solent area. The active cruising section and year round dinghy sailors make full use of the comfortable clubhouse, bar, and high quality affordable catering.

CHICHESTER CRUISER RACING CLUB Chichester Cruiser Racing Club offers two handicap fleets – Alpha (VPRS) and Beta (progressive) for round the cans racing in Hayling Bay and passage races to Littlehampton and Yarmouth and everywhere between. Plus a week-long cruise in company across the Channel. All events have lively social dinners.

CHICHESTER YACHT CLUB Set in a beautiful location on Chichester Harbour between Premier and Birdham Marinas. Restaurant and bar open for lunch and dinner every day AprilSeptember, closed Sunday evening, Monday and Tuesday October to March.  Friendly members’ club for yachts, motors and dinghies, with cruising in company, racing, and full social programme. Visiting sailors and rallies welcome.

COWES CORINTHIAN YACHT CLUB Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club was established in 1952 by the late “Tiny” Mitchell as a club for local sailors. CCYC has recently undergone refurbishment including the installing of new apron, pontoons, a new walkway and access bridge, and an 8m boom crane lift.

EAST COWES SAILING CLUB The Club – which was founded in 1912 – encourages sailing, good sportsmanship, youth training, racing and fishing. ECSC boasts its own river frontage, small raft moorings, deep-water pontoon and secure shore side premises. It organises weekly racing for cruisers, keelboats and dinghies and annual charity event ‘Sail the Wight’.

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SOLENT YACHT CLUBS GURNARD SAILING CLUB Gurnard SC is the leading dinghy sailing club on the Isle of Wight. Racing from March to December caters for all levels. The Club is an RYA training centre with established cadet section. Open events are held annually including a Junior Regatta and Cowes Dinghy Week, with races for dinghies and catamarans.

ISLAND SAILING CLUB The Island Sailing Club is the largest sailing club in Cowes, and is best known for organising the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race. The Club operates a fleet of Sonar day boats, which can be hired by Club members and non-members. ISC Tuesday evening racing throughout the summer is very popular. Photo: Steve Sleight

KEYHAVEN YACHT CLUB Keyhaven Yacht Club is situated in one of the most beautiful harbours on the Solent. The harbour is shielded by the massive shingle bar that leads to Hurst Castle. With its easy access to the Solent, the harbour is a perfect haven for small yachts and dinghies.

LYMINGTON TOWN SAILING CLUB Lymington Town Sailing Club – established in 1946 – has an enviable record for winning world and national championships.The Club has lively keelboat, dinghy racing, and cruising sections, and organises the Classic Series and autumn Solent Circuit as well as motorboat section cruises around the south coast and beyond, in addition to weekly dinghy races and Saturday Sailing activities.

MARCHWOOD YACHT CLUB Situated on the left bank of the River Test, near the military base, MYC is the hidden gem of the Solent with comprehensive facilities entirely operated by volunteers. These include clubhouse, parking, pontoons, moorings, scrub off, and winter layup, with a secure yard. Visitors are welcome. Contact the Secretary for details.

ROYAL AIRFORCE YACHT CLUB The Royal Air Force Yacht Club is a friendly club and is open to all. You do not need an RAF background to join, anyone with a boating interest is welcome. Set in a beautiful location in Hamble on the river, there are excellent catering and events facilities available to visitors and businesses alike. Permanent moorings are available to club members.

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Founded in 1838 – with a clubhouse enjoying stunning views across the Solent – the Royal London Yacht Club on Cowes Parade provides members with excellent facilities, accommodation and catering throughout the year. The RLYC has an enviable reputation for quality race management – including being the Organising Authority for Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week. Photo: Louise Morton

ROYAL LYMINGTON YACHT CLUB Successful on the water, friendly and welcoming ashore, the Royal Lymington encourages and promotes yachting of all aspects, and maintains a clubhouse with a bustling social programme. The Club has excellent facilities including a bar, river-room, and a balcony terrace overlooking the river and the Solent beyond.

ROYAL OCEAN RACING CLUB The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) was founded in 1925 in Plymouth following the first Fastnet Race. In 2014 the RORC merged with the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Cowes to produce a Club with 4,000 members and Clubhouses in both Cowes and London. The Cowes Clubhouse is set in attractive gardens and enjoys panoramic views with on-site facilities including 12 bedrooms, members’ lounge, dining rooms and terrace area. The London Clubhouse is nestled in the heart of St James’s and facilities include 15 bedrooms, 2 meeting rooms, bar and dining for up to 30 covers. RORC run a full and varied programme of offshore and inshore races in the Solent and abroad in Europe and the Rest of the World. The RORC is a national authority for the measurement, rating and racing of offshore yachts. RORC’s London Clubhouse

ROYAL SOLENT YACHT CLUB The Royal Solent Yacht Club, established in 1878, is located on the seafront next to Yarmouth Pier. Regattas are organised in the Solent and Christchurch Bay. The Club enjoys unrivalled views across the western Solent. With excellent bar and catering facilities; new members, visiting yachtsmen, and visitors from affiliated clubs are always welcome.

ROYAL SOUTHAMPTON YACHT CLUB Providing year round racing and cruising, including the popular Double Handed series, sailing is complemented by an RYA training and cadet programme. With restaurants, bars, and moorings at both clubhouses – one at Ocean Village and one on the tranquil Beaulieu River – the RSYC offers attractive venues for social and corporate events.

ROYAL SOUTHERN YACHT CLUB The Royal Southern Yacht Club, Hamble, was established in 1837. The Club hosts national and world championships, cruises extensively by motor and sail, and hosts regattas for yachts large and small. The clubhouse boasts well-appointed accommodation, a bar, restaurant, and moorings.

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SOLENT YACHT CLUBS ROYAL THAMES YACHT CLUB Founded in 1775 as the Cumberland Fleet, the Royal Thames Yacht Club is the world’s oldest continuously operating yacht club. In Cowes, the Royal Thames operates primarily from the Royal London Yacht Club, with which it has full reciprocal arrangements. The Royal Thames’ Clubhouse is at 60 Knightsbridge, London.

ROYAL VICTORIA YACHT CLUB The Club was founded in 1845 by Prince Albert to give Queen Victoria a yacht club she was entitled to enter as a mere female. RVYC has racing for dinghies, Squibs, and cruisers, offers RYA training, and holds many social functions.  Facilities include a bar and restaurant, and 54m of pontoon moorings for visitors.

ROYAL YACHT SQUADRON Founded in 1815, the Royal Yacht Squadron will be celebrating its bicentenary this year. The clubhouse is located at Cowes, on the Isle of Wight, off the south coast of England, in a castle originally built in 1539 by Henry VIII. The club has always had close ties with the Royal Navy and has had many illustrious members, such as Vice-Admiral Sir Thomas Hardy, Sir Ernest Shackleton, Sir Francis Chichester, Hammond Innes, Sir Robin Knox Johnston and Sir Ben Ainslie. The club’s patron is Queen Elizabeth II and the Admiral is the Duke of Edinburgh.

SEA VIEW YACHT CLUB Sea View Yacht Club enjoys a unique location on the northeast tip of the Isle of Wight with stunning views over the Solent. The Club provides members with comprehensive RYA training. Offering full bar and catering facilities to visiting yachtsmen with access to the water at all states of tide.

WARSASH SAILING CLUB The Warsash Sailing Club, founded in 1957, has two well-appointed clubhouses with boat compounds and waterside facilities near the mouth of the River Hamble. Its Spring Series is a premier regatta and its racing calendar provides for dinghies and cruisers, with open meetings and RYA training courses, and a full social activities. Visitors by water are welcome to enjoy its bar and restaurant facilities at this historical D Day departure site.

YARMOUTH SAILING CLUB Yarmouth Sailing Club is a small, friendly and informal club with over 900 members and run entirely on a volunteer basis. It offers training, racing, and recreational sailing events for Scows, Optimists, and other classes. The Club runs a full winter social programme. A warm welcome is always extended to visiting yachtsmen.

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SOLENT RACING SOLENT RACING

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A few people claim to dislike racing in the Solent, because it’s such a tricky place. It’s true that it has strong tides, complex wind patterns, lots of leisure and commercial traffic, choppy water, and ever-changing conditions - but, for many sailors, it’s the complexity that makes Solent racing such a rewarding challenge.

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Windward-leeward courses set in areas of no tide and with steady winds may create a ‘fairer’ race course but they can become repetitive and limited in their challenge. Boat speed and tactics are highlighted but strategy, navigation, and boat handling get much more of a test around Solent courses. The ideal, of course, is to enjoy and learn from both. Fortunately, the Solent offers plenty of locations that allow a variety of courses, even windward-leeward courses in areas that enjoy some tidal shelter. Consequently, this wonderful, sheltered area is home to a rich mixture of events, including racing for dinghies, small keelboats, cruiser-racers, and handicap and level-racing for larger racing yachts. Most racing from Cowes for example, and there is a huge amount of it in all types of boats, takes place in the central Solent but courses can also be set in the eastern and western Solent, depending on conditions. The Hill Head Plateau, just to the east of the Brambles Bank, is a favourite place for race officers to set windward-leeward courses as it benefits from shallow water for easy mark laying and the tidal shadow of the bank to its west. Sometimes, though, race officers forget that there are other areas in the central Solent that can be even better for windward-leeward courses in some combinations of wind and tide. The area inshore and to the northwest of the Thorn channel, and the area to the east of Osborne Bay under the Isle of Wight shore, can both be good alternatives, as can close under the mainland shore, inshore of the north channel around the Brambles. In this section of the Solent Handbook you’ll find some general information on Solent racing, including types of courses, how racing is organised, getting involved, finding crew, and preparing for racing. For more information ask at your local club and check www.SolentHandbook.com.

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Types of racing

Many people think of the Solent as mainly suitable for day racing keelboats and cruiser-racers rather than dinghy racing. In fact, there is plenty of opportunity for dinghy racing despite the tidal rates in much of the area, which are not ideal for small boat racing.

Dinghies

The most popular area for dinghy racing is just outside the Solent, at Hayling Island Sailing Club. Tidal conditions in Hayling Bay are easier than in the Solent and traffic near the racing areas is considerably less. Within the Solent, however, there is still plenty of dinghy racing. Just west of Cowes is Gurnard Sailing Club which is the main dinghy club on the Isle of Wight. Elsewhere, there is dinghy racing out of clubs in Lymington and Yarmouth, the Hamble River, Southampton Water, the area between Hill Head and Stokes Bay, which has three dinghy clubs in close proximity, and at Wootton on the Isle of Wight.

Small keelboats

The small keelboat classes are, for many people, the heart of Solent racing. Classes which race most weekends throughout the season include the classic Daring class, Dragons, Etchells, Flying Fifteens, Sonars, X One Designs, and Laser SB3s. All these fleets have class starts in Cowes Week with the SB3s and XoDs being the two largest classes in the Week.

Cruising racing and big boat racing

If you’re into yacht racing there really is plenty of choice with most Solent yacht clubs running their own evening race series plus summer weekend race series. Then there is the racing run by JOG and RORC. JOG - the Junior Offshore Group - runs both an inshore and offshore series for yachts racing under IRC with both series proving very popular. RORC - the Royal Ocean Racing Club - organises a series of offshore races from Cowes, which count towards the season’s championship. RORC also runs the Fastnet Race and Commodores’ Cup, both biennial events that alternate with each other. This year it is the turn of the Fastnet Race, which starts on 16 August and celebrates its 90th anniversary. For those who prefer yacht racing on windward-leeward courses, there are ample opportunities for that too. And, if you prefer racing classic yachts even that is catered for, with The Metre & Classic Keelboat Regatta, and Panerai British Classic Week which is steadily growing in popularity and attracting some truly gorgeous yachts.

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SOLENT RACING On the race course

Even if you are an expert racer and a Solent regular it is really important to remind yourself of the basics well before heading out for the start. These include the type and location of the course, the starting sequence and race signals, and the other important information in the Notice of Race and Sailing Instructions.

Types of course

The spreader mark, When racing in the Solent the two 1A, may not be used most usual types of courses you’ll encounter are windward1 1A leeward courses from a committee boat start line or round-the-cans courses, Typically Start line may be 1-2 miles to leeward of the usually from one of the clubs’ leeward mark shore lines or occasionally from a committee boat start. A Start/Finish line committee-boat start can be If two buoys set up in several locations in form a leeward gate pass and around the central Solent 2 between them but the most used location is on the Hill Head Plateau to the north of the main channel and east of the Brambles Bank. On busy weekends several courses may be set in this area so it is important to find out the approximate location of the committee boat before heading out. A windward-leeward course may have the start line between the windward and leeward marks, or to leeward of the leeward mark. Also, there may be a leeward gate rather than a single mark.

Starting sequence

The Racing Rules of Sailing standard start sequence is often used, especially for racing on windward-leeward courses. Signal Flag and sound Warning signal Class flag; 1 sound

Minutes before starting signal 5

Preparatory signal

P, I, Z, Z with I, or black flag; 1 sound

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One-minute signal

Preparatory flag removed; 1 long sound

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Starting signal

Class flag removed; 1 sound

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The standard sequence (rrS 26) can be changed in the Sailing Instructions (SIs) and for shore line starts from Cowes, for example, it may be changed to give a longer period between the Warning and Preparatory signals. In these cases the Warning signal is given 10 minutes before the start, with the Preparatory signal hoisted at 5 minutes before the start, and lowered at 1 minute before the start.

Racing rules

All racers should familiarise themselves with the latest Racing Rules of Sailing (RRS) 2013-2016. They are revised and published every four years by the International Sailing Federation and a copy of the current RRS, highlighted to show changes, can be downloaded from www.sailing.org/documents/racingrules/index.php. Make sure that you read and understand the rules - it will help keep you out of trouble and give you an advantage on the race course. 16

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SOLENT RACING Signals

Racing is governed by the use of flag signals - often with accompanying sound signals. The flag is always the primary system; if the sound signal fails it is disregarded. Visual signals - flags or shapes - are used to control races and the attention of competitors is drawn to the visual signals by sound signals. When a visual signal is displayed over a class flag, the signal applies only to that class. POSTPONEMENT SIGNALS

AP (Answering Pennant) - Races that have not started are postponed. The warning signal will be made one minute after removal of the AP unless at that time the race is postponed again or abandoned. AP over H - Races not started are postponed. Further signals ashore.

AP over A - Races not started are postponed. No more racing today. AP over a numeral pennant 1-6 - Races are postponed by 1-6 hours from the scheduled starting time. Note: In Cowes, it is common for clubs to use an AP over AP with two sound signals to indicate racing is postponed and competitors are requested not to leave harbour. ABANDONMENT SIGNALS

N - All races that have started are abandoned. The warning signal will be made one minute after the signal is removed, unless the race is again abandoned or postponed.

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Z - 20% Penalty rule, rule 30.2 is in force.

Black flag - Black flag rule, rule 30.3 is in force. RECALL SIGNALS

X - Individual recall.

First Substitute - General recall. The warning signal will be made one minute after the signal is removed. COURSE CHANGE SIGNALS

S - Rule 32.2 is in force. The course has been shortened.

C - The position of the next mark has been changed. OTHER SIGNALS

F - Optional Attention Signal: The warning signal will be displayed five minutes after this signal. This signal will be removed one minute before the next signal. Not used for classes which use Flag F as their class flag.

N over H - All races are abandoned. Further signals will be made ashore. L - Flown afloat : Come within hail or follow this boat. Flown ashore: A notice to competitors has been posted. N over A - All races are abandoned. No more racing today. PREPARATORY SIGNALS

M - The object displaying this signal replaces a missing mark.

Y - Personal buoyancy must be worn. P - Preparatory signal.

I - Round-an-End rule, rule 30.1 is in force.

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SOLENT RACING Race preparation, crew, and equipment

You may think that when you line up to start you’ve got as good a chance as most of the fleet for a good place in the race. You’d be wrong! Most races are won before the start thanks to the work the skipper and crew put in to prepare themselves and the boat to do well on the race course. Some of that preparation may begin months or years beforehand in preparing the boat so it has the speed and reliability to win, and preparing the crew so that they can handle the boat efficiently in all conditions and circumstances. Other preparation takes place just before the race when the skipper and crew learn the SIs, check the weather and tide, arrive at the course early, and make the strategic decisions.

Getting crew

Having a good crew is always important and it often takes weeks or months to develop a crew’s skills and ability to work together. Finding crew can be difficult - although the more successful you are on the race course the easier it is! A good place to start is your local yacht club and others in the area. Post a note on their message boards and websites, and look around for online forums. The bigger events, such as the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race and Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, have forums on their websites where you can advertise for crew and crew can advertise for a boat. Once you’ve found a crew, make sure you sail, and preferably race, with them before the big event. Training should cover the boat layout and its gear, safety procedures, and boat handling in all the important manoeuvres and sail changes.

Skipper’s check list

Your actual check list will depend on the type of boat, length of race, and course location but for a typical Solent race make sure you consider: • Have sufficient crew, all the sails you’ll need, with all the gear in working order, including safety equipment, and get afloat well ahead of start time with plenty of time to sail to the course area. • If you keep your boat afloat, has the bottom been scrubbed within the last two weeks? It’s amazing how many boats you see racing which have dirty hulls. • Race information - Make sure you have a copy of the sailing instructions (SIs), an up-to-date racing chart of the area (Solent buoys may change position and/or name from one year to the next so get a 2015 racing chart now), and the times of High Water for the day, with a good tidal stream chart for the area - the more detailed the better. • Bottled water and something to snack on, and the right sailing clothing for the conditions. Don’t forget a hat and sunscreen. Watch the weather trends for 3-5 days ahead of the event, and start studying it in detail in the 24 hours ahead of the event. Go afloat with an up-to-date forecast and study how any changes expected during the day may affect the strategy for the race.

Preparing for offshore racing

If you’re heading offshore you’ll need more food and drink, and more clothing plus more detailed weather and route planning ahead of the race. You may also need to add safety equipment, depending on the category of the race. Offshore races can be tough on both boat and crew so make sure the boat and its equipment are in top class order and always sail with a crew that has sufficient experience among it to deal with a long race or with bad conditions. 20

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Since it began in 1925, the Rolex Fastnet Race has grown to become one of ocean racing’s greatest events. It takes competitors across approximately 608 miles and up to five days battling the wind and tricky tidal conditions to round the Fastnet Rock on the southern tip of Ireland. Three hundred yachts participate in the bi-annual Fastnet which will once again take place this August. Starting off at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, it heads West out past the iconic Needles Lighthouse, next to the jutting chalk teeth of the Needles themselves. Racers then continue on across Poole Bay to pass Swanage and Anvil Point. At this peninsula the large fleet has been racing for 33 miles from the start area - with another 140 miles or so to go to before they pass Land’s End. As they swarm across Poole Bay, boats begin to fan out. Some head into the English Channel, while many others move back inshore into Poole bay. Bigger, faster yachts start to stretch their legs - leaving smaller, slower boats in their wake. The frenetic energy at the start of the race often leads to short tacking down the western Solent and jousting to get through Hurst narrows. Sailing close to Churning Shingles bank offers the best tidal relief. By the time Anvil Point is reached the boats are spearing through the swirling overfalls off St Albans Head, just a few miles beyond, There is an overwhelming sense that the boat and crew are easing into the offshore realm. This is the reason the crews have spent time sailing and practicing together, so they can feel comfortable, whatever the weather. For most boats in the fleet, the next landmark will appear first as a light from the lighthouse (Fl (4) 20s 25M). For some of the yachts that have got further down the track, the silhouette will appear as a serpent’s head on the end of a long, low neck heading out across the sea from the right. This is the notorious Portland Bill - 50 miles from the start. As the sun slips towards the horizon the temperature drops. The first 22

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meal is cooked and eaten, before warmer clothes are put on ready for the first night. All the time, the boats are kept at best speed for the conditions. The strategy to get past Portland is decided, with varying levels of tenacity on each boat. Despite planning, there is also the knowledge that there is always the overfalls, which can be heard and seen further inshore. Margins are tight, so to save distance the corner is cut and the boat is forced to slice, slam, shake and crash through these awkward standing, grinding, waves of water. Clothing and foul weather gear is done up tight to keep out the spray and mass of water rolling down the deck. Suddenly it stops as immediately as it started, leaving the boat and crew to get across Lyme Bay and weather the next headland. As the fleet comes together it is an opportunity to spot rivals and assess who is doing well or not. They spread out across Lyme Bay looking for the best combination of tide and wind to get to the Start Point - 50 miles or so away from Portland Bill. Start Point protects the entrance to Dartmouth and other harbours in Lyme bay from the prevailing Westerly winds. Each boat racing operates a watch system which allows crew members time to rest. Even hunkered down sitting out on the rail wrapped-up in foulies and warm clothes gives a pretence of escape. As the boats sail through the first night, life on board settles into a rhythm.

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OFFSHORE RACING The boat feels good and the sail changes went well. The practice really does make a difference, and the weather is not so bad. A few hours later some crews are convinced they can see the loom of the lighthouse at Start Point it has the characteristics from our direction of Fl (3) 10s 62m 25M. Passing Start Point we can tick off the first 100 miles of the race. Lizard Point is the next major headland 60 miles away. On this stretch the boats will pass the isolated Eddystone Rock, with its lighthouse Fl(2) 10s 24M perched resolutely on a small islet, about eight miles south-south-west from Plymouth where the race will eventually end. Passing Plymouth and making their way towards the headland at The Lizard, many iconic Cornish harbours are spotted along the way. Fowey and Falmouth in particular are noted as they are big and safe enough for us to get into fairly safely, if the need arose. Once past the Lizard it is onwards past the Bishop Rock light Fl(2) 15s 24M and then Longships at Land’s End. Having passed Land’s End the boats will have covered over 180 miles of the race in a straight-line. The next leg is out across the Irish Sea towards the southern coast of Ireland, and the Fastnet Rock. All along the south coast of England, the Navigator and Strategist would have been making hourly decisions depending on the speed and position of the boat. They want to make the best possible use of the currents and tides as they are tugged around the headlands and across the bays by the moon and spinning earth.

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With Land’s End left far behind, the boats are out in the Irish Sea with about 160 miles to sail before reaching the Fastnet Rock. If the boats and crews hope to do well in the race, they have to be kept going fast with the correct sail for the wind strength and direction. With the expanse of water towards Ireland ahead, the boats really are going offshore. Any rivals still in sight would be travelling at similar speeds as your own boa. The crew keep an eye on these to gauge how things go, as the boats escape the clutches of the coastal tidal streams. The tactician will have made his plan using the weather forecast for the following 24 hours. So it is best speed with the on-board routine, of snacks, meals, drinks and rest hopefully running like clockwork. A good routine on board is vital, especially if conditions are grim or tedious. The first Fastnet Race came together after pioneering British ocean yachtsman Weston Martyr had the privilege of competing in the Newport to Bermuda race of 1924. He was so enamoured by the adventure that he campaigned for a British equivalent and became a member of a three man committee to establish our own Race, that became the Fastnet Race. Martyr wrote at the time: “It is without question the very finest sport ‘we’ can possibly engage in for to play this game at all it is necessary to possess in the very highest degree,

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those hallmarks of a true sportsman, skill, courage and endurance.” The race goes into its second night for most of the boats as they leave the Cornish coast behind. GPS on board regularly plots a position of the boat as she sails her merry way across the Irish Sea. The electronic track shows the wind shifting slowly, as was predicted by the navigator. A decision is made to take best advantage of this shift in the wind, when to tack and to tack again. This will hopefully allow the boat to sail the least number of miles, in the best wind pressure. The surrounding sea is shades of grey, brown or green, always changing. The shimmering crests and edges reflect the light in the sky as they move incessantly past the boat. As you hike out doing your bit to help keep the boat upright for more power, you can’t help but be mesmerised by this seascape. The horizon plays tricks for hours, But suddenly there is a shadow of something on top of the line of sea in the far distance; land, the coast of Ireland. Still with many hours to go before we even see the Fastnet Rock the human in us acknowledges that some will already be ashore, in dry clean clothes, and in the beer tent long before us! However, the sailor in us also notes how great these large fast boats are going, and how well sailed they must need to be to keep going this well. The Fastnet Rock is at 51O 23’.30N and 09O 36’W and the course shows we must leave this place to Port. It is an imposing, desolate, lump of dark, hard rock covered in streaks of guano. Growing out of it, the white painted Lighthouse Fl 5s 27M, stands up 49 metres above the sea, with dark, rectangular window ports up the sheer curved stone tower. But, we are racing so the cockpit is tidied and it is treated like any other well drilled mark rounding, with the next sail made ready for the change. The sails are changed and new course steered as we leave the western side of the Fastnet behind. This next mark is a clearing mark to avoid the incoming boats being charged into by the boats racing round and heading back to Plymouth. Another big course change and well drilled boat manoeuvre is required. Despite sitting on board damp and tired for a couple of days It is surprising how hard you work to try help save the odd second. 26

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OFFSHORE RACING Coming back from the ‘rock’ the normal prevailing Westerlies means the wind is aft. Most boats raise their big sails and head towards the Bishop Rock with its lighthouse as a turning mark before the last ‘sprint’ towards Plymouth. The Scilly Isles is made up of 50 Islands, the pilot book suggests they are 21-30 miles west-south-west of Land’s End, with many rocky outcrops and off-lying dangers. But that is still many hours away depending how well the boats can slide downwind. The modern, lighter displacement boats can sail faster downwind by accelerating, and increasing their boatspeed by changing their apparent wind angle, so these boats will be gybing downwind towards the leeward mark, in this case Bishop Rock. If the breeze is really fresh - over 22-25kts - this means a quick, tense ride but the motion is a lot different than pounding upwind through the waves out there in the Irish Sea. The crew are keen to get home as fast and safely as we can, with a good breeze meaning only another day or so of racing. Still the sun climbs the sky and then descends to leave the boats in the dark. Crews rely on head torches and flashlights to see sails, controls and the gas stove. Approach to the Scilly Isles congregation is marked by an official safety exclusion zone, forcing yachts to avoid the treacherous rocks within. The Bishop Rock lighthouse is magnificent, Fl(2) 15s 24M; not only what it does as a warning beacon to the passing shipping, but how it has survived mighty Atlantic gales in its stoic vigil. Tides and currents really do swirl around all the Islands of the Scillies, with lots of overfalls and eddies, so it is a good feeling to leave them behind and make a course towards The Lizard and Plymouth beyond. Back in the coastal bosom of England there are tides to embrace and counter currents to be wary of. So tactics are very important for some, boat speed is paramount for others, but finishing is important for us all. On board every entered yacht is a position transmitter which provides race control with an accurate position of each vessel for safety and shows followers of the race how each boat is doing. This information is investigated more keenly as we approach the end. How well have we done? How have the rivals faired? Still we race on, the finish is through the western entrance past the Plymouth Breakwater. The large Eddystone Lighthouse is a prominent visual reference and sometimes navy warships can be seen on manoeuvres. This is the final tense push to the finish! Then it has arrived - and there is joy, handshakes and smiles all round. Another one over but not finished. There is something about being offshore you don’t want to let go, it is an experience which will never be normal.

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The Solent is renowned as one of the most popular recreational boating areas in the world but it’s much more than that. Formed around 7,000 years ago, when the Solent river estuary gradually flooded at the end of the last ice age, the Isle of Wight became separated from the mainland as the chalk ridge between The Needles and Old Harry Rocks on the mainland eroded. Today, the Solent has more small estuaries in close proximity than anywhere else in Great Britain and is located in one of the most sheltered channels in Europe. It is unique in Europe for its complex tides and the long periods of stand at High and Low Waters. The wide range of marine habitats makes the Solent of international significance for wildlife, and one of the most important sites on the bird migration routes from the Arctic to Africa. With its huge diversity of wildlife and habitats, along with its heritage and archaeological importance, much of the coastline has protected status and is recognised as being of national and international importance. The Solent’s unique characteristics have made Southampton the leading cruise port and one of the main commercial ports in the country and enabled Portsmouth’s maritime heritage and naval importance. Consequently, the Solent has a high level of shipping movements with vessels of all types being seen. The huge diversity of the area, together with the close proximity of many ports, harbours, and anchorages, makes the Solent a wonderful cruising ground for sailors and powerboaters. The choice in number, size, and atmosphere of the many destinations in the Solent make it perfect for weekending or holiday cruising, especially when family cruising as there is much to satisfy all tastes. While mid-sized and large yachts and powerboats tend to congregate in the larger yachting centres such as Lymington, Cowes, Hamble, and Portsmouth there are many other destinations and anchorages available to smaller craft and those who don’t wish to follow the well-plowed wakes of the majority.

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SOLENT CRUISING The double high tides of the Solent add to its cruising benefits but the strength and complexities of the tidal streams must be taken into account when planning and making passages in the Solent. See Cowes Tide Tables and Portsmouth Tide Tables. Good weather information is readily available in this area, both actual and forecast (refer to ‘Weather’ and ‘Useful Contacts’), but make allowance for the fact that the geography of the area impacts on the wind as it does for the tides and many weather models do not accurately predict local Solent variations. In summer, especially when the morning’s gradient wind is northwest, look for a sea breeze from late morning, building through the afternoon when it can deliver a fresh southwesterly. If this is blowing against an ebb tide conditions can become quite choppy before calming down again as the sea breeze loses its power. Approaches to the Solent The Solent can be entered from the west or east. At the western end, the eroded chalk cliffs of The Needles, together with its iconic lighthouse, have been a welcome sight to many returning sailors over the centuries, while to the east, the more protected entrance is through the Forts, where Portsmouth and Spithead, with all their maritime heritage, greet the sailor’s arrival. From the west Heading for the Solent from Poole or further west the obvious choice is to enter through the Needles channel. In light to moderate conditions with a favourable tide the main channel south of the notorious Shingles bank is benign, but if the ebb is running expect a more turbulent entry and if a west or southwest wind of more than Force 5-6 is fighting a strong ebb tide this is definitely a place to avoid. Breaking seas over The Bridge, rough water in the channel, and overfalls in Hurst Narrows all await the incautious.

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A far less vigorous option, which is much under-used, is the North channel which is approached to the north of the Shingles and is much safer in rough weather. Stay to the north of the Shingles and leave North Head buoy to starboard, turning into the channel which runs parallel to Hurst beach. When entering Hurst Narrows take care to avoid The Trap which is a steep-sided shingle spit extending out from the beach near the round fort. Once past, the shingle bank runs northeast and is fairly steep-sided with room to anchor for shelter or a lunch stop. From the east Arriving from the east, the main entrance is between Horse Sand Fort to the north and No Man’s Land Fort to the south. If coming from Langstone or Chichester harbours there is a shorter route using the Main Passage in the submerged barrier between Horse Sand Fort and the mainland, or the Boat Passage close to the shore is available for small craft. Since the submerged barrier between No Man’s Land Fort was removed passage can be made inshore of the fort with a least depth of 2m over foul ground between the Fort and the red post to the southwest, which is useful when approaching from the south. Once past the fort make sure to avoid the extensive Ryde Sands by staying far enough north to clear the red post at the northeastern extremity of the Sands by a decent margin. Note that the Sands to the west of the post extend slightly north of it so don’t cut the corner near Low Water. The western Solent The western Solent offers two different but attractive coastlines, varied wildlife habitats and less commercial traffic than the central or eastern parts. It has a wide area of navigable water for most yachts and motor cruisers, is well buoyed, and offers a great choice of harbours and anchorages within 8 miles. With Keyhaven, Lymington, Beaulieu, Yarmouth, and Newtown all within easy reach the western Solent offers the choice between anchoring among beautiful scenery and wildlife, or picking a pontoon or mooring in attractive towns with good facilities and attractions. At the western end, Keyhaven is often missed but is good to explore near High Water or for a lunch-stop anchorage in the shelter of Hurst Spit. Lymington or Yarmouth are very popular stopping points in the western Solent while Beaulieu and Newtown are favourite haunts for peace and wildlife. The volume of boats, both power and sail, during busy summer weekends and holidays mean that it can be difficult finding a berth in the popular areas and it is sensible to book ahead if possible or risk being unable to find a vacant berth or mooring, or even space to anchor.

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Solent tidal streams always make it worthwhile working the tide in small boats, especially near Springs, but the location of the western Solent harbours makes them convenient for cross-tide visits. So if the tide doesn’t serve for a passage from Lymington to Beaulieu, Newtown, or Cowes, a trip across to Yarmouth for lunch until the tide turns is an attractive detour. When punching tide along the Solent, the greatest tidal relief is found to the north of the channel where the bottom is less steep-to than on the Island shore. When fighting tide along the Island shore beware Gurnard, Salt Mead, and Hamstead Ledges and make sure that you calculate the height of tide carefully if you choose to stay close to the shore. Tidal streams in excess of 3.5 knots are experienced around Spring tides, particularly between Gurnard Ledge and Cowes, and between Yarmouth and Hurst Narrows. In strong wind against tide conditions, most commonly when an ebb stream meets a strong west or southwesterly wind, the seas in the western Solent can be steep and breaking, uncomfortable conditions for small to medium sized yachts or motor cruisers. Conditions are likely to be less rough north of the channel, in shallower water and out of the strongest tide. When heading for Cowes from the western Solent in rough conditions stay in mid-Solent or further north until level with Egypt Point before heading for Cowes to avoid the roughest water off Gurnard Bay.

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If heading for the eastern Solent or Southampton Water stay slightly south of Lepe Spit to avoid the roughest water in the strong stream that flows around the Spit. The central Solent The central Solent is a busy place with commercial traffic from east and west converging to head up the Thorn channel and into Southampton Water, along with ferries heading in and out of Cowes. The most important feature to avoid is the Brambles Bank, which lies at the western end of the Hill Head Plateau and borders the Thorn channel to the east. This shallow patch claims many an unwary yacht or powerboat each season. Much yacht racing takes place on the Hill Head Plateau because of the tidal relief obtained here and considerate cruising sailors and powerboaters should avoid passing through the fleets of race boats. Very large ships approach the Thorn channel from the east, making the tight turn to starboard off Cowes to enter the channel. When the ebb is running vessels start their turn off Cowes, while on the flood they turn later, near Gurnard cardinal buoy. The size and density of the commercial traffic in this area, together with their speed, makes it imperative to keep a good lookout. Remember that there is a Precautionary Area between Calshot and Cowes where all vessels over 150m are given a Moving Prohibited Zone of 1,000 metres ahead and 100 metres to either side. All vessels under 20m must stay clear of this moving zone.

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SOLENT CRUISING To the north of the Brambles Bank, the North channel provides access to Southampton Water for small commercial craft coming from the west, saving them the extra distance needed to round the Brambles to the south and the passage up the Thorn channel. To the north of this channel the Hill Head and Lee-on-Solent shorelines are popular areas for dinghy sailing, windsurfing, kitesurfing, and jet skiing. Small recreational fishing boats are also found throughout the central Solent, often anchored on the plateau or near the shorelines. The Solent’s most famous port, Cowes, lies at the centre of the Solent and its convenient geographical position, plus its easy entry, make it a popular destination for yachts and powerboats of all types. As it is also the home of passenger and car ferry operations, plus commercial traffic headed up the river Medina, the entrance is often crowded and care should be taken when entering or leaving. The tide off Cowes runs very strongly and due allowance for the strong east or west going stream should be made when entering or leaving as the stream changes direction in the harbour entrance. When a strong wind meets a strong tide off Cowes the seas on Prince consort Shoal can get quite lumpy. This can be avoided if coming from the east by staying inshore but beware of The Shrape mud which, at low tide, extends almost as far as the racing buoys, and do not be tempted to cut through the extensive mooring buoys which line the east side of the harbour. round No. 2 red can at the entrance before heading upriver. The other main yachting harbour in the central Solent is the Hamble river with its many marinas and yachting facilities. Southampton Water has much commercial traffic but there are still places for the leisure sailor to explore including Ashlett Creek on the west side below the Fawley Marine Terminal jetties. Further up Southampton Water is Hythe Marina Village on the west side, while Ocean Village Marina is just beyond Southampton Dockhead up the River Itchen with Shamrock Quay and Saxon Wharf a bit further on beyond the Itchen Bridge. Small boats have plenty of exploration available to them in both the rivers Test and Itchen. The eastern Solent The eastern Solent has a different character to the western arm and the mainland shore is more developed. The sand and gravel sea bed which predominates to the west gives way to a greater proportion of mud in the east. Cross-Solent ferry traffic is high with car ferries operating between Portsmouth and Fishbourne at the entrance to Wootton Creek. Fast passenger catamarans run between Portsmouth and Ryde Pier head while the last remaining passenger hovercraft service runs between Southsea and Ryde. The major deep water shipping channel is south of Ryde Middle bank and very large ships regularly transit the area, with outgoing and incoming vessels often passing in the eastern Solent. Yachts and powerboats using this area should try to avoid the main channel, either staying to the south of the channel in ample water off the Island shore, or passing over Ryde Middle bank to the north of the main channel. The North channel runs to the north of Ryde Middle bank and is used by smaller commercial and military craft. The eastern Solent is also often busy at weekends and in high summer with yachts racing. 34

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On the Island shore, Osborne Bay, just to the east of Cowes, is a popular day-time or overnight anchorage as it is well sheltered from west or southwest winds and has an attractive shoreline. Just to the east, Wootton Creek is nice to explore in a small boat and when the tide serves but the entrance is dominated by the car ferry terminal and caution is needed when ferries are arriving and leaving. Further east is Ryde Pier and, beyond, the small Ryde Harbour which is accessible only around high tide and by small to medium sized shallow draft boats. Ryde Sands is the major obstacle in this area and this extensive sandbank catches out many unwary craft. To the north, the coastline turns northeast at Gilkicker Point and runs to the narrow entrance to Portsmouth Harbour. Portsmouth has much to offer the sailor or powerboater looking for exploration with a variety of marinas and opportunities for anchoring. Beyond the forts to the east lie Langstone and Chichester harbours, both of which have bars at their entrances which make it unsafe to enter or leave in rough conditions, such as when a strong southerly wind opposes a strong ebb tide. Both harbours are superb boating areas that are particularly appealing to owners of small yachts and powerboats who enjoy exploring, creek crawling, and wildlife watching. Together with the varied ports, harbours, and anchorages within the Solent, Langstone and Chichester make up the most compact yet varied cruising ground in Europe, a real treasure to be enjoyed and protected.

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CONTRIBUTED BY SIMON ROWELL • ROWELL YACHTING SERVICES

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Low Pressure Systems – What do they do?

Much of the weather in the Solent is driven by depressions passing to the north of us. These are generally well forecast, but we can help ourselves greatly by understanding the general progression of weather coming over us. By knowing where we are in relation to the overall passage of the system we can gain a much better insight about what is going to happen next, and therefore how we can prepare our boats and crew for its approach. The conditions at the surface depend on the air mass in which the observer is, and any fronts that may be passing overhead. Let’s look at a cross section through a typical low (Figure 1). The cross section is taken along the direction of travel of the system, and so can be used as a guide to the general flow of conditions as they pass overhead. Looking at the overall shape, the warm sector is deeper than the colder air masses ahead and behind it, which makes sense as it is warmer and therefore will expand more. The tropopause is the top of the troposphere, and is the dividing line between the troposphere and the stratosphere. Also, note that the horizontal and vertical scales are quite different, and the slope of both the cold and warm fronts is exaggerated.

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The Warm Front This is the leading edge of the warm conveyor, and the front of the warm sector. As such, the warm air will climb up over the cold conveyor ahead of it, and as it rises it will cool and the moisture in it will condense to form clouds and then rain. The thickness of the clouds decreases with altitude, starting with nimbostratus (or fog – which is just cloud at ground level), then altocumulus, altostratus, cirrostratus and cirrus clouds. So if you are ahead of one of these, to start with the visibility will be quite good, as you will be in relatively cold, dry air, and there will be some light stratus or cumulus cloud around. Several hundred kilometres before the surface front reaches you high level wispy cirrus clouds will appear, getting lower and thicker until the actual front arrives at surface together with rain and possibly fog. The wind will be from the south or even south east (in the northern hemisphere) and the barometer will be steadily falling. The air temperature will be cooler ahead of the warm front, but before it clouds over the sun will make for more pleasant conditions. At the warm front the wind will veer towards the south west, the rain will be at its heaviest to date before easing off to a drizzle or less, visibility will be poor in fog or rain, and the barometer will stop falling so quickly. The Warm Sector This is part of a single air mass, so the conditions will be more stable here. The warm sector is where the warm conveyor is, so the air will be relatively warm and wet. There may well be low stratus cloud or some fog with occasional rain or drizzle, and this will make the temperature feel cool as the sun is blocked, even if the air temperature is up. This level of moisture in the air will give moderate visibility, which may be poor if it rains. The wind will be steady from around the south west, and the barometer will also be steady, generally either rising or falling very slowly. If it’s falling, it may well be that the entire low is deepening. This sector is usually good for sailing, but not for sunbathing. The Cold Front The cold front is a very different animal to the warm front. As the air mass is cold and dry, it cannot climb up and over the warm sector air mass, so all the interaction between the two air masses happens in a much more vertical plane, potentially allowing the formation of massive cumulonimbus clouds fed by warm updrafts from the warm sector. Just ahead of the front there may be a sudden dip in pressure by 1 or 2 hPa, and the wind may back by up to 20O. Both of these effects are short-lived, and often pass un-noticed in the rush to put in a reef. Conditions under the front can be severe, with unpredictable squalls coming off the edges of the cumulonimbus clouds, and heavy rain or hail and electrical storms all possible. As a result of all this, visibility may be very poor.

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After the cold front has passed, however, the wind will veer again towards the west or north west, the skies will clear almost immediately, and as the air is now part of the cold, dry air mass the visibility will be excellent and there may be some scenic cumulus clouds if any. The wind may not yet decrease in strength, however – that depends on the isobar spacing. The pressure will now start to increase however, so calmer weather will be on the way. The End of a Depression - Occlusions As the whole system becomes more mature the cold front will start to catch up with the warm front, very much like a zipper being done up (Figure 2) This forms an occluded front and results in what’s left of the warm sector being pushed up above the preceding and following cold air masses which now join up (Figure 2). The example shown is a warm occlusion because the air advancing faster behind the cold front is warmer than the air ahead of the warm front. If it was the other way round, with the air behind the cold front colder than the air ahead of the warm front, it would be a cold occlusion. From the observer’s point of view beneath them, they’re both wet. Cold fronts are quicker than warm fronts because the warm air that rises up the warm front becomes cold and dry by the time it gets up to the top – effectively the advancing cold and dry air behind the cold front simply shoves the warm and wet air in the warm sector up and over the air in front of it. As all this warm wet air is lifted, it cools, causing water vapour to condense as the air cools to appear in the form of a persistent miserable drizzle and low level cloud. As this is towards the end of the frontal system’s life it’s normally not very energetic, just wet.

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A GUIDE TO BUYING & SELLING A BOAT

BUYING & SELLING

WHAT AN ABYA BROKER WILL DO FOR YOU The Association of Brokers and Yacht Agents (ABYA) is the professional association for yacht brokers. All our members are Qualified Experienced Professionals and consist of the UK’s leading yacht brokers and boat dealers. ABYA members include all of the following activities as part of their service.

Liaise With The Seller and Agree On A Sales Plan

An ABYA broker can advise you on market conditions, the likely current value of your boat and give guidance on presentation and location for sale, plus advise you on where money should be spent (or not) to help sell your boat.

Sign An Agreement and Start Conveyancing Process

The seller and broker will agree the suggested selling price and enter into a written agreement. With this commitment in place the broker can start the conveyancing process. Conveyancing is the legal due‐diligence check into the paperwork and history of the boat, including: registration, title history (its record of legal ownership), any outstanding finance, VAT & RCD status. This can be a time‐consuming process but it means buyers can come to ABYA brokers and buy with confidence knowing that these checks have been made before the boat is even put on sale.

Create Marketing Materials

An ABYA broker will put together photography, and/or video and a full written specification for the boat. This will be approved by the seller prior to marketing. Again, this can be a time‐consuming and costly exercise involving travel and specialist knowledge and skills. 

Implement An Effective Advertising Plan

An ABYA broker will then buy advertising on behalf of the buyer. This is a fast moving environment and the broker will use his experience and judgement to choose the right media across varying platforms as well as his own website and in‐house media. A static website and waiting for the phone to ring is unlikely to bring results.

Gather and Filter Sales Enquiries

Your ABYA broker will qualify leads, send out details of the boat and book viewings. This may involve considerable travel time and will often be during unsociable hours and at weekends.

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Arrange Viewings and Find A Buyer

At viewings your ABYA broker will use his knowledge of the industry to bring the right boat together with the right buyer. Again, this not an easy area and good brokers are skilled and well‐practised in it.

Agree Terms and Draw Up S&P Documentation

Once an agreement is reached your broker will put his legal hat back on and draw‐up the sale and purchase agreement. The broker will liaise with the surveyor, the yards for lift‐outs and lift‐ins, sea trial skippers and general advice as to who is responsible for what at each stage of the process.

Process The Sale and Secure Payment

The broker will assist in more negotiation if there are any issues after the survey and advise both parties on legal or contractual responsibility. If all is well the transaction will proceed to completion. The broker’s role now, is effectively to protect each side. The purchaser makes his balance payment to the secure client account, safe in the knowledge that no funds will be handed over until the right title documents have been delivered and re‐checked. The seller is also safe in the knowledge that title to his boat will not pass until funds have been cleared through the secure account. Once the correct documents have been delivered and the funds have fully cleared, the broker can transfer ownership to the buyer, draw up the completion statement, make any agreed payments such as paying off an outstanding mortgage, simultaneously and safely distribute the sales proceeds to the seller.

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Last year, RNLI lifeboats from Hayling Island to Poole launched 181 times and spent over 1,100 hours at sea, rescuing boats that had suffered from mechanical or steering failure, a fouled propeller or simply from running out of fuel. In essence, vessels which were not necessarily in immediate danger but needed help before the situation became worse. Add in a similar number of rescues by the independent Solent lifeboats, assistance by volunteer harbour patrols, the numerous craft looked after by the marine breakdown service Sea Start, and who knows how many others towed in by fellow boat owners, and engine failure is the number one reason why hundreds of boats - power and sail - ‘get into trouble’. In many cases, these problems could have been avoided if the owner had shown some TLC to their boat’s engine. So how should you be looking after your petrol or diesel donkey? Servicing Every engine - big and small - requires regular servicing. For most leisure boats, that will mean an annual service, even if the engine may have only been run for just a few hours during the whole year. Marine engines work in harsh conditions compared to road vehicle engines, which adds to their wear and tear. Neglecting basic tasks such as checking and changing drive belts, water pump impellers, oil, fuel and air filters, is likely to lead to unexpected breakdowns usually at the most inconvenient time! Get to know your engine. Always check the engine compartment before leaving your mooring or slipway, giving the engine a quick once over. Look for signs such as oil, fuel or water in the bilges. Are the water and fuel filters clear and the engine oil level and cooling water level correct? Have you found anything unexpected? If in doubt, don’t go out. When running, keep an ear out for any abnormal sounds which can indicate when something’s wrong. Regularly check the engine compartment when underway for oil, water or fuel leaks. Watch the engine instruments for engine oil pressure or cooling water temperature changes. Understand how your engine works and where the key components such as the cooling-water pump and fuel filters are located. Learn how to service and repair these items yourself. If you have a diesel

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engine, go on a RYA engine course to find out how to provide engine ‘first aid’. If you have a petrol engine, talk to your engine’s mechanic and ask him what are the most likely reasons for your engine to break down and what you could do to remedy them at sea. Make sure you carry a set of ‘first aid’ spares for your engine. For a diesel, this will include fuel filters, engine oil, drive belts and impellers for the water pump, as well as a selection of bits and pieces, such as self-amalgamating tape, hose and hose clips, nuts and bolts etc., which you can use to jury-rig a repair to get you home. And to make the repair, you’ll need a small set of tools. It doesn’t have to be extensive, just the right tools for the job. Do you have enough fuel? If you are new to boating, it’s easy to underestimate how much fuel a boat consumes. Compared to cars, boats are fuel thirsty. It’s quite normal for a large motor cruiser to have a consumption figure of half a mile to the Photo: John Feltham gallon or, put another way, approximately 10 litres per mile. Displacement motor boats and sailing yachts fare better with consumption figures of around 5 to 10 mpg or 0.5 to 1 litre per mile at full throttle. Easing off the gas, to bring the boat to a cruising speed, will save fuel. Of course, with boating, because weather and sea conditions will affect your boat’s consumption, we should work on the basis of litres per hour. When planning a journey always use the thirds rule - a third of capacity to get there, a third back and a third spare to ensure you have enough for changing conditions. Alternative means Carry an alternative means of propulsion. Sails? Are your sailing skills sufficient to take you to a mooring or anchorage? Remember, if you have a marina berth, the marina staff are always happy to help tow you in the last half mile. Radio ahead so that they can get themselves organised. On a small boat, paddles can be used to get yourself out of harm’s way and take you to the nearest point of safety. Single engine motor boats should carry an auxiliary outboard. However, make sure you have sufficient petrol (and oil if a two-stroke) for the auxiliary. Can it use the same fuel as your main engine? Can it use the same fuel line? And if yours is a twin-engine boat, can the boat be propelled by one engine. Does it have independent fuel supply for each engine to prevent contaminated fuel from stopping both engines? Will the power steering still function if one or other engine fails? Prevention is better than cure To save yourself from getting into trouble and to know what to do if you do, the RNLI offer a free advice service called Advice Onboard to anyone who goes afloat. We have a number of trained advisors who will come to your boat and go through every aspect of staying safe on the water and provide you with a written report with their suggestions to improve safety onboard. And, just in case the worst still happens, we’ll even explain how to prepare your boat for a tow. To arrange an RNLI Advice Onboard either telephone 0845 046 6999 or go to the website RNLI.org/adviceonboard.

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INTERNATIONAL ETCHELLS 10-03-15 March – October 30 feet of pure one-design sailing machine which can plane downwind, and slips along in the light. The largest fleet of dry sailed keelboat in Cowes. Owner-driven with two or three crew, strict one-design credentials and an annual six-sail limit. It’s as much fun as the big boats, but less hassle with fewer crew and less maintenance. Easy to trail or ship overseas, it fits into a 40 foot high top container. The Annual World Championships are held in different places each year – USA, Australia, Europe and Asia and will be in Cowes in September 2016. Fifty fleets worldwide and over 1,400 boats built to date, with older boats retaining their competitiveness. Past world champions include Dennis Connor, Bill Hardesty, Stuart Childerley, Andy Beadsworth, Jud Smith, Ken Read, Poul HojJensen, Vince Brun, Dave Curtis and Chris Law. Ben Ainslie was third in the 2009 Worlds sailing with John Bertrand and Andrew Palfrey, the last two named going on to win the 2010 Worlds with Tom Slingsby. The Etchells Invitational Regatta for the Gertrude Cup will be held on 1 – 5 August 2015. Film of last year’s Regatta on www.etchellsinvitational.com. We have loaner boats available and an active youth programme. Fleet captain: davidfranks80@gmail.com or 07768 063868. www.etchellsukfleet.co.uk

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SOLENT EVENTS DIARY JOG CHAMPIONSHIP 3 April – 3 October The Junior Offshore Group (JOG) was established in 1950 to allow smaller yachts to compete offshore; it organises highly competitive races for IRC rated yachts. JOG runs a full programme every season, grouped into an Inshore and Offshore Series. Competitors enjoy a high standard of racing and a similarly high level of camaraderie at the parties which are held at the end of almost every race in a host port. Most JOG races start in the Solent from the club’s fixed line and distinctive starting box just east of Egypt Point, Cowes. www.jog.org.uk RSYC DOUBLE HANDED RACING 11 April – 10 October The Royal Southampton Yacht Club is the UK’s home of Double Handed racing. The 2015 series comprises 12 races: 4 Inshore, 4 Offshore and 4 Alongshore, open to all comers in IRC, RSYC & Multihull classes. This includes the ever-popular Island Double on Saturday 18 July, which regularly attracts upwards of 120 boats. The RSYC have been awarded the Double Handed IRC National Championships for a second year (this time in conjunction with RORC incorporating the Royal Corinthian YC) taking place on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 September. For full details of the complete RSYC race schedule visit: www.rsyc.org.uk

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ISLAND SAILING CLUB EVENING RACE SERIES 21 April – 1 September – Tuesday Nights The Island Sailing Club’s ever-popular Evening Race Series provides SYT_SolantDirectory_82x106_nr1.indd 1 10-03-15 races for all sizes of boat on Tuesday evenings, with the exception of Cowes Week, through to 1 September when the traditional Bang & Go Back Race marks the end of the evening season. Other open events take place throughout the year – contact the ISC for details – chris@islandsc.org.uk. www.islandsc.org.uk/isctuesday.aspx VICE ADMIRAL’S CUP 15 – 17 May The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s annual Vice Admiral’s Cup regatta will take place from Friday 15 to Sunday 17 May. Since its introduction the event has gone from strength to strength, with its close racing format making it enjoyable for the competitors. This year there will be racing for the following classes: J/111, J/109, Quarter Tonners and SB20s. There will also be two IRC Classes for yachts with an IRC Rating between 0.900 and 1.250 and a further Class for boats with a rating between 1.100 and 1.300 with a DLR of 135 or less. www.rorc.org IRC SOLENT REGION CHAMPIONSHIP 16 May – 4 September Spanning the full length of the Solent, from the Nab Tower race in the east to the Royal Solent Regatta off Yarmouth, this series aims to encourage larger fleets of IRC-rated yachts in a wide range of competitive racing. Post-race hospitality at host clubs provides the opportunity to experience the unique atmosphere of each, and socialise with fellow competitors. Boats can enter any combination of events, or the whole series, on the website. www.solentirc.org.uk YARMOUTH OLD GAFFERS FESTIVAL 29 – 31 May The theme for the 19th Annual Old Gaffers Festival will be ‘In The Pink’, in aid of the Breast Cancer Campaign for Research and Awareness – everyone is invited to wear pink or fly a few pink flags in support. With fun for the whole family, the harbour will be filled with visiting gaff-rigged vessels, some of which will race in the Solent on Saturday morning. There will be a Continental market, food and craft stalls, children’s rides, classical vehicle display, non-stop free daytime entertainment, flower festival and real ale bar. On Friday and Saturday evenings (ticket required) there will be dancing to live music in the marquee on the Quay. www.yarmoutholdgaffersfestival.co.uk DUBARRY WOMEN’S OPEN KEELBOAT CHAMPIONSHIPS 30 – 31 May The Women’s Open Keelboat Championship is a weekend for sailors with 100% female crew. WOKC focuses on high quality, competitive keelboat racing, accommodating a range of experience and age groups across key one design and handicap fleets. Hosted by Hamble River Sailing Club. www.wokc.co.uk

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SOLENT EVENTS DIARY WESTWARD CHALLENGE 14 – 16 June Run as an invitational race, with the Royal Yacht Squadron as the organising authority, the Westward Cup was first held in 2010 and was a tremendous success. It marked the revival of, and interest in, Big Class yacht racing in the Solent and around the world. At the time of going to press, several of the world’s most beautiful classic yachts have so far confirmed their entry. Racing will make maximum use of the waters around the Isle of Wight to ensure the captains and crews enjoy challenging and competitive racing that only these waters can deliver. www.rys.org.uk J.P. MORGAN ASSET MANAGEMENT ROUND THE ISLAND RACE 27 June The annual J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club (ISC), is one of the most iconic yacht races in the world, and it takes place around the Isle of Wight. The one-day Race regularly attracts over 1,700 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races and the fourth largest participation sporting events in the UK. Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course around the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races west about, to The Needles, round St Catherine’s Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back to the Solent to the finish line at Cowes. The Race is a great opportunity for friends and first timers to race against world-renowned sailors. This year, the organisers are delighted to be hosting the thrilling spectacle of the GC32 foiling catamarans in Cowes to compete for the ‘Cowes Cup’, culminating in the Class competing in the Race as part of their Europe-wide GC32 Racing Tour. For those not competing there are many vantage points both on the Island and the south coast, from which to watch the race, such as Hurst Castle, The Needles and the Spinnaker Tower. If you want to be on the start line for this year’s Race, standard entries close at midnight on Saturday 13 June and late entries close at noon on Wednesday 24 June. For entry details and all the news, head for the home page of the official Race website. You can also keep up to date with RTI Race news and share your stories on both Twitter and Facebook. Use the hashtag #raceforall. The Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust is the Race Official Charity and you can donate at http://www.justgiving.com/company/roundtheisland. The Race website includes a Forum with a ‘crew wanted’ and ‘crew available’ section and you can contribute to other general race discussions. The ISC looks forward to welcoming you to this year’s event, and to the Race Village in Cowes Yacht Haven. www.roundtheisland.org.uk

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SOLENT EVENTS DIARY COWES DINGHY WEEK 1 – 5 August Cowes Dinghy Week Regatta is hosted by Gurnard Sailing Club in the waters of the western Solent. Dinghy Week is a friendly, but fiercely contested, regatta attracting around 150 entries from sailors of all ages, in a range of classes with social events most evenings. There will be class racing for classes with eight or more entries, a catamaran handicap class and three monohull handicap classes. www.gurnardsc.org.uk THE ETCHELLS INVITATIONAL REGATTA 1 – 5 August Hosted by the Royal Thames Yacht Club, teams from around the world will be sailing to win the 140 year old Gertrude Cup Trophy. Twenty identical boats with identical new North sails will be launched at Shepard’s Wharf, race-ready for the teams to race over four days in the central Solent. Teams change hulls every morning but keep the same sails. 2014 saw the inauguration of this event and there is a film on www.etchellsinvitational.com showing how the 20 teams from 11 different countries fought to win the trophy. www.etchellsinvitational.com ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT COWES WEEK 8 – 15 August Since 1826 Cowes Week has played a key part in the British sporting summer calendar and is one of the UK’s longest running and most successful sporting events. The eight day regatta now stages around 40 daily races for between 800 and 1,000 boats and has a varied race programme to suit the most competitively campaigned boats, cruiser racers, and everything in between; there’s something for everyone at this, the world’s best known sailing regatta. Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week, as the event is now known, attracts up to 8,000 competitors ranging from Olympic and worldclass professionals to weekend sailors, and in excess of 100,000 spectators come to watch the sailing, enjoy the social scene, and to experience the unique atmosphere. www.aamcowesweek.co.uk

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In 2015 the Rolex Fastnet Race will start from the Royal Yacht Squadron line off Cowes, Isle of Wight, on Sunday 16 August. Founded in 1925, this year will see the 90th Anniversary of the race and the largest fleet to ever compete in the race, at 380 yachts, varying from Corinthian 30ft monohulls racing under IRC to Professional 131ft multihulls racing for the course record. The 608 mile course leaves the Solent through the Needles and runs along the West Coast and up through the Irish Sea to round the Fastnet Rock, before navigating round the Isles of Scilly and finishing in Plymouth. Spectators will be able to watch the race start from Cowes or the south coast of the mainland, and meet the boats as they arrive in Plymouth. www.fastnet.rorc.org CHICHESTER HARBOUR RACE REGATTA WEEK 17 – 21 August Hayling Island Sailing Club – three race areas. Series A – RS 400, Merlin, Flying Fifteen, Finn, Laser classes plus Fast Asymmetric with Foils, Medium Asymmetric and Fast Handicap fleets. Series B – RS 200, Laser, Radial, 4.7, Solo, RS Feva classes and Medium Handicap. Series C – Topper, RS Tera, Optimist classes and Slow Handicap Series A & B have one race a day with three to count, and Series C has nine races with three to count. www.chichesterharbourrace.sailevent.net COWES CLASSIC POWERBOAT FESTIVAL 5 – 6 September This year’s Cowes Classic Powerboat Festival will be based at Cowes Yacht Haven and will see a mix of race boats and some wonderful classic boats all taking part in the Festival. The boats will assemble in the North Basin at Cowes Yacht Haven on Saturday 5 September, which means the public are able to watch all the activity from shore, as boats and crew undergo technical inspection and carry out last minute race preparation. Racing takes place on Sunday 6 September, and will consist of two races. The Cowes-Torquay-Cowes powerboat race, which is the longest running offshore powerboat race in the world, will start at 0900 off Gurnard and the race boats are expected to return to Cowes between 1430 and 1730, finishing north of Gurnard cardinal buoy. The Cowes-Poole-Cowes race – for a range of other classes – will start at 1000 and sees the race boats travel down the Western Solent and around Poole Bay before returning to Cowes. Adding to the excitement will be a flotilla of ‘classic’ powerboats which will provide safety support for the race starts before performing a parade in the Western Solent. www.cowestorquaycowes.co.uk

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LITTLE BRITAIN CHALLENGE CUP 11 – 13 September The Little Britain Challenge Cup is the premier construction and property industry event. First started in 1988, 2015 sees the 28th regatta. Taking place in Cowes, with racing run by the Royal Yacht Squadron, the action-packed three day regatta attracts a large cross-section of organisations and individuals who are involved in the building world. www.littlebritain.co.uk SOUTHAMPTON BOAT SHOW 11 – 20 September The Southampton Boat Show – Britain’s best-loved on-water Boat Show – is a much anticipated event, providing fun-filled days out for boaters, families and friends to see thousands of boats, brands, products and suppliers. www.southamptonboatshow.com

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Old Gaffers Association - Chichester Rally Hamble River SC - XOD A1 Chichester Cruiser RC - Spring Series 1 Royal Southern YC - Solent Cruiser Race Royal Southern YC - Sigma 38 National Championships Royal London YC - Cowes Keelboat Solent Series Island Sailing Club - Spring Series Day 3 Royal Southampton YC - Weymouth Double Return Leg 2 and Offshore 2 Lymington Town SC - Sun Early Summer Points A and B Race 1 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Chichester Cruiser RC - Spring Series 2 Chichester Cruiser RC - Spring Series 3 Island Sailing Club - Evening Race Series Race 3 Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 1 Race 2 Lymington Town SC - Wed Early Points Race 4 Hamble River SC - Wed Night Racing A1 East Cowes SC - Spring Evening Series 4 Royal Lymington YC - Thu Night Racing Early Series 2 Royal Southern YC - Fri Night Racing Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Solo Offshore RC - Offshore Series Races 1 and 2 Chichester Cruiser RC - Crews Race Royal Yacht Squadron - Cowes Keelboat Championship 1 RORC incorporating RCYC - Etchells South Coast Championship Royal Southern YC - May Regatta Island Sailing Club - Spring Series Day 4 Royal Southampton YC - Spring Series 7 and 8 Lymington Town SC - Sun Early Summer Points A and B Race 2 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Chichester Cruiser RC - Series 3 Island Sailing Club - Evening Race Series Race 4 Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 1 Race 3 Lymington Town SC - Wed Early Points Race 5 Island SC - IOW Businesses Sonar Evening Regatta Day 1 Hamble River SC - Wed Night Racing A2 East Cowes SC - Spring Evening Series 5 Royal Lymington YC - Thu Night Racing Early Series 3 Royal Southern YC - Fri Night Racing Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing RORC incorporating RCYC - Vice Admirals Cup RORC incorporating RCYC - City Livery Yacht Club Race Royal Southampton YC - Clarkson Cup / IRC Solent Region Championships Day1 East Cowes SC - Passage Race to Lymington Lymington Town SC - Hamble Scramble Lymington to Hamble Race Lymington Town SC - Dinghy Cruise 2 Royal Lymington YC - Sat Cruiser Racer Series 1 Hamble River SC - XOD A2 JOG - Offshore Championship Cowes to Yarmouth Britannia Corporate Events - Legal Cup Royal Thames YC - Cowes Keelboat Solent Series Island Sailing Club - Spring Series Day 5 Royal Southampton YC - Spring Series 9 and 10 Lymington Town SC - Hamble Scramble Hamble to Lymington Race Lymington Town SC - Sun Early Summer Points A and B Race 3 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing JOG - Offshore Championship Yarmouth to Cowes Island Sailing Club - Evening Race Series Race 5 Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 1 Race 4 Lymington Town SC - Wed Early Points Race 6 Hamble River SC - Wed Night Racing A3 East Cowes SC - Spring Evening Series 6 Royal Southampton YC - Evening Twilight Series 1 Royal Lymington YC - Thu Night Racing Early Series 4 Royal London YC / RSrnYC / and DYC - Cowes Deauville Race and Rally Royal Southampton YC - Cherbourg Double Offshore 3 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing JOG - Offshore Championship Dielette RORC - Myth of Malham Race Hamble River SC - XOD A3 Chichester Cruiser RC - Series 4 RORC incorporating RCYC - Bank of England Regatta Royal Yacht Squadron Racing - Sir Kenneth Preston Trophy Stokes Bay SC - Dart 18 Open RORC incorporating RCYC - Cowes Keelboat Solent Series Island Sailing Club - Spring Series Day 6 Lymington Town SC - Sun Early Summer Points A and B Race 4 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Chichester Cruiser RC - Ladies Race Chichester Cruiser RC - Series 5 Island Sailing Club - Evening Race Series Race 6 Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 1 Race 5 Lymington Town SC - Wed Early Points Race 7 Hamble River SC - Wed Night Racing A4 East Cowes SC - Evening Mass Start & Ladies 2 Royal Southampton YC - Evening Twilight Series 2 Royal Lymington YC - Thu Night Racing Early Series 5 Old Gaffers Association - Yarmouth Old Gaffers Festival Royal Southern YC - Fri Night Racing

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Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Solo Offshore RC - Offshore Series Race 3 Royal Solent YC - Old Gaffers Stokes Bay SC - B14 Nationals Island Sailing Club - Inshore Series Day 1 Christchurch Bay Race Lymington Town SC - Novice and Junior Race Royal Victoria YC - Optimist Open Hamble River SC - Womens Open Keelboat Championship / XOD A4 Chichester Cruiser RC - Summer Series 1 Royal Victoria YC / EWCC - Optimist Regatta Royal Southern YC - Hamble Yarmouth Cup and Rally Royal London YC - Cowes Keelboat Championship Royal Lymington YC - Folkboat Nationals and 50th Anniversary Lymington Town SC - Sun Early Summer Points A and B Race 5 Hamble River SC - Womens Open Keelboat Championship / Foxer Sailing Chichester Cruiser RC - Summer Series 2 & 3

JUNE Tue 02 Tue 02 Wed 03 Wed 03 Wed 03 Wed 03 Thu 04 Thu 04 Thu 04 Thu 04 Fri 05 Fri 05 Fri 05 Fri 05 Fri 05 Sat 06 Sat 06 Sat 06 Sat 06 Sat 06 Sat 06 Sat 06 Sun 07 Sun 07 Sun 07 Sun 07 Sun 07 Mon 08 Tue 09 Wed 10 Wed 10 Wed 10 Wed 10 Thu 11 Thu 11 Thu 11 Thu 11 Thu 11 Fri 12 Fri 12 Sat 13 Sat 13 Sat 13 Sat 13 Sat 13 Sat 13 Sat 13 Sun 14 Sun 14 Tue 16 Wed 17 Wed 17 Wed 17 Wed 17 Thu 18 Thu 18 Thu 18 Fri 19 Fri 19 Fri 19 Sat 20 Sat 20 Sat 20 Sat 20 Sat 20

Island Sailing Club - Evening Race Series Race 7 Royal Yacht Squadron Racing - Bicentenary Racing Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 1 Race 6 Hamble River SC - Wed Night Racing A5 Royal Solent YC - Members BIC Regatta Lymington Town SC - Wed Early Points Race 8 East Cowes SC - Midsummer Evening Series 1 Royal Southampton YC - Evening Twilight Series 3 Royal Lymington YC - Thu Night Racing Early Series 6 Britannia Corporate Events - Lutine Lineslip Royal Yacht Squadron - Fleet Review RORC - De Guingand Bowl Race Royal Southern YC - Fri Night Racing Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Chichester Cruiser RC - Series 6 East Cowes SC - Sail the Wight Lymington Town SC - Dinghy Cruise 3 RORC incorporating RCYC - Tiny Mitchell Regatta / Contessa 32 Regatta / IRC Solent Region Championships Day 2 Royal Lymington YC - Duo Series 3 Hamble River SC - XOD A5 Royal London YC - BCYC Tuning Fork Regatta Cowes Corinthian YC - Cowes Keelboat Solent Series Royal Southern YC - Club Day Pursuit Race Lymington Town SC - Cowes and Back Race Lymington Town SC - Sun Early Summer Points A and B Race 6 Hamble River SC - Foxer Interstellars RORC Incorporating RCYC - Contessa 32 Regatta Island Sailing Club - IDOR Regatta Island Sailing Club - Evening Race Series Race 8 Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 1 Race 7 Lymington Town SC - Wed Early Points Race 9 Hamble River SC - Wed Night Racing A6 Royal Southern YC - Match Cup ISAF Grade 2 East Cowes SC - Midsummer Evening Series 2 Royal Lymington YC - Thu Night Racing Early Series 7 Island Sailing Club - J Cup Regatta Royal Southern YC - Match Cup Royal Southampton YC - Evening Twilight Series 4 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing JOG - Offshore Championship Alderney Old Gaffers Association - Dutch Style Gaffer Race Royal Southampton YC - Poole Bar Double Alongshore 2 Hamble River SC - XOD A6 Island Sailing Club - BPMI Cup Regatta Solo Offshore RC - Inshore Series Races 4 and 5 Royal Thames YC - Cowes Keelboat Championship 3 Royal Lymington YC - Summer Keelboat Regatta Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Royal Yacht Squadron Racing - Westward Cup Island Sailing Club - Evening Race Series Race 9 Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 2 Race 1 Lymington Town SC - Wed Early Points Race 10 Island SC - IOW Businesses Sonar Evening Regatta Day 2 Hamble River SC - Wed Night Racing A7 East Cowes SC - Midsummer Evening Series 3 Royal Southampton YC - Evening Twilight Series 5 Royal Lymington YC - Thu Night Racing Early Series 8 RORC - Morgan Cup Race Royal Southern YC - Fri Night Racing Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing RORC incorporating RCYC - Members Race 2 JOG - Offshore Championship Eastern Approaches Chichester Cruiser RC - Series 7 Royal Southern YC - June Regatta / IRC Solent Region Championships Day 3 Royal Southern YC - Sonata Southerns

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SOLENT EVENTS CALENDAR Sat 20 Sat 20 Sat 20 Sat 20 Sun 21 Sun 21 Sun 21 Mon 22 Tue 23 Wed 24 Wed 24 Wed 24 Wed 24 Wed 24 Wed 24 Thu 25 Thu 25 Thu 25 Thu 25 Thu 25 Fri 26 Fri 26 Sat 27 Sat 27 Sun 28 Sun 28 Sun 28 Tue 30

Royal Thames YC - Cumberland Regatta Royal Thames YC - Cowes Keelboat Solent Series Britannia Corporate Events - Energy Regatta Royal London YC - Etchells Bedrock Lymington Town SC - Sun Early Summer Points A and B Race 7 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Chichester Cruiser RC - Series 8 RORC incorporating RCYC - Sirmoor YS Regatta Island Sailing Club - Evening Race Series Race 10 River Hamble CC - Dinghy Evening Regatta Island Sailing Club - The Cowes Cup GC32 Class Foiling Catamarans River Hamble CC - Cruiser and XOD Invitation Handicap Race Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 2 Race 2 Lymington Town SC - Ladies Race and Crews Race Hamble River SC - Wed Night Racing A8 / RHCC Race River Hamble CC - Cruiser and XOD Invitation Pursuit Race East Cowes SC - Midsummer Evening Series 4 Royal Southampton YC - Evening Twilight Series 6 Royal Lymington YC - Thu Night Racing Early Series 9 Stokes Bay SC - Moth Nationals Royal Southern YC - Fri Night Racing Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Island Sailing Club - JP Morgan Asset Management Round The Island Race Hamble River SC - XOD A7 Lymington Town SC - Sun Early Summer Points A and B Race 8 Royal London YC - David Thomas Regatta Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Island Sailing Club - Evening Race Series Race 11

JULY Wed 01 Wed 01 Wed 01 Thu 02 Thu 02 Thu 02 Thu 02 Fri 03 Fri 03 Sat 04 Sat 04 Sat 04 Sat 04 Sat 04 Sat 04 Sat 04 Sat 04 Sat 04 Sat 04 Sat 04 Sat 04 Sat 04 Sun 05 Sun 05 Sun 05 Tue 07 Wed 08 Wed 08 Wed 08 Wed 08 Thu 09 Thu 09 Thu 09 Fri 10 Fri 10 Fri 10 Fri 10 Sat 11 Sat 11 Sat 11 Sat 11 Sat 11 Sat 11 Sat 11 Sat 11 Sat 11 Sun 12 Sun 12 Tue 14 Wed 15 Wed 15 Wed 15 Wed 15 Thu 16 Thu 16 Thu 16 Fri 17

Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 2 Race 3 Lymington Town SC - Wed Summer Points Race 1 Hamble River SC - Wed Night Racing Copper Kettle Pursuit Island Sailing Club - Savills Sonar Regatta East Cowes SC - Midsummer Evening Series 5 Royal Southampton YC - Evening Summer Series 1 Royal Lymington YC - Thu Night Racing Late Series 1 Royal Southern YC - Fri Night Racing Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing River Hamble CC - Harbour Masters Dinghy Pursuit Race Island Sailing Club - Inshore Series Day 2 Solent Race East Cowes SC - Seamanship Race Gort Cup Royal Southampton YC - West Princessa Alongshore 2 Lymington Town SC - Dinghy Cruise 4 Royal Lymington YC - Sat Cruiser Racer Series 2 Chichester Cruiser RC - Series 9 Island Sailing Club - ISC Annual Regatta Island Sailing Club - Cowes Keelboat Solent Series Royal Southern YC - July Regatta Royal Solent YC - Prince Consort Royal London YC - Etchells Nationals Royal Yacht Squadron Racing - Swan European Regatta Lymington Town SC - Sun Late Summer Points A and B Race 1 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Chichester Cruiser RC - Series 10 Island Sailing Club - Evening Race Series Race 12 Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 2 Race 4 Lymington Town SC - Wed Summer Points Race 2 Hamble River SC - Wed Night Racing B1 RORC incorporating RCYC - Quarter Ton Cup East Cowes SC - Midsummer Evening Series 6 Royal Southampton YC - Evening Summer Series 2 Royal Lymington YC - Thu Night Racing Late Series 2 RORC - Cowes - Dinard - St Malo Race Royal Southern YC - Fri Night Racing Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing JOG - Offshore Championship Cowes Dinard St Malo Old Gaffers Association - Poole Harbour Rally Hamble River SC - XOD B1 / IRC Small Boat Regatta Cowes Corinthian YC - Contessa 32 Cowes-Poole-Cowes Race RORC incorporating RCYC - Stug Perry Trophy / Portcullis Regatta Royal Thames YC - Saida Cup Etchells Open Itchenor Sailing Club - National Swallow Championships Royal Southern YC - XOD Central Solent Championships RORC incorporating RCYC - Cowes Keelboat Solent Series Royal Victoria YC / EWCC - RVYC Regatta Lymington Town SC - Coronation Cup Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing / IRC Small Boat Regatta Island Sailing Club - Evening Race Series Race 13 Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 2 Race 5 Lymington Town SC - Wed Summer Points Race 3 Island SC - IOW Businesses Sonar Evening Regatta Day 3 Hamble River SC - Wed Night Racing B2 East Cowes SC - Late Summer Evening Series 1 Royal Southampton YC - Evening Summer Series 3 Royal Lymington YC - Thu Night Racing Late Series 3 RORC incorporating RCYC - IRC National Championship

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Visit www.boatinsure.co.uk or call us 01732 223650. Fri 17 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Sat 18 RORC incorporating RCYC - XOD Telegraph Trophy Sat 18 Royal Southern YC - Poole and Back Race and Rally Sat 18 RORC incorporating RCYC - Cowes Keelboat Solent Series including racing for the Solent Sunbeams Sat 18 Solo Offshore RC - Stand Alone Championship Sat 18 Royal Southampton YC - Island Double Alongshore 3 Sat 18 Lymington Town SC - Lymington Dinghy Regatta Sat 18 Hamble River SC - XOD B2 Sun 19 Royal Yacht Squadron Racing - Panerai British Classic Week Sun 19 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Mon 20 Royal London YC / RORC incorporating RCYC / ISC / CCYC / RVYC - Charles Stanley Cowes Classics Week Tue 21 Island Sailing Club - Evening Race Series Race 14 Wed 22 Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 2 Race 6 Wed 22 Lymington Town SC - Wed Summer Points Race 4 Wed 22 Hamble River SC - Wed Night Racing B3 Thu 23 East Cowes SC - Late Summer Evening Series 2 Thu 23 Royal Southampton YC - Evening Summer Series 4 Thu 23 Royal Lymington YC - Thu Night Racing Late Series 4 Thu 23 Portsmouth - AMERICA’S CUP WORLD SERIES Fri 24 Royal Southern YC - Fri Night Racing Fri 24 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Fri 24 Royal Solent YC - Taittinger Regatta / IRC Solent Region Championships Day 4 Fri 24 Gurnard SC - Junior Regatta Sat 25 Hamble River SC - XOD B3 Sat 25 JOG - Offshore Championship Weymouth Sat 25 Island Sailing Club - Cowes Keelboat Championship 4 Sat 25 Royal Southern YC - Channel Challenge / Cruiser Race Sun 26 Royal Temple YC - Ramsgate Week Sun 26 Royal Yacht Squadron Racing - International BIC Regatta Sun 26 Lymington Town SC - Sun Late Summer Points A and B Race 2 Sun 26 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Mon 27 Royal Solent YC - Sunset Series

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SOLENT EVENTS CALENDAR Tue 28 Wed 29 Wed 29 Wed 29 Thu 30 Thu 30 Thu 30 Fri 31 Fri 31

Island Sailing Club - Evening Race Series Race 15 Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 2 Race 7 Lymington Town SC - Wed Summer Points Race 5 Hamble River SC - Wed Night Racing B4 East Cowes SC - Late Summer Evening Series 3 Royal Lymington YC - Thu Night Racing Late Series 5 Royal Lymington YC - RS Elite Nationals Royal Southern YC - Fri Night Racing Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing

AUGUST Sat 01 Sat 01 Sat 01 Sat 01 Sat 01 Sat 01 Sat 01 Sun 02 Sun 02 Sun 02 Sun 02 Sun 02 Mon 03 Tue 04 Wed 05 Wed 05 Wed 05 Thu 06 Thu 06 Fri 07 Sat 08 Sun 09 Sun 09 Wed 12 Wed 12 Wed 12 Thu 13 Fri 14 Sun 16 Sun 16 Sat 16 Sat 16 Sat 16 Mon 17 Tue 18 Wed 19 Wed 19 Wed 19 Thu 20 Thu 20 Thu 20 Fri 21 Fri 21 Fri 21 Sat 22 Sat 22 Sat 22 Sat 22 Sat 22 Sat 22 Sat 22 Sun 23 Sun 23 Sun 23 Sun 23 Tue 25 Wed 26 Wed 26 Wed 26 Thu 27 Thu 27 Thu 27 Fri 28 Fri 28 Fri 28 Fri 28 Sat 29 Sat 29 Sat 29 Sat 29 Sat 29 Sun 30 Sun 30 Sun 30 Mon 31

RORC - Channel Race Household Division YC - Annual Regatta Royal Southampton YC - Laid Marks & Summer Double Inshore Races 2 and 3 Hamble River SC - XOD B4 Bembridge SC / EWCC - Bembridge Village Regatta Royal Thames YC - Gertrude Cup International Etchells Invitational Gurnard SC - Cowes Dinghy Week Lymington Town SC - Newtown Race Royal London YC - Cowes Keelboat Solent Series Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Brading Haven YC / EWCC - Dinghy Regatta Royal London YC - International Invitational Etchells Regatta Brading Haven YC / EWCC - Solent Scow Championships Island Sailing Club - Evening Race Series Race 16 Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 3 Race 1 Lymington Town SC - Wed Summer Points Race 6 Hamble River SC - Wed Night Racing B5 East Cowes SC - Late Summer Evening Series 4 Royal Lymington YC - Thu Night Racing Late Series 6 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing ABERDEEN ASSET MANAGEMENT COWES WEEK Lymington Town SC - Sun Late Summer Points A and B Race 3 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 3 Race 2 Lymington Town SC - Wed Summer Points Race 7 Hamble River SC - Wed Night Racing Royal Lymington YC - Thu Night Racing Late Series 7 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing RORC - Rolex Fastnet Race Lymington Town SC - RNLI Pursuit Race Royal Lymington YC - RNLI 50th Anniversary Regatta Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Seaview YC / EWCC - Optimist Rregatta Royal Solent YC - Dinghy Week Island Sailing Club - Evening Race Series Race 17 Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 3 Race 3 Lymington Town SC - Wed Summer Points Race 8 Hamble River SC - Wed Night Racing B6 East Cowes SC - Late Summer Evening Series 5 Royal Southampton YC - Evening Summer Series 5 Royal Lymington YC - Thu Night Racing Late Series 8 Royal Solent YC - Sailspy Laser Team Racing Event Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Bembridge SC / EWCC - Annual Regatta Royal Southern YC - Under 21 Race Island Sailing Club - Mini Tonner Regatta East Cowes SC - ECSC Regatta Royal Lymington YC - Sat Cruiser Racer Series 3 Hamble River SC - XOD B5 Swanwick Bursledon and Warsash Regatta Royal Solent YC - 50th Anniversary Folkboat Week Royal Southern YC - Family Fun Race Day Lymington Town SC - Sun Late Summer Points A and B Race 4 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Seaview YC / EWCC - Annual Regatta Island Sailing Club - Evening Race Series Race 18 Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 3 Race 4 Lymington Town SC - Wed Summer Points Race 9 Hamble River SC - Wed Night Racing B7 East Cowes SC - Late Summer Evening Series 6 Royal Southampton YC - Evening Summer Series 6 Royal Lymington YC - Thu Night Racing Late Series 9 Royal Southampton YC - Torquay Double Offshore 4 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Offshore Championship The Channel Race Cowes to St Peter Port Solo Offshore RC - Offshore Series Races 4 and 5 Lymington Town SC - Dinghy Cruise 5 Hamble River SC - XOD B6 Brading Haven YC / EWCC - Annual Regatta Sea View YC / EWCC - XOD Regatta RORC incorporating RCYC - August Bank Holiday Regatta Island Sailing Club - ISC Autumn Series Day 1 Lymington Town SC - Sun Late Summer Points A and B Race 5 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Brading Haven YC / EWCC - Cadet Regatta

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SEPTEMBER Tue 01 Island Sailing Club - Evening Race Series Bang and Go Back Wed 02 Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 3 Race 5 Wed 02 Lymington Town SC - Wed Summer Points Race 10 Wed 02 Hamble River SC - Wed Night Racing B8 Thu 03 East Cowes SC - Evening Race Fri 04 RORC - Cherbourg Race Fri 04 Royal Southern YC - Fri Night Racing Fri 04 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Sat 05 Old Gaffers Association - Annual Race and Rally Sat 05 Royal Lymington YC - Duo Series 4 Sat 05 Royal London YC - Windsor Cup for Jubilee Sailing Trust Sat 05 Hamble River SC - XOD Autumn 1 Sat 05 Chichester Cruiser RC - Series 11 Sat 05 RORC incorporating RCYC - Spread Eagle Regatta Sat 05 Stokes Bay SC - Catamaran Open and Vortex Nationals Sat 05 Cowes Corinthian YC - Cowes Keelboat Championship 5 Sat 05 Island Sailing Club - Contessa 26 Nationals Sat 05 Royal Air Force YC - Battle of Britain Regatta / IRC Solent Region Championships Day 5 Sat 05 Royal Southern YC - SB20 National Championships Sun 06 Island Sailing Club - ISC Autumn Series Day 2 Sun 06 Lymington Town SC - Christchurch Ledge Race Sun 06 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Sun 06 RORC incorporating RCYC - Members Race 3 Sun 06 Chichester Cruiser RC - Series 12 Wed 09 Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 3 Race 6 Wed 09 Island Sailing Club - Lloyds Register Sonar Regatta Thu 10 Royal Yacht Squadron Racing - Little Britain Challenge Cup Fri 11 Royal Southern YC - Fri Night Racing Fri 11 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Sat 12 East Cowes SC - Mass Start & Ladies 3 Sat 12 Lymington Town SC - Dinghy Cruise 6 Sat 12 Royal Lymington YC - Duo Series 5 Sat 12 Royal Victoria YC - Laser South Coast GP Sat 12 Hamble River SC - XOD Autumn 2 Sat 12 JOG - Offshore Championship Cowes to Poole via back of Wight Sat 12 Chichester Cruiser RC - Series 13 Sat 12 Royal Victoria YC / EWCC - Laser South Coast GP Sat 12 Royal Lymington YC - Classics Regatta Sat 12 Royal Solent YC - RAYC Regatta Sat 12 Cowes Corinthian YC - Cowes Keelboat Solent Series Sat 12 Bembridge SC / EWCC - MOCRA Bembridge Regatta Sun 13 Island Sailing Club - ISC Autumn Series Day 3 Sun 13 Lymington Town SC - Sun Late Summer Points A and B Race 6 Sun 13 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Sun 13 JOG - Offshore Championship Poole to Cowes Sun 13 Chichester Cruiser RC - Series 14 Wed 16 Royal Solent YC - Wed Evening Racing Series 3 Race 7 Thu 17 Britannia Corporate Events - EMC Silicon Cup Thu 17 Royal Southern YC - J80 National Championships Fri 18 Royal Southern YC - Fri Night Racing Fri 18 Royal Southampton YC / RORC incorporating RCYC - IRC Double Handed National Championships Fri 18 City YC - City Yacht Club Regatta Fri 18 Royal London YC - Contessa 32 National Championships Fri 18 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Sat 19 Royal Solent YC - Centenary Chase Sat 19 East Cowes SC - Passage Race Hayling Bay Sat 19 Stokes Bay SC - Laser Traveller Sat 19 Royal Lymington YC - Sat Cruiser Racer Series 4 Sat 19 Chichester Cruiser RC - Series 15 Sat 19 Royal Southern YC - September Regatta Sat 19 RORC incorporating RCYC - Cowes Keelboat Championship 6 Sat 19 Royal London YC - Britannia Weekend Sun 20 Island Sailing Club - ISC Autumn Series Day 4 Sun 20 Royal Southampton YC - Nab Double Alongshore 4 Sun 20 Hamble River SC - Barts Bash Wed 23 Royal Solent YC - Champagne Race Fri 25 Royal Southern YC - Fri Night Racing Fri 25 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Fri 25 JOG - Cherbourg II Fri 25 Solo Offshore RC - Offshore Series Races 6 and 7 Sat 26 Portsmouth SC - Parhelion Autumn Series 1 Sat 26 Royal Lymington YC - Duo Series 6 Sat 26 Hamble River SC - XOD Autumn 3 Sat 26 Royal Southampton YC - RNLI Yarmouth Race / Rally and Back Sat 26 Royal Southern YC - Hamble Scramble and Rally Sat 26 Royal London YC - Cowes Keelboat Solent Series Sat 26 Portsmouth SC / RNC & RAYC - Portsmouth Regatta / IRC Solent Region Championships Day 6 Sun 27 Island Sailing Club - ISC Autumn Series Day 5 Sun 27 Lymington Town SC - Sun Late Summer Points A and B Race 7 Sun 27 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing


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Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Portsmouth SC - Parhelion Autumn Series 2 Royal Southern YC - Ladies Race Royal Lymington YC - Potter Ship Race Royal London YC - ASTO Small Ships Race Hamble River SC - XOD Autumn 4 JOG - Offshore Championship Owers Island Sailing Club - Inshore Series Day 3 Nab Tower Race Island Sailing Club - Cowes Keelboat Solent Series Island Sailing Club - ISC Autumn Series Day 6 Royal Southern YC - Ancient Mariners Race Royal Solent YC - Turkey Cup East Cowes SC - Autumn 1 Lymington Town SC - Sun Late Summer Points A and B Race 8 Hamble River SC - Hamble Winter Series 1 / Foxer Sailing / IRC Solent Region Championships Day 7 RORC incorporating RCYC - Arrow Trophy Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Portsmouth SC - Parhelion Autumn Series 3 Solo Offshore RC - Inshore Series Race 6 Royal Lymington YC - Champion of Champions Race Royal Southampton YC - Autumn Solent Double Inshore 4 Hamble River SC - Hamble Big Boat and One Design Championship 1 / XOD Autumn 5 Royal Southern YC - Folly Rally Island Sailing Club - John Lewis Partnership Sailing Club Regatta Royal Yacht Squadron - Cowes Keelboat Solent Series Royal Solent YC - Winter Series 1 Race 1 East Cowes YC - Autumn 2 Royal Southampton YC - Winter Series 1 and 2 Lymington Town SC - Coastal Pursuits Solent Circuit Race 1 Lymington Town SC - Sun Winter Series Race 1 Hamble River SC - Hamble Winter Series 2 / Hamble Big Boat and One Design Championship 2 / Foxer Sailing Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Portsmouth SC - Parhelion Autumn Series 4 Hamble River SC - Hamble Big Boat and One Design Championship 3 / XOD Autumn 5 RORC incorporating RCYC - Trafalgar Regatta Chichester Cruiser RC - Sparkes Trophy Bembridge SC - Illusions - Trafalgar Trophy Portsmouth SC - Frostbite Series 1 Royal Solent YC - Winter Series 1 Race 2 East Cowes SC - Autumn 3 Royal Southampton YC - Winter Series 3 and 4 Lymington Town SC - Coastal Pursuits Solent Circuit Race 2 Lymington Town SC - Sun Winter Series Race 2 Royal London YC - Jenny Anne Memorial Trophy Hamble River SC - Hamble Winter Series 3 / Hamble Big Boat and One Design Championship 4 / Foxer Sailing Chichester Cruiser RC - Nab Cups Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Portsmouth SC - Parhelion Autumn Series 5 Solo Offshore RC - Inshore Series Race 7 Hamble River SC - XOD Autumn 6 Bembridge SC - Illusions - Picnic Hamper Royal Solent YC - Winter Series 1 Race 3 East Cowes SC - Autumn 4 Royal Southampton YC - Winter Series 5 and 6 Lymington Town SC - Coastal Pursuits Solent Circuit Race 3 Lymington Town SC - Sun Winter Series Race 3 Hamble River SC - Hamle Winter Series 4 / Foxer Sailing Portsmouth SC - Parhelion Autumn Series 6 Bembridge SC - Illusions - Guy Fawkes Trophy

NOVEMBER Sun 01 Sun 01 Sun 01 Sun 01 Sun 01 Sun 01 Sat 07

Portsmouth SC - Frostbite Series 2 Royal Solent YC - Winter Series 1 Race 4 Royal Southampton YC - Charity Pursuit Race Lymington Town SC - Coastal Pursuits Solent Circuit Race 4 Lymington Town SC - Sun Winter Series Race 4 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Royal Solent YC - Winter Series 1 Race 5

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Hamble River SC - Foxer Winter Championship Portsmouth SC - Frostbite Series 3 Royal Southampton YC - Winter Series 7 and 8 Lymington Town SC - Coastal Pursuits Solent Circuit Race 5 Lymington Town SC - Sun Winter Series Race 5 Hamble River SC - Hamble Winter Series 5 / Foxer Winter Championship Bembridge SC - Illusions - Bailey Bowl Royal Solent YC - Winter Series 2 Race 1 Portsmouth SC - Frostbite Series 4 Royal Southampton YC - Winter Series 9 and 10 Lymington Town SC - Coastal Pursuits Solent Circuit Race 6 Lymington Town SC - Sun Winter Series Race 6 Hamble River SC - Hamble Winter Series 6 / Foxer Sailing Portsmouth SC - Frostbite Series 5 Royal Solent YC - Winter Series 2 Race 2 Lymington Town SC - Coastal Pursuits Solent Circuit Race 7 Lymington Town SC - Sun Winter Series Race 7 Hamble River SC - Hamble Winter Series 7 / Foxer Sailing Bembridge SC - Illusions - Inter Club Team Racing Portsmouth SC - Frostbite Series 6 Royal Solent YC - Winter Series 2 Race 3 Lymington Town SC - Sun Winter Series Race 8 Hamble River SC - Hamble Winter Series 8 / Foxer Sailing

DECEMBER Sun 06 Sun 06 Sun 06 Sun 06 Sat 12 Sat 12 Sun 13 Sun 13 Sun 13 Sun 20 Fri 25 Sat 26 Sun 27 Sun 27

Portsmouth SC - Frostbite Series Reserve Day Royal Solent YC - Winter Series 2 Race 4 Lymington Town SC - Sun Winter Series Race 9 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Royal Lymington YC - Needles Relief Race Bembridge SC - Illusions - Christmas Cracker Royal Solent YC - Winter Series 2 Race 5 Lymington Town SC - Sun Winter Series Race 10 Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Portsmouth SC - Third Annual Hot Turkey Race Royal Southern YC - Foxer Racing Hamble River SC - Foxer Sailing Bembridge SC - Illusions - Icebreaker

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THE TIDES THEY ARE A-CHANGIN’ WINNING TIDES

BY GRAHAM SUNDERLAND It’s the big question on every sailor’s lips; the one which dominates conversation among all who navigate the Solent.... How does the newly-constructed Cowes Breakwater affect tides in the area? Well, the Solent Handbook can exclusively reveal the answer to that poser.

Professional sailor Graham Sunderland has studied tidal patterns around the £7.5million project. Cowes-based Graham - the man behind renowned sailing bible ‘Winning Tides’ - carried out extensive mapping of the waters surrounding the 350-metre-long, detached rock-armoured breakwater. Now, he is set to unveil his findings in a forthcoming publication, which will be released within months. Graham revealed: “The changes that the wall has thrown up are actually more than I had initially envisaged. “There is some very crucial details which will prove vital to racers sailing the areas in the book. “Many people were asking what changes have taken place since the wall has been built? I have always wanted to a Cowes book so this was clearly the time. “The information I have mapped is really interesting. “The scale of the new book shows the shore line to West Bramble and the detail around Cowes, Gurnard and as far east as the Shrape mud.” Graham became a household name in sailing circles thanks to the intimate knowledge contained within ‘Winning Tides’. This half-hour tidal stream prediction book is a must-have for any racing sailor. It set a fresh standard by providing the most comprehensive, accurate and easily-accessed tidal stream information available on the Solent and surrounding area. Graham has sailed the Solent since being a child, yet admits researching the book was often a labour of love. He recalled: “I spent a year-and-a-half on the book, nine months of which involved going out in the RIB every single morning. “I would observe and record data before heading back at night. “I have so many stories to tell from the time spent out on the RIB. “I was over at Lepe Spit one really foggy February day. I missed the line that was at the back of a buoy and wound up running over it and wrapping it around the prop. “I couldn’t get it going so eventually decided I was going to have to go into the water. “I called my wife and told her what I was going to do and asked her to get a bath running for me, and said if she didn’t hear from me to let the right people know what was going on.

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“Anyway I stripped off completely, jumped in and cut the rope off. It was absolutely perishing. “I clambered back out, pulled my clothes and headed straight back in. “That was a miserable moment. “Another day I was heading over to Portsmouth when the HMS Sutherland, a Royal Navy frigate, appeared. “It was a really cold December day and I had my balaclava on pottering around in the RIB. “It was a time of high alert so they actually stopped the frigate and sent over a patrol boat. “They asked what I was doing. I had to try and explain about the survey work while all these poor blokes onboard wanted desperately to get home and see their families. “They stayed with me all the way back in just to make sure I wasn’t up to something.” Graham has sailed throughout the world but admits few places compare to the Solent. He went on: “The uniqueness of the Solent is the varied racing on offer. One minute you are battling round a headland trying to cheat tide then looking looking for the fastest flow in deep water. “You have to get your head out the boat and keep watching what is going on. It changes constantly. “Having the Isle of Wight sitting right in the middle of it all affects everything from the weather to the tides in quite a dynamic way.”

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HM Coastguard (Lee-on-Solent) 02392 552100 HM Customs National ‘Yachtline’ (24 hour yacht reporting) 0845 723 1110 HM Customs National Advice Service 0300 200 3700 Emergency Services (Coastguard, Police, Ambulance, Fire) 999 Non-Emergency Calls 101 NHS 111 111 Sea Start 0800 885500 / 01489 557364 The National Coastwatch Institution: Gosport NCI, Portsmouth Harbour Entrance 02392 765194 Lee NCI, Lee-on-Solent beach 02392 556758 Calshot NCI, Radar Tower Calshot Spit 02380 893562 Needles NCI, Lookout Station, The Needles 01983 754231 Blue Funnel Cruises 02380 223278 Brittany Ferries 0871 244 0744 Gosport Ferry 02392 524551 Hamble Ferry 02380 454512 Hovertravel 08434 878887 Hythe Ferry 02380 840722 Red Funnel 0844 844 9988 Solent & Wightline Cruises 01983 564602 Wightlink 0333 999 7333 Hayling Ferry 07702 928154 P&O Ferries 08716 646464 LD Lines 0844 576 8836 Southampton Airport 0844 481 7777 Bournemouth Airport 01202 364000 Gatwick Airport 0844 892 0322 Heathrow Airport 0844 335 1801 National Express 08717 818181 National Rail Enquiries 08457 484950 Transport for London 0343 222 1234 Traveline 0871 200 2233

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SPONSORED BY MDL MARINAS A Solent Handbook wouldn’t be complete without revealing some of the hidden delights to be found in the area and so this section introduces the reader to the wonderful diversity of harbours, ports, and rivers to be found around the Solent. The Solent has many harbours ranging from quaint creeks to some of the busiest ports in the world. Whether you want to have a relaxing cruise or a challenging race the Solent has got it all. There are plenty of bays and rivers to explore where you can drop your anchor for lunch and maybe take a swim, or if it’s the exhilaration of racing you are after, then why not take part in one of the hundreds of sailing regattas offered here during the season, and in fact over the winter too if you are the hardy type! If you’re after some retail therapy, or fancy a night out, there is something for everyone; the Solent plays host to some of the best restaurants in the UK offering fresh, local produce. We hope you enjoy browsing through our guides to some of the most popular destinations in the Solent - and that your stay here is a memorable one.

DISTANCE TABLE Bembridge Hbr 13 Chichester Hbr 17 8 Cowes 2 10 15 Fareham

14 10 12 10

R. Hamble (ent) 6 15 18 6 14 Keyhaven

8 20 25 12 22 13

Langstone Hbr 14 6

5 12 10 18 25

Lymington Hbr 7 8 23 10 20 12 3 21 Newtown

4 14 19 5 16 9 6 17 4

Portsmouth Hbr 12 5 8 10 3 13 18 5 19 12 Ryde Hbr

8 4 8 5 6 8 16 7 14 10 3

Southampton 9 18 23 9 16 5 16 21 16 12 18 12 Wootton

6 5 10 4 9 8 16 10 12 9 5 2 10

Yarmouth Hbr 7 19 24 9 18 13 3 21 2 2 19 13 16 12 Ventnor Haven 22 12 18 22 18 23 33 17 28 25 15 14 25 15 28

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Yarmouth Hbr

Wootton

Southampton

Ryde Hbr

Portsmouth Hbr

Newtown

Lymington Hbr

Langstone Hbr

Keyhaven

R. Hamble (ent)

Fareham

Cowes

Chichester Hbr

Bembridge Hbr

27 42 49 29 40 32 20 39 22 24 37 35 35 32 20 30 Beaulieu R. (ent)

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BEAULIEU RIVER BEAULIEU RIVER

50º46’.58N, 01º21’.60W (ENT)

The Beaulieu River is centrally located on the Solent, and is one of the most picturesque rivers in the south. Forming part of the Beaulieu Estate, Beaulieu River is one of the few privately owned rivers in the world and is largely unspoilt, both in terms of its landscape and as a haven for wildlife. The banks play host to an exceptional variety of habitat with an equally varied display of flora and fauna.

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When approaching Beaulieu River from the east, keep the lit south cardinal to starboard off Stone Point and steer to the vicinity of a lit, yellow spherical racing buoy close to the transit which should be 324° with the leading marks aligned with the front port No. 2 beacon and the eastern edge of Lepe House. To approach from the west, keep well off the mud banks of Warren Flat and Beaulieu Spit and again steer a course towards the racing buoy and transit as above. The Beaulieu Spit dolphin marks the entrance, a large port hand tripod. It is recommended to avoid the entrance 2 hours either side of LW to avoid the bar 0.8m depth at LW Springs. If your boat draws 5 feet, you can enter the river 1½ hours after LW Springs. The navigation channel at the mouth of the river is defined with red and green piles and, further upstream, branches of willow painted red and green known as ‘withies’ are used. The river benefits from a double tide, and a secondary high water. The flood tide takes 6 hours coming in; then, after a gentle fall, there is a second high tide some 2 hours later followed by a period of slack water for about an hour. Then the ebb sets in, and LW is reached in just 3½ hours.

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Buckler’s Hard village and its marina are 3.5m upstream from the entrance to Beaulieu River. Set within the heart of the New Forest National Park, Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour offers a unique location for short stays and welcomes visiting vessels. The masters of vessels arriving inside the limits of the river are expected to report to the Harbour Master within 24 hours. The harbour does not listen on a Channel; please phone the Harbour Office on 01590 616200. The harbour speed limit is 5 knots from the entrance and for the entire length of the river. Visitors are welcome to enter the marina at any time, day or night. Berths for overnight visitors can be reserved in advance, subject to availability. Alternatively, you may be offered a visitor pontoon or mooring upstream of the marina but a dinghy will be required to get ashore. The marina is dredged to 6 feet below Mean Low Water Springs. Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour is a member of TransEurope Marinas, and in 2013 was awarded the top rating of 5 Gold Anchors by The Yacht Harbour Association. It has full marine services and facilities available including a boatyard, chandlery, fuel waste disposal facilities, scrubbing grid, yacht valet service, security, toilets, showers, and a launderette. Diesel, petrol, and fresh water are available from the fuel jetty. A small selection of grocery items including fresh milk, bread, newspapers (weekends only) confectionery, soft drinks and ice may be obtained from the Harbour Master’s Office. A Water Taxi will be available from Easter to September, contact them on VHF Ch 77, Call Sign ‘Beaulieu River Taxi’. Telephone the Harbour Office for more details. Contact: Harbour Master’s Office, Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7XB. Tel: 01590 616200. www.beaulieuriver.com

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BEMBRIDGE HARBOUR BEMBRIDGE HARBOUR

50º41’.62N, 01º06’.40W + (ENT)

Bembridge Harbour lies on the eastern tip of the Isle of Wight, just a short sail from many Solent harbours with Chichester, Langstone, and Portsmouth all within a 10 mile radius. For yachtsmen embarking on a Channel crossing, Bembridge Harbour has the added attraction that it is at least an hour closer to the continent than the mainland marinas at the same end of the Solent.

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The Harbour is designated a ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’ in recognition of its significance as a habitat for wildlife. The harbour’s European importance is confirmed by its status as a ‘Special Protection Area’ and it is designated a ‘wetland of international importance’ under the Ramsar Convention. The harbour has an area of saltmarsh as well as other important habitats such as sand dunes, vegetated shingle, and saline lagoons. The harbour’s saltmarsh and inter-tidal mud provide feeding grounds for wintering and migratory waterfowl and the Island’s only RSPB site edges onto the harbour. Bembridge is a large, picturesque and sheltered harbour with beautiful beaches and, although the entrance is tidally restricted, once inside its shelter a warm welcome awaits visiting yachts whatever the weather. It has the two villages of Bembridge and St. Helens surrounding it, and the small town of Brading is a few miles away.

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The entrance is due south of Portsmouth Harbour entrance and is marked by a tide gauge topped with a yellow cross. As you pass the tide gauge you will see the village of Seaview to starboard and the St Helens Fort to port. Vessels should leave the tide gauge to their port side on the approach and this will line them up with the channel markers which are in pairs, the first pair being buoys 1 and 2 which are lit at night - all other buoys are marked with reflective tape. On passing buoys 6a and 7a you will be running parallel to the shore with the harbour entrance appearing in the distance. On big Spring tides beware the current which can be strong through into the harbour. A pictorial guide to the entrance channel is available to download from the harbour website and there is also a Navionics chart showing approx depths for guidance. New during 2015: live-feed tidal data from the bar, available on the website and at the Berthing Office.  Once inside the harbour there is a drying beach anchorage on your port side adjacent to Bembridge Sailing Club. Approximately half way down the harbour on your starboard side you will come to the Duver Marina visitors’ pontoon which gives access to the shore on the north side of the harbour. Rafting may be necessary at peak times. Visitors are advised to call on VHF Ch 80 Call Sign ‘Bembridge Harbour’ for berthing instructions on entering the harbour. Berths are allocated strictly on a first-come, first-served basis. Harbour staff are on duty ±3 hours HW at weekends and 0800-1800 weekdays.   Rallies are very welcome - five or more boats receive a 5% discount, with a larger discount for rallies in excess of 10 boats. As a general rule of thumb, access to the harbour for a vessel drawing 1.5m is ±3 hours HW Portsmouth, Neaps or Springs. In recent years an extensive dredging programme has been completed within the harbour, re-establishing depths of 2m LWMS. An extension to the visitor’s pontoon has increased the available berthing space, and shoreside facilities have been refurbished and extended. There is a water taxi service, VHF Ch 80 Call sign ‘Bembridge Water Taxi’, tel: 07582 806017. The taxi is based at the Duver Pontoon and operates between various pick up and drop off points (subject to tidal access). There are showers and toilets, a laundry (at Bembridge Marina), water (own hosepipe), electricity, and waste removal facilities. WiFi is available to all visitors (first 1/2 hour free).  An undercover dry stack service for RIBs and powerboats up to 10m and 5T is available within the harbour at Bembridge Boat Storage located adjacent to the Harbour Office www.bembridgeboatstorage.co.uk Contact: Bembridge Harbour Authority, Harbour Office, The Duver, St Helens, Isle of Wight, PO33 1YB. Tel: 01983 872828. Website: www.bembridgeharbour.co.uk or follow the Facebook page.

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CHICHESTER HARBOUR CHICHESTER HARBOUR

50º46’.86N, 00º56’.00W (ENT)

Chichester Harbour is an ideal water recreation centre with its 11 square miles of water, 17 miles of well marked and lit channels and easy access to the Solent. The sheltered waters are ideal for racing and day sailing and its channels offer secure moorings for cruising vessels. In addition, the harbour is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and of national and international importance for nature conservation.

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The low lying entrance to Chichester Harbour, is not easily distinguished against the backdrop of the South Downs and is bordered on both sides by extensive drying banks; West Pole, Middle Pole and East Pole Sands, the latter extending more than a mile seaward. A deep-water channel running between these banks to the harbour entrance is interrupted by a bar joining West to Middle Pole and East Pole Sands, this mobile feature varies in position and height and is periodically dredged to maintain a charted depth of 1.5 metres. The width of the dredged channel across the Bar is a little less than 200 yards. Vessels approaching the harbour from the west are advised to shape a course for West Pole Beacon 50º 45’.45 N, 00º 56’.59 W. On rounding the Beacon aim to pass between Eastoke Buoy and West Winner Beacons leaving the Bar Beacon 50º 46’.023 N, 00º 56’.380 W, close to port. When approaching the harbour from the east, mariners are advised not to cross the 5 metre contour until West Pole Beacon bears 310º T. On reaching the beacon shape a course for the harbour entrance keeping the Bar Beacon close to port. Chichester Bar is normally dredged to approximately 1.5m below chart datum giving a depth of 2m at MLWS. However, through gradual accretion and after severe gales the bottom can vary markedly and it is then prudent to assume a least depth of 0.8 metres below Chart Datum. Mariners should be aware that ebb tides in the entrance to the harbour can attain a rate of up to 6 knots on springs. With a falling tide and strong winds from a southerly sector a dangerous sea may be encountered. In these conditions it is advisable to exercise caution and cross the bar between three hours before and one hour after HW springs. In very strong winds entry should not be attempted. The speed limit throughout the harbour is 8 knots.

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Up-to-date tide and weather information at the Harbour Entrance is available at www.chimet.co.uk or from the Harbour Office. Banner 1.indd 20/03/2014 The1Harbour Patrol maintains a VHF radio watch on Ch 14, Call Sign ‘Chichester Harbour Radio’ or ‘Chichester Harbour Patrol’. The speed limit throughout the harbour is 8 knots. Useful navigation information, including race start times and locations, is published each weekend as an eNewsletter, sign up at www.conservancy.co.uk to receive a copy. Itchenor - visitor moorings, fresh water, showers, free pump-out station and scrubbing piles available, contact Chichester Harbour Patrol for information. Ferry available weekends and bank holidays April to mid May and October, daily mid May to September, call ‘Ferry’ on Ch 8. Emsworth - visitor moorings, fresh water and scrubbing piles available. Ferry operates weekends and bank holidays Easter to September 2hrs either side of HW. Call ’Emsworth Mobile’ on Ch 14 for information or ferry. Long-term moorings are available throughout the harbour managed by Chichester Harbour Conservancy. These offer the opportunity to enjoy the best of the beautiful natural environment of Chichester Harbour. Located in some idyllic settings these well maintained and sheltered moorings offer a cost effective way to experience this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Contact: Chichester Harbour Conservancy, Harbour Office, Itchenor, Chichester, PO20 7AW. Tel: 01243 512301 www.conservancy.co.uk Sparkes Marina - is situated on the south-east tip of Hayling Island within Chichester Harbour, one of Europe’s largest natural harbours. An array of birds and marine life, stunning sunsets and calm waters are just some of the advantages of this beautiful location. When approaching the marina, enter Chichester Harbour and proceed on the starboard side of the channel until the Hayling Island Sailing Club mast is bearing 240 degrees M (236 degrees T) on the portside. From this position you will see an East Cardinal Mark with tide gauge bearing approximately 290 degrees M (286 degrees T) and a jetty pontoon on the sailing club shore. Alter course to port onto a heading of 281 degrees M (277 degrees T). Adjust your course to pass midway between the cardinal mark and the pontoon. You will now see transit marks consisting of two Day-Glo orange St Andrew’s Crosses, bearing 281 degrees M (277 degrees T), adjusting your course to keep the transit in line. Proceed down the transit for approximately three cables, leaving the pile mooring to port. As you pass the last pile mooring you will see steel piles with red can top marks on your port bow (South West). Follow these marks, which will lead you into the marina. The approach channel from the Sailing Club to the Marina has been dredged to 2 metres below CD. Sparkes Marina has 140 berths; max LOA: 20m; fuel (diesel, petrol and marine gas); dry boat sailing for yachts and motorboats; swinging moorings; 40 ton mobile crane; storage ashore; full

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CHICHESTER HARBOUR maintenance services; 24-hour showers and toilets; laundry facilities; restaurant and bar; yacht brokerage; sea school; and MDL Wi-Fi. Contact: Sparkes Marina, Wittering Road, Hayling Island, PO11 9SR. Tel: 023 9246 3572. www.sparkesmarina.co.uk Northney Marina - Situated on the north shore of Hayling Island within Chichester Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in Europe. The harbour’s sheltered waters provide safe cruising and there are plenty of anchorages to explore within the area, such as Itchenor with its quaint pubs or Bosham village. When approaching Northney Marina, enter Chichester Harbour on the top half of the flood. Continue north up Emsworth Channel for 3 miles to Emsworth south cardinal light beacon. Here fork 45° to port up Sweare Deep. After 8 cables turn sharply port around the Northney red beacon. Enter the marina via a short channel dredged 1m; access H24. Northney Marina has 228 berths; max LOA: 24m; fuel (diesel); boat lifting and storage ashore; 35 ton boat hoist; slipway; car parking and trailer storage; boatyard services; yacht brokerage; laundry facilities; provisions shop; and MDL Wi-Fi. Contact: Northney Marina, Northney Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0NH. Tel: 023 9246 6321. www.northneymarina.co.uk Emsworth Yacht Harbour - Emsworth is a friendly, family owned marina within walking distance of the attractive village of Emsworth. There are limits on access due to the fixed sill and the marina is accessible ±2 HW. The marina has 220 fully serviced pontoon berths; hard-standing for 200 boats; and a visitor pontoon. There is a 50 tonne travel hoist, 10 tonne crane, and Wise W10 boat parker. Chandlery and boat broker on site; range of boat repair services; slipway and drying grid; diesel and Calor Gas sales; and free WiFi. Contact: Emsworth Yacht Harbour, Thorney Road, Emsworth, Hants, PO10 8BP. Tel: 01243 377727. www.emsworth-marina.co.uk Thornham Marina - Thornham Marina is at the top of Prinsted Bay in Chichester Harbour. Visitors can moor on drying pontoon berths, on pontoon berths within a gated basin, or on swinging moorings. Access to pontoon berths is around ±2 HW, (swinging moorings is 2.5 hours), depending on tide height. To find Thornham Marina enter into Thorney Channel and proceed north, pass Thorney Island SC and church to port. Follow the moorings all the way to the entrance to Prinsted Bay. After entering the bay, follow the channel markers which will then guide you into the deep water pool or pontoon berths. Call Sign ‘Thornham Marina’, VHF Ch 80. There is storage for around 300 vessels; a 12 ton boat hoist; electricity and water; toilets and showers; and car parking. Contact: Thornham Marina, Thornham Lane, Prinsted, Nr. Emsworth, PO10 8DD. Tel: 01243 375335. www.thornhammarina.com

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Birdham Pool Marina - The marina is situated on the southern edge of Chichester Harbour six miles from the entrance, in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The marina runs alongside a traditional working shipyard which provides excellent services. Birdham Pool can accommodate up to 265 vessels and berthing is mostly between piles, bow or stern to the shore or jetties. The approach channel to Birdham Pool Marina is approximately 10m in width. Please call on VHF Ch 80, Call Sign ‘Birdham Pool Marina’, or by mobile to the lock on 07831 466815. Entrance and exit via the lock is available ±3.5 hours HW. Contact: Birdham Pool Limited, Birdham, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 7BG. Tel: 01243 512310. www.birdhampool.co.uk Chichester Marina - Chichester Marina is situated upstream from Birdham Pool on the starboard side of Chichester Harbour. Once inside the harbour you need to head northeast past East Head and toward Itchenor to arrive at the Marina. The channel to the marina is marked by the Chichester Marina starboard pile. Maximum speed 6 knots. On arrival, moor your vessel on the outer waiting pontoon and visit the marina reception for locking instructions. Alternatively, you can contact the marina for a berth allocation prior to your arrival. During busy periods a queuing procedure may be in operation. The duty lock-keeper can advise on current locking arrangements.  The lock allows 24-hour access to the marina with excellent security provided around the clock. The marina has luxury toilets and showers; a launderette; a new Café Bistro overlooking the water; free Wi-Fi; a friendly yacht club, free parking; post collection; a new boatyard facility with a wide variety of marine tenants and an undercover boatshed. Contact: Premier Chichester Marina, Birdham, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 7EJ. Tel: 01243 512731. www.premiermarinas.com/chichester Haines Boatyard - Haines Boatyard is synonymous with the shipwright and painting expertise required to restore and maintain a varied range of classic and modern keelboats, yachts and motor craft. They are proud of their long heritage offering a wide range of services for boats up to 34ft and 6 tonnes, including hauling, launching, pressure washing and anti-fouling. Indoor and outdoor summer and winter storage is available for all types of boat up to 28ft. Facilities include a fully-equipped shipwright, painting and rigging workshop with a 10 ton gantry. Contact: Haines Boatyard, Itchenor, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 7AN. Tel: 01243 512228. Email: admin@hainesboatyard.com

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COWES & RIVER MEDINA COWES & RIVER MEDINA

50º46’.08N, 01º17’.95W

Cowes is fortunate to enjoy the benefits of its geography and history. Its position at the centre of the Solent, with a harbour that’s easily accessible and a river navigable as far as Newport, has made it the Isle of Wight’s main port as well as a popular destination harbour and event centre for sailing and powerboating.

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Cowes’ history is steeped in yachting tradition. Even before the 1815 founding in London of The Yacht Club, which went on to become the Royal Yacht Squadron, Cowes was a fashionable watering place. The Cowes Regatta, which was based on the annual licensing of the local pilot vessels and races between them, was a popular spectator sport for visitors even before the advent of Cowes Week. When Queen Victoria’s court was at Osborne House the town became famous for yachting and social events. Today, Cowes has evolved to meet the demands of a growing leisure marine audience and tourist visitors. The harbour and river offer easy access and a choice of mooring types, either close to the town or in the more tranquil stretches of the River Medina. In addition to leisure craft the harbour and river see a large number of commercial movements including Red Funnel car ferries, high-speed Red Jet ferries, and cargo vessels up to 100m.   A new 350m detached breakwater is currently under construction; this is located between the No. 2 buoy and the Shrape Breakwater. The breakwater is surrounded by an exclusion zone which is marked by lit buoys and extends approximately 70m from the breakwater with the exception of the western end which lies adjacent to the fairway. Works will continue through the summer of 2015 with completion expected in October.

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COWES & RIVER MEDINA For up-to-date details of the construction works and exclusion zones refer to the Cowes Local Notices to Mariners www.cowesharbourcommission.co.uk/local_notices_to_mariners and the project pages at http://www.cowesharbourcommission.co.uk/ cowes_breakwater_project The approach to Cowes is fairly straightforward by day or night but caution is always advised especially at or near Springs when strong tides run across Cowes Roads and in the Inner Harbour which can easily set you off course. The best approach for vessels that cannot use the Small Craft Channel is from the north and keeping close to the starboard-hand marker No.1, following the starboard side of the channel. Beware that between HW-3hrs and HW a strong westerly setting cross current may be experienced at the entrance and again in the Inner Fairway between the Island Sailing Club and Town Quay particularly on spring tides. Sailing boats should ensure that their engines are running to assist safe navigation; once past Town Quay the cross tide is considerably reduced. Small craft may opt to use the Small Craft Channel, that connects the eastern approaches to Cowes, with the main fairway opposite Town Quay, enabling small vessels to avoid the main harbour entrance when approaching/ departing Cowes from/to the north and east. The depth in the Small Craft Channel may be as little as 0.2m below chart datum. As a rule of thumb, if your draught is more than the current tide height you should avoid using the channel. The current tide height can be found on the cowesharbourcommission.co.uk home page or on the tide boards located at Town Quay, Watch House and the Shrape Beacon. Vessels using the channel should stay below 6 knots and pass to seaward of the Shrape Beacon and between the three pairs of red and green buoys, and also the two pairs of yellow marks which mark the eastern end of the channel, and avoid entering the moorings either side or the Shrape Watersports Area to the east of the Shrape Breakwater.   Hazards include the numerous mooring buoys to the east of Cowes entrance and areas of foul ground and drying banks to the west (rocks); you need to constantly monitor your position. The Red Jet ferries often approach and depart the No. 1 and 2 fairway buoys at high speed and the Red Funnel car ferries should not be obstructed; Rule 9 applies in the fairway which extends approximately 500m to the north of the No. 1 and No. 2 buoys.   There is a 6 knot through the water speed limit within Cowes Harbour. All sailing vessels with engines shall have their engines ready for immediate use when sailing south of No 4 buoy. The Town Quay basin and surrounding area are often busy and vessels must keep watch for Red Funnel car ferry and Red Jet catamaran movements. Avoid overtaking the Red Jets on their starboard side as they slow to make a 180 degree turn to starboard prior to berthing.   The Cowes Chain Ferry or Floating Bridge as it is also known, operates throughout the year for around 18 hours each day and takes passengers and vehicles across the narrow mouth of the River Medina estuary between Cowes and East Cowes. Depending on the tide and position of the Chain Ferry in the river, the depth of navigable water above the level of the chains does vary, being

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deepest in the centre of the fairway and steadily decreasing towards the banks of the River Medina and at the bow of the ferry. With the Chain Ferry berthed on either the Cowes or East Cowes side, the depth of navigable water above the chains is a minimum of 1.7m below chart datum in the centre of the fairway. Beware of strong tides in the vicinity of the Chain Ferry, especially to the east of the fairway over Spring tides during the ebb when the tidal rate can be over 4 knots. For further information contact the Ferry Manager on 01983 293041. Cowes owes much of its popularity to its location in the centre of the Solent and its position midway between Weymouth (46 nautical miles) and Brighton (53 nautical miles), in the centre of the most popular sailing area in the country. As a result, during the summer season there are lots of recreational craft moored on buoys, pontoons, and pile moorings within Cowes Harbour and along the River Medina. A large number of yacht races start and/or finish in Cowes, and the harbour is also popular with visiting cruisers and powerboaters. The main sailing season runs from April to October with the busiest period during July and August. Cowes Week, which is held in the first half of August, sees the approaches to Cowes Harbour and the fairway become extremely crowded. To contact the afloat Cowes Harbour Master call on VHF Ch 69 Call Sign ‘HM1’ or ‘Cowes Harbour Radio’ for the Harbour Master’s Office. Contact: Harbour Office, Town Quay, Cowes, PO31 7AS. Tel: 01983 293952. www.cowesharbourcommission.co.uk

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COWES & RIVER MEDINA Scrubbing berths can be found at Town Quay next to the Harbour Office, or a lift and scrub can be arranged through one of the marinas. Petrol and red diesel are available from Lallow’s Boatyard (50m south of Cowes Yacht Haven on the western side of the fairway) as well as at Cowes Harbour Fuels which also supplies calor gas, engine oils and fuel treatments and is suitable for deep draught vessels. Fresh water is available at Trinity Landing and Town Quay. There are several public landing places and slipways. In Cowes there is the Whitegates pontoon suitable for tenders, a slipway between Thetis Wharf and Shepards Wharf Marina, Town Quay adjacent to the Red Jet terminal (up to 7m LOA), the Sun Slip by HSBC Bank, the Market Slip by the Waterside Pub, the Watch House slip next to the old HM Customs, the south end of Trinity Landing, and at Egypt Point there is a slipway east of the Point. Also in East Cowes at Bells landing (tidal) just north of Cowes Union Flag hangar, the White Hart slip south of the Red Funnel ferry terminal, the pontoon south of Trinity Wharf, and the Folly slip.   Vessels up to 7m LOA can moor at Town Quay, next to the Red Jet ferry terminal from where there is direct access to the High Street. The pontoon at Trinity Landing also offers walk ashore access. Whitegates visitor pontoons are situated on both sides of the main fairway, south of the Chain Ferry. In addition, from March to October M Row, off The Green, provides heavy duty deep water moorings, max LOA 25m.   Cowes Yacht Haven - Cowes Yacht Haven is centrally located giving visitors instant access to Cowes town centre. The marina is accessible at all states of the tide and has 260 fully serviced berths, max LOA 50m. There is a 30 ton hoist and 15 ton mobile crane, WiFi, winter berthing and dry sailing, on-site engineers, electricians and boat repairers, laundry, showers and toilets. Cowes Yacht Haven Events Centre is an ideal location for rallies or other events. with room to seat up to 400 guests and 3000sq/m of outdoor exhibition space. Call VHF 80 ‘Cowes Yacht Haven’ for berthing instructions.  Contact: Cowes Yacht Haven, Vectis Yard, High Street, Cowes PO31 7BD. Tel: 01983 299975. www.cowesyachthaven.com. Shepards Wharf Marina - Shepards Wharf is just minutes walk from the bustling centre of Cowes. There is capacity for up to 100 visitors, 35 residents and a basin for the exclusive use of dry sailing clients. Shepards is popular with many organised rallies and regattas. VHF Ch 80 Call Sign ‘Shepards Wharf Marina’. Shepards Wharf Marina services include boat lifting, dry sailing, electricity and water, free WIFI, free showers and toilets, a pump out and waste facility, CCTV, a restaurant, sail maker, annual moorings, as well as visitor and winter berths. Berths can be booked in advance; at peak times in the season rafting up may be necessary.  Contact: Shepards Wharf Marina; Medina Road, Cowes, PO31 7HT. Tel: 01983 297821. www.shepardswharfmarina.co.uk East Cowes Marina - East Cowes Marina is situated in a sheltered location on the eastern bank of the Medina River, just upstream of

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COWES & RIVER MEDINA the Chain Ferry linking Cowes with East Cowes. VHF 80 Call Sign ‘East Cowes Marina’. The marina provides 240 annual berths and over 140 visitors’ berths. Visitor berths can be booked in advance, and are all ‘walk-ashore’ with free electricity and fresh water. Shore side facilities include high quality washrooms and showers, a laundry room, car parking, and yacht stores. Free WiFi and internet stations are available in the marina reception. Next to the marina office the ever popular ‘Lifeboat’ pub, with its sunny decking area overlooking the river, serves quality food all day, every day. The marina is a great base for all the Isle of Wight’s major events, including the Round the Island Race, Cowes Week, and the music festivals. East Cowes town has a Waitrose and Co-op, a post office, cash machine, restaurants, cafés and takeaways. There are lovely Medina river walks, and Osborne House and the Classic Boat Museum are just a few minutes stroll away. Cowes is easily accessible by Chain Ferry or the friendly and efficient Sally Water Taxi service operating from the marina. The marina welcomes rallies, and a marquee and BBQ area are available for hire. Contact: East Cowes Marina, Britannia Way, East Cowes, PO32 6UB. Tel: 01983 293 983.  www.deanreddyhoff.co.uk//east-cowes-marina Folly Inn - If you wish to travel from East Cowes or Cowes to the Folly Inn, the Folly Waterbus is available on VHF Ch 77 or tel. 07974 864627. There are three visitor pontoons up the Medina River near the Folly Inn, one is a walk ashore and the other two are in mid-river. All are run by the Folly Berthing Master. The walk ashore pontoon has water and electricity, showers and toilets are accessible 24 hours a day at the Folly Inn. There is also a scrubbing berth available nearby. Call on VHF Ch 72 Call Sign ‘Folly Launch’ as you are passing port hand marker No. 10 for berthing instructions.  Contact: Folly Moorings, River Medina, Isle of Wight. Tel: 07884 400046. www.follymoorings.co.uk Island Harbour - Set in one of the most picturesque riverside locations, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, Island Harbour is situated just over a mile south of Cowes. This peaceful friendly marina, ideally suited to couples and families, offers over 200 pontoon walk ashore berths, as well as many amenities including a fully refurbished bar and restaurant that is now under the marina’s management. Showers, a laundry room, car parking, and free WiFi are also available. Other facilities include a well stocked chandlery, winter hard standing, on site boat repairers, a 50 ton travel hoist and a slipway. Call Sign ‘Island Harbour’ on VHF Ch 80. Notify the Marina of your arrival when entering the Folly Reach, to enter Island Harbour,

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COWES & RIVER MEDINA continue up the main channel until you reach the five red lane markers on your port side (if approaching from Cowes), then make your turn as directed by the duty Lock Keeper,. There is a ‘waiting pontoon’ opposite the lane markers for waiting craft or if directed there by the Marina staff. Access is approximately 4 hours either side of HW depending on your draft, although there is a 2.5 metre draft restriction into the marina over the lock seal. Marina staff are always on hand to help you through the lock as well as assist you onto your berth in inclement weather.   Contact: Island Harbour, Mill Lane, Binfield, Newport, PO30 2LA. Tel: 01983 539994. www.island-harbour.co.uk Newport Harbour - Newport Harbour is a small leisure harbour situated at the navigable head of the River Medina, some 5 miles south from the port of Cowes. The harbour is close to the centre of Newport, county town of the Isle of Wight, and a broad range of facilities are available nearby. The harbour dries out completely at LW. Public transport is readily available to other parts of the Isle of Wight, making Newport Harbour a great destination for the sailing family. To reach Newport Harbour from Cowes, a beacon at the Folly displays a rapid flashing green light. This is located 1.5 cables south of the Folly Inn Point at the end of the row of yacht moorings.

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Moving south, two pairs of fixed green lights are located on the west bank, at the northern and southern ends of the Cement Mills site. At Dodnor, a further pair of fixed green lights mark the end of a small jetty extending from the west bank. Shallow points upstream are marked by red buoys on the port side and green buoys on the starboard. On the east bank, the approach to Newport Harbour is identified by large white beacons with pairs of horizontal red lights showing at night. When lined up, these beacons bear a course of 192º T and show the approach channel to the harbour.   HW Spring tides give an average 2.5m depth in the approach channel and at the visitors’ pontoons, but this may increase depending on weather conditions. The Neap high tide depth is 1.8m. The harbour dries out at LW, around 5 hours after HW, revealing a firm level bottom. It is advised that fin keeled boats should lie against the quay walls south of the visitors’ pontoons.   Newport Harbour has showers and toilets, water and electricity on the pontoons, waste facilities, two slipways, and dry berth storage for around 50 boats. Boat repairs and gas available from Odessa Marine boatyard on the west bank and a chandlery is next door at Little London.  Contact: Newport Harbour Office, Town Quay, Newport, PO30 2ED. Tel: 01983 525994. www.iwight.com

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FAREHAM FAREHAM

FAREHAM CHANNEL: 50º50’.40N, 01º10’.40W (ENT)

Fareham provides a unique opportunity to explore a rich heritage of both maritime and national history, peaceful woodland walks, conservation areas, plus an attractive safe coastline.

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North of the marinas on your port side as you enter Portsmouth Harbour, and the docks on your starboard side, is Fareham Lake. Further north are Bomb Ketch Lake and Spider Lake on your starboard side, then a couple of southerly cardinal marks which need to be left to starboard. From now on the channel is marked by piles. Bedbenham Pier, on your port side, should not be approached closer than 12m. The channel is lit as far as Foxbury Point. Anyone planning to push on up to Fareham must take note of the overhead electricity cables, which cross the channel from Cams Hall Golf Course across to Fareham Reach, and only have a safe clearance of 16m at Mean High Water Springs. Close to Fareham depths rapidly shallow out in the channel. WicorMarine Yacht Haven - situated to the north of Bedenham Pier, and only a half-hour from the harbour entrance, is a family owned and operated marina offering a variety of deep water or tidal pontoon, swinging moorings, and storage, as well as competitive rates for a mid-season scrub and short-term storage. It boasts a wonderful licensed cafe SALT as well as a well-stocked chandlery and can offer own-boat sail training. A number of marine trades are on site to deal with repairs and maintenance and there is a wellequipped tool hire store. Visitors are welcome. Contact: WicorMarine Yacht Haven, Cranleigh Road, Portchester, Fareham, PO16 9DR. Tel: 01329 237112. www.wicormarine.co.uk Portsmouth Marine Engineering - Continuing onwards from WicorMarine Yacht Haven, and after the sailing club you will pass, on your port side, a yard run by Portsmouth Marine Engineering with around 130 pontoon berths, some with electricity, shower and toilet facilities. They can offer temporary visitors’ berths subject to availability. There is a 10 ton boat crane, and storage for 35 boats on dry land. Contact: Portsmouth Marine Engineering (VRS Holdings Ltd), Lower Quay, Fareham, PO16 0RJ. Tel: 01329 232854. www.portsmouthmarine.co.uk email info@portsmouthmarine.co.uk

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50º42’.85N, 01º33’.26W (ENT) KEYHAVEN

Keyhaven is an attractive harbour at the western tip of the Solent lying within an area of unspoilt Hampshire coast. The harbour is shielded by the massive shingle bar that leads to the famous Hurst Castle situated at its strategic position, guarding the western approaches to the Solent and originally built by Henry VIII.

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Keyhaven has many qualities ranging from the extent of sheltered water, which makes it so suitable for teaching youngsters sailing and canoeing, to the great wealth of nature conservation and landscape interest. To approach Keyhaven from the west, enter the Solent by Hurst Point and beware of The Trap if coming in via the north channel. Be aware of strong tidal cross streams. The entrance is approximately 0.5m north-northwest of Hurst Point. There are two unlit buoys, one red and one green near the entrance at North Point. The depth between these buoys is virtually at chart datum so whatever height of tide is shown at that time is how much water there is. Normally, entry is restricted to 2 hours each side of HW. Red and white hooped transit posts line up at a bearing of 308º. Proceed through the buoys until a red buoy is abeam on your port side. Enter the river around this buoy. Note the first of many starboard hand laterals for the channel. When entering from the east, and when Port Albert is abeam, turn to starboard and head towards the red and green buoys. Then follow the directions above. It is not advisable to to attempt entering Keyhaven in strong easterly winds. There is a 4 knot speed limit once inside the River. Anchorage is close to the spit on your port side. The deepest water is always where the mooring buoys are. There are no dedicated visitor moorings. Pick up any spare buoy and contact the River Warden on VHF 37/M1 or P1 or phone 01590 645695. Charges for both mooring and anchoring apply. The West Solent Boat Builders yard is situated immediately behind the quay providing a full range of boatyard facilities, including cranage. On the north side of the quay, a slipway with a cradle is used to haul out vessels too heavy to be lifted by crane. Contact: Keyhaven River Warden, The Observation Tower, Keyhaven Quay, Keyhaven, SO41 0TR. Tel: 01590 645695. www.newforest.gov.uk Please note, information in this publication is to be used as a guide only and not for navigation.

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LANGSTONE HARBOUR LANGSTONE HARBOUR

50º47’.01N, 01º01’.60W + (ENT)

Langstone Harbour lies on Hampshire’s southeast coast, a large tidal bay between Portsmouth Harbour to the west and Chichester Harbour to the east. Commercial shipping, fishing, and recreational boating have been well established in the peaceful, sheltered waters of the harbour for many years.

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There is abundant wildlife in Langstone Harbour which remains an area of real wilderness alongside the major city of Portsmouth. Sailors, boaters and other water sports enthusiasts share the harbour with the resident wildlife and, providing a little consideration is shown, all the different uses can coexist in harmony. Langstone Harbour contains a number of nesting islands and landing is not allowed. Visitors should avoid trampling the mud and saltmarsh plants to ensure their survival into the future. Langstone Harbour is a shallow, natural harbour with extensive mudflats which are exposed during low tide. The whole harbour is one of Hampshire’s several ‘Sites of Special Scientific Interest’ (SSSI) with international status. Together with neighbouring Chichester Harbour, it is a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, and part of the Solent European Marine Site. The approach to Langstone Harbour is easy in most weather conditions, but best from High Water -3 to +1 hour. The entrance channel lies between the East and West Winner drying banks, which offer some protection. Once close to the Fairway Beacon, approximately 1 mile to the south of the harbour entrance, in line with a conspicuous chimney, steer 344º to just clear East Winner. The entrance itself deepens and favours the west side. The harbour speed limit is 10 knots and, because of the environmental sensitivity of the area’s wildlife, there are also restrictions on certain activities. Chichester Harbour is accessible under the Hayling road bridge for vessels of low air draught at certain states of the tide.

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LANGSTONE HARBOUR LANGSTONE HARBOUR

All vessels using Langstone Harbour are obliged to pay harbour dues; this includes vessels visiting Southsea Marina. All vessels on the water must display their daily or annual plaque. Fuel, water, and waste reception facilities are available at the Hayling pontoon. Harbour Office call up is VHF Ch 12/16; the working frequency is Ch 12. There are three public slipways in Langstone Harbour; the Ferry Point slipway, Hayling Island; Eastney slipway, Portsmouth; and the Broadmarsh slipway. Contact: Langstone Harbour Board, Harbour Office, Ferry Road, Hayling Island, PO11 0DG. Tel: 02392 463419. www.langstoneharbour.org.uk Southsea Marina - Southsea Marina is a small friendly marina set in Langstone Harbour. Contact the marina on VHF channel 80 call sign ‘Southsea Marina’ when approaching Southsea Marina channel to be given berthing instructions. The speed limit in the marina channel is 5 knots. Southsea Marina has a tidal gate which opens and closes automatically at certain states of the tide and when closed there is a waiting pontoon. The tides for Southsea Marina and the times of the tidal gate opening and closing are available to download at www.premiermarinas.com/southsea. Southsea Marina offers new luxury facilities, a launderette, an on-site bar and restaurant, 24-hour diesel and petrol and a fully serviced boatyard. The marina also has a fishing club, free WiFi, electricity and water on the pontoons and bottled gas. A convenience store and a cashpoint are 10 minutes’ walk away. Contact: Premier Southsea Marina, Fort Cumberland Road, Portsmouth, PO4 9RJ. Tel: 023 9282 2719. www.premiermarinas.com/southsea

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LYMINGTON HARBOUR LYMINGTON HARBOUR

50º45’.10N, 01º31’.40W (ENT)

Lymington Harbour is located within an attractive estuary on the Hampshire coast at the western end of the Solent. The estuary is 2 miles long with the entrance channel lying between salt marshes. It is shared by yachtsmen, fishermen, and the Isle of Wight ferry.

Photo: Ryan Willegers

Lymington River is well sheltered and access is available at all states of tide making it a popular destination for visiting yachtsmen. The speed limit is 6 knots with an advisory limit of 4 knots upstream of the wave screens near the entrance to the Lymington Yacht Haven. There is a double High Water at Springs which gives a stand of 3 hours. At Neaps there is a stand of 2 hours. However, wind direction and force and barometric pressure can materially alter these conditions. The tidal range at Springs is 3.1m and at Neaps 1.5m. On approach the first thing you see is the yacht club starting platform with a distant backdrop of masts in the Yacht Haven marina. Leave the platform well to starboard. Jack in the Basket is a single red pile with a basket top-mark to the southwest of the entrance. Water depth in much of the marked channel is in excess of -2.0m below chart datum. However, on the marked channel margins the depth of water is shallower in some locations. Please give way to the Wightlink ferries which run every hour at peak times. For guidance refer to the ‘River Safety’ section on www.lymingtonharbour.co.uk. At night, the main channel piles are lit, green to starboard and red to port, all flashing every two seconds. Leading lights for entering the river are fixed red on 319°T. In Short Reach (as the river bends to the right) there are two red and white transit posts lit by fixed white directional lights to the west of the river at the south end and two black and white posts similarly lit on the east side of the Reach at the north end. These are to assist the ferries to line up and pass in the river.

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Either side of the marked navigation channel in Short Reach are rock breakwaters. The end of the eastern breakwater that is nearest the navigation channel is marked at night by a beacon displaying two fixed green lights vertically disposed. The end of the western breakwater that is nearest the navigation channel is marked at night by two fixed red lights vertically disposed. The extent of both breakwater underwater footprints is marked by yellow special marks mounted on vertical posts – keep clear. The wave screens mark the beginning of the inner harbour. Beyond these you pass to port in quick succession the entrance to the Yacht Haven marina, Dan Bran visitors’ pontoon, the Harbour Master’s pontoon and the Harbour Office, public slipway, the two yacht clubs and finally Berthon Lymington Marina which faces the ferry terminal on the opposite bank. Above the ferry terminal the channel narrows and turns to port between two lines of piles forming moorings. This part of the channel has a maintained depth of 1.7m up to the Town Quay where there are visitors’ mooring buoys and pontoons for visitors. At the Town Quay there is room for up to 60 visiting boats within two minutes walk of the town centre. Harbour staff can be contacted on 01590 672014. An out-of-hours messaging service operates. The Harbour Master does not offer a VHF service.

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LYMINGTON HARBOUR Visitors are invited to go directly to the Town Quay where walk ashore and fore and aft moorings are available on a first come first served basis. Mooring areas are maintained to 1.7m below chart datum. There is a separate walk-ashore facility further downstream, the Dan Bran pontoon, which is available on a pre-booked basis for visiting boats. The Dan Bran visitor pontoon, which has both electricity and water, can accommodate rallies of up to fifty (10m) boats moored together. Mooring areas are maintained to a minimum of 1.7m below chart datum. There are also six bookable berths for small boats up to 8m in length on the inside of the Harbour Master’s Pontoon. There are showers open for visitors all year round adjacent to the visitors’ moorings on the Town Quay. Separate shower facilities are available for users of the Dan Bran pontoon. Two scrubbing areas are available at the Town Quay slipway and three areas immediately north of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club. Reservations and payment must be made through the Harbour Office first. There is a public slipway from the Bath Road car park; a charge is made for launching. Please pay Harbour staff on the slipway or at the nearby Harbour Office. Public pontoons for landing can be found at the Town Quay and off the car park in Bath Road. Boats must not be left unattended in the yellow hatched emergency area on the Harbour Master pontoon. Contact: Lymington Harbour Commissioners, Harbour Office, Bath Road, Lymington SO41 3SE. Tel: 01590 672014. www.lymingtonharbour.co.uk Both marinas at Lymington may be contacted on VHF Ch 80 for berth availability.

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Lymington Yacht Haven - Lymington Yacht Haven is the first marina that comes into sight as you make your way up the Lymington River. The Yacht Haven offers 24-hour security, on-the-water fuel 24/7 (except Christmas Day), showers, Wi-Fi, and a bar and restaurant with panoramic views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. Lymington Yacht Haven boasts a comprehensive range of marine services on-site, including full hoists and wash off facilities, engine servicing and repairs, rigging specialists, and a chandlery. Out-ofhours haul outs are available in emergencies. Contact: Lymington Yacht Haven, Kings Saltern Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 3QD. Tel: 01590 677071. www.yachthavens.com/lymington Berthon Lymington Marina - Lymington Marina is located on the west bank of the Lymington River opposite Lymington Pier railway station and the Wightlink ferry terminal. One of the longest established marinas in the UK, Lymington Marina offers 280 deep water, well-protected berths for yachts up to 45m (150ft) LOA. Full marina facilities are available, including shore power, water, fuel, gas, deluxe washrooms, a launderette, and ice. Call Sign ‘Berthon Lymington Marina’. Contact: Lymington Marina Berthon, The Shipyard, Bath Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 3YL. Tel: 01590 673312. www.berthon.co.uk

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NEWTOWN HARBOUR NEWTOWN HARBOUR

50º43’.45N, 01º24’.66W (ENT)

Newtown Harbour, on the Isle of Wight, lies to the west of Newport and east of Yarmouth. Newtown is a National Nature Reserve administered by the National Trust, and is a fragile area for wildlife and a low key, quiet, and unspoilt location. The estuary is probably the best example of an undisturbed natural harbour on the south coast.

Photo: Island Visions, Jamie Russell

Visitors are encouraged to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of the place but also to respect its charm and character and keep noise and disturbance to a minimum. The winding estuary at Newtown has provided a sheltered harbour for boats over many centuries. It is thought to have once been capable of accommodating much larger ships than the pleasure craft which use it today. The silting up of the channels led to the decline of Newtown as the harbour became difficult to navigate. These days, many of Newtown’s visitors arrive by small boats and use the moorings which are managed by the National Trust. They are attracted by the beautiful scenery, peaceful setting, and the abundant wildlife which thrives on the nature reserve. When approaching Newtown from either east or west, vessels should keep to the north of the west cardinal fairway buoy. Upon approaching the buoy, keep to the west of the buoy and then proceed inbound keeping the leading marks in alignment. The minimum draft in the entrance at Low Water Springs is approximately 2m, therefore boats can enter Newtown River at Low Water. However, vessels should navigate with caution at this time. Prudence and good seamanship should suggest arrival on a rising tide! The leading marks are on a bearing of 130°. The speed limit is a maximum of 5 knots. If a vessel, such as a fully loaded RIB, is creating excessive wash at 5 knots then speed should be reduced further. Depths vary throughout the estuary. Anchoring is free of charge, however visitors are encouraged to make a voluntary donation to the National Trust which maintains this beautiful location. There are visitor moorings in the estuary, charges apply, and the Harbour Master can be contacted by phone on 01983 531424, but not VHF.

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THE NEW INN Main Road | Shalfleet | IW | PO30 4NS 01983 531314 www.thenew-inn.co.uk Water is available on the landward end of the footbridge at Newtown Quay; waste facilities at Shalfleet Quay. There is a landing place at Shalfleet Quay which is the main point of access to reach the New Inn. There is a National Trust visitor point at the Newtown nature reserve but the nearest toilet and refreshment facilities are in nearby villages. A free local information leaflet can be obtained from the Harbour Master. Contact: Newtown Harbour Master. Tel: 01983 531424. Extracts from ‘Discovering Newtown’ are reproduced with the permission of the National Trust. Visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk to find out more.

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POOLE HARBOUR POOLE HARBOUR

50°43’.50N, 001°59’.00W (ENT)

Poole is the second largest natural harbour in the world, with an interior coastline of over 100 miles and covering nearly 10,000 acres. It is a very shallow harbour and mariners are advised to stay within the marked channels, indicated by the red and green lateral posts or buoys, at all times within the Harbour to avoid running aground.

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When approaching from the east, the high cliffs of ‘Anvil Point’ will be clearly visible. As you get closer the white chalk cliffs of ‘Handfast Point’, also known as ‘Old Harry Rocks’, come into view. The main Swash Channel into Poole is well marked and is usable day and night in all conditions. In very strong winds from the south or southeast it can become dangerous on the ebb in the vicinity of Poole Bar. The channel itself runs between the ‘training bank’ on the western side and ‘Hook Sands’ on the eastern side. A small craft channel runs along the western side of the Swash Channel and is the recommended entrance for leisure vessels. It is marked on its western side by a series of lit and unlit red piles on the training bank and bounded on the eastern side by the red can buoys of the Main Swash Channel. Vessels using this channel should re-join the main Swash Channel between Number 8 buoy and Number 10 ready to traverse the Harbour Entrance.   A handy alternative to the main Swash Channel, for those coming along the coast from the east, is to head straight for the entrance via the East Looe Channel. This is well marked with port and starboard hand buoys and runs west over the sands before dog-legging round to the southwest close along the shore. It is quite shallow and should be navigated with caution and avoided by deeper draught vessels.   The Harbour Entrance is only 300m wide causing tides up to 5kn on an ebbing spring. Consult the tidal stream atlas and plan your entrance accordingly. A Chain Ferry runs across the Harbour Entrance taking vehicles and passengers between Sandbanks and Shell Bay. The ferry has right of way over all vessels. When the ferry is about to cross a black ball is hoisted in the rigging and a white strobe light will flash on the mast. 98

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After entering the harbour, the striking façade of Brownsea Castle will be Banner 1.indd 4 clearly visible. There are many options available with regard 20/03/2014 to an overnight stop. Poole Quay Boat Haven is easily reached by following the Middle Ship Channel round to the north and then west until you reach the south cardinal Stakes buoy (Number 29). Follow the ‘Little Channel’ towards Town Quay and the entrance to the Marina is clearly visible on the right hand side.   Alternatively take the North Channel, leave the main ship channel at the ‘Bell’ Southerly Cardinal and proceed along the channel heading initially northeast and then bearing round to northwest. From this channel the Royal Motor Yacht Club, Salterns Marina, Parkstone Yacht Club, and Parkstone Bay Marina are easily accessible.   South Deep offers a sheltered spot for a quiet night at anchor. After passing through the entrance make a sharp turn to port between port hand buoy No. 14 and the east cardinal Brownsea and venture down the marked channel southeast of Brownsea Island. You can’t anchor in the channel but with care you should find deep water just outside it.   Navigational Hints: See Admiralty Chart 2611 or Imray Chart Y23. Please note: Be aware of the chain ferry in the entrance to the harbour and a byelaw which states that all vessels must give way to the chain and use a motor if fitted when transiting the harbour entrance.   Contact: Poole Harbour Commissioners, 20 New Quay Road, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset BH15 4AF. Tel: 01202 440200.  www.phc.co.uk   Poole Harbour Control: Tel: 01202 440230. VHF Channel 14 (vessels should maintain a listening watch from Bar Buoy inbound) Call Sign ‘Poole Harbour Control’.    Poole Quay Boat Haven: Tel: 01202 649488 (Option 1). VHF Channel 80. Call Sign ‘Poole Quay Boat Haven’. Cobb’s Quay Marina - With its lively, seafaring atmosphere, this 1,090 berth marina is a favourite with yachtsmen and motor cruisers alike. It is situated at Hamworthy in Holes Bay within Poole Harbour, the world’s second largest natural harbour. Much of the shoreline is undeveloped and there are many inlets and small islands to explore by boat.   To reach Cobb’s Quay Marina, enter Poole Harbour by the main Swash Channel from Poole Bar buoy; or from the east via the shallower East Looe Channel. Go up-harbour via the North Channel or Middle Ship Channel. Pass Poole Quay and transit the lifting bridges. Follow the buoyed channel to the marina. Cobb’s Quay offers 850 marina berths (max LOA: 25m) and 240 dry stack berths (max LOA: 10m); fuel (petrol/diesel); gas; boat lifting and storage ashore; slipway; laundry facilities; restaurant and bar; brokerage; chandlery; convenience store; and Wi-Fi.   Contact: Cobb’s Quay Marina, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4EL. VHF Ch 80. Tel: 01202 674299.  www.cobbsquaymarina.co.uk 

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Salterns Marina - Located within the beautiful, sheltered waters of Poole Harbour, this award-winning 5 Gold Anchor marina offers permanent and visitor berths, swinging moorings, Versadock and storage ashore. On-site car parking and full marina and boatyard facilities including 24-hour manned security, 24-hour fuel, slipway, on-site hotel, bar and restaurant. Call on VHF Ch 80 or 37, call sign ‘Salterns Marina’.   Contact: Salterns Marina, 40 Salterns Way, Lilliput, Poole, Dorset, BH14 8JR. Tel: 01202 709971. www.salterns.co.uk

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PORT SOLENT

Port Solent is located in the northeast corner of Portsmouth Harbour, near the historic Portchester Castle. Portchester is one of the best preserved of the Roman ‘Saxon shore’ forts and was built in the third century. There are spectacular views over the Solent from the Castle’s towers.

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The entrance to Portchester Lake lies about a mile north of Portsmouth Harbour entrance; it is marked to the west by pile 57 and to the east by pile 95. The whole channel is marked by red piles to the west and by green piles to the east. Twenty of the piles are lit by navigational lights.

Although the channel in the south is wide, the best water is defined by a number of craft moored to large buoys, which are not lit, and should be left to port. At night this reach of the channel is clearly defined by lit starboard hand piles. As you clear the moored craft, and in the vicinity of lit pile 63 to port and lit pile 88 to starboard, the channel narrows and starts a long, slow left-hand bend. North of 86 the bend tightens and the best water lies close to the three lit port piles. On the right-hand side opposite these piles is Tipner Lake which is a cul-de-sac and should be avoided. As you proceed around the bend the gates at lit piles no 68 to port and no 80 to starboard mark the sharp turn left into the final section of channel with Portchester Castle to port. Note there is a speed limit in Portsmouth Harbour of 10 knots and there is an advisory speed limit of 5 knots in the upper reaches of Portchester Channel past the Castle. It is not permitted to stop or linger in the safety arcs of Tipner Range. If you intend to proceed to Port Solent Marina, at pile 78 make your call to Port Solent on VHF Ch 80 and request a lock in. In season the upper section is well marked by moored yachts. Off season beware of many unlit boat moorings on both sides of the channel. From pile No. 80 turn almost due north to pile 79. At low tide keep to the port side of the channel to pile 72a, thereafter cross to the starboard pile No. 76. Pile No. 75 opens the channel between rows of piled yacht moorings. Proceed between the moorings steering on pile A and pile B. Once abeam of pile B, steer to follow a line leaving the outer pontoons to starboard. At pile B the lock entrance will be clearly visible. Do not proceed into the lock barrel unless three green entry lights show. If it is necessary to wait for the lock, you can moor to the outer waiting pontoon, clear of the lock entrance. Port Solent Marina - Port Solent Marina is set against the vibrant backdrop of The Boardwalk’s restaurants, bars and shops, and sailors are drawn to its unique atmosphere. Onsite there is a fully serviced boatyard with storage ashore for 500 boats, 24-hour fuel, luxury showers and toilets, and car parking. Patrols, CCTV and the lock, which allows 24-hour access to the marina, provide security. Call on VHF channel 80. Contact: Port Solent Marina, South Lockside, Port Solent, Portsmouth, PO6 4TJ. Tel: 023 9221 0765. www.premiermarinas.com/portsolent

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PORT SOLENT CHANNEL: 50º50’.10N, 01º06’.80W (ENT)


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50º47’.38N, 001º06’.65W (HARBOUR ENTRANCE)

Portsmouth is Britain’s premier naval base and one of the busiest harbours in the country. It is a very large natural harbour, almost completely landlocked except for the narrow entrance, with the approaches themselves well sheltered by the Isle of Wight.

The Queen’s Harbour Master (QHM) Portsmouth is the regulatory authority of the Dockyard Port of Portsmouth, an area of approximately 55 square miles that encompasses not only Portsmouth Harbour itself, but includes all the waters from Cowes in the west to Hayling Island down to Sandown Bay in the east, with the single exception of Bembridge Harbour. Traffic co-ordination for shipping entering and leaving Portsmouth Harbour is performed by Harbour Control which is manned 24 hours a day. The QHM and his staff have to ensure that the 117,000 yearly shipping movements under their control are safely carried out and with the minimum impact to the surrounding area. To facilitate the safe passage of small craft to and from Portsmouth Harbour, a ‘Small Boat Channel’ exists for vessels less than 20m in length on the western side of the harbour entrance. The northern and

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southern extremities of the Small Boat Channel are at Ballast beacon and No. 4 Bar buoy. Remember, small boats are extremely difficult to see and the harbour entrance is a blind bend to larger vessels. Enter and leave the harbour through the Small Boat Channel. All craft fitted with engines, when navigating in the approach channel to Portsmouth Harbour, are to proceed under power between No. 4 Bar buoy and the Ballast beacon. Vessels are only to cross the main channel when they are to the north of Ballast beacon, and permission has been obtained from the QHM on VHF Ch 11. The Small Boat Channel may only be entered or exited by vessels approaching from the east at its northern or southern extremities. A traffic pattern is established around Ballast beacon; small boats entering the harbour are to pass close to the east of Ballast beacon and those exiting close to the west. If crossing the harbour entrance, do so to the north of Ballast beacon or to the south of No. 4 Bar buoy. Keep to the starboard side of the Small Boat Channel and adjust speed to remain within the channel rather than overtake and be forced into the main channel. Small boats may continue to use the Small Boat Channel when the main channel is closed for the passage of a large vessel. Do not underestimate the speed of ships. If your boat is slow, allow sufficient time to take evasive action in the vicinity of large ships. Be visible. At night make sure your navigation lights can be seen. If you see the navigation lights of a vessel and think you have not been seen, get out of the way. Carry a radar reflector high on your boat. Remember, from the bridge of a loaded container ship or large tanker, the captain or pilot will lose sight of you a third of a mile ahead, although you can see the ship at all times. Ships with deep draught may have less room for manoeuvre than is immediately apparent. At night be extra vigilant as, even on a clear night, you will have difficulty seeing a big ship approach. You might see it first as a black shadow against a background of shore lights, or as a growing shadow, at that point you are not far apart. Remember that your lights will not be easily spotted from the ship.

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It is essential that all mariners operating north of a line between Outer Spit Buoy and Gilkicker Point maintain a close watch on VHF Ch 11, for vessel traffic information from QHM Harbour Control. In an emergency, if you believe you have not been seen or you are unsure of a ship’s intentions, call them on VHF Ch 11 or 16, then shift to a working frequency for inter-ship safety messages. The Swashway is an important channel for shallow draught vessels approaching and leaving Portsmouth Harbour. It should be noted that hovercraft and high-speed catamaran ferries often transit the area en-route to and from Ryde at speeds in excess of 24 knots. As non-displacement craft, hovercraft usually navigate outside the Swashway in areas where depths are shallow. The Spitbank area, as a whole, is regularly used for yacht racing and regattas. Yachts and slow moving craft are advised to keep watch for the possible approach of high-speed ferries and other fast craft. High-speed craft are cautioned not to assume that other boats, particularly those whom they are overtaking, are aware of their presence, and are to give them a sufficiently wide berth. Extra caution is to be taken when operating in the vicinity of the harbour entrance to prevent small and less powerful boats being swept into mid-channel from the Small Boat Channel by the strong cross-tide.

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PORTSMOUTH & GOSPORT The speed limit within Portsmouth Harbour is 10 knots and the same within 0.5nm of the line of MLWS in any part of the Port of Portsmouth outside the harbour. The speed limit in each case is to be taken as ‘speed through the water’.

When visibility in the harbour or approach channel is less than 0.25 of a nautical mile the QHM may declare the fog routine to be in force. Small boats may proceed with caution but must keep clear of the main navigable channels and the approach channel. The QHM will direct that the routine is in force, and when it has ended, by broadcasts on VHF Ch 11 or 13. Vessels without operational radars are advised not to proceed in such conditions, and in any event, should navigate with extreme caution in conditions of restricted visibility. Contact: Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth, Semaphore Tower, HM Naval Base, Portsmouth, PO1 3LT. Tel: 02392 723694. www.qhm.mod.uk/portsmouth/ for access to all QHM Portsmouth LNTM and General Directions. Reference: QHM Portsmouth General Direction 07/10. Small Boat Channel and access to Gunwharf Quays and Town Camber. The Small Boat Channel, as displayed on Admiralty charts, is defined by Ballast Beacon at its northern extremity and No 4 Bar Buoy to the south. As the harbour entrance is a blind bend for large vessels, small boats operating near the harbour entrance are often difficult to detect, the following rules therefore apply to all small boats: 1. Small Boats must enter and leave the harbour through the Small Boat Channel. 2. All craft fitted with engines, when navigating in the Approach Channel to Portsmouth Harbour, are to proceed under power between No 4 Bar Buoy, Ballast Beacon and Gunwharf Quays/Town Camber. 3. The Small Boat Channel may only be entered or exited by vessels approaching from the vicinity of Gunwharf Quays/Town Camber north of Ballast Beacon.

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PORTSMOUTH & GOSPORT 4. A traffic pattern is established at Ballast Beacon; small boats entering the harbour are to pass close to the east of Ballast Beacon, those exiting close to the west. 5. Small boats, unless authorised by QHM, are not to loiter in the Small Boat Channel. 6. Small boats should remain on the Starboard side of the Small Boat Channel, adjusting their speed to remain within the Small Boat Channel to avoid overtaking or leaving the Channel. 7. Immediately prior to departure from Gunwharf Quays/Town Camber, small boats are to request permission, from QHM on VHF Ch 11, to cross the harbour to Ballast Beacon before entering the Channel. Note - There are no visitor berths or moorings at Gunwharf Quays, and boats will only be permitted to cross the harbour to Gunwharf Quays if they have an assigned berth. The Gunwharf Berthing Manager can be contacted by VHF Ch 80 or 02392 836732. Gunwharf Quays Marina - Located just 200m from the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour and situated on the East side of the Harbour, beneath the landmark Spinnaker Tower, is Gunwharf Quays Marina. Set against the vibrant backdrop of Portsmouth’s Historic Naval Dockyard, this specially designed marina can accommodate power and sail craft up to 79 metres, with a maximum depth of 5.5 metres. Boasting spacious marina berths with ample manoeuvring space and wide walk-ashore floating pontoons, this prime south coast marina prides itself on offering a raft of dedicated services and facilities. Not to mention a unique waterside experience with an excellent mix of retail, dining and leisure. All essential pontoon services include ample supplies of electricity and fresh water, free and unlimited Wi-Fi, a complimentary laundry service, 24-hour CCTV and a secure access control system. Marina visitors can also enjoy easy access to a nearby fuelling pontoon, as well as subsidised parking in Gunwharf Quays’ awardwinning car park. A worthy recipient of the Yacht Harbour Association’s four gold anchor award, this marina has quality shoreside facilities, including individual showers, basins and changing areas. Add a friendly and professional team who are dedicated to making your stay an enjoyable one, and you have the perfect destination marina. Contact - Gunwharf Quays Marina, Gunwharf Quays, Portsmouth, PO1 3TZ. Tel: 02392 836732. Email: marina@gunwharf-quays.com. www.gunwharf-quays.com/marina

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PORTSMOUTH & GOSPORT Town Quay (Camber) - Set in the most historic part of the city, the Camber Dock is home to the Wightlink Isle of Wight ferry service, local fishing vessels, commercial barges and work boats, KB Boat Park dry stack, and private yachts and motor boats. Visitors are welcome at the Camber Dock and a number of marine related services are available. There is a slipway, trailer park, car park, and boat storage available. Contact: Camber Harbour Office, East Street, Camber Quay, Old Portsmouth, PO1 2JJ. Tel: 023 9283 3166. www.kb-boatpark.co.uk Haslar Marina - Haslar Marina is a modern purpose-built marina in Portsmouth Harbour just minutes from the waters of the Solent. Located in Haslar Creek, Gosport, and protected by a large wave screen, the marina offers sheltered berthing with no tidal restrictions. The marina has up to 120 dedicated visitors’ berths, catering for vessels up to 60m LOA. All berths are fully serviced with water, electricity, and Wi-Fi. Facilities include showers and washrooms, two laundries, bars and restaurants, 24-hour security, and car parking. Sealift 2 are now operating from Haslar Marina. Call Sign ‘Haslar Marina’ on VHF 80. Contact: Haslar Marina, Haslar Road, Gosport, PO12 1NU. Tel: 023 9260 1201. www.deanreddyhoff.co.uk//haslar-marina Gosport Marina - Gosport Marina is situated 500m from Portsmouth Harbour. The marina is dredged to a minimum of 2m and a breakwater redevelopment ensures boats are protected from the wash created by passing ships. Gosport Marina can accommodate 500 boats on berths ranging up to 30m. The marina has excellent toilets and showers, a launderette, a quality Café Bistro, The Boat House Café, fuel berth, dry stack storage, on-site boat care and boat sales. There is electricity and water on the pontoons, berth holder car parking, Wi-Fi and bottled gas available. Gosport High Street with a variety of shops is just two minutes away. Call VHF channel 80 to speak to Gosport Marina. Contact: Gosport Marina, Mumby Road, Gosport, PO12 1AH. Tel: 023 9252 4811. www.premiermarinas.com/gosport The Gosport Ferry provides fast shuttle services from nearby Gosport Ferry pontoon to the popular Gunwharf Quays with its designer outlets, bowling alley, cinema, restaurants and bars.

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PORTSMOUTH & GOSPORT Endeavour Quay - Endeavour Quay provides a comprehensive new build, refit, storage, maintenance and repair facility for sailing yachts and power craft up to 40 metres LOA or 180 tonnes. A range of independent on-site services is available, coupled with an open yard policy. Service and support of major yacht race projects, private and commercial vessel refits, alongside standard repair and maintenance work. The marina has easy access to the Solent and English Channel, with no air draft restriction. There is 90m of serviced waiting pontoons, a 30m long and 8.5m wide lifting dock, and a 180 tonne travel hoist. Tel: 02392 584 200. www.endeavourquay.co.uk Royal Clarence Marina - Royal Clarence Marina lies within a deep water basin fronting the Royal Navy’s former victualling yard, is less than 10 minutes from the entrance to Portsmouth Harbour and close to Gosport town centre. The marina provides fully serviced pontoon berths ranging in length from 10.5 to 18m. There is also over 350 metres of alongside berthing available for international events and other maritime spectaculars. The marina enjoys one of the deepest water basins in southern England with the capacity to take vessels up to 5.25m draft. The ‘alongside berths’ are also ideal for club rallies and events as large numbers of vessels can be berthed. Royal Clarence Marina has 180 fully serviced berths as well as the heavy duty and deep water berths. VHF Ch 80, Call Sign ‘Royal Clarence Marina’.  Contact: Royal Clarence Marina, Weevil Lane, Gosport, PO12 1AX. Tel: 02392 523523. www.royalclarencemarina.org

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RIVER HAMBLE & WARSASH 50°50’.40N, 01°18’.50W (ENT) RIVER HAMBLE & WARSASH

Internationally famous as a first class sailing centre, the River Hamble is also renowned for the excellence of its servicing and repair facilities offered in a variety of marinas and boatyards. Whether your interest is racing, power-boating or blue water cruising, the Hamble has the facilities you need; deep water, easy access to the Solent at all states of tide.

Popular with locals and visitors alike, the Hamble is perfect for weekend excursions or as a departure point for destinations further afield. It is used extensively by yachtsmen; competitors in Cowes Week and the Round the Island Race use the harbour as a base, and closer to home, local yacht clubs host the Hamble Winter Series, Warsash Spring Series, Bursledon Regatta, National, European and World championships. The river is not just a sailing Mecca, it is a nationally and internationally important site for nature conservation and a bird watchers’ paradise. Riverside walks or simply watching the world go by are popular pastimes. It also offers a safe location for rowing, canoeing and kayaking, and for the up-coming sport of paddleboarding. The river is a constant hive of activity during the summer season and therefore care should always be taken. Access to the River Hamble is available at all states of tide, although waves can build up at the entrance in a southwesterly wind combined with an ebb tide. By day, from the vicinity of Hamble Point Buoy, follow the main channel which is clearly marked with lit port and starboard-hand piles. From the Warsash Maritime Academy Jetty, the starboard side of the channel is clearly marked by four lit starboard-hand buoys. A ‘preferred channel’ mark (pile) is at the southern end of the first pontoon encountered; leave it to port for the main channel. Thereafter, the main channel is clearly marked with lit port and starboard-hand piles. At night, follow Hamble Common Directional light on a bearing of 352°, then Sailing Club Directional light on a bearing of 029° and then follow the lit buoys and piles as above. Depths obviously vary. Most marinas are dredged to 1.5m. Depths in the main channel vary from at least 4m in the approaches, to 2.2m at Bursledon Bend. Tidal streams can be very strong, particularly on the ebb. Mariners are advised to keep to the centre line or to starboard of the centre line and not too close to the entrance piles, especially at Low Water.

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RIVER HAMBLE & WARSASH Walk ashore facilities are available for visitors at the Harbour Master’s jetty at Warsash and Hamble. There are also mid-stream visitors’ pontoons available between piles B1 and B6. For berth allocation, call the Harbour Master on VHF Ch 68 Call Sign ‘Hamble Harbour Radio’. There is a 6 knot ‘through the water’ speed limit from No. 1 pile and wash limit on all vessels whilst within the River Hamble harbour limits. No anchoring is allowed in the river, except in the Upper Hamble, above Manor Farm Country Park Jetty, where anchored boats must not be left unattended. Access to the Upper Hamble is through three bridges, the lowest of which (A27) has a clearance of 3.5 metres at Highest Astronomical Tide (HAT). Contact: River Hamble Harbour Authority, Harbour Office, Shore Road, Warsash, SO31 9FR. Tel: 01489 576387. www.hants.gov.uk/ hambleharbour. Marinas may be contacted on VHF Ch 80 for berth availability. Hamble Point Marina - Hamble Point Marina lies near the mouth of the River Hamble, on the west bank, 500m north of Warsash Jetty. The marina has 230 berths (max LOA: 30m) and 121 dry stack berths (max LOA: 10m). There is boat lifting and storage ashore; a 75 ton boat hoist; a 4 ton crane for masts / engines; slipway; boat repairs; electronic services; storage; chandlery; bar and restaurant; yacht brokerage; dry sailing facility; trailer sailing; Wi-Fi; laundry and recycling facilities. Contact: Hamble Point Marina, School Lane, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4NB. Tel: 023 8045 2464. www.hamblepointmarina.co.uk Port Hamble Marina - Port Hamble Marina is situated on the River Hamble right in the heart of the South Coast’s sailing scene. With thousands of visitors every year, this busy marina is popular with racing enthusiasts and cruising vessels looking for a vibrant atmosphere. The picturesque Hamble Village, with its inviting pubs and restaurants, is only a few minutes’ walk away. When approaching Port Hamble, please keep clear of commercial shipping in Southampton Water. From abeam Calshot Castle head for Hamble Pt South Cardinal buoy at the mouth of the well-marked river. From here the channel is narrow between drying banks, so be sure to leave the No 2 East Cardinal beacon to port. At night two directional lights lead to Warsash Jetty on the east bank. Port Hamble Marina is about 0.75 miles north, the second marina on the west bank. The marina has 310 berths, max LOA: 24m; fuel (petrol/diesel) seven days a week; boat lifting and storage ashore at Hamble Point Marina and Mercury Yacht Harbour; electronic services; chandlery; laundry facilities; bar and restaurant; yacht brokerage; and Wi-Fi. Contact: Port Hamble Marina, Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4QD. Tel: 023 8045 2741. www.porthamblemarina.co.uk

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Mercury Yacht Harbour - Originally built by Sir Robin Knox Johnston, Mercury is situated in a sheltered wooded site where the shallow waters of Badnam Creek join the River Hamble. Just a twenty- minute walk from Hamble village, the marina offers berthing for 360 boats and enjoys deep water at all states of tide. Among its excellent facilities are a chandlery as well as a bar and restaurant with waterfront views. When approaching the marina, please keep clear of commercial shipping in Southampton Water. From abeam Calshot Castle head for Hamble Pt South Cardinal buoy at the mouth of the well-marked river. From here the channel is narrow between drying banks, so be sure to leave the No 2 East Cardinal beacon to port. At night two directional lights lead to Warsash Jetty on the east bank. About 1.35 miles north, Mercury Yacht Harbour is the third marina on the west bank.

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RIVER HAMBLE & WARSASH The marina has 360 berths, max LOA: 24m; boat lifting and storage ashore; electronic services; towing; chandlery; laundry facilities; bar and restaurant; yacht brokerage; sailing schools; yacht charters; and Wi-Fi. Contact: Mercury Yacht Harbour, Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4HQ. Tel: 023 8045 5994. www.mercuryyachtharbour.co.uk Universal Marina - Universal Marina is an independent family run marina set adjacent to 68 acres of tranquil, wooded riverbank, just minutes from the M27 and 15 minutes from the Solent. Renowned for its friendly staff and secure facilities, complemented by full yard services and ample free car parking. Berths range from 7.5m - 26m, deep water, semi-tidal, dinghy, and RIBs. Contact: Universal Marina, Crableck Lane, Sarisbury Green, Southampton, SO31 7ZN. Tel: 01489 574272. www.universalmarina.co.uk Swanwick Marina – Premier’s Swanwick Marina is situated on the picturesque eastern bank of the River Hamble, approximately two miles upriver from the entrance to Southampton Water. On approaching Swanwick Marina please contact the marina by phone or VHF Channel 80 for directions to a berth. At Swanwick Marina yachtsmen can look forward to a new fully serviced boatyard, a new dry stack, new luxury facilities, new launderette, free WiFi, electricity and water on pontoons. There is also 24-hour security, berth holder car parking, a new fuel berth and a Café Bistro -The Boat House Café. Contact: Swanwick Marina, Swanwick, Southampton, SO31 1ZL. Tel: 01489 884081. www.premiermarinas.com/swanwick Mariners Quay - Outboard powerboat dealer, expertise in rigging and servicing of outboard engines at Mariners Quay in Warsash close to the mouth of the Hamble River. Services include sales of outboard boats and custom built Atlanta ribs, sales of spares and parts for both Yamaha and Suzuki. Contact: Solent and Warsash Marine, Mariners Quay, Shore Road, Warsash SO31 9FR. Tel: 01489 583813 Email: info@sandwmarine.co.uk

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RYDE HARBOUR Ryde Harbour is located on the northeast coast of the Isle of Wight and enjoys excellent views across the Solent towards Portsmouth. The well situated harbour is protected from adverse weather conditions from most directions.

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Known as ‘the gateway to the Island’ and a popular destination for families, Ryde Harbour lies next to long sandy beaches and is only minutes away from restaurants, a bowling alley, swimming pool, fun fair, skating rink, and a boating lake. Ryde Esplanade runs the full length of the seafront, followed by the sea wall promenade which passes the Canoe Lake and reaches as far as Puckpool Park to the east. Ferry connections to Portsmouth and Southsea are within walking distance. The harbour dries and is only accessible to small craft approximately 2.5 hours before and 2 hours after High Water Portsmouth for a boat with 1m draught. Depth available is up to 2m on Springs. Ryde Harbour Master can be contacted on VHF Ch 80 Call Sign ‘Ryde Harbour’. Approaching Ryde Harbour from the east, beware Ryde Sands (dries), either pass north of No Man’s Land Fort or use the inshore passage between it and Ryde Sands beacons (lit port hand markers). The drying channel at 197º across Ryde Sands is marked by three starboard hand markers and three port hand marker unlit buoys. Keep well clear of the hovercraft manoeuvring between Ryde Pier and the harbour, and the Wightlink high-speed ferries from and to Ryde Pier Head. The harbour entrance is lit after sunset by two fixed red lights (vertical) on the port side of the Harbour entrance, and one flashing green light on the starboard side of the harbour entrance. There is pontoon berthing for up to 100 visiting boats, the majority of which are family sailing and motor cruisers, varying in length from 5-10m. There are public slipways, showers and toilets close by, water on all pontoons, waste and recycling facilities, gas can be obtained from a local shop, and diesel is available from local garages. Boats may scrub alongside harbour breakwater.

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Contact: Ryde Harbour, The Esplanade, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 1JA. Tel: 01983 613879 or 07970 009899. www.rydeharbour.com E-mail: ryde.harbour@iow.gov.uk Please note, information in this publication is to be used as a guide only and not for navigation.

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As one of the country’s busiest and most successful deep-water ports, Southampton is a natural choice for a wide range of customers and trades, with facilities to handle virtually any type of cargo. Its natural deep-water harbour and unique double tide allow unrestricted access for the world’s largest vessels. ABP Southampton, in its role as the Statutory Harbour Authority for Southampton Water, has a strong commitment to protecting the local environment and plays an active role in ensuring that a balance of activities can be maintained, allowing port operations, recreational sailing, and wildlife to co-exist. In addition to its varied commercial activities Southampton Water is a haven for yachts and leisure craft, and ABP strives to preserve the safety of all users including recreational boat owners, as they sail the waters of the Solent. Contact: ABP Southampton, Vessel Traffic Services Centre, 37 Berth, Eastern Docks, Southampton, SO14 3GG. Tel: 02380 608208. www.southamptonvts.co.uk. Before contacting VTS by telephone, please consider whether the answer to your question can be found on the website. Keep your VHF tuned to Ch 12, the Port working frequency, and listen for traffic information from the Harbour Master’s Operations Room, Call Sign ‘Southampton VTS’ (Vessel Traffic Services). The VTS Centre guards Ch 9, 12, 14, 16, 20 and monitors Ch 71 and 74.

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50º49’.00N, 01º17’.05W +(ENT)

Southampton Water is an extremely popular area for yachtsmen because it offers sheltered cruising in nearly all weather conditions, while the Hamble and Itchen Rivers are perfect for leisurely exploration.


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SOUTHAMPTON WATER The following extracts from the Yachtsman’s Guide to Southampton Water and its Approaches, and Southampton Notice to Mariners No. 2 and No. 3 of 2014, are reproduced with the permission of ABP Southampton. Facts to keep in mind: The number of large commercial ships serving the Port of Southampton and the number of recreational craft afloat in local waters is increasing. Most commercial vessels you meet will have an ABP Southampton Pilot on board regardless of the ship’s flag. They will be working on and listening to VHF Ch 12. Most large ships travel at a speed of between 10-15 knots whilst in the Solent and Southampton Water. The lower limit will vary from ship to ship and is ‘as safe navigation permits’. For various reasons, ships travel faster than you might think, even in congested areas. Light, partially loaded or unevenly trimmed ships may require to maintain a higher ‘as safe navigation permits’ speed in order to remain under full control. It takes less than 10 minutes for a fast ship to reach you from the visible horizon in clear weather, and in hazy conditions it takes a lot less. At 10 knots, a ship travels 1 nautical mile in six minutes; at 15 knots it takes only four minutes. Large deep draught ships cannot easily avoid small craft in narrow channels; it is up to you to stay clear.  A ship that is slowing down does not steer well; it needs the propeller action on the rudder to respond. When the ship’s engines are put ‘full astern’, its manoeuvrability will be affected. Remember that it takes time and considerable distance for a ship to stop. There are numerous other small vessels operating within the Port of Southampton. Watch out for ferries, hydrofoils, tugs towing barges, especially at night, when unlit barges may remain invisible. What can you do? Avoid sailing in the main navigational channels and fairways, especially in poor visibility. Obey Rule 9 of the ColRegs for conduct in narrow channels by keeping to the starboard side of the channel and crossing only when this does not impede the passage of a large vessel that can safely navigate only within the narrow channel. Do not underestimate the speed of ships. If your boat is slow, allow sufficient time to take effective evasive action in the vicinity of large ships. Be visible. At night make sure your navigation lights can be seen. If you see the navigation lights of a vessel and you think you haven’t been seen, get out of the way. Remember, from the bridge of a loaded container ship or large tanker, the Master or Pilot will lose sight of you a third of a mile ahead, although you can see the ship at all times. Keep watch at night. Even on a clear night you will have difficulty seeing a big ship approach. Remember that your lights will not be easily spotted from the ship. Watch the ship’s lights. If you see both sidelights, you are dead ahead - move out fast! Be aware that ships alter course at West Bramble and Calshot. Know whistle signals. Five or more short blasts on the whistle is the ‘Keep Clear’ signal. Check and see if it is for you - and if it is - give way. Three short blasts means ‘My engines are going astern’. Know flag signals and shapes. A large ship displaying a cylinder on her yardarm during the day or three red lights in a vertical line at night indicates the ship is severely restricted in her manoeuvrability so give her a wide berth. If you believe you have not been seen or you are unsure of a ship’s intentions, call them on Ch 12, then shift

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20/03/2014 Safety in small vessels: A speed limit of 6 knots (over the ground) applies to all craft proceeding north of the imaginary line drawn from Hythe Pier through the Weston Shelf buoy to the Weston Shore unless granted an exemption by the Harbour Master.

Although considered to be sheltered waters, Southampton Water and the Solent can be extremely hazardous. The six mile stretch of Southampton Water is exceedingly busy and has, on average, 70,000 commercial vessel and ferry movements per year. Mariners in ‘small vessels’ are therefore reminded of the following requirements: If not confined to the fairway, they should not use the fairway so as to obstruct other vessels which can only navigate within the fairway. When crossing the fairway, they should do so at right angles and not diagonally. When crossing a fairway or turning they should not stop or slow down so as to cause obstruction/damage to any other vessel. As a general principle, they should navigate on the correct side of the fairway. Southampton VTS makes succinct Traffic Information Broadcasts as follows: • 0610 to 2210 daily all year round The broadcasts will be made every 2 hours from 0610 until 2210 (inclusive), on VHF Ch 14, subject to operational requirements, and will be preceded by a broadcast made on VHF Ch 12. Information given in these broadcasts will include: • Current and expected movements of significant vessels in the area. • Weather and tide readings with current trends at Dock Head, Southampton. • Navigational Warning in force. • Any other information relevant to navigational safety. The Southampton VTS website at www.southamptonvts.co.uk contains much useful information for mariners in small vessels and regular use is recommended. Port of Southampton - Precautionary Area (Thorn Channel) Notice to Mariners No. 03 of 2014 1 Notice is hereby given that all vessels navigating within the Port of Southampton shall ensure that a vessel greater than 220 metres in length overall shall be given a ‘clear channel’ in the area between the Hook Buoy and the Prince Consort Buoy (hereinafter referred to as ‘The Precautionary Area’ - (see Chartlet 1)). The term ‘clear channel’ is defined as: ‘a clear and unimpeded passage ahead of a vessel when transiting the Precautionary Area’. The term ‘clear channel’ vessel is defined as: ‘a vessel greater than 220 metres in length overall which requires a clear and unimpeded passage ahead when transiting the Precautionary Area’. Vessels may enter ‘The Precautionary Area’ maintaining a safe distance astern of a ‘clear channel’ vessel. 2. Two vessels each having a length greater than 180 metres length overall shall not pass or overtake each other between Hook Buoy and a line drawn due south of West Bramble Buoy. 3. Moving Prohibited Zone (MPZ) (See Chartlet) Southampton Harbour Byelaws 2003 Byelaw No 11 enforces the requirement that all vessels over 150 metres in length overall when navigating within ‘The Precautionary Area’ referred to in this notice are automatically allocated a ‘Moving Prohibited Zone’ (MPZ). The MPZ is defined as an area extending 1000 metres ahead of the bow and 100 metres from the ship’s side on both sides of any vessel of over 150 metres in length overall whilst it is navigating within ‘The Precautionary Area’ (See Chartlet).

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The master of a small vessel (defined in Southampton Harbour Byelaws 2003 Byelaw No 3 as any vessel of less than 20 metres in length or a sailing vessel) shall ensure that the vessel does not enter an MPZ. For the purpose of indicating the presence of the MPZ the master of any vessel of over 150 metres length overall shall display on the vessel, where it can best be seen, by day, a black cylinder, and by night, 3 all round red lights in a vertical line. To reach any of the following marinas, proceed up Southampton Water keeping clear of all commercial shipping and beware of frequent cross Solent Hi-Speed and Ro-Ro ferries. Hythe Marina Village - Located on the western shore of Southampton Water, Hythe Marina Village also has waterside homes and shops close by. The marina entrance is controlled by lock gates, operated 24/7 all year round. There is a regular ferry service, which runs from Hythe into the centre of Southampton. On nearing Hythe Knock red buoy, at the junction of the Rivers Itchen and Test, Hythe Marina Village is conspicuous to port just beyond Hythe Pier. Call on VHF Ch 80 or by mobile for clearance to lock-in and for a berth. Enter via a short channel aligned 220째 and marked by beacons. Hythe Marina has 206 berths; max LOA: 16m*; fuel (petrol/diesel); gas; boat lifting and storage ashore; 40 ton boat hoist; slipway; boat repairs; laundry facilities; bars and restaurants; brokerage; and Wi-Fi. Contact: Hythe Marina Village, Shamrock Way, Hythe, Southampton, SO45 6DY. VHF Ch 80. Tel: 023 8020 7073. www.hythemarinavillage.co.uk *Larger vessels can be accommodated but check with marina in advance.

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Ocean Village Marina - Ocean Village is in the heart of Southampton and has a wide range of facilities. Overlooking the marina is the Royal Southampton Yacht Club which, although a members’ club, offers berth holders and visitors a warm welcome. The basin is deep enough to offer mooring facilities for tall ships and large yachts. It has also become famous for hosting the start and/or finish of around the world yacht races. To approach Ocean Village Marina, at Weston Shelf green buoy, near the junction of the Rivers Itchen and Test, keep to starboard up the Itchen. Ocean Village is about 1 mile further north to port and just short of the Itchen Bridge. Call on VHF Ch 80 or by mobile for a vacant berth. Ocean Village has 375 berths, max LOA: 90m; laundry facilities; cinemas, bars and restaurants; yacht brokerage; and Wi-Fi. Contact: Ocean Village Marina, 2 Channel Way, Southampton, SO14 3TG. VHF Ch 80. Tel: 023 8022 9385. www.oceanvillagemarina.co.uk Shamrock Quay - Shamrock Quay is a marina steeped in history, taking its name from the famous J-class yacht, Shamrock V, which was built on this site in 1931 to challenge for the America’s Cup. This 255 berth marina is still a major centre for refit and boat building with many specialist trades on site, as well as a bar, restaurants, café and shops.  To reach the marina, proceed up Southampton Water keeping clear of all commercial shipping. At Weston Shelf green buoy, near the

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SOUTHAMPTON WATER junction of the Rivers Itchen and Test, keep to starboard up the Itchen and observe the 6 knot speed limit. Shamrock Quay is 1300m beyond the Itchen Bridge on the port side, opposite No 5 green beacon. Shamrock Quay has 255 berths; max LOA: 70m; summer sports boat package; boat lifting and storage ashore; 75 ton travel hoist with a 3 ton jib crane; 47 ton boat mover; extensive marine trades and services; chandlery; laundry facilities; shops; bars and restaurants; café; yacht brokerage; yacht charters; and Wi-Fi. Contact: Shamrock Quay, William Street, Northam, Southampton, SO14 5QL. VHF Ch 80. Tel: 023 8022 9461. www.shamrockquay.co.uk Saxon Wharf - Situated north of Shamrock Quay, Saxon Wharf is a marine service centre offering outstanding facilities for superyachts and other large craft. Located near the centre of Southampton, with easy access to the motorway network, Saxon Wharf is the ideal location for big boats in need of secure, quick turnaround lift-outs, repair work or full scale refits. To reach Saxon Wharf, go past the Itchen Bridge and Shamrock Quay and follow the left bend past No. 9 green beacon. Saxon Wharf is to port, opposite Kemps Marina. Call on VHF Ch 80 or by mobile for a vacant berth. Saxon Wharf offers marina berths (max LOA: 80m) and 86 dry stack berths (max LOA: 13m); 200 ton boat hoist; storage ashore; fully serviced heavy-duty pontoons with electricity; extensive marine trades and services; fresh water; CCTV coverage; showers and toilets; car parking; and Wi-Fi. Contact: Saxon Wharf, Lower York Street, Northam, Southampton, SO14 5QF. VHF Ch 80. Tel: 023 8033 9490. www.saxonwharf.co.uk Kemp’s Quay - Kemps Quay has been established for over 35 years. The marina is situated on the east bank of the River Itchen, 2 miles north of the river mouth. Of the 260 berths available at the marina, 50 are non-tidal and afloat at all times, the remainder are semi-tidal. Hours afloat on these tidal berths vary in direct proportion to their proximity to the shore and are priced accordingly. The river bed is soft mud and affords stable berths for most craft when the tide is away. A landing/loading berth, afloat at all times, is available for boat owners who cannot leave or land within the tide window. Kemps Quay has single point security access; lift out and storage ashore; travel hoist with an 8 ton capacity; power washing; hard standing 12 weeks for up to 80 craft - included in the mooring fee; fresh water to all pontoons; electricity at selected points; toilets and shower block; owners’ store. Contact: Kemps Shipyard Limited, Quayside Road, Southampton, SO18 1BZ. Tel: 02380 632323. www.kempsquay.com  Town Quay Marina - Town Quay Marina, located on the eastern shores of Southampton Water, has 130 berths and a dedicated visitors’ pontoon. In the heart of Southampton, the marina is within walking distance of the city’s shopping centre, restaurants, bars and theatres. The marina is well served by transport links to the Isle of Wight, the New Forest and London and lies next to the Southampton Boat Show. Entrance to the marina is via a dogleg between two floating wave breaks that appear continuous from seaward. Beware of the adjacent Red Jet hi-speed ferry. The marina offers 24/7 berthing assistance; contact them on VHF Ch 80 or by phone. 124

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The marina is an RYA Active Marina and part of the TransEurope Marinas group. It has a berth holders’ reception, open 24/7 with free drinks, and is an official Ocean Safety drop off / collection point and a SeaSafe service point for life jackets. There is a chill-out deck with free use of gas barbecue, free bicycle hire for all customers, a slipway, car parking, laundry room, top quality shower rooms, free Wi-Fi, water and electric on all berths. Contact: Town Quay Marina, Associated British Ports, Management Office, Town Quay, Southampton, SO14 2AQ. Tel: 07764 293588 or 02380 234397. www.townquay.com

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VENTNOR HAVEN VENTNOR HAVEN

50º35’.53N, 01º12’.50W (ENT)

Ventnor, on the south coast of the Isle of Wight, is sheltered by high cliffs. A steep road winds down from the terraced town past the famous cascade gardens to the seafront.

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This fair weather haven provides the only stopping-off point along the south coast of the Isle of Wight, as well as an access facility for local boat owners, anglers, and other interest groups. You will find a harbour-side café and coffee shop, boat builders, boat charter, a fish landing stage with fishery outlet, and fish and chip shop. Navigating the Haven entrance is suitable only in certain weather conditions and tides. However, on a clear calm day it is one of the best runs round from the Solent. On approach, beware of races which occur south of St Catherine’s Point to the west and Dunnose Point to the east. Consult almanacs in advance for information on each race depending on the state of tide. The Haven mouth is approached from the east and is lit after sunset by two fixed navigation lights (vertical). Entry and exit are recommended 2 hours either side of High Water only with draught of less than 50cm. Stay close to the southerly markers to avoid sandbanks which form on the northern side of the mouth. Do not attempt to approach in easterly to southerly conditions as swell may occur at the entrance. The Haven is not suitable for sailing boats or motorboats which cannot dry out. The entrance dries completely at Spring Low Water and is very shallow during Neap Lows. The depth is variable, dependent on sediment movement and duration since the last dredge. Beware of the two rock arms - the largest extending seaward (south) from the site of the old pier before curving to the southeast. The smaller arm, some 58m to the east, extends seaward towards the first arm with a 24m gap. Shelter is reasonable in the lee of the rock arms during southwest through to northeasterly winds, and extremely vulnerable in east through to south-southeasterlies when swells can enter. The Haven is exposed to strong winds from all directions except northwest to northeast. 126

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VENTNOR HAVEN Cheetah Marine currently manage the Harbour. Contact them on 01983 852398 or 07974 126378 two to three days prior to arrival for all information. Limited space is available within the Haven on a first come first served basis. There is a 4 knot speed limit in the Haven. If harbour dues are not collected on arrival, report to the cafĂŠ at OceanBlue Quay above the Haven. No anchoring is permitted except in an emergency and no anchoring or mooring in the Haven entrance. Visiting boats should be aware of bathers and snorkelers swimming alongside the Haven rock arms. Fuel is not available at Ventnor, but can be obtained at the nearby villages of Whitwell (3 miles) and Sandford (5 miles). Do not pump out oily bilges into the Haven or surrounding area. Yachtsmen and all navigators are requested not to release washing water or to pump WC or bilge effluent into the Haven. This is particularly important in a drying harbour. Ask the Harbour Master for details of refuse disposal. The slipway is available free of charge for launch and recovery. Please exercise great care when manoeuvring your vehicle at the top of the slipway and on the slipway itself as it coincides with a pedestrian right of way. Contact: Ventnor Haven, OceanBlue Quay, PO38 1JR. Tel. 01983 852398 or 07974 126378. www.oceanbluequay.co.uk/haven/

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WOOTTON CREEK WOOTTON CREEK

50º44’.09N, 01º12’.77W (ENT)

Wootton Creek is one of the lovelier creeks in the Solent, with wooded valleys sweeping down to a winding creek. Midway between Cowes and Ryde, it was once used by trading sailing vessels visiting the brickworks at Ash Lake, and the tide mill at the head of the creek where the Sloop Inn now stands.

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Today, there is little left apart from the old names. If trading barges could navigate to the head of the creek, then visiting yachts should easily make their way at least as far as the pontoons of the Royal Victoria Yacht Club (RVYC) at the entrance to the creek. It should be remembered that those skippers worked their tides, and even today 70 foot ketches drawing over 8 foot have laid alongside the RVYC pontoons, but have swiftly departed once the tide is on the ebb. An ideal time to visit is when High Water is over a lunchtime, meaning a good height of tide, and time to sample the RVYC hospitality at its bar and dining room. It is well-liked by visitors, and popular with rallies, and as a destination for passage races. Be aware that the direction of buoyage in the eastern Solent is from east to west. Pilotage is straightforward with a compass, dependable echo sounder, and a good lookout.

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WOOTTON CREEK The entrance to Wootton Creek is beset by hazards to the east and west. It is a busy car ferry port, with regular Wightlink sailings throughout the day and night. To the east, are drying gravel banks that have been known to embarrass a passing ferry. To the west are rock ledges coming out from the shore, and the dangerous Wootton Rocks themselves. Yachts close inshore may have local knowledge and lifting keels! The entrance to Wootton Creek is best taken from the north cardinal, Wootton Beacon. It lies approximately 3.5nm from Cowes and only 1.5nm from Ryde Pier. It is best approached an hour or so either side of High Water on the first attempt. The ferry fairway is lit, with an occulting sectored light, and there is plenty of shore lighting on the link-span. No matter from which point of the compass you’re approaching, it is best to stay to the north of Wootton Beacon for your approach. Once at Wootton Beacon, if safe from entering and departing ferries, turn southwest and run down the western side of the ferry channel, staying outside of the channel itself. Keep an eye on the echo sounder, there should be plenty of water, if there isn’t, then you won’t get very far into the creek! Be aware that you may find ferries waiting to dock at the ferry terminal to the west of the fairway. By the time you come to No. 7 dolphin, you’ll see the ferry link-span on your port hand, and the Wootton Creek port and starboard buoys ahead of you; these are maintained and positioned as needed by the Queen’s Harbour Master (QHM) at Portsmouth. Head through them, and if heading further up the Creek you will see the leading marks off to starboard on the opposite bank.

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WOOTTON CREEK If calling at the RVYC, you will see their pontoons ahead of you. Berthing is straightforward, but be aware that at some states of tide there will be some flow across the pontoons. Do not approach through the private RVYC moorings, or indeed try to pick up one, as there are countless pick-up buoys and lines. If vessels are already berthed alongside hail and ask to raft up. The RVYC Manager may ask you to move your boat to accommodate other visitors. (Pontoon fees can be paid at the RVYC bar, or if the club is closed, dropped through the letterbox by the club entrance.) There is fresh water on the pontoons, showers and toilets in the clubhouse, a slipway, waste facilities, and an excellent bar and restaurant. The creek alongside the pontoons will dry, so unless you are prepared to take the ground, you must depart once the ebb starts to make. The water will seem to empty quite slowly for the first couple of hours, but be aware that around the third hour the tide goes away very quickly; do not linger over that last pint at the bar! The bottom is irregular in shape and consistency, and careful fendering, tending of lines, and a watchful eye is needed as your vessel takes the ground. The speed limit in the creek is 5 knots. The tidal current is relatively benign, seldom reaching above 4 knots although just after High Water at Springs, the sluice gates under Wootton Bridge are opened considerably increasing the flow in the upper reaches. There are no visitor moorings in the creek and anchoring in the channel is prohibited. Anchoring outside the channel is not recommended due to the proliferation of abandoned ground chains and other mooring tackle. There is a Council owned public slipway suitable for small vessels between the Sloop Inn and the bridge at the head of the creek. The village of Wootton Bridge offers a full range of facilities; Post Office, take-aways, tea room, launderette, doctor and vet, butcher, supermarket and wine warehouse; just outside the village is a garage. It’s about 30 minutes walk from the RVYC, or take the dinghy up the creek on the tide and land on the public slipway on the west bank at the head of the creek, right by the Sloop Inn. Contact: Royal Victoria Yacht Club, 91 Fishbourne Lane, Fishbourne, Isle of Wight, PO33 4EU. Tel: 01983 882325. www.rvyc.org.uk

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Yarmouth Harbour is accessible at all states of the tide being dredged 2 metres below chart datum. Its close proximity to the Needles and the English Channel makes it ideal for those entering or leaving the Solent. The harbour entrance can become very congested especially on summer weekends. Great caution is to be taken entering and leaving the harbour and vessels must adhere to the speed limit of 4 knots within the harbour and Western Yar River, and 6 knots from the entrance Dolphin at the breakwater to the outer harbour limits. If the “Harbour full” sign and signal (flag R) is displayed (the Harbour Full sign on the Eastern side of the Harbour Entrance is illuminated at night), you should not attempt to enter the harbour. When approaching from the east, leave East Fairway buoy to port, turn onto a bearing of 187° and follow the leading light. When approaching from the west, leave the Poole Belle buoy to starboard, turn onto a bearing of 187° and again, follow the leading light. On spring tides the last hour of the flood and ebb can see strong tidal movement in the harbour entrance and in various parts of the harbour. There can be a double high tide or a long stand at Spring tides. Yarmouth Harbour operates on VHF Ch 68, Call Sign ‘Yarmouth Harbour’, monitored by the Harbour Office and Berthing Masters on the water. The water taxi operates on VHF Ch. 15, Call Sign ‘Harbour Taxi’ and can also be called on 07969 840173.

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50º42’.42N, 01º30’.00W (ENT)

The most westerly harbour on the Isle of Wight, picturesque Yarmouth welcomes more than 500,000 visitors a year by car ferry from Lymington, Hampshire, and 130,000 visitors by boat, many from elsewhere in the Solent, but also from the West Country, Ireland, the Channel Islands, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, and Scandinavia.


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Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners were granted the powers of general and special direction and new General Directions came into force on 1 March 2012 replacing the harbour’s previous Byelaws. Users of the harbour are asked to familiarise themselves with these new directions which can be downloaded from the harbour website www.yarmouth-harbour.co.uk. Yarmouth is shared by yachtsmen, fishermen, and ferry operators. At times the entrance can become very busy and special vigilance is required when navigating in this area. Visitors are particularly requested to give the Wightlink ferry a wide berth as it enters and leaves the harbour. Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners have completed Phases 2 and 3 of the planned harbour development creating more walk ashore pontoons and finger berths with power and water, making best use of the water space, constructing a new quay wall and installing a new crane with an environmentally friendly washdown facility. Previous phases also saw the redesigned layout with the initial walk ashore pontoons and a pontoon area, near the RNLI lifeboat berth and adjacent to the emergency slipway, that will be used for RIBs and small craft at lunchtimes and overnight walk ashore pontoon berths for yachts. A small extension to the pink pontoons was completed in April 2012. Yarmouth Harbour has a range of facilities including a crane on South Quay, maximum load 5 tonnes, showers and toilets, a launderette, gas, WiFi, night watchpersons, waste disposal facilities, and a power washer. There are several slipways that the public may use in Yarmouth. The largest slipway is on the corner between the South Quay and the Town Quay; accessed via the Wightlink marshalling area. At the western end of the South Quay there is another small but steep slipway, close to the Harbour Office. South of the swing bridge across the Western Yar River, on the east bank of the river, adjacent to the dinghy park there is a small slipway. Other slipways are located at Harold Hayles boatyard and at Yarmouth Sailing Club. If intending to pass through the Yar Swing Bridge into the river during the summer season please call Yar Bridge on VHF Ch 68. Boat owners are requested to co-operate by synchronising their bridge use around a schedule of fixed opening times, as published on www.yarmouth-harbour.co.uk. For winter operation, a minimum of a half hour’s notice is required, and by arrangement with the Harbour Office, call sign Yar Bridge on VHF Ch 68 or by phone on 01983 760321. The punctuality of boat arrivals to a close but safe proximity to the bridge is essential to prevent road traffic congestion. Contact: Yarmouth Harbour Office, The Quay, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0NT. Tel: 01983 760321. www.yarmouth-harbour.co.uk Please note, information in this publication is to be used as a guide only and not for navigation.

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SOLENT DIRECTORY ACCOMMODATION - AGENTS Quay Management The first port of call for self-catering accommodation in Cowes EMAIL: sarah@quaymanagement.co.uk WEB SITE: www.quaymanagement.co.uk 01983 291369 ACCOMMODATION - BED & BREAKFAST / GUEST HOUSES 2 The Pippins Off Bellevue Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7UU EMAIL: countergirl2000@aol.com WEB SITE: www.pippinsbnb.co.uk

01983 281270

22 Castle Road Oak Cottage, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7QZ 01983 200986 EMAIL: info@oakcottagecowes.co.uk WEB SITE: www.oakcottagecowes.co.uk 07792 672707 Anchorage Guest House 23 Mill Hill Road, Cowes, PO31 7EE 01983 247975 www.anchoragecowes.co.uk

EMAIL: peter@anchoragecowes.co.uk WEB SITE:

Britannia House Station Street, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 3BA EMAIL: enquiries@britannia-house.com WEB SITE: www.britannia-house.com

01590 672091

Endeavour House 47 Mill Hill Road, Cowes, PO31 7EG 01983 297406 07850 205994 EMAIL: enquiries@endeavourhousecowes.co.uk WEB SITE: www.endeavourhousecowes.co.uk Quentin House 62 High Street, Cowes, PO31 7RL EMAIL: primefood@aol.com WEB SITE: www.primefood.co.uk

01983 291111 07454 941096

ACCOMMODATION - HOTELS / INNS The Anchor High Street, Cowes, PO31 7SA 01983 292823 manager@theanchorcowes.co.uk WEB SITE: www.theanchorcowes.co.uk

EMAIL:

The Duke of York Hotel Mill Hill Road, Cowes, PO31 7BT 01983 295171 EMAIL: bookings@dukeofyorkcowes.co.uk WEB SITE: www.dukeofyorkcowes.co.uk The Fountain Inn High Street, Cowes, PO31 7AW EMAIL: 6447@greeneking.co.uk WEB SITE: www.fountaininn-cowes.co.uk

01983 292397

The Mayflower Kings Saltern Road, Lymington, SO41 3QD 01590 672160 EMAIL: manager@themayflowerlymington.co.uk WEB SITE: www.themayflowerlymington.co.uk ACCOMMODATION - SELF CATERING 22 Castle Road Oak Cottage, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7QZ 01983 200986 EMAIL: info@oakcottagecowes.co.uk WEB SITE: www.oakcottagecowes.co.uk 07792 672707 Briary Cottage Egypt Esplanade, Cowes, PO31 8BS www.briarycottage.co.uk

EMAIL: enquiries@briarycottage.co.uk WEB SITE:

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Quay Management The first port of call for self-catering accommodation in Cowes EMAIL: sarah@quaymanagement.co.uk WEB SITE: www.quaymanagement.co.uk 01983 291369 BEAUTY & COMP THERAPIES / CHIROPRACTORS

Cowes Chiropractic Clinic

83 Mill Hill Road, Cowes, PO31 7EQ 01983 282810 www.coweschiropracticclinic.co.uk info@coweschiropracticclinic.co.uk

SOLENT DIRECTORY

COMPANY ADDRESS TELEPHONE WEB SITE EMAIL SERVICES

McTimoney Chiropractic, Diversified Chiropractic, Remedial Massage, Five Element Acupuncture, Sports Therapy, Skincare, Reiki, Homeopathy, Counselling & Addiction Therapy. Call 01983 282810 to book a FREE 15 minute Chiropractic assessment. Reception opening hours - 0830 - 1730 Monday to Friday, 0830 - 1430 Saturday.

BOAT CLEANING / CARE & MAINTENANCE Hamble Yacht Services Hamble Yacht Services Refit & Repair, Advanced Rigging & Hydraulics, Port Hamble Marina, SO31 4NN 02380 454111 EMAIL: info@hambleyachtservices.co.uk WEB SITE: www.hambleyachtservices.co.uk www.advancedrigging.co.uk ProMo Marine Yacht Management Netley, Southampton, SO31 5FW EMAIL: info@promomarine.com WEB SITE: www.promomarine.com 07971 858938 Richardsons Yacht Services Island Harbour, Mill Lane, Newport, PO30 2LA www.richardsonsyacht.co.uk 01983 821095

EMAIL: info@richardsonsyacht.co.uk WEB SITE:

BOAT GRAPHICS & HULL STRIPES Naughty Gull Marine Graphics Craglyn, Rock Lane, Corley, CV7 8BD EMAIL: sales@naughtygull.co.uk WEB SITE: www.naughtygull.co.uk 01676 540769 Will Squibb Ltd Attrills Yard, The Duver, St Helens, PO33 1YB www.willsquibb.net

EMAIL: will@willsquibb.net WEB SITE:

BOAT SALES / BROKERS ABYA The Association of Brokers & Yacht Agents EMAIL: jane@abya.co.uk WEB SITE: www.abya.co.uk

01983 874629 01730 710425

Ancasta International Boat Sales Port Hamble Marina, Hamble, SO31 4QD EMAIL: enquiries@ancasta.com WEB SITE: www.ancasta.com 02380 450000 Golden Arrow Marine Poole 27 West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HX www.goldenarrow.co.uk 01202 677387

EMAIL: poole@goldenarrow.co.uk WEB SITE:

Salterns Brokerage Salterns Marina, 40 Salterns Way, Lilliput, Poole, BH14 8JR www.salternsbrokerage.co.uk 01202 707222

EMAIL: info@salterns.co.uk WEB SITE:

BOAT TRANSPORT / YACHT DELIVERY Boat Transport Ltd The Mainstay, 7 Fairview Drive, Southampton, SO45 5GX EMAIL: info@boattransport.co.uk WEB SITE: www.boattransport.co.uk 07831 486710 Shoreline Yacht Transport Chichester www.boat-trans.co.uk

EMAIL: terry@boat-trans.co.uk WEB SITE:

01243 785370 07836 789083

BOATYARDS / BOATBUILDERS / REPAIRERS / MARINE SURVEYORS Cowes Commercial Craft Coding SCV2 Compliance Insurance / Tonnage Surveys EMAIL: commercialcraftcoding@gmail.com 07813 609725

Hamble Yacht Services Hamble Yacht Services Refit & Repair, Advanced Rigging & Hydraulics, Port Hamble Marina, SO31 4NN 02380 454111 EMAIL: info@hambleyachtservices.co.uk WEB SITE: www.hambleyachtservices.co.uk www.advancedrigging.co.uk Medina Yard Arctic Road, Cowes, PO31 7PG EMAIL: info@medinayard.co.uk WEB SITE: www.medinayard.co.uk

01983 203872

Richardsons Yacht Services Island Harbour, Mill Lane, Newport, PO30 2LA EMAIL: info@richardsonsyacht.co.uk WEB SITE: www.richardsonsyacht.co.uk 01983 821095

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SOLENT DIRECTORY Salterns Marina & Boatyard 40 Salterns Way, Lilliput, Poole, BH14 8JR EMAIL: marina@salterns.co.uk WEB SITE: www.salterns.co.uk 01202 709971 Will Squibb Ltd Attrills Yard, The Duver, St Helens, PO33 1YB www.willsquibb.net

EMAIL: will@willsquibb.net WEB SITE:

CAFES & TAKEAWAYS Sails Cafe 1 Shooters Hill, Cowes, PO31 7BE EMAIL: barkleysmith@btinternet.com The Blue Crab High Street, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0PL EMAIL: info@thebluecrabco.uk WEB SITE: www.thebluecrab.co.uk

01983 874629 01983 289758 01983 760014

CHANDLERS / CHARTS & PILOTAGE

COMPANY Winning Tides DESCRIPTION Tide books and other publications TELEPHONE 07970 547508 www.winningtides.co.uk WEB SITE EMAIL info@winningtides.co.uk SERVICES Products for racing sailors - from Tide Books to Wet Notes and

much more.

Fynn Marine Cowes Yacht Haven, Vectis Yard, Marina Walk, Cowes, PO31 7BD EMAIL: info@fynnmarine.co.uk WEB SITE: www.fynnmarine.co.uk 01983 297500

Richardsons Yacht Services Island Harbour, Mill Lane, Newport, PO30 2LA www.richardsonsyacht.co.uk 01983 821095

EMAIL: info@richardsonsyacht.co.uk WEB SITE:

Salterns Chandlery Salterns Marina, 40 Salterns Way, Lilliput, Poole, BH14 8JR www.salterns.co.uk 01202 701556

EMAIL: chandlery@salterns.co.uk WEB SITE:

VisitMyHarbour 36 High Street, Cowes, PO31 7RS admin@visitmyharbour.com Web Site: www.visitmyharbour.com

EMAIL:

01983 293757

CHARTER BOATS / BOAT CRUISES / SAILING HOLIDAYS Bembridge Powerboat Training & Charter The Duver, St Helens, PO33 1YB EMAIL: mail@powerboat-training.com WEB SITE: www.powerboat-training.com 01983 778077 Coastal Pursuits Charter & Training Units 9-12 Saxon Wharf, Lower York Street, Southampton, SO14 5QF 02380 658790 www.coastalpursuits.co.uk

EMAIL: admin@coastalpursuits.co.uk WEB SITE:

Hamble Point Yacht Charters Hamble Point Marina, SO31 4JD EMAIL: info@yacht-charter.co.uk WEB SITE: www.yacht-charter.co.uk

02380 457110

Jillian Charters Oceanus 400, Cowes based EMAIL: jilliancharters@gmail.com

07736 610242

One Stop Sailing 12 Thetis Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7DJ EMAIL: contact@onestopsailing.com WEB SITE: www.onestopsailing.co.uk

01983 281228

ProMo Marine Yacht Management Netley, Southampton, SO31 5FW EMAIL: info@promomarine.com WEB SITE: www.promomarine.com 07971 858938 CLOTHING / LEISUREWEAR & FOOTWEAR Hudson Wight Performance Sailwear One The Parade, Cowes, PO31 7QJ EMAIL: customerservice@hudsonwight.com WEB SITE: www.hudsonwight.com 01983 300144 Nipper Skipper Ltd PO Box 90, Attleborough, NR17 2NY www.nipperskipper.co.uk

EMAIL: info@nipperskipper.co.uk WEB SITE:

01953 450944

CORPORATE HOSPITALITY Cowes Yacht Haven Ltd Vectis Yard, High Street, Cowes, PO31 7BD 01983 299975 EMAIL: info@cowesyachthaven.com WEB SITE: www.cowesyachthaven.com Hamble Point Yacht Charters Hamble Point Marina, SO31 4JD EMAIL: info@yacht-charter.co.uk WEB SITE: www.yacht-charter.co.uk

02380 457110

CRANES / BOAT LIFTS / SLIPWAYS / HOISTS Cowes Yacht Haven Ltd Vectis Yard, High Street, Cowes, PO31 7BD 01983 299975 EMAIL: info@cowesyachthaven.com WEB SITE: www.cowesyachthaven.com Haines Boatyard Ferryside, Itchenor, Chichester PO20 7AN EMAIL: admin@hainesboatyard.com WEB SITE: www.hainesboatyard.com

01243 512228

Hamble Yacht Services Hamble Yacht Services Refit & Repair, Advanced Rigging & Hydraulics, Port Hamble Marina, SO31 4NN 02380 454111 EMAIL: info@hambleyachtservices.co.uk WEB SITE: www.hambleyachtservices.co.uk www.advancedrigging.co.uk 138

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SOLENT DIRECTORY Lymington Yacht Haven King’s Saltern Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 3QD EMAIL: lymington@yachthavens.com WEB SITE: www.yachthavens.com/lymington/ 0 1590 677071 Medina Yard Arctic Road, Cowes, PO31 7PG EMAIL: info@medinayard.co.uk WEB SITE: www.medinayard.co.uk

01983 203872

Richardsons Yacht Services Island Harbour, Mill Lane, Newport, PO30 2LA EMAIL: info@richardsonsyacht.co.uk WEB SITE: www.richardsonsyacht.co.uk 01983 821095 Salterns Marina & Boatyard 40 Salterns Way, Lilliput, Poole, , BH14 8JR www.salterns.co.uk 01202 709971

EMAIL: marina@salterns.co.uk WEB SITE:

ELECTRICAL / ELECTRONICS Greenham Regis Marine Electronics Itchenor, EMAIL: sales@greenham-regis.com WEB SITE: www.greenham-regis.com

01243 511070

Greenham Regis Marine Electronics Lymington, 01590 671144 EMAIL: lymington@greenham-regis.com WEB SITE: www.greenham-regis.com For Greenham Regis advert - see page 139

Greenham Regis Marine Electronics Poole, EMAIL: poole@greenham-regis.com WEB SITE: www.greenham-regis.com

01202 676363

Greenham Regis Marine Electronics Southampton, EMAIL: sales@greenham-regis.com WEB SITE: www.greenham-regis.com

02380 636555

Solent Marine Services Unit 4, Clarence Boatyard, Clarence Road, East Cowes, PO32 6TA EMAIL: steve@drysailing.co.uk WEB SITE: www.drysailing.co.uk 01983 282438 Will Squibb Ltd Attrills Yard, The Duver, St Helens, PO33 1YB www.willsquibb.net

EMAIL: will@willsquibb.net WEB SITE:

01983 874629

ENGINES / OUTBOARDS / MARINE ENGINEERS Auto Marine Services 20A High Street, Botley, Southampton, SO30 2EA WEB SITE: www.automarineservices.co.uk 01489 785009

EMAIL:

Golden Arrow Marine Chichester Unit A1-A2, Chichester Marina, Birdham, PO20 7EJ www.goldenarrow.co.uk 01243 512313

EMAIL: chichester@goldenarrow.co.uk WEB SITE:

Golden Arrow Marine Poole 27 West Quay Road, Poole, BH15 1HX 01202 677387 www.goldenarrow.co.uk

EMAIL: poole@goldenarrow.co.uk WEB SITE:

Golden Arrow Marine Portsmouth 4-5 The Slipway, Port Solent, PO6 4TR EMAIL: portsmouth@goldenarrow.co.uk WEB SITE: www.goldenarrow.co.uk 02392 201171 Golden Arrow Marine Southampton Unit 17, Shamrock Quay, Southampton, SO14 5QH www.goldenarrow.co.uk 02380 710371

EMAIL: southampton@goldenarrow.co.uk WEB SITE:

Haines Boatyard Ferryside, Itchenor, Chichester PO20 7AN admin@hainesboatyard.com WEB SITE: www.hainesboatyard.com

EMAIL:

01243 512228

Hamble Yacht Services Hamble Yacht Services Refit & Repair, Advanced Rigging & Hydraulics, Port Hamble Marina, SO31 4NN 02380 454111 EMAIL: info@hambleyachtservices.co.uk WEB SITE: www.hambleyachtservices.co.uk www.advancedrigging.co.uk 140

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Quality Marine Engineering, Service and Support • SUPPLY • INSTALLATION • DYNAMOMETER TESTS • SERVICE • REPAIR • REFIT • PARTS

Service, Overhaul and Sales • Anchors • Control systems • Day boats • Engines • Gearboxes • Generators

• Hydraulic systems • Outboards • RIBS & Inflatables • Stabilizers • Thrusters • Windlass & capstans

4 branches along the South Coast | Chichester

| Portsmouth

01243 512313

02392 201171

Approved official dealer for: Volvo Penta | Honda | Perkins | ZF

Approved official dealer for: Volvo Penta | Honda | Perkins | ZF

| Poole

| Southampton

01202 677387

02380 710371

Approved official dealer for: Volvo Penta | Honda | Yanmar | Yamaha | Evinrude | AMT | Avon | Zodiac | Orkney

Approved official dealer for: ABT-TRAC | Perkins | Baudouin | MAN | Kohler | Northern Lights | Ultra | ZF | PRM | Maxwell

chichester@goldenarrow.co.uk

poole@goldenarrow.co.uk

portsmouth@goldenarrow.co.uk

southampton@goldenarrow.co.uk

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SOLENT DIRECTORY Richardsons Yacht Services Island Harbour, Mill Lane, Newport, PO30 2LA EMAIL: info@richardsonsyacht.co.uk WEB SITE: www.richardsonsyacht.co.uk 01983 821095 Solent Marine Services Unit 4, Clarence Boatyard, Clarence Road, East Cowes, PO32 6TA www.drysailing.co.uk 01983 282438

EMAIL: steve@drysailing.co.uk WEB SITE:

Will Squibb Ltd Attrills Yard, The Duver, St Helens, PO33 1YB www.willsquibb.net

EMAIL: will@willsquibb.net WEB SITE:

01983 874629

EVENT MANAGEMENT Bembridge Powerboat Training & Charter The Duver, St Helens, PO33 1YB EMAIL: mail@powerboat-training.com WEB SITE: www.powerboat-training.com 01983 778077 Coastal Pursuits Charter & Training Units 9-12 Saxon Wharf, Lower York Street, Southampton, SO14 5QF 02380 658790 EMAIL: admin@coastalpursuits.co.uk WEB SITE: www.coastalpursuits.co.uk Cowes Yacht Haven Ltd Vectis Yard, High Street, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7BD EMAIL: info@cowesyachthaven.com WEB SITE: www.cowesyachthaven.com 01983 299975 MSJ Events Ltd Regatta House, 18 Bath Road, Cowes, PO31 7QN

EMAIL: mary@msjevents.co.uk WEB SITE:

01983 245100

Solent Events Unit 6, Dell Buildings, Milford Road, Lymington, SO41 0ED EMAIL: hannah@solent-events.co.uk WEB SITE: www.solent-events.co.uk 01590 674900 MARINE DECKING Solent Marine Services Unit 4, Clarence Boatyard, Clarence Road, East Cowes, PO32 6TA EMAIL: steve@drysailing.co.uk WEB SITE: www.drysailing.co.uk 01983 282438 MARINE SURVEYORS

YDSA The Yacht Designers & Surveyors Association jane@ydsa.co.uk WEB SITE: www.ydsa.co.uk

EMAIL:

01730 710425

MASTS / RIGGING / ROPE SYSTEMS Hamble Yacht Services Hamble Yacht Services Refit & Repair, Advanced Rigging & Hydraulics, Port Hamble Marina, SO31 4NN 02380 454111 EMAIL: info@hambleyachtservices.co.uk WEB SITE: www.hambleyachtservices.co.uk www.advancedrigging.co.uk Richardsons Yacht Services Island Harbour, Mill Lane, Newport, PO30 2LA EMAIL: info@richardsonsyacht.co.uk WEB SITE: www.richardsonsyacht.co.uk 01983 821095 MOORINGS / BERTHS / BOAT STORAGE / DRY STACK Birdham Pool Marina Birdham, Chichester, PO20 7BG EMAIL: info@castlemarinas.co.uk WEB SITE: www.castlemarinas.co.uk

01243 512310

Cobb’s Quay Marina Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4EL 01202 674299 EMAIL: cobbsquay@mdlmarinas.co.uk WEB SITE: www.cobbsquaymarina.co.uk Cowes Yacht Haven Ltd Vectis Yard, High Street, Cowes, PO31 7BD www.cowesyachthaven.com

EMAIL: info@cowesyachthaven.com WEB SITE:

01983 299975

Drivers Dry Berthing Ltd Drivers Wharf, Southampton, SO14 0PF 023 8023 3302 EMAIL: mail@dryberthing.com WEB SITE: www.dryberthing.com Fisherman’s Cottage 1 The Esplanade, Shanklin, PO37 6BN EMAIL: fishermans.cottage@live.com WEB SITE: www.shanklinchine.co.uk

01983 863882

Folly Moorings River Medina EMAIL: follymoorings@hotmail.com WEB SITE: www.follymoorings.co.uk

07884 400046

Haines Boatyard Ferryside, Itchenor, Chichester PO20 7AN EMAIL: admin@hainesboatyard.com WEB SITE: www.hainesboatyard.com

01243 512228

Hamble Point Marina School Lane, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4NB 02380 452464 EMAIL: hamblepoint@mdlmarinas.co.uk WEB SITE: www.hamblepointmarina.co.uk

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SOLENT DIRECTORY

SOLENT DIRECTORY Hamble Yacht Services Hamble Yacht Services Refit & Repair, Advanced Rigging & Hydraulics, Port Hamble Marina, SO31 4NN 02380 454111 EMAIL: info@hambleyachtservices.co.uk WEB SITE: www.hambleyachtservices.co.uk www.advancedrigging.co.uk Hythe Marina Village Shamrock Way, Hythe, Southampton, SO45 6DY 02380 207073 EMAIL: hythe@mdlmarinas.co.uk WEB SITE: www.hythemarinavillage.co.uk Island Harbour Marina Mill Lane, Newport, PO30 2LA EMAIL: info@island-harbour.co.uk WEB SITE: www.island-harbour.co.uk

01983 539994

Lymington Yacht Haven King’s Saltern Road, Lymington, SO41 3QD 01590 677071 EMAIL: lymington@yachthavens.com WEB SITE: www.yachthavens.com/lymington/

Medina Yard Arctic Road, Cowes, PO31 7PG www.medinayard.co.uk

EMAIL: info@medinayard.co.uk WEB SITE:

01983 203872

Mercury Yacht Harbour Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4HQ EMAIL: mercury@mdlmarinas.co.uk WEB SITE: www.mercuryyachtharbour.co.uk 02380 455994 Northney Marina Hayling Island, PO11 0NH www.northneymarina.co.uk

EMAIL: northney@mdlmarinas.co.uk WEB SITE:

02392 477321

Ocean Village Marina 2 Channel Way, Southampton, SO14 3TG 02380 229385 EMAIL: oceanvillage@mdlmarinas.co.uk WEB SITE: www.oceanvillagemarina.co.uk Port Hamble Marina Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4QD 02380 452741 EMAIL: porthamble@mdlmarinas.co.uk WEB SITE: www.porthamblemarina.co.uk Royal Clarence Marina Weevil Lane, Gosport, PO12 1AX EMAIL: info@castlemarinas.co.uk WEB SITE: www.castlemarinas.co.uk

02392 523523

Salterns Marina & Boatyard 40 Salterns Way, Lilliput, Poole, BH14 8JR EMAIL: marina@salterns.co.uk WEB SITE: www.salterns.co.uk 01202 709971 Saxon Wharf Lower York Street, Northam, Southampton, SO14 5QF 02380 339490 www.saxonwharf.co.uk

EMAIL: saxonwharf@mdlmarinas.co.uk WEB SITE:

Shamrock Quay William Street, Northam, Southampton, , SO14 5QL 02380 229461 EMAIL: shamrockquay@mdlmarinas.co.uk WEB SITE: www.shamrockquay.co.uk

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Solent Marine Services Unit 4, Clarence Boatyard, Clarence Road, East Cowes, PO32 6TA EMAIL: steve@drysailing.co.uk WEB SITE: www.drysailing.co.uk 01983 282438 Sparkes Marina Hayling Island, PO11 9SR www.sparkesmarina.co.uk

EMAIL: sparkes@mdlmarinas.co.uk WEB SITE:

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Will Squibb Ltd Attrills Yard, The Duver, St Helens, PO33 1YB EMAIL: will@willsquibb.net WEB SITE: www.willsquibb.net

01983 874629

PAINT / SPRAYING Richardsons Yacht Services Island Harbour, Mill Lane, Newport, PO30 2LA EMAIL: info@richardsonsyacht.co.uk WEB SITE: www.richardsonsyacht.co.uk 01983 821095 Will Squibb Ltd Attrills Yard, The Duver, St Helens, PO33 1YB www.willsquibb.net

EMAIL: will@willsquibb.net WEB SITE:

01983 874629

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Rick Tomlinson Photography 6 Marina Walk, Cowes Yacht Haven, Cowes, PO31 7BD EMAIL: rick@rick-tomlinson.com WEB SITE: www.rick-tomlinson.com PUBS / BARS Fisherman’s Cottage 1 The Esplanade, Shanklin, PO37 6BN EMAIL: fishermans.cottage@live.com WEB SITE: www.shanklinchine.co.uk

01983 863882

The Anchor High Street, Cowes, PO31 7SA 01983 292823 EMAIL: manager@theanchorcowes.co.uk WEB SITE: www.theanchorcowes.co.uk The Duke of York Hotel Mill Hill Road, Cowes, PO31 7BT 01983 295171 EMAIL: bookings@dukeofyorkcowes.co.uk WEB SITE: www.dukeofyorkcowes.co.uk The Fishbourne Fishbourne Lane, Fishbourne, PO33 4EU

01983 882823

The Fountain Inn High Street, Cowes, PO31 7AW EMAIL: 6447@greeneking.co.uk WEB SITE: www.fountaininn-cowes.co.uk

01983 292397

The Jolly Roger 156 Priory Road, Gosport, PO12 4LQ 02392 582584 EMAIL: enquiries@thejollyrogergosport.co.uk WEB SITE: www.thejollyrogergosport.co.uk The Lifeboat Britannia Way, East Cowes Marina, PO32 6UB 01983 292711 EMAIL: manager@thelifeboatcowes.co.uk WEB SITE: www.thelifeboatcowes.co.uk The Mayflower Kings Saltern Road, Lymington, SO41 3QD 01590 672160 EMAIL: manager@themayflowerlymington.co.uk WEB SITE: www.themayflowerlymington.co.uk The New Inn Main Road, Shalfleet, PO30 4NS

01983 531314

The Pier View 25 High Street, Cowes, PO31 7RY EMAIL: suepierview@gmail.com

01983 294929

RESTAURANTS Fisherman’s Cottage 1 The Esplanade, Shanklin, PO37 6BN EMAIL: fishermans.cottage@live.com WEB SITE: www.shanklinchine.co.uk

01983 863882

The Anchor High Street, Cowes, PO31 7SA 01983 292823 EMAIL: manager@theanchorcowes.co.uk WEB SITE: www.theanchorcowes.co.uk The Blue Crab High Street, Yarmouth, PO41 0PL EMAIL: info@thebluecrab.co.uk WEB SITE: www.thebluecrab.co.uk

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The Mayflower Kings Saltern Road, Lymington, SO41 3QD 01590 672160 EMAIL: manager@themayflowerlymington.co.uk WEB SITE: www.themayflowerlymington.co.uk RIB HIRE & CHARTER Bembridge Powerboat Training & Charter The Duver, St Helens, PO33 1YB EMAIL: mail@powerboat-training.com WEB SITE: www.powerboat-training.com 01983 778077 Coastal Pursuits Charter & Training Units 9-12 Saxon Wharf, Lower York Street, Southampton, SO14 5QF EMAIL: admin@coastalpursuits.co.uk WEB SITE: www.coastalpursuits.co.uk 02380 658790 Fynn Marine Cowes Yacht Haven, Vectis Yard, Marina Walk, Cowes, PO31 7BD www.fynnmarine.co.uk 01983 297500

EMAIL: info@fynnmarine.co.uk WEB SITE:

Solent Rib Charter Unit 6, Dell Buildings, Milford Road, Lymington, SO41 0ED www.solentribcharter.co.uk 07887 635000

EMAIL: hannah@solentribcharter.co.uk WEB SITE:

SAIL MAKERS Kemp Sails (Wareham) Unit 6, Sandford Lane Ind Est, Wareham, BH20 4DY EMAIL: info@kempsails.com WEB SITE: www.kempsails.com 01929 554308 Kemp Sails (Gosport) Endeavour Quay, Mumby Road, Gosport, PO12 1AH sales@kempsails.com WEB SITE: www.kempsails.com 02392 808717

EMAIL:

OneSails GBR (South) Hamble Point Marina, School Lane, Hamble, SO31 4JD www.onesails.com 023 8045 8213

EMAIL: south@onesails.co.uk WEB SITE:

Paul Newell Sails 6 Redwing Quay, The Embankment, Bembridge, PO35 5PB EMAIL: newellsails@gmail.com WEB SITE: www.paulnewellsails.com 01983 872834

Your Sailmaker since 1949

• Sail-cloths from leading brands • Every sail individually designed • 2.2 million sails delivered globally • Fast delivery times worldwide • 5 year cruising sail guarantee E enquiries@rollytaskersails.co.uk W www.rollytaskersails.co.uk T +44 2380 457 976

Contact us for a quote

SAILING & POWER SCHOOLS Bembridge Powerboat Training & Charter The Duver, St Helens, PO33 1YB www.powerboat-training.com 01983 778077

EMAIL: mail@powerboat-training.com WEB SITE:

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The Lifeboat Britannia Way, East Cowes Marina, PO32 6UB 01983 292711 EMAIL: manager@thelifeboatcowes.co.uk WEB SITE: www.thelifeboatcowes.co.uk


SOLENT DIRECTORY

SOLENT DIRECTORY Coastal Pursuits Charter & Training Units 9-12 Saxon Wharf, Lower York Street, Southampton, SO14 5QF 02380 658790 EMAIL: admin@coastalpursuits.co.uk WEB SITE: www.coastalpursuits.co.uk Hamble Point Yacht Charters Hamble Point Marina, SO31 4JD EMAIL: info@yacht-charter.co.uk WEB SITE: www.yacht-charter.co.uk

02380 457110

One Stop Sailing 12 Thetis Road, Cowes, PO31 7DJ EMAIL: contact@onestopsailing.com WEB SITE: www.onestopsailing.co.uk

01983 281228

Salterns Sea School Salterns Marina, 40 Salterns Way, Lilliput, Poole, BH14 8JR EMAIL: steve.jones@salterns.co.uk WEB SITE: www.salterns.co.uk 01202 709971 WATER TAXIS

Folly Launch (VHF Ch 72 Call Sign “Folly Launch”) follymoorings@hotmail.com WEB SITE: www.follymoorings.co.uk

07884 400046

Folly Waterbus (VHF Ch 77 Call Sign “Folly Waterbus”) EMAIL: follywaterbus@msn.com WEB SITE: www.follymoorings.co.uk

07974 864627

EMAIL:

WEATHER Rowell Yachting Services St Just-in-Roseland, Cornwall, TR2 5HY 01326 279131 EMAIL: simon_rowell@rowellyachtingservices.com WEB SITE: www.rowellyachtingservices.com YACHT & RACE MANAGEMENT Hamble Yacht Services Hamble Yacht Services Refit & Repair, Advanced Rigging & Hydraulics, Port Hamble Marina, SO31 4NN 02380 454111 EMAIL: info@hambleyachtservices.co.uk WEB SITE: www.hambleyachtservices.co.uk www.advancedrigging.co.uk

ProMo Marine Yacht Management Netley, Southampton, SO31 5FW 07971 858938 EMAIL: info@promomarine.com WEB SITE: www.promomarine.com YACHT CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS Marchwood Yacht Club Marchwood, Southampton SO40 4UX 02380 666141 EMAIL: secretary@marchwoodyc.org.uk WEB SITE: www.marchwoodyc.org.uk 07742 946755 Royal Air Force Yacht Club Rope Walk, Hamble, SO31 4HD www.rafyc.co.uk

02380 452208

Royal Lymington Yacht Club Bath Road, Lymington, SO41 3SE EMAIL: sail@rlymyc.org.uk WEB SITE: www.rlymyc.org.uk

01590 672677

EMAIL: office@rafyc.co.uk WEB SITE:

Royal Ocean Racing Club 20 St James’s Place, London, SW1A 1NN 0207 4932248 EMAIL: info@rorc.org WEB SITE: www.rorc.org Royal Ocean Racing Club The Parade, Cowes, PO31 7QU EMAIL: cowes@rorc.org WEB SITE: www.rorc.org

01983 293581

Royal Ocean Racing Club Race Office 82 High Street, Cowes, PO31 7AJ EMAIL: racing@rorc.org WEB SITE: www.rorc.org 01983 295144 Royal Thames Yacht Club 60 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LF www.royalthames.com

EMAIL: sailing@royalthames.com WEB SITE:

0207 235 2121

Royal Victoria Yacht Club 91 Fishbourne Lane, Fishbourne, Ryde, PO33 4EU EMAIL: office@rvyc.org.uk WEB SITE: www.rvyc.org.uk 01983 882325 148

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RISE & FALL OF THE TIDE AT COWES Metres

COWES TIDE TABLES

COWES TIDE TABLES

Mean

4-0

gs

Sprin

Mean

3-0

s

Neap

2-0 Heights g are e in metres t above o Chart a Datum u

1-0 4

3

2

Times s are referred f to LOW O WATER A at P Portsmouth o 1

LW

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

C.D.

Hours before LW

Hours after LW

TIDAL LEVELS REFERRED TO DATUM OF SOUNDINGS Place

Lat Long N W

Heights in metres above datum

Datum and remarks

MHWS MHWN MLWN MLWS

Cowes 50˚ 46’ 1˚ 18’ 4.2 Folly Inn 50˚ 44’ 1˚ 17’ 4.1 Newport 50˚ 42’ 1˚ 17’ 4.1

3.5 3.4 3.4

1.8 1.8 2.0

0.8 1.0 1.6

2.59m below Ordnance Datum (Newlyn) 2.59m below Ordnance Datum (Newlyn) 2.59m below Ordnance Datum (Newlyn)

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COWES TIDE TABLES

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MARCH 2015 TIME  m

KEY:

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MAY 2015 TIME  m

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KEY:

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TIME  m

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TIME  m


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JULY 2015 TIME  m

KEY:

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TIME  m

AUG 2015 TIME  m

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SEPT 2015 TIME  m

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KEY:

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TIME  m


COWES TIDE TABLES

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NOV 2015 TIME  m

KEY:

Full Moon New Moon

TIME  m

DEC 2015 TIME  m

BST add one hour

TIME  m

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COWES TIDE TABLES

2015-16

All times GMT - add 1 hour for BST from 27 March to 30 October 2016 ENGLAND, SOUTH COAST, COWES. LAT 50046’N LONG 1018’W TIME ZONE UT (GMT). TIMES & HEIGHTS OF HIGH & LOW WATER

JAN 2016 TIME  m

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KEY:

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TIME  m

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TIME  m


COWES TIDE TABLES

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MARCH 2016 TIME  m

KEY:

Full Moon New Moon

TIME  m

APRIL 2016 TIME  m

BST add one hour

TIME  m

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PORTSMOUTH TIDE TABLES 2015-16

+5 h

MEAN RANGES Springs 3·9m Neaps 1·9m

Mean

gs

Sprin

s

Neap

–1 h

0.1

0.2

0.3

0.4

0.5

0.6

0.7

0.8

0.9

Factor

HW

+1 h

+2 h

Mean

+3 h

+4 h

+5 h

–2 h

+2 h

5

–4 h

–3 h

W

–6 h

4

–5 h

MHWS

HW Hts m 0

1

1

MLW N

2

2

3

3 LW

MHWN

MLW S

CHART DATUM

0 LW Hts m

h

RISE & FALL OF THE TIDE AT PORTSMOUTH

+4 h

ll Moon

+3 h

PORTSMOUTH TIDE TABLES

VES

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PORTSMOUTH TIDE TABLES 2015-16 PORTSMOUTH TIDE TABLES

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MARCH 2015 TIME  m

KEY:

Full Moon New Moon

TIME  m

APRIL 2015 TIME  m

BST add one hour

TIME  m

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MAY 2015 TIME  m

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KEY:

Full Moon New Moon

TIME  m

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BST add one hour

TIME  m


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JULY 2015 TIME  m

KEY:

Full Moon New Moon

TIME  m

AUG 2015 TIME  m

BST add one hour

TIME  m

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SEPT 2015 TIME  m

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KEY:

Full Moon New Moon

TIME  m

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BST add one hour

TIME  m


PORTSMOUTH TIDE TABLES 2015-16 PORTSMOUTH TIDE TABLES

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NOV 2015 TIME  m

KEY:

Full Moon New Moon

TIME  m

DEC 2015 TIME  m

BST add one hour

TIME  m

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PORTSMOUTH TIDE TABLES 2015-16 All times GMT - add 1 hour for BST from 27 March to 30 October 2016 ENGLAND, SOUTH COAST, PORTSMOUTH. LAT 50048’N LONG 1007’W TIME ZONE UT (GMT). TIMES & HEIGHTS OF HIGH & LOW WATER

JAN 2016 TIME  m

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KEY:

Full Moon New Moon

TIME  m

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BST add one hour

TIME  m


PORTSMOUTH TIDE TABLES 2015-16 PORTSMOUTH TIDE TABLES

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MARCH 2016 TIME  m

KEY:

Full Moon New Moon

TIME  m

APRIL 2016 TIME  m

BST add one hour

TIME  m

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ADVERTISERS’ INDEX

ADVERTISERS’ INDEX 2 The Pippins 136 22 Castle Road 136 ABYA 41, 137 ABYA / YDSA 41, 55 Anarchy Sailing 109 Ancasta 5, 137 Anchorage Guest House 136 Anne Toms’ Gallery 134 Auto Marine Services 140 Beken of Cowes 145 Bembridge Powerboat Training & Charter 73, 138, 142, 147 Birdham Pool Marina 142 Blackgang Chine 127 Boat Transport 137 Briary Cottage 136 Britannia House 136 Chatham Marine 21 Coastal Pursuits Charter & Training 61, 138, 142, 147, 148 Cobb’s Quay Marina 142 Cowes Chiropractic Clinic 137 Cowes Commercial Craft Coding 1 37, 142 Cowes Week Ltd 13 Cowes Yacht Haven 138, 142, 150-157 Craftinsure 31 Dorset Lake Shipyard 102 Drivers Dry Berthing 119, 142 Endeavour House 136 Endeavour Quay 17 Fisherman’s Cottage 66, 142, 146 Folly Launch 78 Folly Moorings 142 Folly Waterbus 78, 148 Fynn Marine 138, 147 Garmin 24/IBC Golden Arrow Marine 137, 140, 141 Gosport Ferry 111 Greenham Regis 139, 140 Gunwharf Quays 105 Haines Boatyard 137, 138, 140, 142 Hamble Point Marina 142 Hamble Point Yacht Charters 138, 148 Hamble Yacht Services 5, 137, 138, 140, 142, 144, 148 Hamo Thornycroft 146 Haven Knox-Johnston 54/55/57/59 Hudson Wight 138 Hythe Marina Village 144 Island Harbour 85, 144 Isle of Wight Motorhomes 170 James Spence & Colleagues Dental Practice 118 Jeromes Solicitors 29

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Jillian Charters 138 Justboatstuf.com 138 Kemp Sails 107, 147 Kemp’s Quay 125 Lancasters 143 Lewmar 63 Lugleys of Cowes 169 Lymington Yacht Haven 93, 140, 144 Marchwood Yacht Club 148 McGrath Media 35 MDL Management PLC 68, 69, 75, 99, 115, 121 Medina Yard 11, 137, 140, 144 Mercury Yacht Harbour 144 MSJ Events 48, 142 Naughty Gull 15, 137 Nipper Skipper 138 Northney Marina 144 Norwest Marine 149 Ocean Village Marina 144 One Stop Sailing 33, 138, 148 OneSails GBR (South) 147 Panerai Back cover Paul Newell Sails 147 Paul Wyeth Marine Photography 146 Phoenix Maritime & Medical Line Ltd 97 Poole Quay Boat Haven 100, 101 Port Hamble Marina 144 Powerplus Marine 82, 140, 142 Priory Bay Hotel 9 ProMo Marine Yacht Management 137, 138, 148 Quay Management 136, 137 Quentin House 136 R K Marine 141 Rapanui 25 Richardsons Yacht Services 86, 137, 138, 140, 142, 145 Rick Tomlinson Photography 146 RNLI 37 Roach Pittis 53 Rolly Tasker Sails 147 Rowell Yachting Services 39, 148 Royal Air Force Yacht Club 115, 148 Royal Clarence Marina 144 Royal Lymington Yacht Club 148 Royal Ocean Racing Club Cowes 148 Royal Ocean Racing Club London 148 Royal Ocean Racing Club Race Office 148 Royal Thames Yacht Club 148 Royal Victoria Yacht Club 131, 148 Sails Café 59, 138


Salterns Brokerage 137 Salterns Chandlery 138 Salterns Marina & Boatyard 138, 140, 144 Salterns Sea School 148 Sapphire Yachting 128, 139 Savills (UK) Ltd 2 Saxon Wharf 144 SCRA 52 Sea View Yacht Club 19 Select Autos 167 Sevenstar Yacht Transport b.v. 44, 45, 47, 49, 51, 53 Shamrock Quay 144 Shoreline Yacht Transport 137 Solent Events 142 Solent Forts 7 Solent Marine Services 79, 140, 142, 145 Solent Rib Charter 147 Soltron 32 Songbird Villa 136 Southern Vectis 129 Sparkes Marina 145 Spinlock 23

SS Shieldhall 123 Swift Sails 147 TAG Design 135 The Anchor 81, 136, 146 The Blue Crab 133, 138, 146 The Boat House Café, Chichester 74 The Chequers Inn 93 The Duke of York Inn 136, 146 The Fishbourne 131, 146 The Fountain Inn 136, 146 The Jolly Roger 104, 146 The Lifeboat 87, 146, 147 The Mayflower 95, 136, 146, 147 The New Inn 97, 146 The Pier View 146 Town Quay Marina Southampton 145 UKSA 14, 15, 83, 158-165 Vecwash 84 VisitMyHarbour 79, 138 WightFibre 46 Will Squibb 72, 138, 140, 142, 145 Winning Tides 65, 138 Wroath Marine 140 YDSA 41, 142

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS There are many people to thank for their help with this fifth edition of the Solent Handbook & Directory. Firstly, we are very lucky to have the use of so many outstanding images from marine photographers Paul Wyeth, Peter Mumford - Beken of Cowes and Hamo Thornycroft, plus Jamie Russell of Island Visions. A special thank you to everyone who contributed photographs. To all our advertisers we wish you a very prosperous season, and to our readers we say, do remember to tell people that you’ve seen their adverts in the Solent Handbook. Tidal data for Cowes and Portsmouth, and the background chart of the Racing Marks Map and Location Map are reproduced by permission of the Controller of Her Majesty’s Stationery Office and the UK Hydrographic Office (www.ukho.gov.uk). We have received help of one sort or another from numerous others including: Natasha Lambert, Graham Sunderland, Steve Sleight, Craig Nutter, Simon Rowell, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, RNLI, SCRA, Poole Quay Boat Haven, Yarmouth Harbour Master, The National Trust, Newtown Harbour Master, Cowes Harbour Commission, the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Ryde Harbour Master, Bembridge Harbour Master, Bembridge Sailing Club, Cheetah Marine, the Isle of Wight Council (www.iwight.com), Visit Isle of Wight (www.visitisleofwight.co.uk), Keyhaven River Warden, New Forest District Council, Lymington Harbour Master, Hampshire County Council (www.visit-hampshire.co.uk), Beaulieu Estate, Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour, ABP Southampton, Southampton City Council, MDL Marinas, Premier Marinas, Dean & Reddyhoff, River Hamble Harbour Authority, QHM Portsmouth, Portsmouth City Council, Fareham Tourist Information, Tudor Sailing Club, Visit my Harbour (www.visitmyharbour.com), Chichester Harbour Conservancy.

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