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SOLENT HANDBOOK & DIRECTORY

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APRIL 2017 - MARCH 2018

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INTRODUCTION The Draw of the Solent… The Solent attracts many sailors from all over the world, with its unique tides and weather it offers everything from a full racing experience to a quiet sail up one of the many secluded creeks or harbours. So whether you are looking for the thrills of racing or some relaxing cruising, the Solent is the place to be. Now in our 7th edition we have been continuing to provide information essentials like the Portsmouth and Cowes tide tables, kindly provided by the UK Hydrographic Office, as well as the updated Buoy Racer Map from Winning Tides, to give you the edge when racing the Solent. There are so many great places to visit around the Solent. We are proud to feature some fantastic businesses that offer everything from skippered yacht charters and boat maintenance, to delicious food made from local produce at one of the fantastic local restaurants. Please remember to mention us when visiting any of our advertisers, as without their tremendous support we would be unable to produce such a great little handbook. Finally, we are thrilled that Alex Thomson has given up some of his time to contribute, and has provided the foreword for this year’s handbook. Also don’t forget to visit our online publication at www.solenthandbook.com. This ever evolving website is where sailors and boaters can keep up to date with everything that’s happening around the Solent and all the racing fixtures for the year ahead. We are only a small team at the Solent Handbook and hope that you enjoy reading and using it to plan your adventures around the Solent. Fair winds and happy boating!

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CONTENTS CONTENTS

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Welcome to the Solent - Alex Thomson Solent Yacht Clubs

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Solent Racing

10-15

Rolex Fastnet Race

16-17

Offshore Racing

18-22

Solent Cruising

23-30

Weather

31-33

Croatia - A Sailing Gem

34-36

A Guide to Buying & Selling a Boat

38-39

RNLI Advice

40-41

Solent Events Diary

42-51

Solent Events Calendar

52-58

Useful Contacts Solent Ports & Harbours

60 61

Beaulieu River

64-65

Bembridge Harbour

66-67

Chichester Harbour

68-72

Cowes & River Medina

73-82

Fareham Keyhaven

84 85

Langstone Harbour

86-87

Lymington Harbour

88-91

Newtown Harbour Poole Harbour Port Solent

92 94-96 99

Portsmouth & Gosport

100-108

River Hamble & Warsash

109-113

Ryde Harbour

114-115

Southampton Water

116-122

Ventnor Haven

123-125

Wootton Creek

126-128

Yarmouth Harbour

129-130

Solent Directory Index

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Solent Directory

132-141

Cowes Tide Tables

142-148

Portsmouth Tide Tables

150-156

Advertisers’ Index

158-159

Acknowledgements

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Solent Location Map

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Racing Marks Map

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WELCOME TO THE SOLENT

WELCOME TO THE SOLENT

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I first came to the Solent in 1988 when my family moved to the south coast from the Shetland Islands, we got the train down to the south coast and I remember arriving, it was a summers day and I remember being amazed when I saw what appeared to me like a massive lake, with thousands of boats on the water. I have done all my sailing and training on the Solent, there was a point when I was teaching sailing for Britannia Events where I knew by memory all of the light sequences for all the buoys in the Solent. At Alex Thomson Racing we have been training in the Solent since we started in 2003. It is a fantastic place to be based and we never have to cancel a sailing day. I am very lucky that as a professional Skipper my training ground is right on my doorstep. The south coast provides all sorts of conditions that are perfect for offshore training.

Alex Thomson British Yachtsman

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SOLENT YACHT CLUBS

SOLENT YACHT CLUBS ISLE OF WIGHT Bembridge Sailing Club - 01983 872237 - www.bembridgesailingclub.org Brading Haven Yacht Club - 01983 872289 - www.bhyc.org.uk Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club - 01983 296333 - www.ccyc.org.uk East Cowes Sailing Club - 01983 246846 - www.eastcowessc.co.uk Fishbourne Sailability Club - 01983 882325 - www.rvyc.org.uk Gurnard Sailing Club - 01983 295169 - www.gurnardsc.org.uk Island Sailing Club - 01983 296621 - www.islandsc.org.uk Royal Corinthian Yacht Club - 02074 932248 - www.rcyc.co.uk Royal London Yacht Club - 01983 299727 - www.rlyc.org.uk Royal Ocean Racing Club Cowes - 01983 293581 - www.rorc.org Royal Ocean Racing Club Race Office - 01983 295144 - www.rorc.org Royal Solent Yacht Club - 01983 760256 - www.royalsolent.org Royal Victoria Yacht Club - 01983 882325 - www.rvyc.org.uk Royal Yacht Squadron - 01983 292191 - www.rys.org.uk Sea View Yacht Club - 01983 613268 - www.svyc.org.uk Shanklin Sailing Club - 01983 721264 - www.shanklinsailingclub.com Yarmouth Sailing Club - 01983 760270 - www.yarmouthsailingclub.org.uk

HAMPSHIRE Ashlett Sailing Club - 02380 897612 - www.ashlettsc.co.uk Beaulieu River Sailing Club - 01590 616273 - www.brsc.org.uk Calshot Cats Sailing Club - 02380 893337 - www.calshotcats.co.uk Castle Sailing Club - 02380 734444 - www.castlesailingclub.org.uk Eling Sailing Club - www.elingsc.org.uk Emsworth Sailing Club - 01243 372850 - www.emsworthsc.org.uk Emsworth Slipper Sailing Club - 01243 372523 - www.emsworthslippersc.org.uk Fareham Sailing & Motor Boat Club - 01329 280738 - www.ospreyiii.co.uk/fsmbcnet5 Fleetlands Sailing Club - 02392 543234 Hamble River Sailing Club - 02380 452070 - www.hrsc.org.uk Hardway Sailing Club - 02392 581875 - www.hardwaysailingclub.co.uk Hayling Island Sailing Club - 02392 463768 - www.hisc.co.uk Hill Head Sailing Club - 01329 664843 - www.hillheadsc.org.uk Hornet Sailing Club - 02392 580403 - www.hornetservicessailing.org.uk Hurst Castle Sailing Club - 01590 719361 - www.hcsc.org.uk Hythe Sailing Club - 02380 846563 - www.hythesailingclub.co.uk IBM Yacht Club - www.ibmhursleysailing.org.uk Keyhaven Yacht Club - 01590 642165 - www.keyhavenyachtclub.co.uk Langstone Sailing Club - 02392 484577 - www.langstonesc.org.uk Lee-On-The-Solent Sailing Club - 02392 550317 - www.lossc.co.uk Locks Sailing Club, Portsmouth - 07980 856267 - www.lockssc.co.uk Lymington Town Sailing Club - 01590 674514 - www.ltsc.co.uk Marchwood Yacht Club - 02380 666141 - www.marchwoodyc.org.uk Mengeham Rythe Sailing Club - 02392 463337 - www.mengeham.org.uk Netley Cliff Sailing Club - 02380 455826 - www.ncsc.co.uk Netley Sailing Club ASA - 02380 454272 - www.netleysc.co.uk Port Solent Yacht Club - www.psyc.uk.com Portchester Sailing Club - 02392 376375 - www.portchestersc.co.uk Portsmouth Harbour Cruising Club - 023 9266 4337 - www.phcconline.co.uk Portsmouth Sailing Club - 02392 820596 - www.portsmouthsc.co.uk Royal Air Force Yacht Club - 02380 452208 - www.rafyc.co.uk Royal Armoured Corps Yacht Club - 02392 765635 - www.racyc.co.uk Royal Lymington Yacht Club - 01590 672677 - www.rlymyc.org.uk Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club - 02392 825924 - www.rnc-rayc.co.uk Royal Southampton Yacht Club - 02380 223352 - www.rsyc.org.uk Royal Southern Yacht Club - 02380 450300 - www.royal-southern.co.uk Salterns Sailing Club - 01590 682811 - www.salternssailingclub.co.uk 8

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SOLENT YACHT CLUBS

Seafarers Sailing Club - 01329 662465 - www.seafarers-sailing-club.org.uk Southampton Sailing Club - 02380 446575 - www.southamptonsailingclub.com Spinnaker Sailing Club - 01425 483692 - www.spinnakerclub.co.uk St Denys Sailing and Rowing Club - 02380 970965 - www.stdenysboats.co.uk Stokes Bay Sailing Club - 02392 581513 - www.stokesbay-sc.co.uk Thorney Island Sailing Club - 01243 371731 - www.tisc.org.uk Tudor Sailing Club - 02392 662002 - www.tudorsailing.org.uk/TudorSailing Warsash Sailing Club - 01489 583575 - www.warsashsc.org.uk Weston Sailing Club - 02380 452527 - www.weston.org.uk Yateley Offshore Sailing Club - 01276 31241 - www.yosc.org.uk

LONDON Royal Ocean Racing Club - 02074 932248 - www.rorc.org Royal Thames Racing Club - 02072 352121 - www.royalthames.com

WEST SUSSEX Chichester Cruiser Racing Club - www.ccrc.co.uk Chichester Yacht Club - 01243 512918 - www.cyc.co.uk

DORSET East Dorset Sailing Club - www.eastdorsetsailingclub.co.uk Lilliput Sailing Club - 01202 740319 - www.lilliputsc.org.uk Parkstone Yacht Club - 01202 743610 - www.parkstoneyachtclub.com The Poole Yacht Club - 01202 672687 - www.pooleyc.co.uk

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SOLENT RACING

SOLENT RACING 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 Rolex Fastnet Race, which starts on 6 August. 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

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

4

One-minute signal

Preparatory flag removed; 1 long sound

1

Starting signal

Class flag removed; 1 sound

0

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) 2017-2020. 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. 12

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SOLENT RACING

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.

PREPARATORY SIGNALS CONT.

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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Blue flag or shape - This race committee boat is in position at the finishing line.


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 Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay and 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 2017 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.

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ROLEX FASTNET RACE

ROLEX FASTNET RACE

Photo: Rolex Fastnet

The world’s largest, most prestigious offshore sailing event will take place this summer in the UK with the 47th running of the Rolex Fastnet Race. Some offshore yacht races struggle for entries, but the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s biennial flagship event is not one of them. When the entry list opened on 9 January, spaces sold out faster than a Rolling Stones farewell concert, the 340 boat limit reached, incredibly, in just 4 minutes and 24 seconds. And this figure excludes the non-IRC fleets which will include a giant international turn out of Class40s and significantly, will be the first occasion the eight VO65s, set to compete in this year’s Volvo Ocean Race, will line up in anger. When the Rolex Fastnet Race set sails from Cowes on Sunday 6th August, close to 400 boats will make up the combined IRC and nonIRC fleets - the largest ever entry in the race’s 92 year history and a significant step-up from 356 in the last race. So why is the race so successful? “It is within easy access for the largest fleets of offshore-capable yachts anywhere in the world,” succinctly explains Nick Elliott, Racing Manager of the RORC. The Rolex Fastnet Race is one of the world’s oldest offshore races, but the 605 mile course represents much the same challenge today as it did to competitors 90+ years ago: Typically an upwind westbound slog along the south coast of England, then full exposure to the open Atlantic Ocean on the crossings to the Fastnet Rock (lying four miles off southwest Ireland) and back, before leaving Bishop Rock and the Scilly Isles to port, en route to the finish off Plymouth. However today, the standard of yachts and their equipment have improved immeasurably, as have the safety and qualification requirements for competing yachts and crews. This, combined with weather forecasting becoming a more exact science are all designed to prevent a repeat of the 1979 race, when a storm of un-forecast severity devastated the fleet and cost 18 people their lives. The modern day Rolex Fastnet Race fleet is also the most diverse, with yachts of every conceivable type represented. These range from the 100ft long Ultime trimarans, the fastest offshore race boats in the world, to the Volvo Ocean Race one designs, to the IMOCA 60s, used in the Vendée Globe singlehanded non-stop round the world race, while, with thirty four boats entered, the Class40s will be by far the biggest non-IRC class. Meanwhile some of the world’s most prominent grand maxis will be competing in the main IRC fleet. The longest is the Judel Vrolijk 115 Super Maxi, Nikata, while Ludde Ingvall is bringing his radical DSSequipped 100 footer CQS all the way from Australia and one of the race favourites will certainly be George David’s Rambler 88, that just missed out on line honours in 2015. But making up the bulk of the IRC fleet are the Corinthian entries. Nick Elliott explains: “The Rolex Fastnet Race has that ‘challenge 16

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appeal’ which people are looking for more and more at the moment. It’s something people can tick off their ‘list’. Also, there are lots and lots of boats available for charter and spaces available for individuals who want to do it. Generally instead of people going racing every weekend, these days they’ll cherry pick, they’ll choose to only do bigger, more special events.” A lot are crewed by families and friends or yacht club teams, many of whom come back year after year. For example Tony Harwood is returning for his sixth race and his fourth on board Volante, a 1961 Camper & Nicholson 38 footer, in her day a Morgan Cup winner. In 2009 Volante claimed the Iolaire Block for being the ‘oldest yacht to complete the course’, while this year she is the lowest rated boat in the race (IRC TCC of 0.855). So what is the attraction of the Rolex Fastnet Race? “It’s like ‘why climb Everest?’ Because it’s there, I suppose,” explains Tony Harwood. “We are heavy old crew in a heavy old boat, but we do about 5,000 channel miles a year. I like competitive sailing, even though the starts frighten the life out of me.” It is also a ‘father and son’ affair, although son Simon races their Prima 38 Talisman. “It’s never the same,” says the younger Harwood. “It is different every time and you always try to do better than last time. About half of the times I’ve seen the Fastnet Rock in daylight - two years ago it was thick fog and in 1999 there was the solar eclipse. Also it is a talking point. ‘Did you do the Fastnet?’ ‘How was it?’ That all brings me back every couple of years.” When his father last competed aboard Volante in 2009, she finished in just under six days, while Talisman made it round in four days 7 hours and 46 minutes in 2015. A boat that in 2015 was comfortably finishing in Plymouth at roughly the time Talisman was still outbound to the Fastnet Rock and slower Class 4 boats were just passing Land’s End, was Tony Lawson’s Concise 10. The MOD70 trimaran class completed their race in a mere 2 days 17 hours 35 minutes, although this was slow, way off the multihull race record of 1 day, 8 hours and 48 minutes. “That was the first big offshore race we did with the boat,” recalls skipper Ned Collier Wakefield. “It was pretty light, so we’d like to do a faster race. We should be able to do it in 26 hours if the conditions are right. The Rolex Fastnet Race is a prestigious race, it’s one of the big ones for us and it is nice do a ‘home race’.” Concise is also planning on entering its Class40. The 2017 Rolex Fastnet Race sets sail from the Royal Yacht Squadron line to the north of Cowes at 1200 BST on 6 August.

Photo: Rolex Fastnet

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OFFSHORE RACING

OFFSHORE RACING CONTRIBUTED BY CRAIG NUTTER SPONSORED BY MEDINA YARD

Craig has an awesome sailing CV, which includes competing in two British America’s Cup teams and working to win two Olympic Medals. He gets special pleasure spending time on the water with his family.

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It had been a long day. The sun set shortly after 8.30pm following 15 hours of daylight. We had sailed on the wind throughout and tacked six or eight times as Skipper and tactician worked small shifts in the wind to move us along the course. We were racing in an average 16 knots of breeze, so the No. 2 Jib was getting a good workout. The coast had occasionally been visible off to the right in the summer haze. Now, as evening drew in, daylight dimmed and temperatures dropped, a steady procession began. One at a time the on-deck crew slithered down below to don extra layers and lifejackets, before re-appearing to resume our adventure. There is a love-hate relationship with the lifejacket. We all know the benefits but they only work when they are on and fitted properly. Often harness lines get tangled and they restrict movement. But they do provide an extra two kilos per man as we sit on the rail and should keep us alive long enough to get found and picked up should we go overboard. In accordance with the racing rules and collision regulations at sea, we turn Nav lights on and check to see they are working. I like to do this half an hour before sunset to allow time to effect repairs if necessary. We are a crew of 15 sailors on a 52-foot race boat in an offshore race. We are in it together, committed to the contest with a real appreciation that the faster the boat goes the shorter the race will be. Going offshore sees you enter a different place that alters your values. Here a tepid coffee tastes great and being able to lie resting on a wet sail for your allotted hour or so is refreshing. I state the term ‘rest’ deliberately, because sleep is not always possible. Most yachts are capable of going offshore and doing long passages. But it is the unrelenting effort of pushing a performance race boat that provides the sense that the boat and the sails above are pulling 18

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you towards the finish making the most from the elements, which are so vital. That feeling of salt water spray drying on your face and clothes as a crust; the wind and varying nature of the sea surface; the motion this transfers to the yacht travelling across the fluid surface; it affects everything. We have instruments that take measurements every fraction of a second - hull speed through the water, its temperature, wind speed true, apparent and the angle from the bow. We know the position of the boat to within a few metres. But are we racing in the right place? Are we heading the right way? This huge picture is completely opposite to the sharp intense focus required to pour hot water into several mugs, dissolve the granules or powder within, and then get these on deck to outstretched, clutching hands. Daylight finally recedes over the horizon, leaving just a floating red amber ribbon to herald night. Now there is a task to do. On the rail we had been aware that it might be coming. Two of us jump into action. I am inside the boat below deck; my back is rubbing against the cold, black, carbon skin of the underside of the deck, as I try to pull the headsail bag forward. There

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OFFSHORE RACING is lots of noise and it is dark apart from the glowing back-up chart plotter screen and the lashing beam from a head torch at the other end of the sail bag. It is being worn by the enthusiastic nipper who dashed forward, keen to lend me a helping hand. We hurry to get the sail because we are down to leeward of the heeling race boat - not the best place for our weight to be. The next sail is needed on deck ready for a change if the building breeze holds. The water rushes past the hull, whooshing as everything rises and bucks while moving through the waves. At least being down this side we are not disturbing the off watch who are in four bunks pulled up against the hull on the weather side. Moving around brings a welcome break from the wind and damp chill outside. Decked out in foul weather gear and thermal layers, we quickly heat up. It is not a long job and we are back on deck within minutes. We free the sail from its bag and turn off the head torches to avoid damaging the on-deck night vision. Finishing the task, I go forward and grab pre-packed bags of muesli bars and chocolate from the ‘goodies locker’ for the night watch. We share the treats out along the rail. Harness leashes are retrieved and reconnected to our lifejackets as we resume our position - hiking out with legs over the side and heads

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under the top lifelines. Slowly the boat settles down again and we await the call to change headsails. It doesn’t feel too bad and the dull light from instruments numbers show the wind has eased slightly. We are attempting to get past a crucial tidal gate of the nearby headland. The decision was made earlier to delay the preparation and distribution of dinner until after we get round. It was going to be tight but the advantage would be worth it, so the goodie bag was essential. The meal will require a crewmember down below to heat up individual pre-packed portions of ‘splodge’ that can be eaten using a spoon straight out of the bag it was heated up in.These being dished out, eaten and the empties returned always cause a little disruption in the rhythm of the boat. The food itself is like Marmite - you either love it or accept the evil necessity the calories provide. The race is going into the second night. It seems a long time ago since we undid the dock lines from the boat and left them alongside the fenders and assorted equipment we decided was not essential. It always feels different from going out to ‘race around the cans’. Offshore by its very definition means going away from the land, venturing out for long enough for the weather and other things to change and long enough to possibly miss being ashore. The process invokes an element of uncertainty and a release from the shackles of shore side life. It highlights preparation, experience and the abilities of those competing together.

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Around the yacht everything and everyone is doing a job. The crew comes together or is chosen to maximise the yachts potential, meshing the components of rig, foils, sails, hull, controls and each other on board. It offers the antithesis of the modern age, where the quick fix or the immediate gratification is cast aside. Here you are; you sit, leaning out for hour after hour playing your small part in helping the boat go fast to a destination - a long way over the horizon.

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SOLENT CRUISING SOLENT CRUISING

IN MEMORY OF STEVE SLEIGHT

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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. 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.

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SOLENT CRUISING 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.

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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. 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

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SOLENT CRUISING 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. 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.

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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. 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

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SOLENT CRUISING 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. 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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WEATHER

The Effect of Land on Wind & Water

One of the great things about the Solent is that we’ve a huge variety of harbours & rivers to explore along the many miles of adjacent shore. However, this does mean that the effect of the land, in terms of both temperature differences, friction differences and just Photo: Paul Wyeth plain getting in the way of the wind, is often quite significant. Most of these effects can be worked out by thinking of the wind direction with respect to the shoreline, the relative temperatures of the land and the sea and what the physical effect of any large land features are with wind trying to blow over & around them. 1. Buys-Ballot’s Law and the Effect of Changing the Surface Friction over Land and Sea Buys-Ballot, a Dutch scientist, worked out that if you stand with your back to the wind in the northern hemisphere the centre of the low pressure is to your left and in the southern hemisphere the centre of the low would be to your right. While this does not seem particularly earth-shattering, it’s very useful to help determine what happens to the wind direction as the surface friction changes when wind goes from sea to land or the other way round. As seems logical there is more surface friction over land than over sea. This means that wind will slow down over land, and speed up over water. The Coriolis effect depends on the speed, so if the air parcel slows down when it moves from sea to land with an onshore wind, it will fall in faster towards the centre of the low – to the left in the northern hemisphere, to the right in the southern. In the northern hemisphere the changing wind direction towards the low over land will cause the wind to back as it moves over land, and veer as it comes off the land on to the water, and this can be useful in the right circumstances, as we shall see. 2. Being Headed or Lifted as You Sail Next to a Windward Shore Depending on which tack you’re on, it will pay you to go closer in or further off the shore, if an offshore breeze is blowing (this means the shore is a windward shore). The veering as it speeds up doesn’t happen immediately, there is a zone of acceleration which depends on the type of land the wind is coming off (cliff heights, long beaches, etc) and depending on your course and your tack it may help to be either inshore or offshore. In the northern hemisphere (Figure 1) the wind veers as it blows offshore and you will be lifted going offshore on starboard tack, and headed if going offshore on port, and it is the other way round in the southern hemisphere. The amount of this direction shift depends on the type of surface of the land – a built up area will give more friction, open grasslands less, and the more surface friction there is over land the more the direction change will be over water.

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However, there are other factors involved here, particularly the surface temperatures of the land and the sea, and then the shape of the shore – whether it’s a cliff, as along the Island side in the Western Solent, or a gently sloping shore, as on the mainland side there. The warmer the land and sea are the more vertical mixing takes place, and the sooner this bend occurs. On a warm summer’s day with small cumulus clouds coming with the wind from the land over the sea the bend will take place within about 0.5 to 1 mile. The cumulus clouds are a really good indicator – if moisture’s going up enough to make them then the air is well-mixed and will veer sooner. On a cold winter’s day when both the land and sea are cold then the vertical mixing is much less, and the veer will take up to 3 miles to really be noticed. If there is a cliff and if it is cold then there can effectively be a mass of cooler air directly under the cliff that hardly moves at all – in these conditions look carefully for the wind finally making it down to the surface, and stay offshore of that, because inside it there will be very light & flukey airs. 3. Convergence and Divergence Sailing up a reasonably wide channel (the Eastern Solent is about wide enough, but the south side of the Isle of Wight effectively acts as one side of the Channel), the wind on the side closest to the low

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pressure system will be slowed down along the coast and fall in towards the centre of the low – this will diverge away from the main flow and thus give less wind near the coast. On the opposite side the wind along the coast will also slow down, but this causes it to move over the water slightly, causing convergence and therefore stronger winds along the coast (Figure 2). 4. Acceleration Zones Acceleration zones occur where the wind is constricted in some way by the local topography, for example around headlands and in between islands. The Solent and the Isle of Wight have several good examples of this. The relatively high cliffs along the Western Solent, out to the Needles and then along the south side of the Island will act as guides, especially with a slight onshore tendency in the wind. Your typical SW wind will get funnelled through Hurst Narrows but the once you’re back into the Western Solent on the Island side there is a small lee. If the wind veers just a few points however so that it’s now blowing WSW or W then that will be slightly onshore to the low cliffs from Yarmouth to Cowes and there will be areas of more funnelled and therefore accelerated breeze. Around the south side of the island this effect is seen most easily at St Catherine’s Point, where a strong WSW or W is squeezed around the corner there and can easily be 30—40% more than the wind a couple of miles east or west of there. This can also be combined with an equally accelerated tidal flow around the point there leading to overfalls and a very nasty sea state – always worthwhile thinking about when planning your “what if” strategies for an Island circumnavigation.

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CROATIA - A SAILING GEM

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With more than a thousand kilometres of coastline and as many islands, Croatia is a true sailing gem. Mild weather conditions, crystal clear waters and a good nautical infrastructure are the main reasons for the continuous growth of nautical tourism on the eastern side of the Adriatic Sea. Every year, more and more sailors from northern European countries discover the same. With low cost flights from April to November to the middle and south Croatian cities such as Zadar (RyanAir), Split (EasyJet) and Dubrovnik (British Airways), Croatia is easily accessible. These are also the most popular sailing areas in the country. The area from Zadar to Split boasts national parks, Kornati archipelago, some 16 miles away from the coastline with more than 200 islands and Dugi otok (eng. Long island) with its national park Telašcica, one of the biggest natural fjords in Europe. There is also the historic city of Šibenik with its four magnificent fortresses from Venetian and Otoman times and a channel to the town of Skradin which leads to the national park Krka and its river waterfalls. South of Split, which has been built around Roman emperor Diocletian’s palace, are somewhat bigger and more remote islands such as Brac, Šolta, Hvar, Korcula, Mljet, Vis and Lastovo, most of which were ancient Greek colonies. Vis and Lastovo have always been strategically important and they were restricted till the 1990’s because they were bases of the Yugoslav navy. Mljet is a national park and Lastovo, the most distant inhabited Croatian island, is a protected nature park. Dubrovnik with its famous history is already well known around the world. From April to November weather conditions are mostly favourable for laid back sailing, with a regular NW sea breeze, locally known as ‘Maestral’, that rarely goes over 20 kn and brings fresh sea air during hot summers. During the night there is usually light land breeze, locally known as ‘Burin’. However, Croatia has its challenges too. Katabatic (NE) ‘Bora’ wind comes from high mountains near the coast and swipes down at the sea with gusts of more than 60 – 80 knots in some areas. There is also SE wind, locally known as ‘Jugo’ (eng. South) that usually comes with low pressure and big waves as the wind pushes the sea into the narrow Adriatic. Usual signs for Bora are big piles of clouds on top of mountains that look like they want to spill over (and they eventually do) and a calm period before it starts to blow. The Croatian Met Office (www.meteo.hr) is very good in predicting it and there are usually warnings on VHF ch 16 before it starts. On the other hand, SE winds come with low pressure from the west, with all the usual signs and it usually takes a day or two to start blowing with its full strength. During especially hot summer days without much wind there is a possibility of very local thunderstorms from the west but they usually don’t last more than half an hour. Docking and berthing is almost always stern to with stern ropes and one or two lazy (mooring) lines at the bow with mariners ready to help even at town quays. The normal procedure is to show up in front of a marina or a town quay and a mariner will show you the way, but you can reserve a berth or call in advance over VHF ch 17. There is a shortage of berths in the peak of the season (July – August) so if you plan to spend the night in a marina you should reserve a berth

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CROATIA - A SAILING GEM or show up early. More and more bays are given under concession for buoy fields and if you stay overnight you will be charged (20 – 30 pounds) but there are still plenty of bays that you can anchor in for free. Concessions brought higher safety standards for buoys and are regularly controlled by the authorities. Some restaurants have their own pontoons or buoys which are free, if you stop by for lunch or dinner. Navigation along the coast and islands is fairly easy because there isn’t much ship traffic, the coast is well charted (Admirality, Imray, Croatian Hydrographic Institute - www.hhi.hr) and there are depths almost everywhere. The Adriatic is non tidal with constant N/NE current of some 0,5 kn, and the biggest differences of high and low water are caused by weather in the beginning and at the end of the season. But during the main season it rarely surpasses a meter, with most of the docks made much deeper. Only a few rivers flow towards the Adriatic and there is no big industry nearby, so the sea is azure with patches of white sand near the shore. It’s very good for anchoring and you’ll be able to find a sand sea bed in most of the bays and you’ll have enough depth even if you come close to the shore. Navionics covers the Adriatic coast very well too, and the most popular pilot book in English is “777 Harbours and Anchorages – Croatia, Slovenia, Montenegro and Albania”, with up-to-date information on more than 1000 ports and anchorages and detailed charts and short descriptions. It also includes sections on weather, currents, maritime signals, ecology, regulations and documents. You’ll need an ICC or RYA Day Skipper certificate to charter a boat in Croatia. There are three main coastal radio stations – Rijeka radio in the north, Split radio on the middle, and Dubrovnik radio in the south Adriatic. They regularly transmit weather forecasts, security messages and other information interesting to sailors in English and in Croatian, with prior notifications on VHF ch 16. In case of distress or emergency you can contact coastal radio stations via VHF ch 16, or dial 195 to directly contact the Croatian Search and Rescue Centre. There is also one number for all distress and emergency situations – 112. If you would like to learn to sail, there are a few sailing schools and RYA training centres and the ones with the biggest tradition and the best reputation are Academia Navalis Adriatica – ANA (www.anasail.com), with almost 30 years of experience, and NCP (www.ncp-charter.com), both located in the middle Adriatic and in close proximity of Kornati archipelago national park and Krka river waterfalls national park. Natural beauty, rich history, warm sea with no dangerous species, friendly locals with a certain Mediterranean ‘take it easy’ attitude and great food at reasonable prices will enchant you for sure. And if you visit Croatia out of the main season, you’ll be able to truly see why it is one of the most popular sailing destinations in the world.

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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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CONTRIBUTED BY KEITH COLWELL, RNLI COMMUNITY INCIDENT REDUCTION MANAGER

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1 in 8 sailors fall overboard Does this statistic ring true to you? Bethany Hope, Editor of the RNLI’s Offshore magazine, looks at the facts behind these figures In 2015 some yacht sailing research threw up some surprising results: 1 in 8 yacht sailors has fallen overboard at some point in their lifetime. The research was commissioned by the RNLI in partnership with the Maritime and Coastguard Agency and the Royal Yachting Association. The RNLI knew the 1 in 8 statistic would surprise many. The charity used the statistic as part of a safety campaign to highlight the risk of man overboard to yacht sailors and increase their knowledge of how to recover someone from the water. Some yacht sailors on Facebook challenged the figure: ‘Sorry, but in my 40+ years of sailing I have not gone overboard unintentionally from a yacht – and can think of no one who has done so.’ ‘1 in 8?!!! Must be bl**dy chaos on a cruise liner!!!!’ The RNLI stands by the statistic and moved quickly to clarify that the statistic relates to experience of man overboard (MOB) during your sailing lifetime. We spoke to sailors about the research and many of them revealed that they or a friend had fallen overboard. Motivation behind the research The statistic came from a wider research project that was about more than man overboard. The three partners in the project – the RNLI, MCA and RYA – all share a desire to see sailing enjoyed safely, and aim to reduce the number of serious incidents and fatalities involving sailors in the UK. Between 2010 and 2013, 11 people died while sailing yachts around the UK coastline (RNLI analysis of the Water Incident Database 2010–13). And in 2015 RNLI lifeboat crews launched 1,579 times to sail pleasure craft. The yacht sailing study sought to examine the attitudes and behaviours of yacht sailors in the UK, and their approach to risk.

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In depth The research was thorough and professional. The project was undertaken by a research partnership, Substance, between August 2014 and February 2015. It took care to incorporate the different types of sailing, vessels and training out there. After consulting a range of stakeholders – yacht sailing organisations and individuals – we piloted a quantitative survey, ensuring that the survey was logical and clear to participants. The full survey was publicised widely and got an overwhelming response online and face to face – 4,638. It didn’t stop there. We did more qualitative research with 25 yacht sailors and focus groups across the UK. In these in-depth sessions we challenged the findings from the survey, and looked at yacht sailors’ approaches to risk and how to communicate safety messages. Results The evidence from the research was used to identify five segments of the yacht sailing audience. See RNLI.org/research for details. With the results, the RNLI, MCA and RYA seek to raise awareness of the causes of sailing accidents, incidents and fatalities, and advocate action to prevent them. Put simply, we can target the different sailors with relevant safety messages. The 1 in 8 campaign was one example of this. Lifejackets As well as encouraging sailors to think about their man overboard procedures, the 1 in 8 campaign aimed to make sailors think again about lifejackets. The research gave us some insight on why some sailors rarely wear lifejackets. Many sailors simply don’t see themselves as being at risk of falling overboard. A typical quote from one yacht cruising group was: ‘I don’t wear a lifejacket in most scenarios. When you are sailing in a 50ft+ boat with a nice safe cockpit you are not likely to fall over the side.’ By highlighting that 12% of sailors fall overboard in their lifetime, the 1 in 8 campaign challenged the view that sailors will never fall overboard. A well-fitted, and suitable lifejacket could save your life. It’s vital to survival in UK waters and can increase your chances of survival by up to four times when immersed in cold water (Professor Mike Tipton, 2012). For tips on picking the right lifejacket with crotch straps and maintaining it, go to RNLI.org/safety. Don’t believe the statistics? Even if you’re still unconvinced that 1 in 8 yacht sailors fall overboard in their lifetime, MOB is more common than most of us like to admit. Hopefully, our campaigns based on this research will encourage you to consider your own safety. The RNLI is there to help. RNLI volunteer crew will drop everything to rescue you in an emergency. You can also help keep yourself safe. Take advantage of a free RNLI Advice Onboard session – get your lifejacket and safety kit checked on your own boat by an RNLI volunteer.

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INTERNATIONAL ETCHELLS 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 onedesign 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 San Francisco in September . 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 Hoj-Jensen, 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 22 July – 26 July 2017. 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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DARING CLASS April – October The Daring was designed as a One Design by Arthur Robb, based on his successful 5.5 metre yacht Vision, the silver medal winner in the 1956 Olympics. The classic design has proved popular and enduring, offering great value for money for this type of One Design racing. Darings race in the Solent off Cowes every weekend from the middle of April to the middle of October. Since 2010 eight new hulls and modern decks have been moulded, ensuring that Darings will enjoy fantastic racing for another 50 years. www.daring.org.uk DRAGON CLASS SOLENT DIVISION April – October The Dragon is a beautiful 29 foot keelboat, which has a 3 or 4 person crew and is raced throughout the world. There has been an active fleet established in Cowes ever since the class first appeared in the UK in the ‘30s. The class are active participants in the Cowes Keelboat Solent Series and the Cowes Keelboat Championship, with occasional “stand-alone” championship weekends for appropriate silverware. The UK National Championships (Edinburgh Cup) are in Cowes this year, from 9 July to 15 July. www.solentdragons.com X ONE DESIGN CLASS April – October The XOD class has six active fleets around the Solent area, at Cowes, Hamble, Itchenor, Lymington, Parkstone and Yarmouth. XODs attract many experienced helms and crew and the standard of racing at the front of the fleets is very high. XODs are traditionally the largest entry in Cowes Week, with over half the entire fleet, in excess of 80 boats, sailing from home ports to participate each year. In 2011, the Centenary of the first XOD race was celebrated by 145 XODs competing during Cowes Week, a record entry for the regatta. The XODs are also the largest fleet in the increasingly popular Cowes Classics Week with 50 entries every year since 2014, and this is expected to be exceeded in 2017. www.xonedesign.org.uk JOG CHAMPIONSHIP 1 April – 29 September 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

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RSYC DOUBLE HANDED RACING 2 April – 7 October The Royal Southampton Yacht Club is the UK’s home of Double Handed racing. The 2017 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 17 June, which regularly attracts upwards of 120 boats. The RSYC have been awarded the Double Handed IRC National Championships for a fourth year (this time in conjunction with RORC incorporating the Royal Corinthian YC) taking place on Friday 8 and Sunday 10 September. www.rsyc.org.uk ISLAND SAILING CLUB EVENING RACE SERIES 18 April – 22 August – Tuesday Nights The Island Sailing Club’s ever-popular Evening Race Series provides races for all sizes of boat on Tuesday evenings, with the exception of Cowes Week, through to 22 August 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

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VICE ADMIRAL’S CUP 19 – 21 May The Royal Ocean Racing Club’s annual Vice Admiral’s Cup regatta will take place from Friday 19 to Sunday 21 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 a maximum of six classes taking part in the event among them will be the Quarter Tonners who have been involved with the event since it started. Other familiar classes at the regatta will be the SB20s, which are also expected to field a strong fleet, with J/111 Class and J/109 fleet which have also become regular visitors to the event in recent years. This year they will be including the Fast 40 + and Fast 30 Classes which are both new to the regatta. www.rorc.org IRC SOLENT REGION CHAMPIONSHIP 13 May – 8 October Spanning the full length of the Solent, 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 DUBARRY WOMEN’S OPEN KEELBOAT CHAMPIONSHIPS 3 – 4 June 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.womensopenkeelboatchampionships.co.uk

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SOLENT EVENTS DIARY THE BLUEPRINT REGATTA 19 – 20 June The inaugural Blueprint Regatta for property, construction and estate agency professionals taking place in Cowes in June, will include two days of exciting racing organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron and a programme of relaxed socials shoreside. The regatta will also be raising funds for the Sea Cadets via the Derek Login Offshore Trust. www.blueprintregatta.co.uk THE ROUND THE ISLAND RACE IN ASSOCIATION WITH CLOUDY BAY 1 July The annual Round the Island Race in association with Cloudy Bay, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight. The race regularly attracts over 1,600 boats and around 16,000 sailors, making it one of the largest yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs. 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. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine’s Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes. Spectators can find many vantage points, to watch the race progress. The first start in Cowes for the 2017 race will be at 5.30am. Those who cannot get to watch in person can always keep an eye on the race’s progress on the website, via our live text commentary and our boat tracking facility. The race is a great opportunity to watch world-renowned sailors racing against families and first time racers. Although the majority of the fleet will take many hours to complete the race, the course

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records stand at 3h 43m 50s for a monohull boat, set by Mike Slade on ICAP Leopard in 2013, and 2h 23m 23s for a multihull boat, set by Lloyd Thornburg on Phaedo^3 in 2016. Brand Ambassador Ben Fogle will be competing in this year’s race on board the Farr 52 ‘Cloudy Bay’ and will also be a guest at the prerace press conference in Cowes the day before. www.roundtheisland.org.uk CHARLES STANLEY COWES CLASSICS WEEK 17 – 21 July Cowes Classics Week, run by The Royal London Yacht Club, offers class racing for all metre boats, classic racing keelboats and one designs including, but not restricted to, 12mR, 8mR, 6mR (classic and modern), 5.5mR, Daring, Dragon (classic and modern), Solent Sunbeam, Bembridge Redwing, Seaview Mermaid, Squib, XOD, Folkboat, Victory, Bembridge, Loch Long and Yarmouth One Designs, Flying Fifteen and Swallow. There are also classes for Classic Yachts including a non-spinnaker class, Classical/Revival Day Boats and old Gaffers. Racing from Committee Boats will be on a mix of laid and round-the-cans courses. The social programme includes tea and home-made cake after racing, sponsors’ Receptions and dining/ partying at each of the major Yacht Clubs in Cowes. www.cowesclassicsweek.org PANERAI BRITISH CLASSIC WEEK 8 – 15 July As one of the highlight events during an exceptional summer of sailing regattas in the UK, the Panerai British Classic Week, organised by the British Classic Yacht Club, takes place in Cowes. More than 70 of the world’s most iconic classic and vintage yachts are expected to compete, once again providing a magnificent spectacle of classic yacht racing in the exciting waters of the Solent. There will be a six-race series, plus a race around the Isle of Wight following the original clockwise course of the first America’s Cup. Racing will be demanding and competitive but will still retain that Corinthian spirit synonymous with classic boat racing. www.britishclassicyachtclub.org/regatta

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SOLENT EVENTS DIARY COWES DINGHY WEEK 22 - 26 July 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 22 – 26 July Hosted by the Royal Thames Yacht Club, teams from around the world will be sailing to win the 141 year old Gertrude Cup Trophy. Twenty identical boats with identical new North sails will be launched at Cowes Yacht Haven, 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 the website showing how the 20 teams from 11 different countries fought to win the trophy. Anyone interested in receiving an invitation should contact davidfranks80@gmail.com www.etchellsinvitational.com COWES WEEK 29 July – 5 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. Cowes Week, as the event is now known, attracts up to 8,000 competitors ranging from Olympic and world-class 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.cowesweek.co.uk ROLEX FASTNET RACE 6 August The world’s largest, most prestigious offshore sailing event will take place this summer with the 47th running of the Rolex Fastnet Race. When the race sets sail from Cowes on Sunday 6th August, close to 400 boats will make up the combined IRC and non-IRC fleets - the largest ever entry in the race’s 92 year history and a significant stepup from 356 in the last race. 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.rolexfastnetrace.com

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CHICHESTER HARBOUR RACE REGATTA WEEK 21 – 25 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 26 – 27 August This year’s Cowes Classic Powerboat Festival will be based at Cowes Yacht Haven and will see a mix of 20 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 3 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 27 August. The 200-mile 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 BPRC have confirmed with the RYA Powerboat Racing Department that they will not be holding a Cowes-Poole-Cowes race in 2017. The club feels that the event is too close to the Guernsey 2017 UIM Class 3 A & B World Championships and UIM V24 UIM European Championship to attract sufficient entries. www.cowestorquaycowes.co.uk

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LITTLE BRITAIN CHALLENGE CUP 15 – 16 September First started in 1988, the Little Britain Challenge Cup is the premier construction and property industry event. 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 15 – 24 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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GARMIN HAMBLE WINTER SERIES 2 October – 27 November The Garmin Hamble Winter Series provides the best winter sailing in the UK for IRC0-4, J/111, J/70, J/80, J/109 and SB20 one designs and sportsboats. The Series provides top class, competitive racing and a great welcome back at host Hamble River Sailing Club’s Clubhouse. www.hamblewinterseries.com HAMBLE ONE DESIGN CHAMPIONSHIPS 30 September – 1 October and 14 – 15 October The Solent’s Autumn Championship for one design yachts: J/111, J/109, J/80, J/70, SB20 etc. Top class competitive racing and a great welcome back at host Hamble River Sailing Club’s Clubhouse. www.hrsc.org.uk HAMBLE BIG BOAT CHAMPIONSHIPS 15 – 16 October and 29 – 30 October This is an annual top class Solent event for yachts of 40ft and over. Competitive racing and a great welcome back at host Hamble River Sailing Club’s Clubhouse. www.hrsc.org.uk

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Parhelion Spring Series 3 Portsmouth SC Nab Tower Race JOG Keelboat League Youth Qualifier Royal Southern YC Illusions - Flying Dutchman Bembridge SC Etchells Coaching Event Cowes Corinthian YC Spring Series 1 Island Sailing Club Spring Series 1 and 2 Royal Southampton YC Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series 4 Warsash SC Portmore Insurance Spring Series 1 Royal Lymington YC Wednesday Evening racing - Early Bird 2 Hamble River Sailing Club Illusions - Bill’s Barrell Bembridge SC Parhelion Spring Series 4 Portsmouth SC Etchells Red Funnel Trophy Royal London Yacht Club Musto Skiff B14 RS800 and 4000 Open Stokes Bay SC Helly Hansen Crewsaver Warsash Spring Championship 1 Warsash SC Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series 5 Warsash SC Race Training Royal Yacht Squadron Spring Series 3 and 4 Royal Southampton YC Portmore Insurance Spring Series 2 Royal Lymington YC Spring Series 2 Island Sailing Club Easter Junior Training Yarmouth SC Wednesday Evening racing - Early Bird 3 Hamble River Sailing Club Laser Coaching Royal Solent YC Thursday Evening Racing East Cowes SC RORC Easter Challenge Royal Ocean Racing Club Cowes to Cherbourg JOG Illusions - Vernon’s Easter Egg Cup Bembridge SC Cherbourg to Cowes JOG Evening Race Series 1 Island Sailing Club Early Bird Race Royal Solent YC Wednesday Evening racing - Early Bird 4 Hamble River Sailing Club Parhelion Spring Series 5 Portsmouth SC Spring Series 5 and 6 Royal Southampton YC Solent Shakedown SORC Helly Hansen Crewsaver Warsash Spring Championship 2 Warsash SC Etchells Coaching Event Cowes Corinthian YC Helly Hansen Warsash Spring Series 6 Warsash SC Portmore Insurance Spring Series 3 Royal Lymington YC Spring Series 3 Island Sailing Club Evening Race Series 2 Island Sailing Club Wednesday Evening racing - Early Bird 5 Hamble River Sailing Club Spence Willard Eve Racing S1 R1 Royal Solent YC Thurs Eve Keelboat Racing Royal Lymington YC St Vaast JOG Illusions - St George’s Day Trophy Bembridge SC Solent Cruiser Race Royal Southern YC Fast 40+ Spring Regatta Royal Southern YC Spring Solent Double Royal Southampton YC RORC Cervantes Trophy Race Royal Ocean Racing Club Int Etchells South Coast Championship Royal London Yacht Club Cowes Keelboat Solent Series Royal London Yacht Club Parhelion Spring Series 5 Portsmouth SC Illusions - Woodford Long Distance Race Bembridge SC Spring Series 4 Island Sailing Club Portmore Insurance Spring Series 4 Royal Lymington YC

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Evening Race Series 3 Spence Willard Eve Racing S1 R2 Wednesday Evening racing - Bottle Pursuit Adult Sonar Sailing Evening 1 Inshore Series - Christchurch Bay Race Duo Series 1 - Shingles Bank Cowes Keelboat Championship 1 Dart 18 Open Spring Series 7 and 8 Army Offshore Regatta Evening Race Series 4 Wednesday Evening racing 1 Spence Willard Eve Racing S1 R3 Adult Sonar Sailing Evening 2 Contessa 32 Inshore Points Series - Round 1 May Regatta and IRC Solent Series 1 Cowes Keelboat Solent Series Duo Series 2 - Prince Consort Race RORC De Guingand Bowl Race Cowes to Yarmouth Contessa 26 Training Day Marlowe cup race to Lymington Sea Fever Regatta Yarmouth to Cowes Spring Series 9 and 10 Evening Race Series 5 Hanse/Dehler Regatta Moth Open Spence Willard Eve Racing S1 R5 Wednesday Evening racing A2

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Adult Sonar Sailing Evening 3 Vice Admiral’s Cup Open Evening Round the Isle of Wight Solo Weymouth Double (leg 1) City Livery YC race day Cowes Keelboat Championship 2 Legal Cup Weymouth Double (leg 2) Evening Race Series 6 Spence Willard Eve Racing S1 R4 Wednesday Evening racing A3 LIA Regatta Adult Sonar Sailing Evening 4 Twilight Series 1 St Quay Portrieux Deauville Race RORC Myth of Malham Race Cowes Keelboat Solent Series VPRS Nationals - Cowes International Etchells European Championship Navigation Trophy Seabird Trophy Evening Race Series 7 Spence Willard Eve Racing S1 R6 Wednesday Evening racing A4

Island Sailing Club Royal Ocean Racing Club Yarmouth SC SORC Royal Southampton YC Island Sailing Club Cowes Corinthian YC Britannia Corporate Events Royal Southampton YC Island Sailing Club Royal Solent YC Hamble River Sailing Club Britannia Corporate Events Island Sailing Club Royal Southampton YC JOG Royal London Yacht Club Royal Ocean Racing Club Island Sailing Club Chichester Cruiser Racing Club Royal Yacht Squadron Royal Solent YC Royal Solent YC Island Sailing Club Royal Solent YC Hamble River Sailing Club

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Royal Solent YC Britannia Corporate Events Island Sailing Club Royal Southampton YC Royal Ocean Racing Club Royal Thames YC Royal Southern YC Island Sailing Club Royal Lymington YC Island Sailing Club Royal Yacht Squadron Island Sailing Club Hamble River Sailing Club Royal Solent YC Island Sailing Club Royal Southampton YC Yarmouth SC JOG Hamble River Sailing Club Britannia Corporate Events Royal Southern YC Royal London YC Royal Southampton YC Royal Ocean Racing Club Royal Ocean Racing Club Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert YC Victory Class and Portsmouth SC Royal Lymington Cup sponsored by Ancasta Group Royal Lymington YC EWCC RS Elite Regatta Sat 17 Jun to RS Elite Open Event East Wight SC Sail the Solent race East Cowes SC IDOR Regatta Island Sailing Club Evening Race Series 10 Island Sailing Club Spence Willard Eve Racing S2 R2 Royal Solent YC Wednesday Evening racing A7 Hamble River Sailing Club Adult Sonar Sailing Evening 8 Island Sailing Club Twilight Series 5 Royal Southampton YC IRC National Championship Royal Ocean Racing Club Cowes Keelboat Championship 4 Royal Yacht Squadron Hamble-Yarmouth Race/Rally Royal Southern YC Prince Consort Race Royal Solent YC Int Etchells Championship Royal London Yacht Club Evening Race Series 11 Island Sailing Club RHCC Regatta HRSC Hamble River Sailing Club Wednesday Evening racing A8 Hamble River Sailing Club Spence Willard Eve Racing S2 R3 Royal Solent YC Twilight Series 6 Royal Southampton YC Adult Sonar Sailing Evening 9 Island Sailing Club Fast 40+ Race Day Royal Southern YC

JULY Sat 1 Jul Sun 2 Jul to Mon 3 Jul Mon 3 Jul to Fri 7 Jul Tue 4 Jul Wed 5 Jul Wed 5 Jul Wed 5 Jul Thu 6 Jul Thu 6 Jul Fri 7 Jul to Sun 9 Jul Fri 7 Jul Fri 7 Jul Sat 8 Jul to Fri 14 Jul Sat 8 Jul to Sat 15 Jul Sat 8 Jul to Sun 9 Jul Sat 8 Jul Sat 8 Jul to Sun 9 Jul Sat 8 Jul to Sun 9 Jul Sat 8 Jul Sun 9 Jul to Fri 14 Jul Tue 11 Jul Wed 12 Jul Wed 12 Jul Thu 13 Jul Thu 13 Jul Thu 13 Jul Fri 14 Jul Sat 15 Jul to Sun 16 Jul Sat 15 Jul Sat 15 Jul to Sun 16 Jul Sat 15 Jul to Sun 16 Jul Sat 15 Jul to Sun 16 Jul Sat 15 Jul to Sun 16 Jul Sat 15 Jul Sat 15 Jul Sat 15 Jul to Sun 16 Jul Mon 17 Jul to Fri 21 Jul

ROUND THE ISLAND RACE Island Sailing Club MOCRA National Championships Bembridge SC (EWCC) Swan Europeans Royal Yacht Squadron Evening Race Series 12 Island Sailing Club Wednesday Evening racing - Copper Kettle Hamble River Sailing Club IOW Businesses Sonar Regatta Island Sailing Club Spence Willard Eve Racing S2 R4 Royal Solent YC Adult Sonar Sailing Evening 10 Island Sailing Club Summer Series 1 Royal Southampton YC J/70 Nationals Royal Yacht Squadron RORC Cowes-Dinard-St Malo Race Royal Ocean Racing Club Dinard to St Malo entry to be made via RORC JOG J/80 World Championship Royal Southern YC International Dragon Edinburgh Cup Royal Ocean Racing Club Int Etchells Bedrock Trophy Royal London Yacht Club Junior Regatta Hamble River Sailing Club supported by RHCC XOD Central Solent Championship Royal Southern YC Cowes Keelboat Solent Series Cowes Corinthian YC Duo Series 4 - Round the Cans Race Royal Lymington YC Panerai British Classic Week Royal Yacht Squadron Evening Race Series 13 Island Sailing Club Wednesday Evening racing B1 Hamble River Sailing Club Spence Willard Eve Racing S2 R5 Royal Solent YC Summer Series 2 Royal Southampton YC Adult Sonar Sailing Evening 11 Island Sailing Club Cowes Dinard St Malo Race Royal Ocean Racing Club SJP Regatta Britannia Corporate Events RYS Members’ IRC Regatta Royal Yacht Squadron West Princessa Double Royal Southampton YC Tattinger Regatta and IRC Solent Series 3 Royal Solent YC RORC Telegraph Trophy - XODs Royal Ocean Racing Club Swallow Class National Championship Royal London Yacht Club Cowes Keelboat Solent Series Island Sailing Club Wolf Rock Race SORC ECSC regatta East Cowes SC Flying Fifteen Southern Area Championship Cowes Corinthian YC Cowes Classics Week Royal London Yacht Club with ISC RVYC CCYC and RORC

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Evening Race Series 14 Wednesday Evening racing B2 Spence Willard Eve Racing S2 R6 RS Elite National Championship SB20 National Championship Summer Series 3 Adult Sonar Sailing Evening 12 July Regatta RORC Channel Race Cowes Weymouth Cowes Keelboat Solent Series Annual Regatta Dinghy week Scows Week Cowes Keelboat Solent Series YOD Sunday 2 - Race 3 Evening Race Series 15 Wednesday Evening racing B3 Spence Willard Eve Racing S2 R7 Summer Series 4 Adult Sonar Sailing Evening - 13 Bembridge Village Regatta COWES WEEK YOD Crews Race

AUGUST Wed 2 Aug Wed 2 Aug Sat 5 Aug Sun 6 Aug Sun 6 Aug Sun 6 Aug Sun 6 Aug Mon 7 Aug to Fri 11 Aug Mon 7 Aug to Fri 11 Aug Mon 7 Aug to Thu 10 Aug Mon 7 Aug Tue 8 Aug Wed 9 Aug Wed 9 Aug Thu 10 Aug Thu 10 Aug Fri 11 Aug to Sat 12 Aug Fri 11 Aug Sat 12 Aug Sat 12 Aug Sat 12 Aug to Sun 13 Aug Sun 13 Aug to Mon 14 Aug Sun 13 Aug Mon 14 Aug to Fri 18 Aug Tue 15 Aug Wed 16 Aug Wed 16 Aug Wed 16 Aug Thu 17 Aug Thu 17 Aug Fri 18 Aug to Sun 20 Aug Sat 19 Aug Sat 19 Aug to Sat 26 Aug Sat 19 Aug to Sun 20 Aug Sat 19 Aug to Sun 20 Aug Sun 20 Aug Sun 20 Aug to Fri 25 Aug Mon 21 Aug to Fri 25 Aug Tue 22 Aug Wed 23 Aug Wed 23 Aug Thu 24 Aug Fri 25 Aug Fri 25 Aug Sat 26 Aug to Sun 27 Aug Sat 26 Aug to Sun 27 Aug Sun 27 Aug Sat 26 Aug to Mon 28 Aug Sat 26 Aug to Mon 28 Aug Sat 26 Aug to Sun 27 Aug Sat 26 Aug to Sun 27 Aug Sun 27 Aug Mon 28 Aug Mon 28 Aug to Fri 1 Sep Tue 29 Aug Wed 30 Aug Wed 30 Aug Thu 31 Aug

Wednesday Evening racing - Cowes Week Pursuit Hamble River Sailing Club Spence Willard Eve Racing S3 R1 Royal Solent YC Dinghy Regatta Brading Haven YC (EWCC) Solent Scow Championships Brading Haven YC (EWCC) Rolex Fastnet Race Royal Ocean Racing Club Optimist Regatta SVYC (EWCC) YOD Junior Helm Royal Solent YC Junior Week 1 Yarmouth SC Open Race Week SVYC (EWCC) Sunset Series Royal Solent YC Inter Club Laser Team Racing BSC (EWCC) Evening Race Series 16 Island Sailing Club Wednesday Evening racing B4 Hamble River Sailing Club Spence Willard Eve Racing S3 R2 Royal Solent YC Summer Series 5 Royal Southampton YC Adult Sonar Sailing Evening - 14 Island Sailing Club Annual Regatta Bembridge SC (EWCC) Dartmouth JOG Alex Burton Anniversary Sonar Regatta Island Sailing Club Duo Series 5 - Gurnard Ledge Race Royal Lymington YC Poole & Back Race/Rally Royal Southern YC Annual Regatta SVYC (EWCC) Harwoods Fandango Chairty Fun Race Royal Solent YC Dinghy Week Royal Solent YC Evening Race Series 17 Island Sailing Club Wednesday Evening racing B5 Hamble River Sailing Club IOW Businesses Sonar Regatta Island Sailing Club Spence Willard Eve Racing S3 R3 Royal Solent YC Summer Series 6 Royal Southampton YC Adult Sonar Sailing Evening 15 Island Sailing Club Impala National Championship Cowes Corinthian YC YOD Needles Race Royal Solent YC Folkboat Week Royal Solent YC Clarkson Cup and IRC Solent Series 4 Royal Southampton YC British Keelboat League Q5 Royal Yacht Squadron YOD Sunday 2 - Race 4 including Centenary Trophy Royal Solent YC Splash Week Royal Southern YC Junior Week 2 Yarmouth SC Evening Race Series 18 Island Sailing Club Wednesday Evening racing B6 Hamble River Sailing Club Spence Willard Eve Racing S3 R4 Royal Solent YC Adult Sonar Sailing Evening 16 Island Sailing Club Cowes to St Peter Port JOG Le Havre Double Royal Southampton YC YSC Regatta Yarmouth SC Swanick Bursledon and Warsash Regatta Sat 26 Aug to Annual Regatta RVYC (EWCC) RLYC August Bank Holiday Regatta Royal London Yacht Club Etchells National Championship Cowes Corinthian YC Annual Regatta BHYC (EWCC) Cowes-Torquay-Cowes Powerboat race British Powerboat Racing Club YOD Single Handed Race and Change Over Race Royal Solent YC Cadet Regatta BHYC (EWCC) SB20 Worlds Royal Yacht Squadron Evening Race Series - Bang and go Back Race Island Sailing Club Spence Willard Eve Racing S3 R5 Royal Solent YC Wednesday Evening racing B7 Hamble River Sailing Club Adult Sonar Sailing Evening 17 Island Sailing Club

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Ancient Mariners Race Hamble Winter Series 1 Island Sailing Club Annual Regatta Autumn Solent Double ASTO Regatta Parhelion Autumn Series 3 IRC Solent Series 6 Inshore Series - Nab Tower Race Winter Series 1 and 2 Turkey Cup Hamble Winter Series 2 Big Boat and One Design Championships 2 Parhelion Autumn Series 4 Hamble Winter Series 3 Solent Circuit Race 1 Winter Series 3 and 4 Laying up race to Nab Tower Parhelion Autumn Series 5 Illusions - Trafalgar Trophy Hamble Winter Series 4 Solent Circuit Race 2 Frostbite Series 1 Winter Series 5 and 6 Parhelion Autumn Series 6 Frostbite Series 1 Hamble Winter Series Reserve Day Solent Circuit Race 3 Charity Pursuit Race

Royal Southern YC Hamble River Sailing Club Island Sailing Club Royal Southampton YC Royal London Yacht Club Portsmouth SC Island Sailing Club Island Sailing Club Royal Southampton YC Royal Solent YC Hamble River Sailing Club Hamble River Sailing Club Portsmouth SC Hamble River Sailing Club Lymington Town SC Royal Southampton YC SORC Portsmouth SC Bembridge SC Hamble River Sailing Club Lymington Town SC Portsmouth SC Royal Southampton YC Portsmouth SC Portsmouth SC Hamble River Sailing Club Lymington Town SC Royal Southampton YC

NOVEMBER Sat 4 Nov to Sun 5 Nov Sun 5 Nov Sun 5 Nov Sun 5 Nov Sun 12 Nov Sun 12 Nov Sun 12 Nov Sun 12 Nov Sat 18 Nov to Sun 19 Nov Sun 19 Nov Sun 19 Nov Sun 19 Nov Sun 19 Nov Sun 26 Nov Sun 26 Nov Sun 26 Nov

Illusions - Guy Fawkes Trophy Frostbite Series 2 Solent Circuit Race 4 Hamble Winter Series 5 Hamble Winter Series 6 Solent Circuit Race 5 Frostbite Series 3 Winter Series 7 and 8 Illusions - Bailey Bowl Winer Series 9 and 10 Frostbite Series 4 Solent Circuit Race 6 Hamble Winter Series 7 Hamble Winter Series 8 Solent Circuit Race 7 Frostbite Series 5

Bembridge SC Portsmouth SC Lymington Town SC Hamble River Sailing Club Hamble River Sailing Club Lymington Town SC Portsmouth SC Royal Southampton YC Bembridge SC Royal Southampton YC Portsmouth SC Lymington Town SC Hamble River Sailing Club Hamble River Sailing Club Lymington Town SC Portsmouth SC

DECEMBER Sat 2 Dec to Sun 3 Dec Sun 3 Dec Sat 9 Dec Sun 10 Dec Sat 16 Dec to Sun 17 Dec Mon 25 Dec Tue 26 Dec Sun 31 Dec to Mon 1 Jan 18

Illusions - Inter Club Team Racing Frostbite Series 6 Needles Relief Frostbite Series Reserve Day Illusions - Christmas Cracker Fifth Annual Hot Turkey Race Boxing Day Scramble Illusions - Icebreaker

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USEFUL CONTACTS

USEFUL CONTACTS

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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 Non-Emergency Service 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 0330 159 7000 Gosport Ferry 02392 524551 Hamble Ferry 02380 454512 Hovertravel 08434 878887 Hythe Ferry 02380 840722 Red Funnel 02380 019192 Solent & Wightline Cruises 01983 564602 Wightlink 0333 999 7333 P&O Ferries 0871 664 2121 LD Lines 0844 493 0651 Southampton Airport 0844 481 7777 Bournemouth Airport 01202 364000 Gatwick Airport 0844 892 0322 Heathrow Airport 0844 335 1801 National Express 0871 781 8181 National Rail Enquiries 0345 748 4950 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

Ventnor Haven

Yarmouth Hbr

Wootton

Southampton

Ryde Hbr

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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.

Photo: Laura Boynton

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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BEAULIEU RIVER BEAULIEU RIVER

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 an unspoilt haven, rich in history and wildlife, ideal as a base for exploring the Solent and the Channel. Situated on the beautiful Beaulieu River, the Yacht Harbour is only 25 minutes from the M27 motorway. Safe, traditional and friendly, with a 5 Gold Anchor award from TYHA, there are a range of berths available on the river and within the marina. Full marina services and facilities are available, including an open policy boat yard as well as lavatories, showers and a launderette. Permanent berths are available and visitors are welcome. New for 2017 is a chandlery, stocking a wide variety of supplies, hardware, outboards and dinghies. A unique location for short stay visitors, overnight berths and permanent moorings, experience tranquillity and stunning natural beauty on the Beaulieu River - where the New Forest meets the Solent. Contact: Harbour Master’s Office, Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour, Beaulieu, Hampshire, SO42 7XB. Tel: 01590 616200. VHF Channel 68. www.beaulieuriver.co.uk Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour is a member of TransEurope Marinas

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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.

Photo: Bembridge Harbour Commission

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. 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. Pictorial and video guides to the entrance channel are available on the Harbour website and there is also a Navionics chart showing approx depths for guidance. A live-feed electronic tide height

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gauge, showing the depth of water over the bar, is displayed on the website and at the Berthing Office, with information updated every 60 seconds. 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. Individual “Premier” finger berths can be booked in advance online and in 2017 online booking is being extended to also include the main pontoon. At busy times during the summer months it may be necessary to raft out. Visitors are advised to call on VHF Channel 80, Callsign: “Bembridge Harbour” on entering the Harbour for berthing instructions. Advance on-line booking is available via the website, including for “premier” finger berths. Harbour staff are on duty 0800-1800 seven days a week. 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: 01983 872828. 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). A lift out and scrub service for RIBs/powerboats up to 10m (5 tonnes) is available to visiting boats at Bembridge Boat Storage (bembridgeboatstorage.co.uk), adjacent to the visitors’ pontoon and can be arranged through the Harbour or Berthing Office. Undercover and external dry-stack storage also available. Contact: Bembridge Harbour Authority, Harbour Office, The Duver, St Helens, Isle of Wight, PO33 1YB. Tel: 01983 872828. www.bembridgeharbour.co.uk or follow the Facebook page.

Photo: Bembridge Harbour Commission

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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. Up-to-date tide and weather information at the Harbour Entrance is available at www.chimet.co.uk or from the Harbour Office. The Harbour 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 68

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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. Bosham – deep water visitor moorings available on request and drying quay for day visits and overnight stays. Fresh water and jet washer to hire. Call ‘Bosham Quay’ on VHF channel 14 or call 01243 573336. 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, on the south-east tip of Hayling Island, lies within Chichester Harbour – one of Europe’s largest natural harbours. The area is famous for its birds and marine life and stunning sunsets. There are plenty of anchorages to explore within the immediate area, such as Itchenor with its quaint pubs or Bosham village. 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 Andrews 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. VHF Ch 80. Tel: 023 9246 3572. www.sparkesmarina.co.uk Northney Marina is situated on the north shore of Hayling Island within Chichester Harbour, one of the largest natural harbours in Europe. The facilities at this 228-berth marina include a relaxing lounge and sunny outside terrace as well as a shop selling essential items. 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. VHF Ch 80. Tel: 023 9246 6321. www.northneymarina.co.uk Emsworth Yacht Harbour is a friendly, family owned marina within walking distance of the attractive village of Emsworth with famous restaurants and eight pubs. 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. The Deck Café and Chandlery 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 Emsworth Yacht Harbour is a member of TransEurope Marinas 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 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 01243 511482 or 07831 466815. Entrance and exit via the lock is available 3 hours before high water, through to 4 hours after high water. Contact: Birdham Pool Limited, Birdham, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 7BG. Tel: 01243 512310. www.birdhampool.co.uk Birdham Pool Marina is a member of TransEurope Marinas 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. When you reach this pile please call the marina on VHF Ch. 80 for locking and berthing instructions. During busy periods and at certain states of the tide you may be asked to moor on the outer waiting pontoon. 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; a new boatyard facility with a wide variety of marine tenants and a fuel berth. Contact: Premier Chichester Marina, Birdham, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 7EJ. Tel: 01243 512731. www.premiermarinas.com/chichester

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Birdham Pool 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.


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CHICHESTER HARBOUR Haines Boatyard, Itchenor is a small friendly boatyard offering a comprehensive range of services for all types of craft. They are well respected in the marine community in and around Chichester Harbour for their specialist expertise in shipwright, painting, rigging and engineering. The excellent modern facilities and skills mean that they are able to restore and maintain the Itchenor classic keelboats as well as other craft like Folkboats, yachts, motorboats and RIBs to a very high standard. Boats up to 34ft or 6 Tonnes can be hauled using the slipway services for repairs and maintenance, including pressure washing and anti-fouling. Haines can offer secure indoor and outdoor storage, which is available throughout the year and moorings in the Itchenor Reach. Contact: Haines Boatyard, Itchenor, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 7AN. Tel: 01243 512228. Email: admin@hainesboatyard.com www.hainesboatyard.com The Hayling Yacht Company is a family owned business which has generations of experience providing expert boat repairs, osmosis treatments, winter boat storage and marina berths. With so many years on the water, they have learned to change with the times, embracing the latest technology and techniques for boat repairs, but keeping some things the same such as pride in their work and a commitment to their customers. Located on the western edge of Chichester Harbour they are perfectly positioned to take advantage of the natural shelter, offering calm marina berths and safe boat storage - with over 15,000 square feet under cover. Their hard-standing boat storage gives access to both electricity and water points, and soft mud berths offer exceptional value for money. Contact: The Hayling Yacht Co Ltd, Mill Rythe Lane, Hayling Island, Hants, PO11 0QQ. Tel: 02392 463592. www.haylingyacht.co.uk

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COWES & RIVER MEDINA 50º46’.08N, 01º17’.95W

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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. Work on the new detached Cowes Breakwater was completed in October 2015 and the Exclusion Zone has now been removed. The

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COWES & RIVER MEDINA breakwater is marked with 5 GPS synchronised yellow lights spaced equidistant along the breakwater crest displaying flash characteristic Fl.Y.2.5s. In addition, the western toe, which lies on the fairway extremity, is marked by a red lateral mark Fl.R.2s and the eastern toe by an east cardinal mark VQ(3).5s. Mariners are advised to remain at least 30m from the breakwater crest as the rock extends 25m to the north and south and to avoid passing between the buoys marking the western and eastern toes and the breakwater. The breakwater is private property and landing is strictly prohibited. The next phase of planned works is the introduction of a dredged Eastern Channel and an extension to the Shrape Breakwater; for up-to-date details on any construction works and for all navigation information refer to the Cowes Local Notices to Mariners www.cowesharbourcommission. co.uk/local_notices_to_mariners and the project pages at 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. Caution should be exercised to ensure that your course is kept and to avoid obstructing the safe passage of vessels restricted to the centre of the fairway. Sailing boats should ensure that their engines are running to assist safe navigation; once

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COWES & RIVER MEDINA 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 and 4A Beacons which can be found at either end of the Small Craft Channel. 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, the pair of yellow buoys and pass north of the red 4A beacon which mark the eastern end of the channel. Avoid entering the moorings either side of the channel 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 vessels which can only safely navigate within the fairways, including the Red Funnel car ferries, should not be obstructed; Rule 9 applies in the Outer 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 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 1.5m 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

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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 VIOW Solent Handbook panel 82x21 ARTWORK.indd 1 22/03/2017 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 Cowes Harbour Master afloat 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. Email: chc@cowes.co.uk www.cowesharbourcommission.co.uk 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 or boatyards. Petrol and red diesel are available from the deep water Cowes Harbour Fuels berth which also supplies calor gas, engine oils and fuel treatments and is suitable for all vessels with a minimum depth of water of 4 metres; Lallow’s Boatyard 50m south of Cowes Yacht Haven on the western side of the fairway also sells diesel and petrol however depth is limited to 1 metre below chart datum. 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

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COWES & RIVER MEDINA 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 steps) 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. Contact ‘HM1’ on VHF Ch 69 for mooring at Trinity Landing and any of the mooring buoys. 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 50 ton hoist, 25 ton boat mover and a 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 Cowes Yacht Haven is a member of TransEurope Marinas

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COWES & RIVER MEDINA Shepards Wharf Marina - Shepards Wharf is minutes’ walk from the bustling centre of Cowes, and has capacity for 130 visitors and 40 residents. New for 2017, the Marina has introduced 7 days-aweek crane operations and new dry sailing changing rooms. There is a marina basin for the exclusive use of dry sailing customers, and package prices include wet berthing. Flexible annual & seasonal packages are available for day class yachts, motorboats & RIBs. Shepards is also popular with organised rallies and regattas. Services include boat lifting, dry sailing, electricity and water, free WIFI, inclusive 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 season rafting up may be necessary. The Sugar Store Events Centre at Shepards enjoys a prime waterfront location and makes a fantastic venue for a wide range of events. VHF Ch 80 Call Sign ‘Shepards Wharf Marina’. Contact: Shepards Wharf Marina; Medina Road, Cowes, PO31 7HT. Tel: 01983 297821 Email: shephards.chc@cowes.co.uk 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 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. A F D R M E IS E SI O N

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COWES & RIVER MEDINA 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, Isle of Wight, PO32 6UB. Tel: 01983 293 983. Email: berths@eastcowesmarina.co.uk www.eastcowesmarina.co.uk 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

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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, 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

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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. 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 are 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 823885 ex 8723. 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.

Photo: Fareham TIC

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. Bedenham 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. Email: info@portsmouthmarine.co.uk www.portsmouthmarine.co.uk

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KEYHAVEN

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.

Photo: New Forest District Council

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.

Photo: Premier Marinas

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. With the Fairway beacon, approximately 1 mile to the south of the harbour entrance, in line with a conspicuous chimney, a course of 344º will pass between the southern extremity

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of the East Winner shoal and the Langstone Bar. From the Fairway beacon the course to the harbour entrance is 352º. Allowance should be made for a west-going tide after HW-3h. The entrance itself deepens and favours the west side. Inbound vessels of up to 85 metres length may be encountered in the harbour approaches between HW-2h and HW-1h. These vessels are constrained by their draught and should be given a wide berth. 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. Two visitor moorings (May–Sept) have been established to the north of the mulberry harbour in approximate position 50º 48.1N 001º 01.5W. A third visitor mooring has been established in Sinah Lake. Vessels must not be left unattended on these moorings. 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. Email: admin@langstoneharbour.org.uk www.langstoneharbour.org.uk Southsea Marina - Southsea Marina is a small friendly marina set in Langstone Harbour. Contact the marina on VHF Ch. 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 that opens +/- 3 hours either side of high water 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 ‘Safety & Navigation’ 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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LYMINGTON HARBOUR 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 offers a VHF service during office hours and can be contacted on Channel 66 (call sign ‘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. VHF Ch 66 (office hours). 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 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.

Photo: Island Visions, Jamie Russell

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. 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. 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.

Photo: Poole Harbour Commission

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. 94

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MDL MARINAS COBB’S QUAY MARINA

(01202) 674 299

POOLE HARBOUR

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After entering the harbour, the striking façade of Brownsea Castle will be clearly visible. There are many options available with regard 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’. Poole Quay Boat Haven is a member of TransEurope Marinas Cobb’s Quay Marina at Hamworthy in Holes Bay lies in Poole Harbour, the world’s second largest natural harbour. It has a lively, seafaring atmosphere, and with 1090 berths it’s a favourite with yachtsmen and motor cruisers alike. Out of the harbour to the east lies the Solent, offering year-round racing and sheltered cruising around the Isle of Wight. 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; electric vehicle charging; 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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POOLE HARBOUR

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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Set sail for Poole with your pride & joy

PERMANENT BERTHS

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• 75 permanent berths • Superyacht berths • Floating docks for jet skis and RIBs up to 6.1m • 24 hour security • Showers, toilets, laundry, electric and water • Deep water: 2.5 - 6m • Water taxi service, parking

• 125 visitor berths all year for vessels up to 60m in length and up to 4.5m draft • Swinging moorings • Floating docks for jet skis and RIBs up to 6.1m • Showers & toilets, laundry, electric & water

Whatever you love to do, you will enjoy our permanent berth marina. It’s in a private position that makes the most of the views and gorgeous sunsets, yet it’s still close to Poole’s historic quay, old town and vibrant shopping centre.

Use your boat as a holiday home; entertain family, friends, colleagues or customers onboard; sail the stunning Jurassic Coast. Enjoy all the attractions of Poole, Bournemouth and beautiful Dorset. A warm welcome always awaits!

SWINGING MOORINGS

Relax with a glass of wine, on a sunny afternoon, on your own swinging mooring in Poole Harbour overlooking Brownsea Island. Away from the madding crowd, these offer you ultimate privacy, peace & tranquillity.

JET SKI OR RIBS

Keeping your craft on a Jet Ski or RIB Dock has the advantage of ‘out-ofwater’ storage but still offers the convenience of marina berthing and more time for leisure.

Port of Poole Marina & Poole Quay Boat Haven

Poole Town Quay, Poole, Dorset BH15 1HJ

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PORT SOLENT

PORT SOLENT CHANNEL: 50º 50’ 37” N, 01º 06’ 06” W (LOCK ENT)

Photo: Premier Marinas

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. 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.

Pile No.57 marks the entrance to Portchester Channel. You should also look for pile No.95 until the channel opens. Both piles are visible at 3.2 miles. Immediately to the north of pile No.94 are two unlit spherical yellow buoys marking foul ground and these should be left to starboard. Although the channel in the south is wide, the best water is defined by 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 No’s 93, 92, 90, 88 and 86. As you clear the buoys, in the vicinity of pile No.63 to port, and pile No.88 to starboard, the channel narrows and starts a long left-hand bend. North of 86 the best water now lies close to the three port piles No.66, No.67 and No.68. On the right-hand side opposite these piles is Tipner Lake. This entrance is marked by two piles red No.82 and green No.85. The former on the starboard side of the main channel can cause confusion. As you proceed around the bend, 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. At Pile No.78 call Port Solent on VHF CH.80 and request a Lock In In season, the upper section is well marked by moored yachts. Out of season, beware of many unlit moorings on both sides of the channel. From pile No.80 turn slowly almost due north to pile No.79 avoiding the shallow water immediately north of pile No.80. At low tide keep to the port side of the channel to pile No.72A, thereafter cross to the starboard side of the channel to 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, moor to the outer waiting pontoon, clear of the lock entrance. Please note that during the ‘off-season’ the outer waiting pontoon may not be in position. Port Solent Marina - Port Solent Marina is a family friendly locked marina that’s set against the vibrant backdrop of The Boardwalk’s array of restaurants, bars and entertainment. The marina also offers a fully serviced boatyard with storage ashore for 500 boats, a fuel berth, luxury showers and toilets, dedicated berth holder car parking and a children’s play area. The lock provides 24-hour access in and out of the marina. Call on VHF Ch.80 for berthing and locking instructions. Contact: Premier Port Solent Marina, South Lockside, Port Solent, Portsmouth, PO6 4TJ. Tel: 023 9221 0765. www.premiermarinas.com/portsolent

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PORTSMOUTH & GOSPORT PORTSMOUTH & GOSPORT

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 75,000 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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The Perfect Destination Marina Portsmouth Harbour

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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. 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.

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PORTSMOUTH & GOSPORT 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. 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.

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Gunwharf Quays Marina - Fantastically located at the mouth of Portsmouth Harbour, beneath the iconic Emirates Spinnaker Tower, Gunwharf Quays Marina offers immediate access to the Solent and some of the best sailing and cruising on the South Coast. On site, you can enjoy all that Gunwharf Quays has to offer. Use us as a long term base, or visit for the weekend, and take advantage of over 90 premium retail outlet shops, over 30 restaurants, cafes and bars, a cinema, bowling alley and casino, as well as our excellent marina facilities. With excellent customer service, on site security and all berthing within a pontoon stroll of the centre, it is no surprise that Gunwharf Quays holds the Yacht Harbour Association’s 4 Gold Anchors award. Set against the vibrant backdrop of Portsmouth’s Historic Naval Dockyard, this specially designed marina can accommodate power and sail craft up to 80 metres LOA with a maximum depth of 5.5 metres. Offering spacious and easily accessible marina berths this well positioned marina offers all guests a unique waterside experience. 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 Camber Dock – Set in the most historic part of the city, Camber Docks is home to KB-Boatpark Dry Stack, the new Ben Ainslie Racing America’s Cup Challenge HQ, the Wightlink ferry service, the local fishing fleet and fish market, commercial workboats, Portsmouth Sailing Club, and a number of private sailing and motor vessels. Visiting vessels are welcome and can moor alongside the quay wall next to the Bridge Tavern with a short stay charge collected by KB-Boatpark staff on behalf of the Harbour Master. Contact: Camber Harbour Office, KB-Boatpark, 1st Floor, 96 Broad Street, Old Portsmouth, PO1 2JE. Tel: 02392 833166 Email: info@kb-boatpark.co.uk KB-Boatpark Dry Stack – KB-Boatpark has benefited from a complete re-build in 2014/15 after re-locating a few hundred metres to facilitate the building of Sir Ben Ainslie’s new America’s Cup Challenge HQ at Camber Docks. The works included a new racking system, a brand new Hoist fork lift truck to work alongside the existing Clarke truck, and new office accommodation making KB Dry Stack the most up to date in the Solent area. RIBs and sports boats up to 10m can be launched at all states of tides and Portsmouth Harbour entrance and access to The Solent is only a few hundred metres from the Dry Stack. Contact: KB-Boatpark, First Floor, 96 Broad Street, Old Portsmouth. PO1 2JE. Tel: 02392 833166 Mob: 07733 880260 Email: info@kb-boatpark.co.uk www.kb-boatpark.co.uk

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PORTSMOUTH & GOSPORT 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, Hampshire, PO12 1NU. Tel: 023 9260 1201. Email: berths@haslarmarina.co.uk www.haslarmarina.co.uk Gosport Marina - Premier’s Gosport Marina is situated 500m from Portsmouth Harbour and a breakwater ensures that boats are protected from wash from passing boats. Gosport Marina can accommodate 500 boats on berths ranging up to 30m. The marina has recently refurbished toilets and showers, a launderette and a quality Café Bistro - The Boat House Café. There is also a self serve fuel berth, dry stack storage, a specialist boatyard – Endeavour Quay and boat sales; electricity and water on the pontoons, berth holder car parking, free Wi-Fi and bottled gas is available. Gosport High Street with a variety of shops is just two minutes away. Telephone or call VHF Ch. 80 for berthing. Contact: Gosport Marina, Mumby Road, Gosport, PO12 1AH. Tel: 023 9252 4811. www.premiermarinas.com/gosport A short ferry trip away is the popular Gunwharf Quays with its designer outlets, bowling alley, cinema, restaurants and bars. 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. Endeavour Quay offers a comprehensive new build, storage, maintenance and repair facility for commercial vessels and private sailing and power craft up to 40 metres LOA or 180 tonnes. Part

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of Gosport Marina, Endeavour Quay is also renown for providing service and support for major yacht race projects. Supporting the yard’s lifting and storage services is a comprehensive range of independent onsite marine service tenants and a chandlery. The yard also welcomes owner’s contractors onto the site as part of its ‘open yard policy’. Endeavour Quay offers 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 lies within a deep water basin fronting the Royal Navy’s former victualling yard, is less that 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 8 to 18m. There is also over 350 metres of alongside berthing available. The marina enjoys one of the deepest water basins in southern England with the capacity to take vessels up to 5.25m daft. Royal Clarence Marina has 145 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 Royal Clarence Marina is a member of TransEurope Marinas

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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

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RIVER HAMBLE & WARSASH 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. 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 Email: harbour.office@hants.gov.uk www.hants.gov.uk/hambleharbour Marinas may be contacted on VHF Ch 80 for berth availability. Deacons Marina & Yard is conveniently located on the river Hamble at Bursledon Bridge, just minutes from the M27. The marina is recently dredged and refurbished, and has 130 deep water walkashore pontoon berths and a full-service boatyard. Deacons Yard provides 150 spaces ashore for boats up to 48 feet, and the team can handle any task from paint and polish to keel removal, Coppercoat to a rudder rebuild. Onsite there are specialist riggers, electronics, Force 4 chandlery, Why Boats brokerage and a great café. Very limited visitor spaces, please call ahead to book. Contact: Deacons Marina, Bridge Road, Bursledon, Southampton SO31 8AZ Tel: 02380 402 253 Hamble Point Marina is hard to beat for its location alone, right at the mouth of the River Hamble with easy access to the world-famous waters of the Solent. This makes the marina a magnet for competitive sailors from around the globe, and a favourite with racers and cruising yachtsmen alike. The 230-berth marina itself offers extensive shore-side facilities. When approaching Hamble Point, please keep clear of commercial shipping in Southampton Water. From abeam Calshot Castle head

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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. The entrance to Hamble Point Marina is 500m further north on the west bank. The marina has 230 berths (max LOA: 30m) and 129 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. VHF Ch 80. www.hamblepointmarina.co.uk Hamble Yacht Services Marina is the ideal starting point for cruising yachts to discover a wealth of destinations while a berth at HYS Marina puts racing crews close to the club start lines for Solent racing. Services for berth holders include water, electricity, shower and toilet facilities and a café with outside terrace. Also available on site there’s a sailmaker’s loft, rigging shop, electrical and mechanical servicing, yacht maintenance and nearby chandlery. The HYS Events Centre and catering unit sits on the edge of the marina and is available for all types of function whether corporate, for friends, or a sailing rally. With eco-friendly disposal and recycling, HYS uses 100% renewable electricity and features electric car charging points. There is a round-the-clock manned security operation, CCTV and free WiFi. An 80 ton hoist lifts yachts up to 100ft long. HYS offers berthing, lifting, scrubbing, storage ashore and dry sailing contracts. HYS is located immediately up river after Port Hamble. Look for our pontoon welcome sign. Contact: Hamble Yacht Services, Port Hamble, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4NN Tel: 02380 201501 Email: info@hysgroup.co.uk www.hysgroup.co.uk Port Hamble Marina is 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 an exciting 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/

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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. VHF Ch 80. www.porthamblemarina.co.uk Stone Pier Yard – Marina and boatyard at Stone Pier in Warsash close to the mouth of the Hamble River. Services include craning, undercover and yard storage, berthing and dry-sailing.  Contact: RK Marine, Stone Pier Boatyard, Shore Road, Warsash, Southampton, SO31 9FR. Tel: 01489 583572. www.rkmarine.com Mercury Yacht Harbour is set in a sheltered wooded site where the shallow waters of Badnam Creek join the River Hamble. Originally built by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, the marina offers berthing for 360 boats and enjoys deep water at all states of tide. Among its excellent facilities are a well-stocked 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. Mercury Yacht Harbour offers excellent boatyard facilities for boat repairs or maintenance work. Besides winter storage ashore for over 100 boats, there is a 20-ton travel hoist and boat mover. All lifting at the yard is carried out by MDL’s professional, highly qualified team. The marina has 360 berths, max LOA: 24m; 20-ton travel hoist and boat mover; electronic services; towing; chandlery; laundry facilities; bar and restaurant; yacht brokerage; sailing schools; yacht charters; and Wi-Fi. 112

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RIVER HAMBLE & WARSASH Contact: Mercury Yacht Harbour, Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4HQ. Tel: 023 8045 5994. VHF Ch 80. www.mercuryyachtharbour.co.uk Universal Marina is an independently run family marina on the River Hamble, set adjacent to 68 acres of wooded river-bank, only 15 minutes from the Solent by water. They are renowned for their friendly staff, and the latest secure facilities complimented by full yard services, yacht club, restaurant, car parking, spa, paddleboard and kayak hire. With no hidden costs, their annual berthing package includes water, electric, WiFi, three weeks ashore & 10% off lifting and launching. They welcome short term berthing and rallies and also have the facility for both dry stacking and dry sailing. Contact: Universal Marina, Crableck Lane, Sarisbury Green, Southampton, SO31 7ZN. Tel: 01489 574272. www.universalmarina.co.uk Universal Marina is a member of TransEurope Marinas 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 Ch. 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 self-serve fuel berth with a high-speed pump and a Café Bistro -The Boat House Café. Contact: Swanwick Marina, Swanwick, Southampton, SO31 1ZL. Tel: 01489 884081. www.premiermarinas.com/swanwick

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50º43’.98N, 01º09’.31W (ENT)

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’.

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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. Contact: Ryde Harbour, The Esplanade, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 1JA. Tel: 01983 613879 or 07970 009899. Email: 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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SOUTHAMPTON WATER SOUTHAMPTON WATER

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.

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, Ocean Gate, Eastern Docks, Southampton, SO14 3QN. 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

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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. 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

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SOUTHAMPTON WATER 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 to a working frequency (6 or an alternative) for inter-ship safety messages. 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’ vessel is defined as: ‘a vessel greater than 220 metres in length overall which requires a clear and unimpeded

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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). 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.

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SOUTHAMPTON WATER Hythe Marina Village was the first marina village to be built in the UK and is still one of our finest. Located on Southampton Water’s western shore, it’s a unique development of a 206-berth marina, waterside homes, shops, restaurants, bars and a boutique hotel. 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 220° 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. Tel: 023 8020 7073. VHF Ch 80. www.hythemarinavillage.co.uk

*Larger vessels can be accommodated but check with marina in advance.

Ocean Village Marina - In the shelter of Southampton Water, and right in the heart of the city itself, Ocean Village is much more than a marina. Surrounded by shops, restaurants, cinemas and bars, it offers outstanding recreational facilities. The marina is home to some exciting new developments including a £50m luxury spa hotel complex.

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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; electric vehicle charging; and Wi-Fi. Contact: Ocean Village Marina, 2 Channel Way, Southampton, SO14 3TG. Tel: 023 8022 9385. VHF Ch 80. www.oceanvillagemarina.co.uk 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. The 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 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. Tel: 023 8022 9461. VHF Ch 80. www.shamrockquay.co.uk Saxon Wharf is a marine service centre offering outstanding facilities for superyachts and other large craft. Situated on Southampton’s River Itchen, north of Shamrock Quay, it’s 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 121 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. Tel: 023 8033 9490. VHF Ch 80. www.saxonwharf.co.uk

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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. Kemp’s 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, 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 dogleg between two floating wave breaks that appear continuous from seaward. Beware of the adjacent Red Jet hi- speed ferry. The marina offers berthing assistance; contact them on VHF Ch 80 or by phone. The marina is an RYA Active Marina and part of the TransEurope Marinas group. It has a berth holders’ reception- 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 Town Quay Marina is a member of TransEurope Marinas

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VENTNOR HAVEN 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

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50º35’.53N, 01º12’.50W (ENT)


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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.

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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. 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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Cheetah Marine currently manage the Harbour. Contact them on 22/03/2017 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).

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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. 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.

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WOOTTON CREEK 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. If calling at the RVYC, you will see their pontoons ahead of you.

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WOOTTON CREEK The northernmost pontoons are private, RVYC pontoon mooring is available past the visible sign. 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, 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

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Its close proximity to the Needles and the English Channel makes it ideal for those entering or leaving the Solent. When approaching from the east, leave East Fairway buoy to port, turn onto a bearing of 187° and follow the leading marks. When approaching from the west, leave the Poole Belle buoy to starboard, turn onto a bearing of 187° and again, follow the leading marks. These are exhibited as two white diamonds with a black horizontal stripe by day or two green lights at night. Yarmouth Harbour is accessible at all states of the tide. The approaches are maintained at 2.5m below CD and 2m below CD inside the Harbour. 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. Vessels approaching the harbour should call Yarmouth Harbour on VHF Ch.68 to request a berth or refuel. The fuel berth is easily accessible being near to the entrance and we offer competitively priced petrol and diesel. The fuel berth is open form 0700 hrs until 1900 hrs GMT and 24 hours BST. 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. The Berthing Team are afloat and will assist you to a berth. If you are short-handed or you require assistance the Berthing Masters will be on hand to assist you every step of the way. A slide guide titled ‘Arriving-How to Enter Yarmouth Harbour’ can be found on the website www.yarmouth- harbour.co.uk.

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50º42’.42N, 01º30’.00W (ENT)

The most westerly harbour on the Isle of Wight, picturesque Yarmouth Harbour is the ‘Gateway to West Wight’. A scheduled car ferry service from Lymington to Yarmouth brings thousands of visitors to the Island every year. Yarmouth Harbour is the destination of choice for many boaters who travel from far and wide, 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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GALLERY ART & CRAFT

High St. Yarmouth PO410PL www.yarmouthgallery.com

paintings prints glass ceramics textiles sculpture jewellery . . . from the Island & beyond OPEN DAILY

Once here why not visit “Cockpit Essentials”, Yarmouth Harbour’s very own visitor refreshment lounge, where you can enjoy freshly ground coffee. Free Wi-Fi is provided and you can also charge your phones and devices while watching the news and weather on our new screens. They also have ice, toiletries, and other ‘essentials’ as well as various Isle of Wight products for you, your family and friends to enjoy. Other facilities include showers and toilets for wheelchair users, a launderette, waste-disposal, glass recycling bins and gas sales. Mooring fees remain competitive and now include free showers. They have also retained their popular short stay discount card, so make sure you have it stamped on every visit and enjoy a fifth short stay for free! 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. 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, the bridge will be opened by prior 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. Yarmouth Harbour Commissioners were granted the powers of general and special direction and new General Directions came into force on 1st March 2012 replacing the Harbour’s previous Byelaws. Users of the harbour are asked to familiarise themselves with these new directions which are there to ensure your safety and enjoyment during your stay. They can be downloaded from the website www. yarmouth-harbour.co.uk. Contact: Yarmouth Harbour Office, The Quay, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, PO41 0NT. Tel: 01983 760321. Email: info@yarmouth-harbour.co.uk 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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Accommodation - B&B / Guest Houses 132 Accommodation - Self Catering 132 Boat Cleaning / Care & Maintenance 132 Boat Graphics & Hull Stripes 132 Boat Sales / Brokers 132-133 Boat Transport / Yacht Delivery 133 Boatyards / Boatbuilders / Repairers / Marine Surveyors 133 Chandlers / Charts & Pilotage 133 Charter Boats / Boat Cruises / Sailing Holidays 133-134 Clothing / Leisurewear 134 Cranes / Boat Lifts / Slipways / Hoists 134 Electrical / Electronics 134 Engines / Outboards / Marine Engineers 136 Event Management 136

Hospitality 136 Marine Surveyors 136 Masts / Rigging / Rope Systems 136 Moorings / Berths / Boat Storage / Dry Stack 136-138 Paint / Spraying 138 Photographers / Photographic Services 138-139 Pubs / Bars 140 Restaurants 140 Rib Hire & Charter / Sales 140 Sail Makers 140 Sailing & Power Schools 140 Water Taxis 140 Weather 141 Yacht & Race Management 141 Yacht Clubs & Associations 141

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SOLENT DIRECTORY ACCOMMODATION - B&B / GUEST HOUSES 22 Castle Road Oak Cottage, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7QZ EMAIL: info@oakcottagecowes.co.uk WEBSITE: www.oakcottagecowes.co.uk 01983 200986 / 07375 221971 24 Ward Avenue 24 Ward Avenue, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 8AY EMAIL: melissakilkelly@hotmail.com WEBSITE: www.cowesbedbreakfast.co.uk

01983 292070

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

01590 672091

Noss Mayo Baring Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 8DW EMAIL: cedarnig@talktalk.net

01983 200266

Quentin House 62 High Street, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7RL EMAIL: primefood@aol.com WEBSITE: www.primefood.co.uk

01983 291111 / 07454 941096

ACCOMMODATION - SELF CATERING

BOAT CLEANING / CARE & MAINTENANCE Berthon Boat Company Ltd The Shipyard, Bath Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 3YL EMAIL: enquiries@berthon.co.uk WEBSITE: www.berthon.co.uk 01590 673312 Richardson’s Yacht Services Island Harbour, Mill Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2LA EMAIL: info@richardsonsyacht.co.uk WEBSITE: www.richardsonsyacht.co.uk 01983 821095 BOAT GRAPHICS & HULL STRIPES Naughty Gull Marine Graphics Craglyn, Rock Lane, Corley, CV7 8BD EMAIL: sales@naughtygull.co.uk WEBSITE: www.naughtygull.co.uk

01676 540769

BOAT SALES / BROKERS Ancasta International Boat Sales Port Hamble Marina, Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4NN EMAIL: enquiries@ancasta.com WEBSITE: www.ancasta.com 02380 450000

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Berthon Boat Company Ltd The Shipyard, Bath Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 3YL EMAIL: enquiries@berthon.co.uk WEBSITE: www.berthon.co.uk 01590 673312 Boston Whaler UK Dorset Lake Shipyard, Lake Yard, Lake Drive, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4DT EMAIL: sales@bostonwhaler.co.uk WEBSITE: www.bostonwhaler.co.uk 01202 674531 The Association of Brokers & Yacht Agents The Glass Works, Penns Road, Petersfield, GU32 2EW EMAIL: info@abya.co.uk WEBSITE: www.abya.co.uk 01730 710425 BOAT TRANSPORT / YACHT DELIVERY Berthon Boat Company Ltd The Shipyard, Bath Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 3YL EMAIL: enquiries@berthon.co.uk WEBSITE: www.berthon.co.uk 01590 673312 Boat Transport Ltd The Mainstay, 7 Fairview Drive, Southampton, SO45 5GX EMAIL: info@boattransport.co.uk WEBSITE: www.boattransport.co.uk

07831 486710

Shoreline Yacht Transport 1 Hunston Villas, Main Road, Hunston, Chichester, PO20 1NR EMAIL: terry@boat-trans.co.uk WEBSITE: www.boat-trans.co.uk 01243 785370 BOATYARDS / BOATBUILDERS / REPAIRERS / MARINE SURVEYORS Berthon Boat Company Ltd The Shipyard, Bath Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 3YL EMAIL: enquiries@berthon.co.uk WEBSITE: www.berthon.co.uk 01590 673312 Boston Whaler UK Dorset Lake Shipyard, Lake Yard, Lake Drive, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4DT EMAIL: sales@bostonwhaler.co.uk WEBSITE: www.bostonwhaler.co.uk 01202 674531

0124 3 512228

www.hainesboatyard.com QUALITY CR AFTSM ANSHIP EXPERIENCE Haines Boatyard Itchenor, Chichester, PO20 7AN EMAIL: admin@hainesboatyard.com WEBSITE: www.hainesboatyard.com

01243 512228

Hamble Yacht Services Repair & Refit Port Hamble Marina, Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4NN EMAIL: info@hambleyachtservices.co.uk WEBSITE: www.hambleyachtservices.co.uk 02380 454111 Medina Yard Arctic Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7PG EMAIL: info@medinayard.co.uk WEBSITE: www.medinayard.co.uk

01983 203872

Richardson’s Yacht Services Island Harbour, Mill Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2LA EMAIL: info@richardsonsyacht.co.uk WEBSITE: www.richardsonsyacht.co.uk 01983 821095 CHANDLERS / CHARTS & PILOTAGE Berthon Boat Company Ltd The Shipyard, Bath Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 3YL EMAIL: enquiries@berthon.co.uk WEBSITE: www.berthon.co.uk 01590 673312 CHARTER BOATS / BOAT CRUISES / SAILING HOLIDAYS Britannia Corporate Events Unit A Waterside, 18 Marina Drive, Port Hamble Marina, Hamble, SO31 4PL EMAIL: Info@britanniaevents.co.uk WEBSITE: www.britanniaevents.co.uk 02380 458900

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SOLENT DIRECTORY Coastal Pursuits Charter Units 9-12 Saxon Wharf, Lower York Street, Southampton, SO14 5QF EMAIL: admin@coastalpursuits.co.uk WEBSITE: www.coastalpursuits.co.uk 02380 658790 Hamble Point Yacht Charters Hamble Point Marina, School Lane, Hamble, SO31 4JD EMAIL: info@yacht-charter.co.uk WEBSITE: www.yacht-charter.co.uk 02380 457110 CLOTHING / LEISUREWEAR

QUALITY CLOTHING & SAFETY KIT FOR SAILING KIDS 0-10YRS

www www.nipperskipper.co.uk CRANES / BOAT LIFTS / SLIPWAYS / HOISTS Cowes Yacht Haven Ltd Vectis Yard, High Street, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7BD EMAIL: info@cowesyachthaven.com WEBSITE: www.cowesyachthaven.com 01983 299975 Berthon Boat Company Ltd The Shipyard, Bath Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 3YL EMAIL: enquiries@berthon.co.uk WEBSITE: www.berthon.co.uk 01590 673312 Haines Boatyard Itchenor, Chichester, PO20 7AN EMAIL: admin@hainesboatyard.com WEBSITE: www.hainesboatyard.com

01243 512228

Hamble Yacht Services Repair & Refit Port Hamble Marina, Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4NN EMAIL: info@hambleyachtservices.co.uk WEBSITE: www.hambleyachtservices.co.uk 02380 454111 Lake Yard Dorset Lake Shipyard, Lake Yard, Lake Drive, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4DT EMAIL: office@lakeyard.com WEBSITE: www.lakeyard.com 01202 674531 Lymington Yacht Haven Kings Saltern Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 3QD EMAIL: lymington@yachthavens.com WEBSITE: www.yachthavens.com/lymington

01590 677071

Medina Yard Arctic Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7PG EMAIL: info@medinayard.co.uk WEBSITE: www.medinayard.co.uk

01983 203872

Richardson’s Yacht Services Island Harbour, Mill Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2LA EMAIL: info@richardsonsyacht.co.uk WEBSITE: www.richardsonsyacht.co.uk 01983 821095 ELECTRICAL / ELECTRONICS Greenham Regis Marine Electronics Itchenor EMAIL: sales@grenham-regis.com WEBSITE: www.greenham-regis.com

01243 511070

Greenham Regis Marine Electronics Lymington EMAIL: lymington@greenham-regis.com WEBSITE: www.greenham-regis.com

01590 671144

Greenham Regis Marine Electronics Poole EMAIL: poole@greenham-regis.com WEBSITE: www.greenham-regis.com

01202 676363

Greenham Regis Marine Electronics Southampton EMAIL: sales@greenham-regis.com WEBSITE: www.greenham-regis.com

02380 636555

PowerPlus Marine Ltd Unit 12, Cowes Yacht Haven, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7AY EMAIL: sales@powerplusmarine.co.uk WEBSITE: www.powerplusmarine.co.uk 01983 290421

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• Quality assured Volvo Penta engineering services • The most comprehensive stock of Volvo Penta parts and engines on the South Coast

PARTS & ACCESSORIES ENGINES SERVICE BOAT YARD SERVICES

• Lifting and launching services for Motorboats up to 62ft and Sailing Yachts up to 38ft in length

R.K.MARINE

The Power Behind Boats

01489 583572 (Service) 01489 583585 (Parts) www.rkmarine.co.uk Hamble River Boat Yard, Bridge Road, Swanwick, Southampton SO31 7EB

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SOLENT DIRECTORY ENGINES / OUTBOARDS / MARINE ENGINEERS Auto Marine Services 4 Blackbrook Business Park, Blackbrook Road, Fareham, PO15 5DR EMAIL: admin@automarineservices.co.uk WEBSITE: www.automarineservices.co.uk 01329 600430 Haines Boatyard Itchenor, Chichester, PO20 7AN EMAIL: admin@hainesboatyard.com WEBSITE: www.hainesboatyard.com

01243 512228

Hamble Yacht Services Repair & Refit Port Hamble Marina, Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4NN EMAIL: info@hambleyachtservices.co.uk WEBSITE: www.hambleyachtservices.co.uk 02380 454111 PowerPlus Marine Ltd Unit 12, Cowes Yacht Haven, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7AY EMAIL: sales@powerplusmarine.co.uk WEBSITE: www.powerplusmarine.co.uk 01983 290421 Richardson’s Yacht Services Island Harbour, Mill Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2LA EMAIL: info@richardsonsyacht.co.uk WEBSITE: www.richardsonsyacht.co.uk 01983 821095 R.K. Marine advert - see page 135 EVENT MANAGEMENT Britannia Corporate Events Unit A Waterside, 18 Marina Drive, Port Hamble Marina, Hamble, SO31 4PL EMAIL: Info@britanniaevents.co.uk WEBSITE: www.britanniaevents.co.uk 02380 458900 Coastal Pursuits Charter Units 9-12 Saxon Wharf, Lower York Street, Southampton, SO14 5QF EMAIL: admin@coastalpursuits.co.uk WEBSITE: www.coastalpursuits.co.uk 02380 658790 Solent Events Unit 6, Dell Buildings, Milford Road, Lymington, SO41 0ED EMAIL: admin@solent-events.co.uk WEBSITE: www.solent-events.co.uk

01590 674900

HOSPITALITY Cowes Yacht Haven Ltd Vectis Yard, High Street, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7BD EMAIL: info@cowesyachthaven.com WEBSITE: www.cowesyachthaven.com 01983 299975 Hamble Point Yacht Charters Hamble Point Marina, School Lane, Hamble, SO31 4JD EMAIL: info@yacht-charter.co.uk WEBSITE: www.yacht-charter.co.uk 02380 457110 MARINE SURVEYORS The Yacht Designers & Surveyors Association The Glass Works, Penns Road, Petersfield, GU32 2EW EMAIL: jane@ydsa.co.uk WEBSITE: www.ydsa.co.uk 01730 710425

MOTORBOAT AND YACHT SURVEYOR Tim Barker

+44 (0)7973 836499 tim@anchormarinesurveys.co.uk www.anchormarinesurveys.co.uk

MASTS / RIGGING / ROPE SYSTEMS Hamble Yacht Services Repair & Refit Port Hamble Marina, Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4NN EMAIL: info@hambleyachtservices.co.uk WEBSITE: www.hambleyachtservices.co.uk 02380 454111 Richardson’s Yacht Services Island Harbour, Mill Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2LA EMAIL: info@richardsonsyacht.co.uk WEBSITE: www.richardsonsyacht.co.uk 01983 821095 MOORINGS / BERTHS / BOAT STORAGE / DRY STACK Cowes Yacht Haven Ltd Vectis Yard, High Street, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7BD EMAIL: info@cowesyachthaven.com WEBSITE: www.cowesyachthaven.com 01983 299975 Cobb’s Quay Marina Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4EL EMAIL: cobbsquay@mdlmarinas.co.uk WEBSITE: www.cobbsquaymarina.co.uk

01202 674299

Berthon Boat Company Ltd The Shipyard, Bath Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 3YL EMAIL: enquiries@berthon.co.uk WEBSITE: www.berthon.co.uk 01590 673312 Birdham Pool Marina Birdham, Chichester, PO20 7BG EMAIL: info@castlemarinas.co.uk WEBSITE: www.castlemarinas.co.uk

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SOLENT DIRECTORY

VISITORS WELCOME! RELAX For a convenient, secure berth for your pride and joy, choose Town Quay Marina – and relax. • 24-hour berthing assistance and on-site team • Berth holder lounge area • Outstanding shower facilities • Chill out deck and BBQ area • Free wifi • Free cycle hire • TransEurope marina

CONTACT US TODAY 023 8023 4397 OR VISIT OUR WEBSITE WWW.TOWNQUAY.COM

THE CITY CENTRE MARINA OF CHOICE UK COASTAL MARINA OF THE YEAR 2016 RUNNER UP

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SOLENT DIRECTORY Deacons Marina Bridge Road, Bursledon, Southampton, SO31 8AZ EMAIL: berths@deaconsmarina.co.uk WEBSITE: www.deaconsmarina.co.uk

02380 402253

Drivers Dry Berthing Ltd Drivers Wharf, Southampton, SO14 0PF EMAIL: mail@dryberthing.com WEBSITE: www.dryberthing.com

02380 233302

East Cowes Marina Britannia Way, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO32 6UB EMAIL: berths@eastcowesmarina.co.uk WEBSITE: www.eastcowesmarina.co.uk

01983 293983

Folly Moorings River Medina EMAIL: follymoorings@hotmail.com

07884 400046 / 07974 864627

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

01243 512228

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

02380 452464

Haslar Marina Haslar Road, Gosport, PO12 1NU EMAIL: berths@haslarmarina.co.uk WEBSITE: www.haslarmarina.co.uk

02392 601201

Hythe Marina Village Shamrock Way, Hythe, Southampton, SO45 6DY EMAIL: hythe@mdlmarinas.co.uk WEBSITE: www.hythemarinavillage.co.uk

02380 207073

Island Harbour Marina Mill Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2LA EMAIL: info@island-harbour.co.uk WEBSITE: www.island-harbour.co.uk

01983 539994

Lake Yard Dorset Lake Shipyard, Lake Yard, Lake Drive, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4DT EMAIL: office@lakeyard.com WEBSITE: www.lakeyard.com 01202 674531 Lymington Yacht Haven Kings Saltern Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 3QD EMAIL: lymington@yachthavens.com WEBSITE: www.yachthavens.com/lymington

01590 677071

Medina Yard Arctic Road, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 7PG EMAIL: info@medinayard.co.uk WEBSITE: www.medinayard.co.uk

01983 203872

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

02380 455994

02392 466321

Ocean Village Marina 2 Channel Way, Southampton, SO14 3TG EMAIL: oceanvillage@mdlmarinas.co.uk WEBSITE: www.oceanvillagemarina.co.uk

02380 229385

Port Hamble Marina Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4QD EMAIL: porthamble@mdlmarinas.co.uk WEBSITE: www.porthamblemarina.co.uk

02380 452741

Quayside Marina Quayside Road, Southampton, SO18 1AD EMAIL: info@quaysidemarina.co.uk WEBSITE: www.quaysidemarina.co.uk

02380 238084

Royal Clarence Marina Weevil Lane, Gosport, PO12 1AX EMAIL: info@castlemarinas.co.uk WEBSITE: www.castlemarinas.co.uk

02392 523523

Saxon Wharf Lower York Street, Northam, Southampton, SO14 5QF EMAIL: saxonwharf@mdlmarinas.co.uk WEBSITE: www.saxonwharf.co.uk

02380 339490

Shamrock Quay William Street, Northam, Southampton, SO14 5QL EMAIL: shamrockquay@mdlmarinas.co.uk WEBSITE: www.shamrockquay.co.uk

02380 229461

Sparkes Marina Wittering Road, Hayling Island, PO11 9SR EMAIL: sparkes@mdlmarinas.co.uk WEBSITE: www.sparkesmarina.co.uk

02392 463572

PAINT / SPRAYING Richardson’s Yacht Services Island Harbour, Mill Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2LA EMAIL: info@richardsonsyacht.co.uk WEBSITE: www.richardsonsyacht.co.uk 01983 821095 PHOTOGRAPHERS / PHOTOGRAPHIC SERVICES Sam Kurtul Marine Photography Fishbourne, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 4ET EMAIL: sk@skurtul.co.uk WEBSITE: www.worldofthelens.co.uk

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SOLENT DIRECTORY PUBS / BARS The Breeze Restaurant & Bar Island Harbour, Mill Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2LA EMAIL: thebreeze@island-harbour.co.uk WEBSITE: www.island-harbour.co.uk/thebreeze 01983 533388 The Jolly Roger 156 Priory Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 4LQ EMAIL: enquiries@thejollyrogergosport.co.uk WEBSITE: www.thejollyrogergosport.co.uk

02392 582584

RESTAURANTS Lake Yard Dorset Lake Shipyard, Lake Yard, Lake Drive, Hamworthy, Poole, Dorset, BH15 4DT EMAIL: office@lakeyard.com WEBSITE: www.lakeyard.com 01202 674531 The Breeze Restaurant & Bar Island Harbour, Mill Lane, Newport, Isle of Wight, PO30 2LA EMAIL: thebreeze@island-harbour.co.uk WEBSITE: www.island-harbour.co.uk/thebreeze 01983 533388 The Shipyard Bar & Kitchen Anchor House, Bath Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 3YL EMAIL: lucie@the-shipyard.co.uk WEBSITE: www.the-shipyard.co.uk 01590 677705 RIB HIRE & CHARTER / SALES C2 RIBs Boat Charters Hamble Point Marina, School Lane, Hamble, SO31 4NB EMAIL: info@c2ribs.co.uk WEBSITE: www.c2ribs.co.uk 02380 010099 / 07956 339303 Coastal Pursuits Charter Units 9-12 Saxon Wharf, Lower York Street, Southampton, SO14 5QF EMAIL: admin@coastalpursuits.co.uk WEBSITE: www.coastalpursuits.co.uk 02380 658790

Rebel Marine

UNLEASH YOUR SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE!

RIB Rides & Charter Crew Transfers Corporate Events Team Building Photography 07495 234444 REBELMARINE.CO.UK REBELMARINE.CO.UK

Solent Rib Charter Unit 6, Dell Buildings, Milford Road, Lymington, SO41 0ED EMAIL: hannah@solentribcharter.co.uk WEBSITE: www.solentribcharter.co.uk

01590 607101

SAIL MAKERS Kemp Sails (Gosport) Endeavour Quay, Mumby Road, Gosport, PO12 1AH EMAIL: info@kempsails.com WEBSITE: www.kempsails.com

02392 808717

Kemp Sails (Wareham) The Sail Loft, Unit 16, Sandford Lane Industrial Estate, Wareham, BH20 4DY EMAIL: info@kempsails.com WEBSITE: www.kempsails.com 01929 554308 OneSails GBR (South) Hamble Point Marina, School Lane, Hamble, SO31 4JD EMAIL: south@onesails.co.uk WEBSITE: www.onesails.com

02380 458213

Paul Newell Sails 6 Redwing Quay, The Embankment, Bembridge, Isle of Wight, PO35 5PB EMAIL: newellsails@gmail.com WEBSITE: www.paulnewellsails.com 01983 872834 SAILING & POWER SCHOOLS Coastal Pursuits Charter Units 9-12 Saxon Wharf, Lower York Street, Southampton, SO14 5QF EMAIL: admin@coastalpursuits.co.uk WEBSITE: www.coastalpursuits.co.uk 02380 658790 Hamble Point Sailing School Hamble Point Marina, School Lane, Hamble, SO31 4JD EMAIL: info@yacht-school.co.uk WEBSITE: www.yacht-school.co.uk 02380 457110 WATER TAXIS Folly Launch VHF Ch 72 Call Sign “Follly Launch” EMAIL: follymoorings@hotmail.com Folly Waterbus (VHF Ch 77 Call Sign “Folly Waterbus” EMAIL: follywaterbus@hotmail.com

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07974 864627


SOLENT DIRECTORY WEATHER Rowell Yachting Services St Just-in-Roseland, Cornwall, TR2 5HY EMAIL: simon_rowellyachtingservices.com WEBSITE: www.rowellyachtingservices.com

01326 279131

YACHT & RACE MANAGEMENT Hamble Yacht Services Repair & Refit Port Hamble Marina, Satchell Lane, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4NN EMAIL: info@hambleyachtservices.co.uk WEBSITE: www.hambleyachtservices.co.uk 02380 454111 YACHT CLUBS & ASSOCIATIONS Hornet Services Sailing Club Haslar Road, Gosport, Hants, PO12 2AQ EMAIL: hornetsailing@btconnect.com WEBSITE: www.hornetservicessailing.org.uk

02392 580403

Marchwood Yacht Club Marchwood, Southampton, SO40 4AD EMAIL: secretary@marchwoodyc.org.uk WEBSITE: www.marchwoodyc.org.uk 02380 666141 / 07929 205748 Royal Lymington Yacht Club Bath Road, Lymington, Hampshire, SO41 3SE EMAIL: sail@rlymyc.org.uk WEBSITE: www.rlymyc.org.uk Royal Thames Yacht Club 60 Knightsbridge, London, SW1X 7LF EMAIL: sailing@royalthames.com WEBSITE: www.royalthames.com

01590 672677

0207 2035 2121

Royal Victoria Yacht Club 91 Fishbourne Lane, Fishbourne, Ryde, Isle of Wight, PO33 4EU EMAIL: office@rvyc.org.uk WEBSITE: www.rvyc.org.uk 01983 882325

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3

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5

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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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5h

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ADVERTISERS’ INDEX

22 Castle Road 132 Greenham Regis Marine Electronics 24 Ward Avenue 132 134,135 ABYA 39,96,133 Gulet Cruise Croatia 37 Albert Cottage 83 Gunwharf Quays 101 Allspars 27 Haines Boatyard 133,134,136,138 Anarchy Sailing Yacht Charters 141 Hamble Point Marina 138 Ancasta International Boat Sales 5,132 Hamble Point Sailing School 140 Anchor Marine Surveys 136 Hamble Point Yacht Charters 134, 136 Anne Toms’ Gallery 130 Hamble Yacht Services 110,133,134,136,140 Auto Marine Services 136 Hamo Thornycroft 139 Beken of Cowes 139 Haslar Marina 138 Bembridge Powerboat Training 73 HTP Training 75 Berthon Boat Company Ltd Hornet Services Sailing Club 141 89,132,133,133,134,136 Hythe Marina Village 138 Big Screen Media 57 Island Harbour Marina 13,138 Birdham Pool Marina 136 Isle of Wight Motorhomes 107 Boat Transport Ltd 133 Jillian Charters 161 Boskalis Westminster Ltd 44 Kemp Sails 140, 150-156, Boston Whaler UK 133 Lake Yard 98, 134, 138, 140 Britannia Events 133, 136 Lymington Yacht Haven 91, 134, 138 Britannia House 132 Marchwood Yacht Club 141 C2 Ribs Boat Charters 140 Marine Power 120 Coastal Pursuits Charter & Training MDL Management 119, 134, 136, 140 62,63,69,95,111,117 Cobb’s Quay Marina 136 Medina Yard 9,133,134,137,138 Cowes Week 55 Mercury Yacht Harbour 138 Cowes Yacht Haven Mike’s School of Motoring 80 9,134,136,142-148 Naughty Gull Marine Graphics 29,132 Craftinsure 26 Neil Williams 125 Deacons Marina 138 Nipper Skipper 134 Dean & Reddyhoff Ltd Back Cover Northney Marina 138 Drivers Dry Berthing 116, 138 Noss Mayo 132 Dryrobe 53 Nuno Navigator 22 East Cowes Marina 138 Ocean Village Marina 138 Firstaway Yacht Charters 28 OneSails GBR South 140 Folly Launch 140 Paul Newell Sails 140 Folly Moorings 138 Paul Wyeth Marine Photography 139 Folly Waterbus 140 PC Consultants 114 Gosport Ferry 106

Photo: Paul Wyeth

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Poole Quay Boat Haven 97 Songbird Villa 132 Port Hamble Marina 138 Sparkes Marina 138 Spinlock 19 PowerPlus Marine 134,136 Tag Design & Print 159 Quayside Marina 138 The Blueprint Regatta 21 Quentin House 132 The Boat House Café, Chichester 71 Rebel Marine 140 The Breeze Restaurant & Bar 81,140 Richardson’s Yacht Services The Garlic Farm 79 74,132,133,134,136,138 The Jolly Roger 100,140 Rick Tomlinson Photography 139 The New Inn 93 R.K. Marine 135 The Price is Wight 115 Rowell Yachting Services 33 The Royal Hotel 124,162 Royal Clarence Marina 138 The Shipyard Bar & Kitchen 140 Royal Lymington Yacht Club 141 Town Quay Marina, Southampton 137 Royal Thames Yacht Club 141 TransEurope Marinas 60 Royal Victoria Yacht Club 127,141 UKSA 2 Sail Week Croatia 35 Vanity 127 Sam Kurtul Marine Photography 138 Vecwash 76 Sapphire Yachting 51,131 Venture Sailing 149,157 Saxon Wharf 138 Visit Isle of Wight 25,77,82,125,129 Sevenstar Yacht Transport Visit My Harbour 78 42,43,45,47,49,51 Winning Tides 20 Shamrock Quay 138 Wroath Marine 134 Shoreline Yacht Transport 133 Yacht Discovery 163 Solent Cruising & Racing Association 59 YDSA 39,96,136 Solent Events 136 Solent Rib Charter 140

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS There are many people to thank for their help with this seventh 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, Rick Tomlinson, 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: Alex Thomson, Graham Sunderland, Craig Nutter, Simon Rowell, Rolex Fastnet, 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. In memory of Steve Sleight

Produced and published by Inspired Media & Events Ltd. Printed by Bishops Printers, Portsmouth. While every care has been taken in compiling this book the publishers do not accept any liability or provide any guarantee that the information is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. Inspired Media & Events Ltd and its employees and contractors have used their best efforts in preparing these pages and this publication. Inspired Media & Events Ltd and its employees and contractors make no warranty of any kind, expressed or implied, with regard to the information supplied. Inspired Media & Events Ltd and its employees and contractors shall not be liable in the event of incidental or consequential damages in connection with, or arising out of, the providing of the information offered here.

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