Solent Section Introduction

Welcome to the Solent Section

The Solent Section is active and friendly, with a series of summer Meets or rallies and a winter programme of nautical interest lectures with ‘club’ suppers and occasionally more formal social events. Members include not only those who live around the Solent area, but also those who may live a distance away but keep their boats in the Solent, and those who spend the winter in the UK, with their boats in the Mediterranean or Baltic.

The Solent Area

The Solent is a unique local cruising area enjoyed by yachting and boating people for generations. There are many creeks and harbours suitable for deep or shoal draft craft and for those that can take the ground. The Solent has extremes from a quiet beauty to a busy commercial bustle.

Often busy in the summer on fine weekends, excellent sailing can be enjoyed during the week even at high season, and especially out of season or when the weather makes offshore sailing too uncomfortable.

Cruising Association members enjoying the Solent may be just ‘shaking down’ before the season’s cruise to foreign shores, or maybe they won’t be cruising away this year. Others may have done their long distance cruising and now just wish to enjoy the Solent, or maybe it is work or family commitments that are restricting distance sailing.

Where We Meet

Summer events may take place anywhere in the Solent and occasionally further afield. They usually include a meal in a nearby yacht club or hostelry, and visits to places of interest are often arranged. Most evening meetings start with an optional Club Supper at 1900 and the talk at 2000 hrs and are held at a Hamble yacht club or restaurant. Guests are always welcome.

Being Part of Our Section

The Section has seasonal newsletters and news items are published in the quarterly CA Cruising magazine. The Section news and programme are also published on the CA website, all of which help keep Section members up to date with what is going on.

We welcome new members and encourage them to volunteer to help with the running of the Section such as writing-up an event for the magazine, or organising an event. There are many other opportunities to be involved that help new members get to know other members and give something back to the CA.

Forthcoming Events

Winter Programme

Friday February 17th 2017 – Mick Millis on ‘Tall Ships and the Tall Ships International Races’

Mick is the Assistant Race Director of STI and his talk will include coverage of a voyage in a Tall Ships race from Sydney to Auckland.

At the Waters Edge Restaurant Mercury Marina, Hamble with bar from 18.00, supper at 19.00 and talk at 20.00. More details with a Booking Form to follow. See here for further information.

Friday March 10th 2017 – Jeremy Batch - Expanding Horizons: One Hundred (and nine) Years of Cruising and other things

Mainly the history of the CA set against a background of a century of developments in leisure boating and marine technology.

At the Waters Edge Restaurant Mercury Marina, Hamble with bar from 18.00, supper at 19.00 and talk at 20.00.See here for further information.

To see other seminars and lectures organised by members of the CA see here.

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