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Solent Branch News September 2013

It's been a hectic twleve months for the Solent Branch - and we're looking forward to more in the future.

With a new programme season shortly to be underway, the RIN can look back on very busy year in this region. In the 12 month period just ending, there were eighteen events, ranging from Lymington in the west to Tangmere in the east in fourteen different locations.

The Solent Branch places a particular emphasis on seeking to take navigation to young people. This it does in a number of ways, for example by taking part in two exhibitions a year for local schools. These attract in the order of 3000 teenagers. Our stand, with its “hands-on” displays, including a bridge simulator is always popular - many thanks to Transas Marine Ltd for their help in this respect. Against this background, it was very pleasing to note at the AGM that our new President sees this as an area on which he will wish to focus RIN effort.

Another local educational link is with the Southampton RN University Unit and their patrol boat HMS Blazer. They support our annual visit to the Royal Lymington Yacht Club, which they combine with giving local Sea Cadets a day's sea experience. Most important is our link with the Warsash Maritime Academy, which to some extent is our local base where we hold at least two events a year and our committee meetings. This year's winner of the RIN's John Milner memorial prize for navigation at the WMA was Erik Lundgren.

Once again our links with the RIN's Special Interest Groups have been important, of particular note are HANG's meetings at Tangmere and the SCG's invaluable work running the RIN stand at the Southampton Boat Show.

Looking Forward - Following broadly, the successful pattern of the previous years, the planning of the local events for next season is well under way. Our programme to December is now complete, with still some work to to be done in respect of Jan 2014 and onward – suggestions are always welcome.

In September, Solent Branch members will be helping to man the RIN stand at the Southampton Boat Show, after which we will be holding our first branch meeting to hear from “Pinky” Grogott how wild life navigate above and below the waves. This meeting will be on the historic vessel “Shieldhall” in Southampton on Tuesday 24th Sept 2013.

Safety in the Solent is an important regional matter, in particular the big ship - small craft interface. This issue will be brought sharply into focus following a Cowes Week collision two years ago which has resulted in the yacht owner being prosecuted by the MCA . The case will be heard in October and could last five days. Against this background our October and November meetings could be very relevant, both will be at the Warsash Maritime Academy.

In October, Matthew Winter, local pilotage manager will be talking about the Port of Southampton and its restricted waters. The speaker for our November meeting is Vice- Admiral Paul Boissier, CEO of the RNLI. The title of his talk is “How Long Should a Yacht Stand On?”

We have not overlooked the lighter side of sailing and life in the Solent. In late November, the topic of our meeting is J-Class racing off Cowes in the 1930s. The basis of this talk is some recently found old film of racing as it was years ago. An event not to missed. For details of this and our other events, see the Solent events section of the website.

  • 08 September 2013
  • Solent Branch

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