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Following another record breaking year. the Branch can look forward to a busy season of talks, visits and conferences across the region.

Looking back , it was very pleasing for the Branch to be highly commended as“Amazing People” at a ceremony run by the Solent Education of Business Partnership for the work we do at local careers exhibitions The award was collected on our behalf by our Vice- Chairman, Captain Goff Renshaw, who by co-incidence received a special award at this year's RIN AGM for his work for the Solent Branch over many years.

With its links with the Warsash Maritime Academy, Southampton University RN Unit and local CCF Cadets, the Branch seeks to bring the next generation into contact the RIN. The winner of the RIN John Milner memorial prize for navigation this year at the WMA was Richard Porter of the Carnival Line. Poor weather prevented the Southampton URNU vessel HMS Trumpeter joining us as usual for our annual meeting at the Royal Lymington YC but this did not deter her CO and Midshipmen coming round by car - they make good company. They were able to hear from our Director, Peter Chapman- Andrews, how he navigated the Royal Yacht and HMS Ark Royal in the era of the sextant and hand held lead line for depth soundings!

Looking forward to next season, there are already 12 dates on the plot for Branch and Special Interest Group events in the region. These will stretch from Lymington in the west to Goodwood in the east and will include very varied topics covering navigation on land, marine and in the air.

At our first meeting of the season, on 10th Sept, will be on board the historic vessel, SS Shieldhall in Southampton to hear about how the latest surveying techniques were used in the recovery of the MV Costa Concordia. As will be seen on the programme, this will be followed by the Southampton Boat Show, where Solent Branch Members will be assisting the Small Craft SIG on the RIN stand. Do come and see us.

On 16th October, at the Warsash Academy, we will learn about the Ship's Master and Pilot relationship. Later on the month we will again be taking part in a major event for young people at the Southampton Cruise Terminal.

November will be a month of contrasts. On 12th November at Goodwood, we will be able to hear about secret cold war flying espionage. On Sat 29th November, for a one day seminar the topic is weather and sailing. December will bring with it the opportunity to visit the new MCA centre near Fareham – members only for these visits.

2015 promises to be equally busy and varied, culminating with the always popular flying and sailing weekend based on Gosport and Lee-on-Solent on 13th/14th June 2015

Last but not least, please do use the website. On it you will find programme details, recent “news” and dedicated links to much information such as weather reports and tidal times.

Local contacts - Mike Highwood -
John Cairns -

  • 19 August 2014
  • Solent Branch

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