Solent Cruise Saturday 29th September 2018

Members should assemble at the South East end of the Seasalter Car Park, Hillhead, near the Seafarer Sailing Club and slipway. ( Post code PO14 3LU)

There will be powerboat support on this cruise.

A day cruise around the Solent area. Ryde, Cowes, Bembridge, Newtown Creek, Portsmouth Harbour, Beaulieu River, and other spots in Southampton Water are all within a day's cruising range. Boats must be adequate for these waters and generally a Miracle is the smallest of the Club's classes that is suitable. Boats should be equipped for a day's cruising with an anchor and warp, tow line, bailers, oars or paddles, spares, a change of clothes, food and drink. Helms should have adequate experience.  Please be rigged and ready to sail by 10.30 am. There will be a briefing there at 10.00 am. on the day.

Unfortunately, heavy weather meant that the 2017 Solent Cruise was cancelled but do read the report on the 2016 cruise below so you know what to expect.

How to book:

A reminder is sent out before each cruise. You phone or email me to book a place the Wednesday before, by 9pm. If you would like extra support; to crew for someone; someone to crew for you, let me know when you book. If you have booked on the cruise and it needs to be cancelled, you will be notified on the Friday before by 9pm.

What you need:

If you are new to Cruising please take time to read Safe Cruising with CMYC
Beth Clark
Cruising Co-ordinator
Tel: 01342 714599 / 07986 130735


No not the Auld Mug

The 23rd July was the date in the Mariners Diaries for the Mariners first big cruising event of the year, the Solent Cruise. Meanwhile off Southsea a sailing sideshow was to take place with one Sir Ben Ainslie attempting to wrest the “Auld Mug” back from the Americans having helped them win it just a few years back.

The forecast was favourable, SW 3-4 and 5 boats arrived and were rigged in Seasalters car park at Hillhead. Allan Sarah and I were joined by the ship’s dog, Isla the spaniel. The tides were East going and I briefed the sailors with a passage plan towards Bembridge. Launching was uneventful and the 5 dinghies accompanied by Bob and Izac in the support boat set off down the Solent. Dave Monk had a problem with his spinnaker but soon sorted it and caught up the rest of the fleet off the Browndown buoy. Many spectator boats were heading across to get a good view of the America’s Cup racing and we kept well clear of them and of the spectator boat area. Keeping off Ryde sands made for a smooth trip and we all rounded Southsea and headed up into Bembridge Harbour. Being the first day of the school holidays and a fine and sunny day we found the beach more crowded than on previous visits.

After a picnic ashore complete with picnic mats and candelabra we headed back. I put one reef in the Victoria anticipating increased wind and chop as the sea breeze filled and met what was now a west going spring tide. This proved to be about right and the five boats made a very fast if somewhat wet passage back to Hillhead. We were met there by a friendly team from the Seafarer Sailing Club who provided assistance with their club tractor to haul our boats up the beach. It made light work of what would otherwise have been a difficult manual task. We were invited in to the club house for refreshments.

Bembridge picnic

All in all a memorable cruise. Isla the spaniel has now dried out and looks forward to the next cruise.


Laurie & Steve off Hayling Island

Heading out into the Solent