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  • 09 Apr 2024 10:52 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    MDL Marinas and our return partner  DP World invite you to take part in the grand homecoming parade for Maiden and her crew

    We are thrilled to announce that the  2024 South Coast & Green Tech Boat Show will feature a special welcome home parade for the crew of Maiden from 08.00 Saturday 20th April, marking a jubilant highlight at this year’s show.

    Renowned for its showcase of global power and sail brands and sustainable boating solutions, the South Coast & Green Tech boat show will celebrate and honour the epic journey of world-famous Maiden and her intrepid all-female crew.

    Following a six-year World Tour, raising awareness and funds for Girls’ Education around the world, and seven months competing in her last round the world race, Maiden will be returning to our flagship  Ocean Village Marina, from where she departed on her epic 27,000-mile global navigation last September. The iconic marina offers the perfect backdrop to host the illustrious vessel for a celebration to remember.

    We are inviting all boat owners and skippers to join in with the official homecoming parade, taking place in front of thousands of show goers and other spectators, as well as the local and national press. Offering some of the best vantage points to view Maiden’s arrival, boats in the harbour are in prime position to soak up the exciting atmosphere.

    Boat owners and skippers are invited to participate by joining the flotilla alongside Maiden for the Parade of Sail as she makes her way from Cowes to Ocean Village. The welcome home parade aims to recreate the triumphant scene of Maiden's legendary homecoming to Ocean Village Marina in 1990, skippered by iconic sailor Tracy Edwards MBE alongside the first ever all-female crew after their ground-breaking finish in the Whitbread Round the World Race, changing the face of sailing for women around the world and inspiring them to follow their dreams.

    Leading provider of smart logistics solutions, DP World is the Return Partner and title sponsor of The Maiden Factor, championing Maiden and her crew throughout their epic world tour and race. The monies raised through The Maiden Factor Foundation charity have benefited charities around the world, helping to inspire and empower girls through education, which neatly ties in with DP World’s ‘Our World, Our Future’ sustainability strategy, focussing on three legacy areas: Women, Education and Water.


    If you're unable to join the Parade of Sail, then you can still book tickets aboard Ocean Scene to welcome Maiden home to Southampton as she finishes her six-year World Tour and final ever race.


    Images: © The Maiden Factor - Kaia Bint Savage and
    © Kurt Arrigo/Jarhead Young Sailors

    Copyright © 2024 Marina Developments Limited, all rights reserved.

  • 05 Mar 2024 10:32 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What a packed evening this promised to be.

    You needed to be there, really you did!!

    To read the full Report, please click on this link ...........

    New Members, Launch of 2024 Summer Rally Programme, Summer Cruise Update 0324.pdf

  • 27 Feb 2024 11:59 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Talk Report - Ropes & Rigging - "What can go Wrong?" - Martin Bean of Spencer Rigging, Cowes

    Complete with a box containing examples of broken and damaged rigging bits, Martin turned up smiling, knowing that he was going to challenge the audience to diagnose and solve a good number of rigging issues, all caught on camera.

    Were we all experts by the end of the evening??

    You'll need to read the full Report. Click on this link ....

    Talk Report - Ropes and Rigging - What can go Wrong 270224.pdf

  • 23 Feb 2024 17:05 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    A reasonable number of people came along to the Papercourt Clubhouse to hear of other skipper's tales of woe and anguish, but to be honest, everyone had tales to tell!!

    It was a very interesting evening, with plenty of laughter. No names (well, not many) will be mentioned in the Report, which can be found if you follow this link:

    Workshop How did that Happen PA 230224.pdf

    Our next Talk is by Martin Bean, from Spencer Rigging regarding "Rope and Rigging - What can possibly Go Wrong?".

    Tuesday 27th February 2024, usual time 20:00, usual place, and it will also be on Zoom, with a link being sent out on Sunday.

  • 09 Feb 2024 11:37 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    So yet another good turn-out at the Club and on Zoom - this time for a fascinating, and very well received talk on ocean Facts, Fiction and Myths.

    Far too many really for me to even hint at ...... so you'd best read the Report!

    Follow this link to read the Report. Click here:

    Talk Report - Myths and Legends of the Oceans.pdf

  • 02 Feb 2024 12:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Well .... it was a fairly stormy evening for those souls who braved the elements to attend this talk at the Clubhouse ...... just like a normal Summer's day on the Solent in fact!!

    In spite of of this, we broke all recent records for attendance at a Winter Talk, with 52 Members in evidence including Zoom.

    The Talk itself was fascinating, full of detail that could only be obtained from deep and careful investigation into each site and circumstances. It was sometimes a bit like CSI.

    To read the full report, please click on this link ....

    Talk Report - 6 Solent Wrecks by Maritime Archaeological Trust 230124.pdf

  • 28 Dec 2023 20:11 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To help those members who need to plan many months in advance, we have today published the preliminary rally programme for Summer 2024.  We do not envisage any date or destination changes, and will update this programme with details of dining arrangements as soon as we are able.

  • 16 Dec 2023 19:10 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Well there it was ..... the last Social Event of the 50th Golden Jubilee year.

    Did we manage to eat and drink the Commodore out of house and home?

    Who did win the key trophies?

    Did the members sing Christmas Carols using candlelight to see by?

    Well it was a "wrap" for the year! To find out more, and the answers to these searching questions, follow the link here .......

    Commodore's Christmas Party _ Awards 121223.docx

  • 06 Dec 2023 12:44 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Let me just give you a few words: Storm Olga, ARC, Maury, Galapagos, Pilot Chart, Rangiroa, Tahiti, Tonga, Medicanes, Bali, Mumbai, Salalah, Pirates.

    Winds that didn’t blow, doldrums that only lasted for 45 minutes, December hurricanes that had only happened 4 times in the past century. Rain, rain, and rain, tropical storms of lightning circles – they saw it all.

    To read more about the Round the World adventures, click on this link:

    Talk Report - Sailing in a Changing Climate - Steve Everett.pdf

  • 04 Dec 2023 21:33 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tony has prepared the rota for the first quarter of 2024.  Please check here or on the members page for details.  The full rota will be issued early next year.

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