King's Harbour Master Portsmouth

LNTM No 49/21

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Queen's Harbour Master Portsmouth that two Cross Solent Swim will take place on Wednesday 21 July 2021, between Gilkicker and Ryde Sands. 

2. Twelve swimmers will be participating in each crossing. Every swimmer will be accompanied by a kayaker acting as an individual support craft. The lead support craft has the call sign ‘Swim Control / LIGHTNING REBEL’, MMSI 235114063 (LOA 9.5m) grey RHIB. There are two other support craft, ‘REBEL PROTECTOR’ (LOA 7.5m) black RHIB and ‘BEACH REBEL’ (LOA 7m) grey RHIB. A listening watch will be maintained on VHF Ch11 and Ch12 throughout.

3. The outbound swim route is from Ryde Sands to Gilkicker, starting at 1200 and completing by approximately 1500.

4. The return swim route is from Gilkicker to Ryde Sands starting at 1700 and completing by approximately 2000.

5. All support craft will display the International Code Flag ‘ALPHA’ while escorting the swimmers. 

6. Mariners are requested to keep a good lookout and pass well clear of the swimmers and the support craft during their crossing of the Solent. 

7. Cancel this Local Notice to Mariners 24 July 2021.


Friday 16 Jul 2021

Queen's Harbour Master

Owners, Agents, Charterers, Marinas, Yacht Clubs and Recreational Sailing Organisations should ensure that the contents of this Notice are made known to the masters or persons in charge of their vessels or craft.