King's Harbour Master Portsmouth

LNTM No 71/21

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Queen's Harbour Master Portsmouth that a Cross Solent Swim will take place on Saturday 18 September 2021, between Gilkicker and Ryde Sands. 

2. Twelve swimmers will be participating in the crossing. Each swimmer will be accompanied by a kayaker acting as an individual support craft. The lead support vessel is ‘SWIM CONTROL / AON’, MMSI 232015705 (LOA 8m grey RHIB).  There will be four other support vessels, ‘REBEL ANCHORMAN’, MMSI 23501687, (LOA 10m blue multi role catamaran), ‘BLUETOOTH’ (LOA 8m blue RHIB), ‘NORMAN B’, (LOA 5m red/black RHIB) and ‘ILLIOS’ (LOA 6m grey RHIB). A listening watch will be maintained on VHF Ch11 and Ch12 throughout.

3. The swim route is from Gilkicker to Ryde Sands, starting at 1330 and completing by approximately 1700. 

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

5. 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. 

6. Cancel this Local Notice to Mariners 19 September 2021.


Wednesday 15 Sep 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.