King's Harbour Master Portsmouth

LNTM No 76/21

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the Queen's Harbour Master Portsmouth that a Cross Solent Swim will take place on Saturday 2 October 2021, between Gilkicker and Ryde Sands. In the event of adverse weather, the swim will be postponed until Sunday 3 October.

2. Three 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 / FLEX’ (LOA 5.5m blue RHIB).  There will be two other support vessels, ‘NAUTUS’ (LOA 6.5m grey RHIB), and ‘PHAME’ (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 1230 on Saturday (1330 on Sunday) and completing by approximately 1600 (1630 on Sunday). 

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 4 October 2021.


Tuesday 28 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.