King's Harbour Master Portsmouth

LNTM No 119/23

1. NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN by the King's Harbour Master Portsmouth that a Cross Solent Swim will take place on Friday 20 October 2023 between Gilkicker and Ryde Sands.

2. Four 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 / BLUETOOTH’ (LOA 8m dark blue RHIB), callsign MIBD7, MMSI 232029668. There will be one other support vessel: ‘SHY SHARK’ (LOA 4.5m light grey RHIB) MMSI 235016877. 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 1630. 

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 21 October 2023.

Tuesday 17 Oct 2023

King'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.