Shrimper Owners Association
Solent & Chichester

Welcome to the Solent & Chichester Regional Page

Here we would like to introduce you to our beautiful protected waters of The Solent and Chichester Harbour.

SOA 2003 010.jpgWe enjoy safe sheltered sailing in an area that provides unlimited potential for fun, adventure, exciting sailing ( or relaxing - you choose! ) lots of pottering possibilites and peaceful anchorages that are out of reach to most of the larger craft but perfect for our small but seaworthy Shrimpers. 


Protected by the Isle of Wight the Solent has many safe and beautiful harbours, many ideally suited to the shallow draft of the Shrimper but all providing a uniquely different character to the visiting sailor. Chichester is arguably the ideal Shrimper harbour in which it is possible to sail and explore it's many different creeks in almost any weather. 

Rafted up in Yarmouth

Each season we put together a variety of events and cruises exploring the different areas of the Solent and Chichester. Some events are at weekends, other 2-5 day trips are usually held mid week and we  have our flagship event SOLENT CRUISE WEEK lasting a full week during which we try to include many harbours and cover more sea miles.

At the western end of the Solent we have a choice of lovely places to visit for a day sail or a stopover.  On the Isle of Wight we visit Yarmouth, Newtown, the Medina river and Island Harbour.  On the mainland we can go to the Beaulieu river and Keyhaven.  Plenty of hustle and bustle or peace and quiet.  If the natural world is your interest we can tempt you with sightings of seals, dolphins, red squirrels and recently sea eagles!

The two regions are now organised separately with events for each region co-ordinated by;-

West Solent -Jacquie Frampton,  Noggin the Nog (21) 103

Chichester/East Solent - John Montgomery,  Blue Moon (21) 65


Any local owners who moor their Shrimpers in Chichester may wish to contact Gerry McGeehan (Sniff 756) who arranges weekday  cruises in Chichester harbour during the season.  07428060788


Trev and Martin 2008.JPGAs time progresses we hope to provide regular news of forthcoming events, reports on recent events and any other items of interest to our region. Please keep an eye on the 'Latest News'  box on the Home Page page as well as this page to stay up to date.

 If you keep your Shrimper in the Solent or Chichester regions you are very welcome to join in with all the events we arrange.




Please take a look at the items listed below. (click on the blue links)

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Click Here to read a report on Solent Cruise Week 2010 Mike Hunter & Julia. Slatter  (Redwing 881)

Click Here to view Tim Reid's ( Fairmaid 845 ) excellent photos of Solent Cruise week 2009  (password gale08)

Click here for a lovely report from Mike Shearman on his first 'Mini Cruise' experience. 2009

Click here to read the collection of Poems from Solent Cruise week 2009.

 Click here to read Olaf Petersen's log of Solent Cruise Week to Poole 2011


If you would like anything added to this page please contact:-  

John Montgomery   Blue Moon (21) 65 

Jacquie Frampton Noggin the Nog (21)

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