The RIB Owners' Club (Solent) was conceived in a comment made by an owner telling us how much he would enjoy meeting other owners. We took that thought and have developed it into an annual programme of events that will have something for all RIB owners, big and small. Our vision for the RIB Owners’ Club has its heart in this simple beginning - listening to Owners' about how they want to use their RIBs and turning it into a reality. To see the fun being had by Owners' go to the RIB Owners Club Facebook page
The overall strategy for the Owners' Club is for our team to offer the events and do all the work behind the scenes to enable you to recognise the full potential of the life style choice of owning a RIB. We want you to get the most from your ownership, from discovering hidden gems around the Solent to voyaging to places overseas! The events will range from pure relaxation to adventure and sporting fun, but they will all involve enjoyment of your RIB.
The Club is intended to be all about you, your family and friends. There are popular annual favourites (like Wight Dash when we circumnavigate the IOW) but your feedback will be essential to ensure the success of the Owners’ Club and to keep it fresh and fun. In short if we are not doing what you want we need to hear your views.
This is your club and we want to make it work for you. You share your ideas and we will do the work to make them a reality.
Wight Dash - Saturday 6th June 2020 (resheduled due to COVID 19)
This is now an annual favourite and is always a great start to the season to blow away the cobwebs, catch up with old friends and meet new RIB Owners Club members. We'll circumnavigate the IOW in approx 4 hours when we include the stops to collect everyone up. We'll take a break "round the back" and break out the flasks and biscuits followed by a photo op at the Needles before coming back up The Solent. We will have a celebration drink on completion in Warsash with a free berth on the marina if you need one.
Approx start time will be 1100hrs (TTBC) from Hamble with pick up points on the way to Bembridge.
Ski Sundowner - Postponed due to Social distancing problems when training waterskiers
This year we have taken the popular Ski Sunday and made it an evening event - Ski Sundowner. What better way to finish a busy week by kicking off the weekend with a sundown ski before a sundown drink? This is open to all comers, kids to adults, and we can provide some kit to get you started if you have never tried waterskiing or wakeboarding before. We will be on hand to help teach and train people of all standards.
Please note that experience has taught us that 6 yrs old is as young as we can go and still get a child up on their feet independently so be careful what you promise. Plenty of members have inflatables that will be a great starter for the young ones.
Sandy Shindig - Saturday 13th June 2020 - TBC due to COVID 19
Langstone Harbour is home to more varieties of wadding birds than anywhere in Europe due to the intertidal area producing mudlflats, salt marshes and sea grass meadows over a third of the harbour. Near the entrance of the harbour are beautiful sandy (as in no stones just sand) sanbanks that uncover at low tide and these are our destination. We will be able to beach the RIBs on this soft sand and build sand castles, picnic, and play beach games until mid afternoon when the tide comes up again. The tides on this day work well for us to arrive late morning and enjoy the sand for hours before leaving for a blast home.
Langstone Harbour is also home to one of the best waterskiing areas in the country. The sandbars protect the water in the harbour and in the middle of the ski area is a huge raft (removed in 2019, a new one will no doubt repalce it in 2020) big enough to secure alongside and take dozens of people. The only Caveat is you need to be a member of the Langstone Harbour Waterskiing Association to use the ski area, come along and check it out, they will welcome new members if you fancy it.
Alderney Race - Friday 10th - Sunday 12th July 2020
In 2019 we took 7 RIBs to Alderney for our first cross channel event. Despite the outbound trip being a bit of a mission we had a great time exploring this amazing island by foot and bike along with excellent food and drink in good company at The Braye Beach Hotel. The trip home was done in two hours in a F4 and everyone was happy. We'd like to repeat this experience in 2020. The difference being the weather for the trip out and starting a bit earlier on the Friday to get more from the weekend. We are open to helping set up a Channel Island cruise for those that want it by way of expanding this event a little.
To make the the journey and planning easier we will not leave The Solent in anything more than a F4 wind. If you ensure you have cancellation insurance on your annual holiday cover, Marine Matters will pay your insurance excess if you need to cancel and invoke this cover provided that you do so within the terms of the contract and you recieve a payout. This means we can plan with your early commitment and you don't get financially hurt. What's not to like?
Ladies that Lunch - Monday 20th July 2020
This is led by Lisa with the support of one of our female powerboat instructors so it really is a girls only jaunt. For all the mucky and tricky bits like launching boats on the slipway we will get the workshop team out and use our vehicles so you can concentrate on looking good and having fun. The trip will take you to Gunwharf Quays for lunch and any shopping you fancy. Obviously if you want a to bring your girlfriends the more the merrier.
In 2019 we struggled to get this event off the ground so come on girls don't let those blokes think you need them to enjoy boating. As with all our events the planning and the safety will be done for you - right down to having our female engineer along for the trip to deal with any unexpected issues!
Gins Evening Jolly - Thursday 23rd July 2020
Another first for the RIB Owners Club this year is an evening trip to the Royal Southampton Yacht Club (RSYC) on the Beaulieu River. A short cruise through the Solent and then just a 15 minute potter from the entrance and we will be welcomed in by the staff at the appropriately named "Gins Clubhouse". We will enjoy evening drinks and nibbles before cruising home at sunset. Anyone that feels a bit cautious about the home journey as night beckons will be given an escort to their Solent destination or if they prefer a free berth at our Warsash Marina until they can retrieve their RIB by the Weekend. As always we will be ensuring your safety while you reach out to new horizons.
Bembridge Bonanaza - Sunday 2nd August 2020
New to this years calendar or RIB Owners Club events is a trip to Bembridge, on the Eastern edge of the IOW. This beautiful harbour is shied away from by many due the tidal access to the harbour and the meandering entrance. Once you done this once you will be fine to enjoy this Eastern Solent hideaway in future. The plan is still TBC as this may be the weekend of the Bembridge Family Fun Weekend. The 2020 date has not yet been advertised at the time of writing so we have organised a trip the Bembridge RNLI station if the fun Weekend is not on. This Lifeboat station, with its new station house completed in 2011 and cost 7 million quid, is impressive. It is one of the few slip launch boats in the country that requires the crew to board and then slide down the launch ramp to the water - Alton Towers on Steroids!
Whatever the plan on the 2nd August this is a great place year round and once introduced you are sure to go back.
Mad Cowes - Wednesday 12th August 2020
The chance to end the annual events calendar with a tried and tested favourite. We'll meet up late morning and cruise to the Western Solent and check out some impressive sail boats engaged in Cowes Week Racing before going to a lunch time venue and getting the chance to talk about all the fun we've had during the year. As always there will be the opportunity to go to Cowes on the way back to have a beer in the heart of the world famous racing festival.
Other Events for 2020...?
We usually end events in August due to holidays and the Boat Show in September but we are very happy to look at a winter warmer if anyone has an ideas for an event that can work during the winter let us know and we'll get it up and running for the benefit of the members of the RIB Owners Club.
Due to popular demand we have returned with some of the favourite events, and of course a few new ones, in 2019:
Binfield Bash - 11th May 2019
A chance to visit one of the IOW's child and dog friendly places in the heart of the Island. plnty of space to run both kids and dogs and a bar and restaurant that cleverly has the secure play area in the rear garden and the adults dining in the front! A fun long lunch stop for everyone.
Wight Dash - 8th June 2019
Complete a circumnavigation with a dash around the IOW. Bring your flask and biscuits for a stop round the other side before a photo shoot at the Needles on the way back when we can celebrate our efforts with beer at the pub!
Ski Sunday - 23rd June 2019
Another chanvce to take skiing or wakeboard instruction from the Marine Matters team and their instructors. Motley Crew, the Marine Matters Sealine F42/5 motor cruiser will be on station to allow for a bit of privacy to get changed and have hot drinks after being in the water.
Ladies that Lunch - 1st OR 3rd July 2019 - date TBC around your preferences
A new event for women run by women. As with all events we run, safety will be of paramount importance so this will be hosted by Lisa our office manager, assisted by Jazz Willis,our female Suzuki engineer, and one of our female powerboat instructors who will plan the trip. Current thinking is to leave from the Hamble to lunch with a bit shopping in GunWharf Quay. However, nothing is in stone. It would be good to get a team of ladies out there leading from the front other than that its up to you what you do!
Alderney Race 19th - 21st July 2019
The big one for 2019. This trip has 24 hour tide access to the port of Bray in Alderney where we can tie to mooring buoys and go ashore to the Hotel that overlooks a glorious beach and enjoy champagne to celebrate what for most of you will be your first Channel Crossing by RIB. The island is beautiful for playing on the beach, walking and chilling in the bars - a very relaxed weekend no matter what. We are happy to take kids if you are happy to bring them. from the Neddles we'll be there in 3 hours - and for those that are wondering... we are only out of site of land for about an hour. This trip is the same time frame as round the IOW.
Mad Cowes - 14th August 2019
This was a real hit last year with a mid week trip checking out the Cowes Week racing on the way to lunch at The Bugle Hotel in Yarmouth. After lunch those that fancy it can go up to Cowes for a beer with the races to soak up the atmosphere of this world famous yacht racing event.
All these events have pictures and comments from Owners on the RIB Owners' Club Facebook page
The Wight Dash was an opportunity to shake out the last of Spring and get the Summer started with a Dash around the IOW at the end of April. The Marine Matters Team planned and managed the day so for those of you that just want to go boating without any consideration to the planning and navigation that was fine – as an RYA Training Centre we are more than qualified to do this.
The Shalfleet Shuffle was a leisurely trip to Newtown River to visit the New Inn at Shalfleet for lunch. The trip from Hamble was less the half an hour at 20 knots and the walk to the pub took less than 20 mins in flip flops, so nothing strenuous. The pub had a good kids menu as well as good choice of food from the adult menu from sandwiches to full meals - and lovely pudding of course!
The two Ski Sundays were a great opportunity to make your first splash on waterski’s or a wakeboard or simply meet our instructor and get some top tips on how to improve your technique. This is a great spectator sport so lots of fun was had by all cheering on those that "got up" for the first time.
Mad Cowes was an opportunity to view the world class racing that is Cowes Week and an excuse to visit The Hut in Colwell bay for some respite from the sailing! Fantatic location and service to chill everyone out before returning to Cowes for a beer amongst the racers as they came off the water.
The Marine Matters team are looking forward to sharing these events with you, both on the water and the inevitable time at the bar that goes with this!
High Tide 01:59 (4.81m)
High Tide 04:23 (4.55m)
Low Tide 07:49 (0.43m)
High Tide 14:29 (4.75m)
High Tide 16:41 (4.68m)
Low Tide 20:11 (0.67m)
The tide times are adjusted for British Summer Time where applicable.