Having successfully operated the BRIG Owners Club for The Solent, with the introduction of GRAND RIBs to the Marine Matters offering we thought it mader sense to combine these two groups in one big club. "Why?" ask the BRIG Owners. Both are Ukranian built RIBs and the original BRIG RIBs designer started GRAND RIBs so they share a common herritage and quality of build. There are subtly differences but you'll now have the opportunity to see these for yourselves! Ultimately, We're all RIB people so why not?
The GRAND & BRIG 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 has something for all GRAND & BRIG RIB owners', big and small. My vision for the GRAND & BRIG 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 Owners Club Facebook page
The overall strategy for the Owners' Club is for my team and I 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 here 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.
All these events have pictures and comments from Owners on the 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.
Due to popular demand we have returned with some of the favourite events, and of course a few new ones, in 2019:
Wight Dash 27th April 2019
Blow away the winter cobwebs with 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!
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.
Power to Poole Date to be confirmed after booking it on the Poole Boat Show weekend!
A chance to stretch the legs to an overnight trip in Poole. We'll leave The Solent on the Friday evening and head for Poole Quay and a hotel overlooking the harbour where fortunately there are plenty of places that serve alcohol! Saturday will be for you to spend time as you wish and we can rendezvous at the marina and again in the harbour entrance to collect evryone one up to convoy back to The Solent.
Ski Sunday 23rd June 2019
Another chanvce to take skiing or wakeboard instruction from the Marine Matters team and their instructors. Motely 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 Hut in Colwell bay. 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.
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 00:57 (4.55m)
Low Tide 04:27 (0.49m)
High Tide 11:03 (4.43m)
High Tide 13:23 (4.45m)
Low Tide 16:46 (0.54m)
The tide times are adjusted for British Summer Time where applicable.
Wind Direction: N becoming NW
Max. Gust: 12kn
Sea State: Slight