About the Solent Branch

The Solent Branch of the RIN is located in one of the key navigational hubs in the UK.

At sea, Southampton is still the home of the Cunard Fleet and many other famous ships. Portsmouth's links with the Royal Navy, dating back to the time of Nelson, are as strong as ever. The RYA and the RNLI have their headquarters in the region, as do many maritime companies such as Garmin and Raytheon. As a yachting centre the Solent is without parallel. .

On land and in the air, the region embraces such organisations as Ordnance Survey and the main UK Air Traffic Control Centre at Swanwick, to name but two. The objective of the Solent Branch is to be a focal point in the Solent area for all involved in navigational activities, be they professional or amateur; Master or student; civil or military.

Operating across the region with activities at local colleges, yacht clubs, commercial organisations, Ordnance Survey and a variety of other centres, the Branch runs a full and varied programme of events and visits. Regular newsletters on the website  keep members informed about our activities

The professional navigator is important to us but we also welcome the amateur by  running activities at yacht clubs. We also like to bring together navigators of different disciplines by for example running combined sailing and flying events


Solent Committee

Our  local committee  represents a wide range of interests and experience and is comprised of:-

Colin Beaty _ Branch Chairman   ( Past President of RIN)

Ian Pawson -  Land Based Topic

Richard Yeomans -  Immediate past Branch Chairman. Rtd RN Captain and yacht owner.

John Cairns -  Programme Secy -  solprog@rin.org.uk  -  retired RAF - link with GANG

Graham Purchase -  Employed at NATS , active private pilot.

Keith Hope-Lang -  Link with History of Air Nav SIG. Also  active in maritime research

John Bazley - Head of Professional Studies at the Warsash Maritime Academy

Chris Bell -  Visits

Mike Highwood - Branch Secy -  solsec@rin.org.uk  -  Ex RN and electronics industry, yacht owner.( 02392 550543)



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The Royal Institute of Navigation
1 Kensington Gore
London
SW7 2AT

+44 (0)20 7591 3134
admin@rin.org.uk

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