Private Spectator Craft Arrangements

To facilitate more convenient waterborne spectating arrangements, the Royal Navy has simplified the attendance requirements for private craft wishing to view the International Fleet Review from within the eastern Solent area on Tuesday 28 June.

There will be no requirement for pre-registration or to fly a special flag (although Trafalgar 200 flags are available for purchase); the only mandatory pre-requisite is for a copy of Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth’s Safety Instructions to be read, understood and carried by the skipper of every visiting private craft. These instructions detail the security regulations that are in place around the military anchorage area. Copies of these Instructions will be available in hard copy for collection free from Dean & Reddyhoff, MDL and Premier Marinas in the Solent area after 1 May. To download a copy click here or go to website.

Commander Tim Gibson, Queen’s Harbour Master Portsmouth, commented: “I have listened closely to feedback from the local yachting community and am delighted to be able to simplify the administrative arrangements for private vessels wishing to view the International Fleet Review.

“In order to make it easier for boat owners to obtain the safety information, local marinas are assisting by offering free copies from their offices after 1 May and additionally as a download from the website.

“I am keen to make this a day to remember and, to assist with ensuring that spectators can enjoy the event safely. I still require every private spectator craft to carry a copy of the safety instructions and the RYA Safety Marshals on duty may ask to see them on arrival. With everybody’s co-operation, I am sure The International Fleet Review is going to be a safe and truly memorable event!”