Bruce it'd be good to have you along.
I'd love to go to Ventnor having previously only passed it without stopping and I hear good reports.
The tides for Ventnor are, however: Sat 20 Dec LW 10.24 1.6m HW 17.50 3.1m
With the harbour drying, such a late HW is not ideal and I have today telephoned the harbour office who have confirmed that entry/exit over lunch time is likely to be difficult despite recent dredging operations. They were very helpful but felt that safe entry before 15.00 could not be guaranteed - and with darkness coming at around 16.00, I fear that Ventnor might be for another occasion.
Any other suggestions? So far as launching is concerned, I dry stack at Parkstone Bay in Poole so anywhere in the Western Solent is convenient.....but: have boat; can travel!