Been thinking about this on a practical basis as if someone had asked me to plan it for them and while doable I think it needs some proper thought. In no specific order and based on my observation of the windsurfers whchi Ian M & I followed and general boating experiance;
- I think it would be very very wise to have a decent size boat out and about for support.
- Boats need to be paired up perfomance wise ( for safety / instant support if required - they will all invariably end up apart if not and even paired up they would unless 'sticking together' at all times
- every person would need a HH ( at least ) on their person & have some idea how to use it + flares & any other kit on each boat would need to be of certain level
- Petrol - I for one would want to know what my boat engine is going to use in 'worse case' conditions and as always have enough for the trip & reserves - this will add a lot of weight to boats at the start .
- personal fitness - some gentle cruising is differant to 5 hours at an average of just under 15knts - its hard work on a tiller !
- tides have to be favourable at key points ( Hurst/ Needles / St catherines at least off the top of my head) .
- Practice/ training - the solent is infamous for its chop & the south of the island offers little shelter / places to 'run' to especially in a SW wind which is most likely what it will be. Solent on a day when this is doable would be very busy - just seeing a small SIB could be a challenge so this is also a consideration - especially as most are unhelpfully light grey in colour.
Its not something to undertake lightly anyway....
Getting everyone to the right place, at the right time with ,the right weather, with kit that is 100%, allowing for family , work, costs etc means it really will be tough - which is why the get togethers can go from 10 boats to 2 over night...and thats mostly RIBS which are in general more reliable (ish
) and less weather dependant.