Hi Tim & everyone else
The weekend after the bank holiday is the date set for a CHARITY TREASURE HUNT - see this thread: http://www.rib.net/forum/showthread.php?t=5601
Depending on weather conditions, participants could incorporate a 'Round the island' trip if they wanted, although the Treasure Hunt itself requires Solent cruising only.
So how about joining in? That way, you get to raise money for a good cause as well as having fun and cruising safely in the company of other boats.