Despite being well documented and clearly marked on charts it has claimed some notable casualties over the years, including the Queen Elizabeth 2. But when low tides allow, it's also a venue for an unusual cricket match. Malcolm Shaw spoke to Mark Tomson of the Royal Southern Yacht Club.
A major operation is under way tonight to free a car transporter ship which ran aground in the Solent.
Twenty-five crew members had to be rescued from the Hoegh Osaka, which was heading out of Southampton water when it ran onto the Bramble Bank sandbank in The Solent yesterday evening.
Richard Slee reports
The car transporter ship the ‘Hoegh Osaka’ remains grounded on the Bramble Bank in the Solent after running aground last night.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) has said there is no reported pollution from the vessel which is listing at an angle of 45 degrees. The MCA's Counter Pollution Team will continue to monitor the vessel, which is currently assessed as being stable.
The Hoegh Osaka's owners have appointed the salvage company Svitzer to deal with the incident. A salvage team is on its way to make an initial assessment.
The salvage plans will be developed by Svitzer and then reviewed by the Secretary of State's Representative for Maritime Salvage & Intervention.
The Maritime and Coastguard Agency says there is no impact on vessels travelling along the Solent because the vessel is not within a shipping channel.
The Bramble Bank match is an annual cricket challenge that takes place in the middle of the Solent. Representatives of sailing clubs at Cowes and Hamble take part in the event until the tide rises and declares the game finished. Sally Simmonds reports.
Representatives of sailing clubs at Cowes and Hamble have taken part in a cricket match mid-Solent. The Bramble Bank match is a challenging one, played on a sandbank - with the players negotiating the ebbs and flows of the water, getting very wet in the process.
No stranger to challenging circumstances - as the first person to sail single handed and non-stop around the world between 14th June 1968 and 22nd April 1969 - Sir Robin Knox-Johnston also put in an appearance.