Cruising at The Royal Southern Yacht Club

If you are not content with simply racing, or perhaps just prefer to travel in a more relaxed manner afloat, the Royal Southern Cruising Section boasts a fine and varied selection of activities for members and friends to participate in.

During the course of each month throughout the season, the Cruising Committee has planned such a wide variety of events, that there is something going on just about every week. For example:

Mid-Week Rallies to favourites like the Folly, Lymington, the Beaulieu River, Newtown Creek, Bembridge and Yarmouth. The Solent is a different place during the week; it sometimes feels that we almost have it to ourselves. That goes for the quiet anchorages too!

The Cruiser Races. Not that family racing is entirely ignored. We run the Solent Cruiser Race each spring over the May bank holiday weekend. This is a real fun event for all the family, with three legs, one each day to a different destination in the Solent.
The added bonus is that thanks to the clever rules, you may use your engine for part of the race. That way, nobody misses the pontoon or cockpit party! What parties they are too.

The week long 'Cruiser Race' proper takes place later in the summer and typically goes to either Normandy, Brittany or the West Country. A real opportunity for the whole family to meet and make new friends with great socialising at all levels on the lay days and after racing.

Extended Cruises In Company, have included rallies to Dunkirk, Paris, Rotterdam, Stockholm and the Baltic. While we have also been on bareboat charters from the Pacific N/W of the USA, Canada, and Chesapeake, as well as the Bay of Islands and the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand, or cruising in the Med' such as around Elba organised by the member clubs of the International Council of Yacht Clubs...

Ladies Afloat Days: Another mid-week event on a selected Wednesday each month from May to September, where this time the Ladies take centre stage. These outings are open to any lady member who would like to enjoy a very pleasant day out in company on boats provided by volunteer skippers - usually up to about 6 per boat. No experience required, just a sense of fun! Back in time for tea.

At the smallest extreme, we have an inland dinghy trip up the Hamble for lunch at the 'Horse & Jockey' at Curbridge when the family can indulge "Swallows & Amazons" fantasies returning downstream to the Club in time for tea (or even a "G&T")! 

Weekend Rallies And Races
: There are passage races for the club handicap class to Yarmouth and Poole and many members just come along for the socials.

Cruiser Suppers: We kick off the season with our May Cruiser Supper and in the autumn, we round off with another cruiser supper when we reminisce with photos on the big screen, with friends old and new. Come and join us.

Bryan Hughes, Cruising Committee.

 Cruiser Race 2016
Cruiser Race 2016
With all 10 boats assembled in Yarmouth, we made our way to The Royal Solent Yacht Club for the briefing and supper.
The start the next morning on Saturday 16 July was at 0830 by Black Rock. The CRO, Graham Nixon on Magic was on his own but using the VHF & a hooter did a good job starting us on time. The wind was from the south west about 12 knots with sunshine. It was a fast passage to the Needles with a strong ebb tide.
Published: 27 August 2016
In: Cruising

 Sailability July 9th July
Sailability July 2016
The forecast was for breeze at 12-17kts; we had upwards of 25kts. Undaunted, 35 guests on 5 club boats and Wetwheels set off from the club. The sun shone on us and everyone had a great day on the water. There was a trip up Southampton water with a more sheltered run up to Burseldon and a dash across the Solent to East Cowes or the Folly. The team on Wetwheels even managed a run ashore in...
Published: 11 July 2016
In: Cruising

 Cruiser Race And Rally 15th – 22nd July 2016
Cruiser Race And Rally 15th – 22nd July 2016
The Cruiser Race and Rally will be starting from Yarmouth with supper and briefing at 1900 hrs in the Royal Solent Yacht Club on Friday 15 July.
We welcome those members who do not want to race but would like to cruise in company. 
If you would like more information on this event please contact Maggie Widdop or John Rutherford.
Published: 23 June 2016
In: Cruising

 Bembridge Rally Report
Bembridge Rally Report
Report & Images: Pat North
It's true; the sun does shine in Bembridge After two years of poor weather we were treated to the best of the summer. Eight yachts and 4 motorboats made their way to the splendid Bembridge Harbour. It was a real vacation and we enjoyed an evening pontoon party in shorts and T shirts after which some ate on the boat and others ventured to a restaurant in St Helen's. The walk back from t...
Published: 23 June 2016
In: Cruising

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The form below will be regularly updated to allow Members to signup for Rallies and similar events quickly and easily.

Your boat information

Your intentions for mooring and meals
Sat 15th April

Sun 16th April

You will need to book your own meals at the Folly and Bucklers Hard. (Information is in the email we will send you)
 The S.C.R.A harmonises racing and cruising in the Solent area.
The RSrnYC is a founder member of the organisation whose excellent website contains a wealth of information which may well be of interest to many Members.
Cruising Committee
Maggie Widdop   Chairman
Pat North   Vice Chairman
Ann Arscott
Bryan Hughes
Dot Jones
Ken Munro
John Rutherford

Easter Cruiser Rally

Organiser: Kenneth Munro - email:

Saturday 15th April
Moorings: We have 6 berths booked on the Folly 'Walk Ashore' pontoon.  There are (as at 12.03.17) 3 more berths on the Folly 'Walk Ashore' pontoon if required.  There is availability all weekend on the CHC Folly visitor pontoon, directly opposite the Folly Inn.

There is a regular water taxi service between the CHC Folly visitor pontoon and the Folly Inn.  The Folly Berthing Master can be contacted on Ch77 “Folly Waterbus,” 07974 864 627 or by e-mail:

Sunday 16th April
For those who want to stay on, there may be availability on the Folly 'Walk Ashore' pontoon.  There is availability all weekend on the CHC Folly visitor pontoon.

Social: There will be a BYOB pontoon party, time TBA

Supper: At 19:30 at the Folly. To book call 01983 297171 , book online at:  or email:

Mention “Royal Southern Rally,” there is a table booked for 12
Current menu here

Please note that if you book and need to cancel you should contact the Folly, latest 14th April.

Sunday 16th April 
Moorings: We have 6 berths booked in the Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour.  There are (as at 12.03.17) more berths as required.

Social: There will be a BYOB pontoon party, time TBA

Supper: the Yachtsman’s Bar in the Master Builder’s is the favoured venue.  It does not take bookings.
Current menu here

There are eateries in Beaulieu which is a pleasant walk away.


Ladies Afloat

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  

Cruiser Spring Supper

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  

Solent Cruiser Race & Rally

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  


Saturday - Hamble to Bucklers Hard

Sunday - Bucklers Hard to Cowes

Monday - Cowes to Hamble


Mid Week Rally to Beaulieu

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  

Ladies Afloat

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  

Ladies Afloat

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  
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