Cruising at The Royal Southern Yacht Club

Easter Cruiser Rally

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  
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  
 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 at The Royal Southern Yacht Club

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Cruising Programme 2017with event organisers and HW times.

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.

Cruising Committee
Maggie Widdop   Chairman
Pat North   Vice Chairman
Ann Arscott
Bryan Hughes
Dot Jones
Ken Munro
John Rutherford
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 Cruising News
 Ladies Afloat 25th May 2016
Ladies Afloat 25th May 2016
10 ladies in 2 yachts, a gentle northerly, spent a happy time sailing to and lunching in Wootton Creek. We rafted together on the pontoon and transferred crews, good food and wine to one boat and did what the ladies do best. Have fun! The time rushed by and we had to make a fast passage under engine back to the Hamble just in time to catch the very last launch to the RSrnYC. Report &...
Published: 23 June 2016
In: Cruising

 Mid week rally to Beaulieu
Mid week rally to Beaulieu

"Early sun on Beaulieu water lights the underside of oaks"

It wasn't quite like John Betjeman's poem 'Youth and Age on Beaulieu River' when the hardy bunch of mid week ralliers sailed round to Bucklers Hard.  In spite of the weather 12 boats went to Bucklers Hard bringing around 30 people to a very lively pontoon party.

Published: 26 May 2016
In: Cruising

 2016 Solent Cruiser Race
2016 Solent Cruiser Race
After a week of very cold weather the forecast for the May Bank holiday weekend did not look too good. But as luck would have it we managed to skip most of the rain on Saturday and Sunday and it did warm up a bit.
The breeze was gentle from the Northwest and the sun was shining but clouds bubbled up when the wind went round to the Southwest.
Published: 13 May 2016
In: Cruising

 Folly Rally - April 2016
Folly Rally - April 2016

The first mid week rally of the season got off to a flying start with 12 boats and 28 people who were all determined to enjoy themselves as you can see - far more than usual for this time of the year. There was no wind on the Tuesday so most of us motored but an intrepid Mike Austin on 'Up to Speed' had a spinnaker run the whole way from Port Solent.

Published: 23 April 2016
In: Cruising

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