Racing at The Royal Southern Yacht Club

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From: Siobhan  On:21 February 2017
RTI, JOG, Winter Series, Cowes, Dartmouth and Fastnet experienced. Pit or trim.

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From: Natasha Dean  On:18 February 2017
Hi my name is Natasha and I have worked at the Royal Southern Yacht Club for the last couple of years and have sailed on Yachts and motor cruisers in the past.I would love to get back on the water and...

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From: Kevin Cochrane  On:02 February 2017
Hi, I've recently done my Competent Crew qualification out of Southampton, limited sailing time but keen to gain more practical experience. I'm 57, fit and willing to muck in and learn. Ideally for w...

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From: Ellie   On:29 January 2017
My name is Ellie brown.
I often do dinghy sailing and have done yacht sailin before but would like to learn more. I am available at nights and weekends.

 Racing At The Royal Southern Yacht Club
The Royal Southern Yacht Club is committed to sail racing, both traditional and cutting edge. 
The core programme is based upon four Summer Series Regattas, offering competitive racing for IRC classes, Cruiser Class, Sports Boat and Keel Boat classes.  
In addition, the Club regularly hosts X-Yachts, Laser SB20s, First 40s, J/70/80/88/97/109/111s, Contessa 32s, Oyster Yachts, Fast 40s, the J-Cup, Sigma 33/38s, the Inter Club Youth Keelboat Championship, XODs and other One-Design classes. 
These individual regattas are supplemented by a 3-race Passage Series, for IRC and Club Class boats, a 5-race series for Cruisers and a busy programme for Academy and Youth sailing, including Splash Week.

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 The Royal Southern Yacht Club will host the second Hamble Classics Regatta on 16-17th September 2017
The Royal Southern Yacht Club will host the second Hamble Classics Regatta on 16-17th September 2017

Building on the resounding success of last year's inaugural regatta that attracted 65 entries, the 2017 Hamble Classics is set to welcome all styles of classic yachts including Metre classes, Classic Racers and Cruisers, Old Gaffers, Dayboats and Spirit of Tradition yachts, with racing formatted to suit each type.
All entrants will enjoy the superb facilities at one of the UK's top yacht clubs, with first class race management and a full social programme.

Published: 02 February 2017
In: Racing

 Royal Southern Yacht Club unveils new Champion of Champions Trophy sponsored by Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.
Royal Southern Yacht Club unveils new Champion of Champions Trophy sponsored by Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc.

Launched in 2012 as part of the Royal Southern Yacht Club's 175th Anniversary celebrations, this year marks the 5th year in which the Hamble-based Yacht Club and Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. have united to recognise the prestigious annual Champion of Champions award.
To mark this, Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. has kindly provided a Champion of Champions Trophy to be presented annually.

Published: 07 November 2016
In: Racing

 Fly And Sail Options At The Mount Gay Round Barbados Regatta
Fly And Sail Options At The Mount Gay Round Barbados Regatta

The Mount Gay Round Barbados Race Series, which runs from 16-24 January and marks the start of the Caribbean race season, is fast becoming a good charter option for race-thirsty, sun-seekers.
Those keen to escape the post Christmas northern hemisphere winter chill, could do worse than sign up for a place on one of the many charter yachts competing at this popular Caribbean regatta.

Published: 25 October 2016
In: Racing

 Summer Series
The Royal Southern organises one of the largest and best supported IRC racing programmes in the Solent, and the monthly Regattas span the full range of competition levels.
Two days of racing, over each weekend during each month between May and September, across two starting lines, which enable us to deliver competitive racing for four IRC classes, sports boats, one designs and Cruiser class yachts.
The Black Line handles boats with a current IRC certificate within the bands: Class 4 IRC 0.820-0.960 Class 3 IRC 0.961-0.999 Class 2 IRC 1.000-1.035 Class 1 IRC 1.036-1.360 racing a mix of windward-leeward and round-the-cans courses, while Cruiser Class uses a Club handicap system, predominantly racing simpler round-thecans courses.
 Our White Line hosts the one designs including J/109s, Laser SB20s, J/80s, the new J/70s and a new Sportsboat Handicap class, with the 6 Metre class also joining our fleet for the early summer months; racing predominantly windward-leeward courses.
Each Saturday there will be food and drink available on the Quarter Deck (weather permitting) and, in the evening, a lively party open to all entrants - Members and non-members alike and friends and family are welcome.
After racing on Sunday, prizes will be awarded to class winners, with Series prizes awarded at our Annual Prize Giving ceremony.
 Handicapping
How Handicapping Works
How does a 28’ family cruiser compete with a 45’ race boat?
The answer lies in the handicap or rating applied to each boat and the division of competitors into different classes. In yacht racing it is the boat that is handicapped rather than the skipper.
There are two handicapping methods used by the Club; cruising boats are given a Club handicap, while race boasts usually apply for an ‘IRC’ rating produced by the RORC Rating Office in Lymington.
After a race the race officer multiplies each boat’s elapsed time (starting time to finishing time) by its rating factor to produced a ‘corrected time’. The boat with the lowest corrected time is the winner. To avoid too many boats starting simultaneously, we divide competitors into different classes.
There could be 50 boats ranging from 32 to 55-footers, with the bigger faster boats completing the course in a lot less time than the smaller boats. So we use the ranges set by the SCRA to divide the fleet into classes, with each class starting ten minutes after the preceding class.
The race officer then allocates longer courses to the faster classes, so that all boats finish around the same time, ready for the next race.
The race committee has discretion to reallocate similar boats to the same class if their ratings fall across the class split, to create as competitive and evenly balanced racing as possible.

IRC Limited Validity TCCs
A Single Event Rating (SER) is designed for owners of boats of 22m or smaller, who may be thinking twice about getting an IRC certificate because they only wish to do one or two events a year; perhaps a one day event such as the Round the Island Race, an annual regatta week or one or two of the IRC Championships (note it is not available for a series over several weekends).
All Royal Southern racing events qualify for this.
The fee for an SER is £1.60 per metre LH, plus £6 per day of validity (ex VAT).
Further information can be found on the RORC Rating website: https://www.rorcrating.com/ser 
Contact Sailing Manager, Tim Thubron - sailing@royal-southern.co.uk

Cruiser Class
Fancy giving racing a go in 2017? Why not try your hand at our Cruiser Class racing?
This is open to anyone not wanting the cut and thrust of the IRC class racing, whether you’re new to racing or down-tuned your boat, or simply want sail with the family rather than a full racing crew. It is easy to enter, just tick Cruiser Class for the events you would like to enter and we will then assign you a Handicap.
There is no charge for the Handicap and non-members are very welcome.
All our racing events have socials attached so if you are new to the Southern this is also a great way to meet new faces.
 
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