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.


One Ton Cup 2106  Credit: Paul Wyeth / pwpictures.com

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 certificates, 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 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 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.
North Sails May Regatta

Sat 13th - Sun 14th May
HARKEN June Regatta

Sat 10th - Sun 11th June
Joseph Perrier July Regatta

Sat 22nd - Sun 23rd July
September Regatta

Sat 9th - Sun 10th September
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.

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.

Latest Racing News & Reports from The Royal Southern News Desk

 The 2nd Hamble Classics Regatta
The 2nd Hamble Classics Regatta
Image: Paul Wyeth

The 2nd Hamble Classics Regatta hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club (15-17 September) delivered another exceptional weekend of close competition for a diverse entry of 64 yachts split into eight classes, with celebrated classics plus gaffers, Metre yachts, dayboats and cruiser-racers racing in the Solent and based at the club's superb Prince Philip Yacht Haven.
The welcome arrival of the Spirit Yachts 'Oui Fling', Irvine Laidlaw's flush deck racer and Michael Hough's elegant 65ft Chloe Giselle spurred the addition of an IRC Zero division and this included Richard Loftus iconic S&S Swan 65 Desperado, a yacht designed at around the event's pre-1971 eligibility benchmark and adding a thoroughbred classic profile to this exciting upshift in yacht size.

Published: 20 September 2017
In: Racing

 A Blustery End to the Royal Southern YC Summer Series
A Blustery End to the Royal Southern YC Summer Series
Report & Images: Louay Habib

The Royal Southern Yacht Club Summer Series came to a conclusion with the September Regatta, incorporating the Contessa 26 National Championships. 
After a blustery first day, the last day of the regatta was held in breeze consistently over 20 knots, and by the close of racing, the westerly wind was close to 30 knots.
The sixth edition of the Contessa 26 National Championships was won by Chris Charlesworth's Meow, with Sarah Applebey's High Potential second, and Mike & Barbara Harrison's Jiminy Cricket third. 
Mike Bartholomew's FAST40+ Tokoloshe II was the winner in the 12-strong IRC One Class, scoring three wins during the series. Roger Bowden's King 40 Nifty was second, with Jock Wishart's First 40 Adventurer out of Sailplane taking third.
David & Kirsty Apthorp's J-Dream was unstoppable in the J/88 One design Class, scoring straight bullets. 

Published: 11 September 2017
In: Racing

 Hamble Classics meets Antigua Classics
Hamble Classics meets Antigua Classics

The Hamble Classics will be welcoming a special guest to this year’s regatta over the weekend of September 16-17th. That guest is Jane Coombs, who, together with her late husband Kenny Coombs, created the Antigua Classics Regatta, an event that has been going for 30 years and become a benchmark for other classic regattas around the globe.
At the Hamble Classics Jane will be sailing aboard David Aisher’s 1888 gaff cutter 'Thalia', a yacht she knows well having awarded her with the Concours d’Elegance prize at the Antigua Classics in 2008.

Published: 09 August 2017
In: Racing

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