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 /

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

 Sparkling Start To The Summer Series
Sparkling Start To The Summer Series
Cobra – Mike and Seb Blair (winners of IRC 1)

Sunshine and a solid breeze launched the opening event of the Royal Southern Yacht Club’s Summer Series - the North Sails May Regatta - in fine style.
The 81 crews competing, the highest entry in several years, enjoyed racing on tight courses in brisk conditions. Early cloud and rain on Saturday gave way to sun and 10 to 20-plus knots over the rest of the event, which was also the first round of the IRC Solent Region Championship.

Published: 14 May 2017
In: Racing

 FINAL FAST40+ Spring Regatta - Hitchhiker Spring Win
FINAL FAST40+ Spring Regatta - Hitchhiker Spring Win
Hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, the wind gods blew too hard on the second day resulting in racing abandoned for the last day, meaning that the results from the first day of racing stood for the regatta.
Bas de Voogt's Carkeek 40+ Hitchhiker was declared winner of the FAST40+ Spring Regatta at a prize giving ceremony hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club. Stewart Whitehead's Carkeek 40+ Rebellion tide on points with Hitchhiker but was second on count back.Tony Dickin's Jubilee was in impressive form, scoring three podium finishes to end the regatta just one point off the lead in third.
Published: 06 May 2017
In: Racing

 Royal Southern YC Early Season Regatta Preview
Royal Southern YC Early Season Regatta Preview

The 2017 racing season at the Royal Southern Yacht Club has an exciting line up of regattas with National, European and World Championship events, as well as an extensive race programme for sport boats and keel boats throughout the summer, with a fantastic prize of an all expenses paid trip to Barbados. Olympic, America's Cup and Round the world sailors will be taking part, rubbing shoulders with passionate corinthian sailors, young and old.

Published: 18 April 2017
In: Racing

Latest Crew Register Entries from The RSrnYC Crew Register

In:Crew Available - Experienced Crew
From: Nigel Hadaway  On:02 May 2017
A cowes and round the island race regular sibce 2007 but just come back from 2 years abroad. Have also been regular crew for jog and torc racing. Warsash etc. Sailed out the hamble a lot.I've done f...

In:Crew Available - Cruising
From: Alan Webber  On:02 May 2017
Hello there!I'm a 53 old male, and a newly certified RYA certified Day Skipper (Sail). I also have RYA Day Skipper (Power), Marine Radio (SRC) and Radar certifications. My practicals for both sail and...

In:Crew Wanted - Regatta Weekend Racing
From: Tony busby  On:01 May 2017
I'm 39 years old and looking to get into racing and more miles. Passed my sail ICC as this was a requirement for our Greece flotilla family holidays and now looking to do my day skipper soon, Get in t...

In:Crew Wanted - Regatta Weekend Racing
From: Chris Jones  On:01 May 2017
J/111 JourneyMaker II - interested in crew to join campaign for some 2017 events:- particularly interested in anyone interested and available for the May Regatta. Please contact me by eMail or on 0752...

In:Crew Available - Experienced Crew
From: Glen Sanford  On:28 April 2017
Hi,I'm interested in a berth on a yacht planning to do the 2017 Rolex Fastnet race. I'm travelling from Australia to stay at Gosport for a month from 14 July.I have done 6 Rolex Sydney Hobarts and a h...

In:Crew Available - At Short Notice
From: Alan   On:26 April 2017
Alan & Lynn - 27 June 2016 at 12:36 Email: We are Alan & Lynn, we are both looking for motor cruiser experience before buying our own and getting enough time and exp...

In:Crew Available - Cruising
From: Alan   On:26 April 2017
Hello.We are Alan & Lynn we live in Hamble and looking to gain more experience in motor and yacht cruising.We both hold Day skipper power,powerboat2,vhf/Dsc,also first aid,dieselAlan comp crew Yacht.o...

In:Crew Wanted - Club Racing Events
From: John Rutherford  On:25 April 2017
Crew wanted for club racing, sailing on Oyster 45 Degree of Latitude in club class. We sail for fun, any and no experience welcome.

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