J/70 European Championship - Sat 3rd - Fri 9th June 2017
The 2017 J/70 European Championship will be held in Great Britain for the very first time. Since the J/70 was introduced in 2012, over 1300 J/70s have now been launched, making the exciting one design sports boat the fastest growing sailing class in the world.
About 50 teams are expected for the J/70 Open European Championship, from eleven different countries.
Principle Race Officer, Stuart Childerley, is scheduling 11 races, and in early June, medium gradient breeze of about 12 knots is likely, and possibly enhanced by sea breeze later in the day, to provide high octane surfing conditions.
Published / Updated: 06 June 2017
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 / Updated: 09 June 2017
2017 Solent Cruiser Race
Ten boats came to the start line near Coronation buoy on Saturday 29 April. Unlike the starts of most Cruiser Races everyone got away quite quickly.
Claire Dresser in Lady Penrose experiencing this event for the first time was too keen and proved to be OCS as the hooter sounded. The course took them first to Royal Southern in the light easterly wind and then round the east side of the Brambles to other marks and then to Royal Thames off the beach at Calshot, and Party off Egypt Point, back to the mainland shore at Needs Ore and thence to the finish off the Beaulieu River entrance.
Published / Updated: 30 May 2017
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 / Updated: 14 May 2017
Easter Cruiser Rally to the Folly and Beyond. 2017
The fine Easter weather prompted sailors to put away the paint rollers and
polishers, abandon the garden, ignore the pull of the golf course and go
Our organiser, Ken Munro, had forecast (?) a sunny weekend and had booked enough
spaces for 18 boats at The Folly and on the Beaulieu River; we needed them all.
It was great to welcome so many new members to the event.
Published / Updated: 08 May 2017
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 / Updated: 13 May 2017
Club Members and visitors enjoyed the best Start of Season Open Day of recent years, boosted in no small way by the outstanding weather.
In addition to our normal activities, we also held the New Members' reception and the unveiling of the new picture on the main staircase which was generously donated by Sheelagh Cohen in recognition of her husband Dr Lennard Cohen's 90th Birthday.
Recent applicants for membership were being interviewed, while 35 visitors on the day were so impressed by what they saw that they applied for membership on the spot.
Published / Updated: 25 April 2017
'Flying Squid' on Mike Golding's menu - Royal Southern YC Fitting Out Supper
Flying Squid weren't actually included on the Royal Southern's Fitting Out Supper menu on Saturday night, but they played an amusing role in Mike Golding's after dinner presentation!
Those guests fortunate enough to have booked their tickets in good time for the sell-out Supper hosted by the Commodore Karen Henderson-Williams, were treated to an evening commencing with a Joseph Perrier Champagne reception, fine wines, a superb dinner, special awards for special people and the stuff of legends in the form of yachtsman, Mike Golding OBE.
Published / Updated: 25 April 2017
Academy Frostbite Day 3 Report
Fog, rain and the prospect of no wind greeted competitors in the final day of
the Royal Southern Academy Frostbite Series. Despite the conditions, the fleet
were able to locate the race course that the committee had managed to set in the
building 6 - 8 knots of breeze.
Racing for both J/70 and J/80 classes got away promptly. With the prospect of
the spring series starting the following day, the J/70 starts were keen, X-Ray
being displayed on several occasions. The J/80's pushed the starts slightly less
- perhaps they were having issues locating the line in the now dense fog!
Published / Updated: 03 April 2017
Academy Frostbite Day 1 Report
The Royal Southern Academy's 2017 programme got off to a flying start on Saturday 28th January.
With a steady breeze of 8 - 12 knots and glorious sunshine belying the winter weather of the previous week; day 1 of the frostbite series represented some top-quality winter sportsboat racing.
The race committee made best use of the fantastic early season conditions, squeezing in 5 good races in the usual short course windward - leeward format of Academy racing.
Published / Updated: 14 March 2017