The Royal Southern Yacht Club (RSrnYC) is proud to be hosting the 2017 J/70 Class European Championships in conjunction with the J/70 UK Class Association.
The Club completed the Prince Philip Yacht Haven, opened by our Patron, the Duke of Edinburgh, in 2015. This, and its associated waterside deck, has greatly enhanced our walk-ashore and entertaining facilities, ideal for this major Championship. Karen Henderson-Williams, Commodore of the RSrnYC, said "Hosting such major Championships is a rewarding challenge for the RSrnYC and its members. We are looking forward to showing the J70 competitors some great hospitality in our wonderfully enhanced facilities."
Racing commences on Monday 5th June, with an opportunity for competitors to sail a practice race, then the Championships run Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th June. The Championships provide a great opportunity for teams to prepare for the 2017 World Championships in Italy in September. We expect a large entry list, with significant interest from Europeans and North America sailors. If required, the event will have a qualifying and final series, with the option for two race course areas.
PRO Stuart Childerley commented "The intention is to run eleven Championship races. We are preparing for a large fleet and I am sure the sailors will find racing on the Hillhead Plateau area of the Central Solent challenging and fun. The Solent in June can be a stunning championship venue."
Commenting on behalf of the J/70 UK Class Association, Ian Wilson said "The Championships will stimulate the growth of the UK based fleet further, and we are very pleased to have a major championship being held in the UK, ahead of hosting the Worlds in 2019."