Cruising at The Royal Southern Yacht Club

If you are not content with simply racing, or perhaps just prefer to travel in a more relaxed manner afloat, the Royal Southern Cruising Section boasts a fine and varied selection of activities for members and friends to participate in.

During the course of each month throughout the season, the Cruising Committee has planned such a wide variety of events, that there is something going on just about every week. For example:

Mid-Week Rallies to favourites like the Folly, Lymington, the Beaulieu River, Newtown Creek, Bembridge and Yarmouth. The Solent is a different place during the week; it sometimes feels that we almost have it to ourselves. That goes for the quiet anchorages too!

The Cruiser Races. Not that family racing is entirely ignored. We run the Solent Cruiser Race each spring over the May bank holiday weekend. This is a real fun event for all the family, with three legs, one each day to a different destination in the Solent.
The added bonus is that thanks to the clever rules, you may use your engine for part of the race. That way, nobody misses the pontoon or cockpit party! What parties they are too.

The week long 'Cruiser Race' proper takes place later in the summer and typically goes to either Normandy, Brittany or the West Country. A real opportunity for the whole family to meet and make new friends with great socialising at all levels on the lay days and after racing.

Extended Cruises In Company, have included rallies to Dunkirk, Paris, Rotterdam, Stockholm and the Baltic. While we have also been on bareboat charters from the Pacific N/W of the USA, Canada, and Chesapeake, as well as the Bay of Islands and the Hauraki Gulf in New Zealand, or cruising in the Med' such as around Elba organised by the member clubs of the International Council of Yacht Clubs...

Ladies Afloat Days: Another mid-week event on a selected Wednesday each month from May to September, where this time the Ladies take centre stage. These outings are open to any lady member who would like to enjoy a very pleasant day out in company on boats provided by volunteer skippers - usually up to about 6 per boat. No experience required, just a sense of fun! Back in time for tea.

At the smallest extreme, we have an inland dinghy trip up the Hamble for lunch at the 'Horse & Jockey' at Curbridge when the family can indulge "Swallows & Amazons" fantasies returning downstream to the Club in time for tea (or even a "G&T")! 

Weekend Rallies And Races
: There are passage races for the club handicap class to Yarmouth and Poole and many members just come along for the socials.

Cruiser Suppers: We kick off the season with our May Cruiser Supper and in the autumn, we round off with another cruiser supper when we reminisce with photos on the big screen, with friends old and new. Come and join us.

Bryan Hughes, Cruising Committee.

 2017 Solent Cruiser Race
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: 08 May 2017
In: Cruising

 Easter Cruiser Rally to the Folly and Beyond. 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 sailing.
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: 25 April 2017
In: Cruising

 October Folly Rally Weekend.
October Folly Rally Weekend.

Typically, the annual late Cruiser supper marks the official close of the season when we Cruisers reminisce about the good times we have had through the year in the 25 or so events that the Cr/Committee have put on. Friday 14th October was no different.
A healthy compliment of members sat down to a great supper of tasty Gammon in sauce (Chairman's favourite - thanks Maggie) followed by Summer Fruit Tart - another popular choice. Most of us decided to team this appropriately with what was not quite the last of the summer wine, whilst viewing the member's action photos on the large TV screen. 

Published: 27 October 2016
In: Cruising

 Lymington - Horse & Jockey Rallies
Lymington - Horse & Jockey Rallies

With equal numbers of sail and power boats this could be described as a hybrid rally, with five of each! A great two days, with a pleasant beat to Lymington for those with sails, and a calm ride for the motor-boaters.
We moored on the Dan Bran pontoon, just downstream from the Royal Lymington Y.C., an excellent viewpoint for watching activity on the river - ferries, dinghy sailing, all the usual sailing and motor boat traffic, and a few paddle boarders too. Perhaps we should be thinking of paddle board rallies?

Published: 27 October 2016
In: Cruising

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Cruising Programme 2017 - Event organisers - HWDownload
Cruising Committee
Maggie Widdop   Chairman
Pat North   Vice Chairman
Ann Arscott Mike Austin
Bryan Hughes Dot Jones
Ken Munro John Rutherford

Ladies Afloat

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Deauville Race & Rally

Now in its 55th year, this 102 mile event is jointly organised by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, Royal London Yacht Club, Yacht Club de France and Deauville Yacht Club.

This year’s event promises to get the season off to a flying start with a great weekend of passage making and socialising. There will be a dinner on the Thursday evening at the RSrn YC / RLYC for members and guests.

Berthing in Deauville is in the Bassin Morny, with a dinner on the Saturday evening and prize giving on the Sunday morning. This year there will be “Golf Sunday”, now in it’s fourth year. The golf will take place on Sunday after the prize giving.

It’s quite usual to see owners and crews retrieving their golf clubs from deck lockers and cabins upon arrival in Deauville.
There is a fantastic golf course in Deauville with stunning panoramic views over Deauville. The grounds are beautifully kept and the fairways are superb with carefully manicured greens.

The team at Deauville Yacht Club is once again looking forward to seeing nos amis anglais for the 55th edition of the Cowes Race.
Family members and friends who are not racing but wish to enjoy the weekend can use the ferry to Le Havre or the fast cat to Caen.

The berthing in Deauville is complimentary, please register your yachts name and details with the Sailing Office to give an indication of numbers of yachts attending.

Vous souhaitons un passage sûr et une mer calme. Au plaisir de vous voir à Deauville.


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Cruiser Race

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The Summer Cruise is to the Channel Islands and North Brittany.
The dates are July 3rd to 10th and you can add an extended stay if you wish.

We plan to start from Guernsey and end in St- Cast- le- Guildo, our favourite place from two years ago. The ports are likely to be St Helier, St Quay Portrieux, and Paimpol. It is probable that we will also sail in company across the channel from Studland to Guernsey to arrive ahead of the rally start.

The format will be to race or cruise together between the destinations and to meet up on arrival. The pace will be leisurely with days in port to enjoy the locations and the possibility of the occasional pontoon party and meal together. The berths will be booked for you.

The racing will allow the use of engines and this year there will be a trophy for double handed teams, kindly presented by Mike Austin.

For more information, and to express interest in taking part, contact
Pat North at  or
Mike Austin at


Ladies Afloat

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ICOYC Cruise in Finland

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 The S.C.R.A harmonises racing and cruising in the Solent area.
The RSrnYC is a founder member of the organisation whose excellent website contains a wealth of information which may well be of interest to many Members.

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