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.

 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

 Awayday on the Basingstoke Canal
Awayday on the Basingstoke Canal

Hamble Square, 0845 for 0900 start. Spot the picnic bags in the sunshine. Coliseum Coaches, Dean at the wheel. 0910 and we were off after the usual "hands up anyone who isn't here" from one of the Committee Members. Safe hands, then.
Dean deposited us soon after 1000 at Colt Hill Wharf in Odiham where our numbers were swelled by a dozen own-steam crew-members. We were 50 mixed Mercury Gardens Residents and R Srn YC Members, some falling into both camps for a cruise on John Pinkerton II on the Basingstoke Canal.

Published: 28 September 2016
In: Cruising

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 Open File 
Cruising Programme 2017 - Event organisers - HWDownload

The Cruising Committee welcomes participants to the Solent Cruiser Race for 2017.

Leg 1 Hamble to Beaulieu, Leg 2 Beaulieu to Cowes, Leg 3 Cowes to Hamble

A full social programme has been arranged for the Solent Cruiser Race and berths will be booked at Bucklers Hard and Shepard's Wharf marina in Cowes.

Friday 28 April - Briefing in the Royal Southern Yacht Club at 1900 hrs
followed by the Cruiser Supper.
Saturday 29 April - Pontoon Party
Sunday 30 April - Drinks at the Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club at 1815 hrs.
Supper at the Island Sailing Club at 2000 hrs.

On Friday 28 April there will be a 2 course supper at the Royal Southern Yacht Club at 1930 for 2000 hrs for a cost of £20. Please book direct with the Office or online

There will be a pontoon party on the Bucklers Hard pontoon on Saturday 29 April at about 1800 hrs.

On Sunday 30 April There will be a carvery supper at the Island Sailing Club in Cowes at 19.30 hrs for a cost of £17.50 for 2 course (An extra course is £4.50). This amount to be paid on the night to the Island Sailing Club.

Please download and return entry forms below.
You can also book and pay for the Supper at the club online below and also tell us if you will be attending the Sunday supper at the ISC.
We are sorry but online entry to the Race and Rally is not available. 

 Open FileUpdated 
Sailing Instructions24/04/2017Download
Social Booking Form - Solent Cruiser Race 201717/04/2017Download
Solent Cruiser Race 2017 - Courses (Appendix A)24/04/2017Download
Declaration Form24/04/2017Download
NOR - Solent Cruiser Race 201717/04/2017Download
Race Entry Form - Solent Cruiser Race 201717/04/2017Download

This form lets you tell us you will be attending the carvery supper at the Island Sailing Club in Cowes at 19.30 hrs for a cost of £17.50 for 2 course (An extra course is £4.50).
This amount to be paid on the night to the Island Sailing Club.

S.C.R. - 2 Course Supper - Fri 28th April (at the Club)

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Cruising Committee
Maggie Widdop   Chairman
Pat North   Vice Chairman
Ann Arscott Mike Austin
Bryan Hughes Dot Jones
Ken Munro John Rutherford

Ladies Afloat

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  

Mid Week Rally to Beaulieu

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  

Ladies Afloat

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  

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.


Ladies Afloat

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  
 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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