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.

 Christmas Rally 2015
Christmas Rally 2015
A gloomy, dank December day did not deter 19 boats from making it across the Solent to Cowes for the annual Christmas Rally - this year hosted by the Royal Yacht Squadron. Half the boats took advantage of their Haven and were counting their blessings as the heavens opened in the afternoon but the powers above were smiling on the Cowes Yacht Haven contingent and allowed a break in the weath...
Published: 30 December 2015
In: Cruising

 A Bash at the Baltic
A Bash at the Baltic
Another in our occasional "Cruising Logs" series. This time from Members Mike and Louis Dellar aboard Vela cruising the Baltic in September 2014.
The week before we were due to leave, everyone took pleasure in telling us what a wonderful forecast we had for getting to the Baltic; and buoyed by this we began to dream of a single hitch to Lowestoft, a day's rest, then on to Holland, etc, etc.
Mmm.....first day we overslept, and for our penance, spent the next 12 hours beating into a light easterly. By the time we had got past Brighton the wind was down below 8 knots, so we decided enough was enough, and bailed out into Newhaven.
Published: 24 November 2015
In: Cruising

 Folly Rally October 2015
Folly Rally October 2015
More than 25 boats both power and sail were booked in for the Folly Rally this year.
Most people arrived by lunchtime on Saturday and those that chose to sail had a good breeze from the north if a little on the chilly side.
There was the usual pontoon party that started about 1800 and, as the pontoon filled up, it sank.
Published: 30 October 2015
In: Cruising

 ICOYC Annapolis Cruise
ICOYC Chesapeake Bay Cruise Oct 2015
A few days before our arrival in Annapolis we realised that hurricane Joaquin was going to have an affect on our cruise.
Members of the various worldwide clubs met at the Annapolis Yacht Club around noon on Friday 2 October to catch a bus to the Naval Academy.
In the pouring rain we visited the various parts of academy ending up in the museum where there were an amazing number of models of naval ships, mainly British, built in England in the 17 century.
Published: 22 October 2015
In: Cruising

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Mid Week Rally to Portsmouth

Our next rally is to Portsmouth where members can take the opportunity to visit the many local attractions including the recently re-opened Mary Rose exhibition, HMS Victory and enjoy the views fron the Spinnaker Tower.
You can also visit the many retail outlets in Gunwharf Quay.

Berthing has been arranged at Gosport Marina, a short walk from the Gosport Ferry that operates between Gosport and Portsmouth.

Dinner has been booked for the 8th August at the old Trinity Lightship in Haslar Marina.
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Sailability Day

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Our next rally is to Portsmouth where members can take the opportunity to visit the many local attractions including the recently re-opened Mary Rose exhibition, HMS Victory and enjoy the views fron the Spinnaker Tower.
You can also visit the many retail outlets in Gunwharf Quay.

Berthing has been arranged at Gosport Marina, a short walk from the Gosport Ferry that operates between Gosport and Portsmouth.

Dinner has been booked for the 8th August at the old Trinity Lightship in Haslar Marina.
The 41-metre, green ship once guarded waters off Norfolk, the Humber, Outer Gabbard in the North Sea, Dover's Shipwash and elsewhere around the British Isles before being decommissioned in 1991.



























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

At our Fitting Out supper it was announced that Debera Clark had won the Read Trophy with her Blog about sailing with her husband Mark and their dog Hudson in the Mediterranean.   Click Here To Visit

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