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.

 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

 September Ladies Afloat
September Ladies Afloat
For our last Ladies Afloat day of 2015 we had all Ladies on the 2 boats, Dino Volante and Rin Jinn. As usual we met at the club for coffee and decided which Ladies were going on which boat and also of course where we were going. Cowes was the favoured venue as it is an easy ...
Published: 23 September 2015
In: Cruising

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Christmas Rally

Christmas Rally to the Royal Yacht Squadron Cowes

Tuesday 12th / Wednesday 13th December 2017
(HW Portsmouth: 07.45 and 20.03 UT)

A firm favourite in the cruising calendar and a lovely venue to get the Christmas season under way. Finish back at the Southern on Wednesday evening for the traditional carols.

Rally Organiser: Dot Jones - email: dotjones.jones@gmail.com  or phone 07549 246512

See the link above for full information and entry form

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Ladies Afloat

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  
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Cruiser Spring Supper

 Events Desk - 023 8045 0312  
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Solent Cruiser Race

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  
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Ladies Afloat

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  
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Mid week rally to Newtown

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  
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Mid week rally to Beaulieu

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  
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Hamble - Yarmouth Cup

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  
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Christmas Rally to the Royal Yacht Squadron Cowes

Tuesday 12th / Wednesday 13th December 2017
(HW Portsmouth: 07.45 and 20.03 UT)

A firm favourite in the cruising calendar and a lovely venue to get the Christmas season under way. Finish back at the Southern on Wednesday evening for the traditional carols.

Rally Organiser: Dot Jones - email: dotjones.jones@gmail.com  or phone 07549 246512

Moorings:
RYS Yacht Haven or Cowes Yacht Haven.
Please note that the RYS Haven can only take about 12 boats so allocation will be on a first-come-first-served basis, with priority to those boats carrying people with limited mobility.
All pontoons have electricity for your electric blankets / radiators! Fees: 10-15m £42.00, under 10m £28.00.

Accommodation:
There is limited accommodation in the Squadron at £105.00 single and £126.00 double for room only.
Please book direct with the Squadron office on 01983 292191 and settle accommodation and breakfast bills with them direct.

Pontoon Parties:
As we are split up, and many come by ferry, these are generally spontaneous affairs organised locally.

Dinner:
Dinner will be a 2 course hot buffet with a choice of meat or fish and a choice of desserts.
The cost will be £33.00 per head, which includes a welcoming drink in the lobby after which we move to the The Platform for dinner.
There is a limited cash bar where beer, wine and some spirits can be purchased.

Please let Dot know direct if there are any special dietary requirements.

Breakfast:
Many non-residents staying on their boats join those staying at the Squadron for their excellent breakfast and this will be £14.00 per head.

Charging:
All food will be charged to members’ accounts at the Royal Southern but bar bills are to be settled in cash on the night.
Mooring fees to be paid direct to the relevant harbourmaster.

Dress Code is reefer jackets, or blazers, and ties please.

Booking: Please use the form below. Look out for a confirmation email.
NB - If you don’t receive one then you are not booked in!!
























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

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