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Rally to Bembridge June 2017
Rally to Bembridge June 2017

Once again summer and the rally to Bembridge chose the same weekend.
This year 14 boats tied up alongside the Duver to enjoy unbroken sunshine, good company, great food and perhaps a little wine. It's always great to have both yachts and motor boats together

Published / Updated: 27 June 2017
In: Cruising

GB Team Triumphs in the Youth America's Cup
GB Team Triumphs in the Youth America's Cup

After a nail biting final race, Britain's youth America's Cup sailors from the Land Rover BAR Academy have been crowned the 2017 Red Bull Youth America's Cup Champions in Bermuda. The British entry completed 12 races against 12 other nations on Bermuda's Great Sound to take the title and finished the event with 50 points, just two points ahead of second placed New Zealand Sailing Team and eight points ahead of Switzerland's Team Tilt. 
Royal Southern member Annabel Vose competed as tactician, the only female sailor in the fleet.  Annabel was the first female sailor to be selected by the Land Rover BAR Academy. Annabel is one of Britain's most talented young sailors; winner of four World Championships, one European and ten National titles, across a multitude of classes and disciplines

Published / Updated: 26 June 2017
In: Racing

Mid-Week Rally to Beaulieu
Mid-Week Rally to Beaulieu

The British know how to make the best of a bad weather forecast! 
A few chickened out, but in the end 9 boats (and the crew of another who came by road) headed to Bucklers Hard. 
The sea was flat for the motor boaters and the wind strong for the yachties so everyone arrived in dry weather and good spirits. 

Published / Updated: 23 June 2017
In: Cruising

June Rib Rally to Sea House
June Rib Rally to Sea House

We had our first rib rally of the season on Saturday at Sea House. 
We were on the edge of a rain line on a weather forecast all week but luckily on the day it was dry if a little breezy. 
It was too windy to rib round so some drove and eight took the ferry from Hamble and cycled the scenic coastal path. 

Published / Updated: 23 June 2017
In: Motor Boat

Magnificent Seven for J.A.T.
Magnificent Seven for J.A.T.
Report & Images: Louay Habib

Kevin Sproul's name has been etched on the J/80 Open National Championship Trophy for the seventh time. Racing J.A.T., the Scottish helmsman scored no lower than a fourth in nine races, to win the UK National title in a fleet of 21 boats. Jon Powell's team, racing Betty, is the runner up, just a point ahead of Olympic Silver Medallist, Luke Patience, racing Ryoko Meka. 
The Mediterranean conditions persisted for the entire three days for the J/80 Open National Championship and with air temperature touching 30ºC, the windless mornings were replaced by a fickle sea breeze in the afternoon. The Royal Southern Yacht Club's Race management team, were roundly applauded for keeping competitors informed, and for delivering nine excellent races in difficult conditions.

Published / Updated: 19 June 2017
In: Racing

Superb Start - Day One - J/80 Open National Championship
Superb Start - Day One - J/80 Open National Championship
Report & Images: Louay Habib

Hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, in conjunction with the UK J/80 Class Association, 21 teams enjoyed two races on the first day. An average wind speed of 14 knots, and subtle wind shifts, produced conditions with the potential for big gains, from reading the breeze and getting the boat on the plane.
Kevin Sproul and Jonathan Powell, both from Warsash SC, shared a win each today. Kevin Sproul is top of the leaderboard by a single point. Nick Haigh representing the Royal western YC, scored a 5-2, to finish the day in third just a point ahead of Royal Southern member, Chris Body in fourth.

Published / Updated: 18 June 2017
In: Racing

J/80 Open National Championship - Fri 16th - Sun 18th June
J/80 Open National Championship - Fri 16th - Sun 18th June

Hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, in conjunction with the UK J/80 Class Association, 19 teams from three different countries will be competing in the Solent. Three days of intense competition will decide the national champion.
The forthcoming J/80 World Championship, also hosted by the Royal Southern YC, has a attracted a high class fleet for the J/80 Nationals. Defending UK National Champion, Scotland's Kevin Sproul, will be out to win his sixth national title.
Last year's runner up, Jonathan Powell, has been in fine form this season racing at the Royal Southern YC, as has Andy Ash-Vie racing out of the Royal Lymington YC. Olympic Silver Medallist, Scotland's Luke Patience, will be taking part in his first major J/80 regatta.

Published / Updated: 16 June 2017
In: Racing

Spectacular Finale to Harken June Regatta
Spectacular Finale to Harken June Regatta
Report: Louay Habib Images: Paul Wyeth

The Royal Southern Yacht Club's Summer Series Harken June Regatta was blessed with spectacular conditions for the final day of action. 
The southwesterly wind piped up from 15 to 20 knots by the end of the day, and with wind over tide, a lumpy sea state tested the resolve of well over 300 hundred sailors taking part.
The reigning J/97 UK National Champions, Andy & Annie Howe's Blackjack II, were unbeaten in IRC Three, as well as Royal Southern Yacht Club Commodore, Karen Henderson-Williams, racing her Dehler 37, Illywhacker, in Club Class.

Published / Updated: 13 June 2017
In: Racing

Sunshine Start to Harken June Regatta - Day One - 10th June, 2017
Sunshine Start to Harken June Regatta - Day One - 10th June, 2017
Report: Louay Habib Images: Paul Wyeth

The Royal Southern Yacht Club's Summer Series continues with the Harken June Regatta. A variety of boats, including XOD, Sportsboats, classics, cruisers, and IRC racing yachts enjoyed champagne conditions on the first day. Bright sunshine and a brisk southerly wind piped up during the course of the day to nearly 20 knots.
Six teams excelled today on the first day of the Harken June Regatta, returning to the Royal Southern unbeaten: Royal Southern Yacht Club Commodore, Karen Henderson-Williams, racing Dehler 37 Illywhacker, Malcolm Wootton's Farr30 Pegasus, Andy & Annie Howe's J/97 Blackjack II, Dirk & Dianne van Beek's J/88 Sabriel Jr, Jonathan Powell's J/80 Betty and Andy Hamlett's XOD, Satu.

Published / Updated: 14 June 2017
In: Racing

viva l'Italia! - J/70 European Championship
viva l'Italia! - J/70 European Championship
Report: Louay Habib Images: Paul Wyeth

After nine scintillating races, the 2017 J/70 Open European Championship is decided. Claudia Rossi's Italian team, racing Petite Terrible, retained their title in a thrilling final day of high speed action in the Central Solent.
José María Torcida's Spanish team, racing Noticia, were second and Peter Duncan's American team, racing Relative Obscurity, scored an impressive 2-1-1 to snatch third on the last day. Top British registered boat was the Maltese/British alliance of Calascione & Ripard, who finished the regatta in fourth place.
The young team from the Royal Thames YC Academy, skippered by Tim Gratton, and helmed by Fiona Hampshire, was the top Corinthian J/70, placing an impressive 5th overall. Another young team, Jack Davies' J/70 Yeti, from Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, was second in the amateur class, and Simon Ling's Team Spitfire was third.

Published / Updated: 10 June 2017
In: Racing

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J/80 Nationals

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J/80 Nationals Day 1

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Harken June Regatta

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J/70 Euros - Day 4

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Our Commodore Karen Henderson-Williams was recently interviewed by Sasha Twining on BBC Radio Solent's H20 slot.
Karen was asked about her childhood and how she got into sailing with her parents, how she progressed from dinghies into keel boats and about her role in helping to develop youth sailing at the Club. She explained her current role as well as her stewardship of the Royal Southern as only the second lady Commodore in the Club's 179 year history. Karen also discussed her aims and objectives for the Club going forward. It's a great listen, and we hope you enjoy it.

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