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Academy Frostbite Day 1 Report

The Royal Southern Academy's 2017 programme got off to a flying start on Saturday 28th January.
With a steady breeze of 8 - 12 knots and glorious sunshine belying the winter weather of the previous week; day 1 of the frostbite series represented some top-quality winter sportsboat racing.

The race committee made best use of the fantastic early season conditions, squeezing in 5 good races in the usual short course windward - leeward format of Academy racing. Competition was close, with starts well contested and the X-Ray flag making several appearances for over-zealous starters!
As always, this format of short course racing proved ideal for early season racing, keeping crews active and engaged - as well as providing lots of opportunities to perfect manoeuvres before the summer's big regattas.

With our Academy J/80's out racing crewed by a combination of Academy and Club members, friendly competition ensued, whilst several privately-owned boats added an extra challenge to the mix; which was well received, especially as these are crews that many will be up against at the J/80 Worlds this summer.

Two more weekends of racing make up the remainder of this series and, with entries rolling in for these, the Royal Southern and the Academy are again proving themselves a hotbed of competitive sportsboat racing; with the facilities and race management to match. Excellent news considering the large sportsboat events we will be hosting this season!

Jack Neale
Chairman, Royal Southern Yacht Club Academy


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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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