Articles in the Academy category
Academy Frostbite Day 3 Report
Fog, rain and the prospect of no wind greeted competitors in the final day of
the Royal Southern Academy Frostbite Series. Despite the conditions, the fleet
were able to locate the race course that the committee had managed to set in the
building 6 - 8 knots of breeze.
Racing for both J/70 and J/80 classes got away promptly. With the prospect of
the spring series starting the following day, the J/70 starts were keen, X-Ray
being displayed on several occasions. The J/80's pushed the starts slightly less
- perhaps they were having issues locating the line in the now dense fog!
Published / Updated: 03 April 2017
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.
Published / Updated: 14 March 2017
Brits Take First Place And First Rookie In Figaro Prologue
For the first time in race history, an Englishman - Alan Roberts (longstanding
RSrnYC Academy Member) - has won the Prologue of La Solitaire Bompard Le Figaro.
It is the third Solitaire for the 26-year-old sailor, and this victory - even if
it doesn't count for the overall ranking - reinforces his status as one of the
Published / Updated: 17 July 2016
Long standing RSrnYC Academy Member and former Splasher and British
Figaro racer Alan Roberts secured third place, his third top-10
finish of 2016 on Saturday ahead of the Solitaire Bompard Le
Figaro in June.
After sailing 284 miles of some of the most challenging French
Atlantic coastline, from Granville to Le Havre, Roberts finished
the Solo Normandie in third place on Vasco de Gama.
Published / Updated: 26 May 2016
Winter Series Wrap Up…
The Inaugural Royal Southern Yacht Club Academy Winter Series got underway in
late November having lost one day to winter storms. What followed was two days
of exciting, close and breeze-on sportsboat racing in J70 and J80 classes.
After a short postponement race one got underway in a building breeze of 20
knots or so, with conservative starts from the majority of the fleet. A short, 3
lap course was set which was eventually shortened owing to the building breeze.
Published / Updated: 01 February 2016
Academy Member Alan Roberts Figaro Campaign
Having found a sponsor to hire a boat to hire a
boat in November 2014 I set to work; sailing,
working on the boat, searching for sponsorship,
physical and mental training and many more areas
that are required to make up the a sailing
campaign to take on the French at their game.
Training 5 days a week on the water throughout
the winter based in Lorient with training races
covering parts of the Solitaire race course
allowing me to study the tide, effects and
become acquainted with the coastline.
Published / Updated: 12 July 2016
Student Yachting World Cup 2015
The Student Yachting World Cup (SYWoc) took place in La Baule-Le Pouliguen-Pornichet, France from October 13th – 19th 2015.
The final results saw Academy member Annabel Vose and her team from Southampton University end their week of racing with a hard-fought 2nd overall.
Our congratulations go to all the teams fielding Royal Southern Academy members.
RSrnYC Academy talent gears up for 35th Student Yachting World Cup 2015
The 2015 Student Yachting World Cup (SYWoC), an ISAF-recognised event hosted and run by students for students, is being held in France between 13-20 October and this year will host around 150 competitors from 15 countries. Four UK University teams are entered and every one is either skippered or crewed by a Royal Southern Academy member.
Competitors will race a minimum two races per day in J/80s, enabling each team to showcase their talents with the aim of being crowned University World Cup Champion.
Published / Updated: 20 October 2015
Royal Southern Match Cup Event Roundup
Ian Williams emerged as a worthy winner of the first ever World Match Racing Tour event to be held in the UK, the Royal Southern Match Cup 2015. But this ISAF Grade 2 event posed a real scare for Ian from the Club's own Academy member Mark Lees in the semi-finals.
Five-time World Match Racing Tour (WMRT) champion and the current world number one, Williams had kept a 100 per cent win record until he ran into Lees in the first of the knock-out series. Lees took the first race and an early lead in the best-of-five, before Williams hit back taking the next two. In a declining and shifty Solent breeze, and despite a coming together at the top mark, Lees kept the tie alive with a win to level the scores. Article is a round-up article of all 4 days
World Match Racing Tour Comes To Hamble - 2015
Royal Southern Match Cup World Champion Ian Williams takes on rising stars in home waters.
Just a year ago, Ian Williams lay second in
the ISAF Open rankings. Now he is World Champion
both as No.1 in the rankings and the five times
winner of the World Match Racing Tour.
Ian is top ranked at the Royal Southern
Match Cup to be held from 10 to 14 June at
Hamble, the first ever World Match Racing Tour
event in the UK, and he will be taking on some
of the fastest rising stars on the match racing
circuit, racing in a fleet of J/80s.