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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: 06 July 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: 04 July 2017
In: Racing

Noticia takes the lead - J/70 European Championship - Thursday 8th June
Noticia takes the lead - J/70 European Championship - Thursday 8th June
Report: Louay Habib Images: Paul Wyeth

After four races on the third day of the J/70 European Championship, there were aching limbs and bloodshot eyes among the sailors. but plenty of smiling faces after another fantastic day on the water. José María Torcida Spanish team, cracked the Italian defence, with a 1-2-1-2, taking the lead in the championship by a single point, from current J/70 European Champion, Claudia Rossi's Petite Terrible. Peter Duncan's American team, including past Etchells World Champion Jud Smith, scored three keepers today, including a win in Race 4, to move into third. Martin Dent's British team, including past J/80 World Champion Ruairidh Scott, have the same points as the Americans but place fourth on countback.

Published / Updated: 10 June 2017
In: Racing

Baptism of Fire at J/70 European Championship - Wed 7th June
Baptism of Fire at J/70 European Championship - Wed 7th June
Report: Louay Habib Images: Paul Wyeth

Two races were completed on the second day of the J/70 European Championship but only just.
Whilst Race One was conducted in a lively 18 knots of westerly wind.
By Race Two, the wind had veered northwest and strengthened to survival conditions of 25 knots, and at times gusts of 30. PRO Stuart Childerley, wisely called a halt to the action after a brutal last race, which had plenty of competitors spinning out downwind, with a few spectacular broaches.

Published / Updated: 10 June 2017
In: Racing

Skunked at the J/70 European Championship - Tues 6th June
Skunked at the J/70 European Championship - Tues 6th June
Report & Images: Louay Habib

The weather has won the first battle at the 2017 J/70 European Championship. Principal Race Officer, Stuart Childerley, and his team, braved the conditions to monitor the situation on the race course and relayed their updates to competitors ashore, using a closed user group via cell phone. However at 13:30 BST, they called off racing for the day.

Published / Updated: 10 June 2017
In: Racing

Big Breeze Expected - J/70 European Championship - Mon 5th June 2017
Big Breeze Expected - J/70 European Championship - Mon 5th June 2017
Report & Images: Louay Habib

The 2017 J/70 European Championship, hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, is looking like delivering a feast of big breeze racing for teams from 11 countries. They will commence battle, Tuesday 6 June 1100 BST on the Hill Head Plateau, Central Solent.

Published / Updated: 10 June 2017
In: Racing

J/70 European Championship - Sat 3rd - Fri 9th June 2017
J/70 European Championship - Sat 3rd - Fri 9th June 2017

The 2017 J/70 European Championship will be held in Great Britain for the very first time. Since the J/70 was introduced in 2012, over 1300 J/70s have now been launched, making the exciting one design sports boat the fastest growing sailing class in the world.
About 50 teams are expected for the J/70 Open European Championship, from eleven different countries.
Principle Race Officer, Stuart Childerley, is scheduling 11 races, and in early June, medium gradient breeze of about 12 knots is likely, and possibly enhanced by sea breeze later in the day, to provide high octane surfing conditions.

Published / Updated: 06 June 2017
In: Racing

Sparkling Start To The Summer Series
Sparkling Start To The Summer Series
Cobra – Mike and Seb Blair (winners of IRC 1)

Sunshine and a solid breeze launched the opening event of the Royal Southern Yacht Club’s Summer Series - the North Sails May Regatta - in fine style.
The 81 crews competing, the highest entry in several years, enjoyed racing on tight courses in brisk conditions. Early cloud and rain on Saturday gave way to sun and 10 to 20-plus knots over the rest of the event, which was also the first round of the IRC Solent Region Championship.

Published / Updated: 09 June 2017
In: Racing

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2K Team Racing

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British Keelboat League - Youth Qualifier - Day 2

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British Keelboat League - Youth Qualifier - Day 1

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Hamble Classics

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Splash Week 2017 inc Prize Giving

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Junior Cadets Race to Cowes

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SB20 National Championship

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Joseph Perrier July Regatta

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J80 Worlds - Extra

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J/80 Worlds - Prize giving

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J/80 Worlds - Day 5

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J/80 Worlds - Day 4

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J/80 Worlds - Day 3

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J/80 Worlds - Day 2

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J/80 Worlds - Day 1

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J/80 Worlds - Registration

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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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J/70 Euros - Day 3

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J/70 Euros - Day 2

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J/70 Euros - Measurement

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North Sails May Regatta - Day 2

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North Sails May Regatta - Day 1

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2017 Solent Cruiser Race

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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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