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.

 October Folly Rally Weekend.
October Folly Rally Weekend.

Typically, the annual late Cruiser supper marks the official close of the season when we Cruisers reminisce about the good times we have had through the year in the 25 or so events that the Cr/Committee have put on. Friday 14th October was no different.
A healthy compliment of members sat down to a great supper of tasty Gammon in sauce (Chairman's favourite - thanks Maggie) followed by Summer Fruit Tart - another popular choice. Most of us decided to team this appropriately with what was not quite the last of the summer wine, whilst viewing the member's action photos on the large TV screen. 

Published: 27 October 2016
In: Cruising

 Lymington - Horse & Jockey Rallies
Lymington - Horse & Jockey Rallies

With equal numbers of sail and power boats this could be described as a hybrid rally, with five of each! A great two days, with a pleasant beat to Lymington for those with sails, and a calm ride for the motor-boaters.
We moored on the Dan Bran pontoon, just downstream from the Royal Lymington Y.C., an excellent viewpoint for watching activity on the river - ferries, dinghy sailing, all the usual sailing and motor boat traffic, and a few paddle boarders too. Perhaps we should be thinking of paddle board rallies?

Published: 27 October 2016
In: Cruising

 Awayday on the Basingstoke Canal
Awayday on the Basingstoke Canal

Hamble Square, 0845 for 0900 start. Spot the picnic bags in the sunshine. Coliseum Coaches, Dean at the wheel. 0910 and we were off after the usual "hands up anyone who isn't here" from one of the Committee Members. Safe hands, then.
Dean deposited us soon after 1000 at Colt Hill Wharf in Odiham where our numbers were swelled by a dozen own-steam crew-members. We were 50 mixed Mercury Gardens Residents and R Srn YC Members, some falling into both camps for a cruise on John Pinkerton II on the Basingstoke Canal.

Published: 28 September 2016
In: Cruising

 Mid week rally to Newtown Creek
Mid week rally to Newtown Creek

When the Cruising Committee plan the mid week rallies we usually say 'we hope to have a BBQ on a lovely evening at Newtown' with our fingers crossed. This year the finger crossing worked!

Published: 08 September 2016
In: Cruising

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The form below will be regularly updated to allow Members to signup for Rallies and similar events quickly and easily.

Your boat information

Your intentions for mooring and meals
Sat 15th April

Sun 16th April

You will need to book your own meals at the Folly and Bucklers Hard. (Information is in the email we will send you)
 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.
Cruising Committee
Maggie Widdop   Chairman
Pat North   Vice Chairman
Ann Arscott
Bryan Hughes
Dot Jones
Ken Munro
John Rutherford

Easter Cruiser Rally

Event date:15/04/2017 - 17/04/2017Export event

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  
Organiser: Kenneth Munro - email:

Saturday 15th April
Moorings: We have 6 berths booked on the Folly 'Walk Ashore' pontoon.  There are (as at 12.03.17) 3 more berths on the Folly 'Walk Ashore' pontoon if required.  There is availability all weekend on the CHC Folly visitor pontoon, directly opposite the Folly Inn.

There is a regular water taxi service between the CHC Folly visitor pontoon and the Folly Inn.  The Folly Berthing Master can be contacted on Ch77 “Folly Waterbus,” 07974 864 627 or by e-mail:

Sunday 16th April
For those who want to stay on, there may be availability on the Folly 'Walk Ashore' pontoon.  There is availability all weekend on the CHC Folly visitor pontoon.

Social: There will be a BYOB pontoon party, time TBA

Supper: At 19:30 at the Folly. To book call 01983 297171 , book online at:  or email:

Mention “Royal Southern Rally,” there is a table booked for 12
Current menu here

Please note that if you book and need to cancel you should contact the Folly, latest 14th April.

Sunday 16th April 
Moorings: We have 6 berths booked in the Buckler’s Hard Yacht Harbour.  There are (as at 12.03.17) more berths as required.

Social: There will be a BYOB pontoon party, time TBA

Supper: the Yachtsman’s Bar in the Master Builder’s is the favoured venue.  It does not take bookings.
Current menu here

There are eateries in Beaulieu which is a pleasant walk away.

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