The Royal Southern Yacht Club is committed to sail racing, both traditional and cutting edge. 
The core programme is based upon four Summer Series Regattas, offering competitive racing for IRC classes, Cruiser Class, Sports Boat and Keel Boat classes.  
In addition, the Club regularly hosts X-Yachts, Laser SB20s, First 40s, J/70/80/88/97/109/111s, Contessa 32s, Oyster Yachts, Fast 40s, the J-Cup, Sigma 33/38s, the Inter Club Youth Keelboat Championship, XODs and other One-Design classes. 
These individual regattas are supplemented by a 3-race Passage Series, for IRC and Club Class boats, a 5-race series for Cruisers and a busy programme for Academy and Youth sailing, including Splash Week.

One Ton Cup 2106  Credit: Paul Wyeth /

The Royal Southern organises one of the largest and best supported IRC racing programmes in the Solent, and the monthly Regattas span the full range of competition levels.
Two days of racing, over each weekend during each month between May and September, across two starting lines, which enable us to deliver competitive racing for four IRC classes, sports boats, one designs and Cruiser class yachts.
The Black Line handles boats with a current IRC certificates, racing a mix of windward-leeward and round-the-cans courses, while Cruiser Class uses a Club handicap system, predominantly racing simpler round-thecans courses.
 Our White Line hosts the one designs including Laser SB20s, J/80s, the new J/70s and a new Sportsboat Handicap class, with the 6 Metre class also joining our fleet for the early summer months; racing predominantly windward-leeward courses.
Each Saturday there will be food and drink available and, in the evening, a lively party open to all entrants - Members and non-members alike and friends and family are welcome.
After racing on Sunday, prizes will be awarded to class winners, with Series prizes awarded at our Annual Prize Giving ceremony.
North Sails May Regatta

Sat 13th - Sun 14th May
HARKEN June Regatta

Sat 10th - Sun 11th June
Joseph Perrier July Regatta

Sat 22nd - Sun 23rd July
September Regatta

Sat 9th - Sun 10th September
How Handicapping Works
How does a 28’ family cruiser compete with a 45’ race boat?
The answer lies in the handicap or rating applied to each boat and the division of competitors into different classes. In yacht racing it is the boat that is handicapped rather than the skipper.
There are two handicapping methods used by the Club; cruising boats are given a Club handicap, while race boasts usually apply for an ‘IRC’ rating produced by the RORC Rating Office in Lymington.
After a race the race officer multiplies each boat’s elapsed time (starting time to finishing time) by its rating factor to produced a ‘corrected time’. The boat with the lowest corrected time is the winner. To avoid too many boats starting simultaneously, we divide competitors into different classes.
There could be 50 boats ranging from 32 to 55-footers, with the bigger faster boats completing the course in a lot less time than the smaller boats. So we use the ranges set by the SCRA to divide the fleet into classes, with each class starting ten minutes after the preceding class.
The race officer then allocates longer courses to the faster classes, so that all boats finish around the same time, ready for the next race.
The race committee has discretion to reallocate similar boats to the same class if their ratings fall across the class split, to create as competitive and evenly balanced racing as possible.

Cruiser Class
Fancy giving racing a go in 2017? Why not try your hand at our Cruiser Class racing?
This is open to anyone not wanting the cut and thrust of the IRC class racing, whether you’re new to racing or down-tuned your boat, or simply want sail with the family rather than a full racing crew. It is easy to enter, just tick Cruiser Class for the events you would like to enter and we will then assign you a Handicap.
There is no charge for the Handicap and non-members are very welcome.
All our racing events have socials attached so if you are new to the Southern this is also a great way to meet new faces.

Latest Racing News & Reports from The Royal Southern News Desk

 Hamble Classics meets Antigua Classics
Hamble Classics meets Antigua Classics

The Hamble Classics will be welcoming a special guest to this year’s regatta over the weekend of September 16-17th. That guest is Jane Coombs, who, together with her late husband Kenny Coombs, created the Antigua Classics Regatta, an event that has been going for 30 years and become a benchmark for other classic regattas around the globe.
At the Hamble Classics Jane will be sailing aboard David Aisher’s 1888 gaff cutter 'Thalia', a yacht she knows well having awarded her with the Concours d’Elegance prize at the Antigua Classics in 2008.

Published: 09 August 2017
In: Racing

 Annabel Vose Scoops ELEMIS Ladies Day Trophy at Lendy Cowes Week
Annabel Vose Scoops ELEMIS Ladies Day Trophy at Lendy Cowes Week
Image: Paul Wyeth

Annabel Vose, has been announced as the winner of the ELEMIS Ladies Day Trophy at Lendy Cowes Week. The trophy recognises the outstanding contribution, commitment, or achievement of women in sailing.
The annual Ladies Day returned to Lendy Cowes Week on Tuesday 1st August with a number of celebrations culminating in the presentation of the Ladies Day Trophy to Annabel Vose at an exclusive evening reception held at Northwood House.

Published: 02 August 2017
In: Racing

 FSE Robline SB20 UK Open National Championship
FSE Robline SB20 UK Open National Championship
Report: Louay Habib Images: Paul Wyeth

The FSE Robline SB20 Open UK National Championship, organised by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, came to a dramatic conclusion after three days of intense racing. Boasting 38 entries from Australia, Belgium, England, Ireland, Oman, Russia, and Scotland.
The SB20 Class were out in force, battling medium to heavy conditions in the Central Solent. Several races were held in over 20 knots of wind, with some high octane action on the windward leeward course. Eight races were held in the series, which was decided in the very last race.

Published: 24 July 2017
In: Racing

Latest Crew Register Entries from The RSrnYC Crew Register

In:Crew Wanted - Regatta Weekend Racing
From: John Mellows  On:14 August 2017
Crew wanted for classic 6 metre Melita for the Hamble classics 16/17 Sept ( a 6 metre is 11m long and has a big rig) , M/F youngish fit ish , keen with racing experience , dinghy sailing exp ideal. 6...

In:Crew Wanted - Regatta Weekend Racing
From: John Mellows  On:13 August 2017
Crew required for the Hamble Classics w/e 16/17 Sept for Melita a 1934 Fife 6 metre ( a 6 metre is 11m long - the 6 is just a formula). There will be 5 or 6 sixes and class racing. Its a crew of 5 ,m/...

In:Crew Available - Cruising
From: Claire Taylor  On:30 July 2017
I got into sailing 5 years ago, which was fairly late in life for me as I'm 60, almost 61. I did Comp Crew in 2012, and Dayskipper in 2013, and now have 5,000 nms in my log book. I also have a VHF l...

In:Crew Wanted - Cruising
From: Rune Thorngate  On:23 July 2017
I am a relatively new owner of a very sturdy and comfortable Fisher 34 motor sailor based in Chatham Kent. The boat is very tricky to sail single handed. As I am inexperienced I am looking for compete...

In:Crew Wanted - Regatta Weekend Racing
From: Linda Daoud   On:16 July 2017
Hi....I am a young 38 year old girl who STARTED sailing by crossing the Atlantic with the ARC last November. I loved it so much that I continued on the boat (Hanse 505) for a further 6 months in the C...

In:Crew Wanted - Regatta Weekend Racing
From: John Evans  On:28 June 2017
Two crew required for my M7.50 (One Design)( check it out in the boat park) - it's the only one in the UK, but it's very pretty and a delight to sail. Conventional Spinnaker, self tacking jib, self dr...

In:Crew Available - Getting Started ?
From: Phil  On:18 June 2017
Hello,Newly qualified Day Skipper and new member to RSYC, looking for more time onboard as crew, so all the newly learnt skills don't get forgotten ! I'm a Hamble resident so can do evenings and week...

In:Crew Available - Getting Started ?
From: Sara Young  On:09 June 2017
I'm 35 years old, live in Hamble, healthy and willing to learn (used to be a flotilla hostess in the Med, however have no formal qualifications). I'm keen to race and cruise just to start to get as m...

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