Racing at The Royal Southern Yacht Club

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In:Crew Available - Experienced Crew
From: Glen Sanford  On:28 April 2017
Hi,I'm interested in a berth on a yacht planning to do the 2017 Rolex Fastnet race. I'm travelling from Australia to stay at Gosport for a month from 14 July.I have done 6 Rolex Sydney Hobarts and a h...

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From: Alan   On:26 April 2017
Alan & Lynn - 27 June 2016 at 12:36 Email: Alan.williams2173@gmail.com We are Alan & Lynn, we are both looking for motor cruiser experience before buying our own and getting enough time and exp...

In:Crew Available - Cruising
From: Alan   On:26 April 2017
Hello.We are Alan & Lynn we live in Hamble and looking to gain more experience in motor and yacht cruising.We both hold Day skipper power,powerboat2,vhf/Dsc,also first aid,dieselAlan comp crew Yacht.o...

In:Crew Wanted - Club Racing Events
From: John Rutherford  On:25 April 2017
Crew wanted for club racing, sailing on Oyster 45 Degree of Latitude in club class. We sail for fun, any and no experience welcome.

 Racing At The Royal Southern Yacht Club
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.

 Latest Racing News
 The second event in a busy FAST40+ season will be the FAST40+ Spring Regatta.
The second event in a busy FAST40+ season will be the FAST40+ Spring Regatta.
“The RORC Easter Challenge saw some great racing and early signs to a competitive season ahead of us. We are expecting eight teams for the next event, the FAST40+ Spring Regatta. Three races are planned each day with two windward leewards and a round the buoys race.
The highly experienced race officer, Tony Lovell will be in charge and we are sure his team will do a great job. As always, the Royal Southern YC will be providing use of their excellent shoreside facilities to all of the teams, friends and family.”
Published: 25 April 2017
In: Racing

 Royal Southern YC Early Season Regatta Preview
Royal Southern YC Early Season Regatta Preview

The 2017 racing season at the Royal Southern Yacht Club has an exciting line up of regattas with National, European and World Championship events, as well as an extensive race programme for sport boats and keel boats throughout the summer, with a fantastic prize of an all expenses paid trip to Barbados. Olympic, America's Cup and Round the world sailors will be taking part, rubbing shoulders with passionate corinthian sailors, young and old.

Published: 18 April 2017
In: Racing

 The Royal Southern Yacht Club will host the second Hamble Classics Regatta on 16-17th September 2017
The Royal Southern Yacht Club will host the second Hamble Classics Regatta on 16-17th September 2017

Building on the resounding success of last year's inaugural regatta that attracted 65 entries, the 2017 Hamble Classics is set to welcome all styles of classic yachts including Metre classes, Classic Racers and Cruisers, Old Gaffers, Dayboats and Spirit of Tradition yachts, with racing formatted to suit each type.
For the Notice of Race and to enter please visit: https://www.royal-southern.co.uk/Afloat/2017/Hamble-Classics

Published: 02 February 2017
In: Racing

 Summer Series
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.
 Handicapping
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.
 
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