May Regatta

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Deauville Race Dinner

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Deauville Race

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Pursuit Race

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Hamble - Yarmouth Cup

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River Hamble Games

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June Regatta

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Oyster Week

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Round the Island Race

The annual Round the Island Race, organised by the Island Sailing Club, is a one-day yacht race around the Isle of Wight, an island situated off the south coast of England. The race regularly attracts over 1,400 boats and around 15,000 sailors, making it one of the largests yacht races in the world and the fourth largest participation sporting event in the UK after the London Marathon and the Great North and South Runs.

Competitors come from all over the UK, other parts of Europe and as far away as the USA to follow the 50 nautical mile course round the Isle of Wight. Starting on the famous Royal Yacht Squadron line in Cowes, the fleet races westabout, to The Needles, round St Catherine's Point and Bembridge Ledge buoy, and back into the Solent to the finish line at Cowes.

July Regatta

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Cork Week

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Cowes Week

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September Regatta

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Hamble Classics

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Hamble Scramble

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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 2016  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.
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 2018? 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 Crew Register Entries from The RSrnYC Crew Register

In:Crew Wanted - Regatta Weekend Racing
From: Christina Taylor  On:02 April 2018
Hi, I’m 38 years old and have 11 years of racing experience on 32-37ft yachts in ORC international inshore and offshore races (Kiel week, German, European and World Championships taking place in the b...

In:Crew Wanted - Cruising
From: Laurence Harris  On:31 March 2018
I’m a 20 year old student, with over 6000nm and some racing experience, and am looking for crewing opportunities in September. My experience includes sailing across the Atlantic and North Sea and volu...

In:Crew Available - Getting Started ?
From: Sandie Collins  On:07 March 2018
Passed the Competency Crew Certificate last year. Would like to gain more experience cruising. Enthusiastic and hope to hear from you.

In:Crew Available - At Short Notice
From: JEFF  On:03 March 2018
Hi!I'm Jeff, 35 and living just north of Brighton. I'm looking to gain some extra experience either racing or cruising around the Solent area. Qualifications wise I am competent crew, VHF and fist ai...

In:Crew Available - Getting Started ?
From: Chris Crouch  On:12 February 2018
Hi there, currently living in Hamble and work on the river. From a powerboat background, spent the last 6 years in Australia working alongside yacht racing teams but due to work load I couldn't sail s...

In:Crew Available - Experienced Crew
From: Michael Dreyer  On:29 January 2018
Hi all! I‘m interested in offshore racing and long distance deliveries. Usual position is bow, but I’m comfortable in all positions. I‘m a 23 y.o fit and motivated full time sailing instructor and ski...

In:Crew Available - Experienced Crew
From: Richard woods  On:25 January 2018
I am looking to get back to yacht racing after 10 years away kitesurfing and cycling. Lots of experience on a wide range of boats, including skippering 5 Fastnet campaigns and tactics on several succe...

In:Crew Available - Getting Started ?
From: Patrick Kennedy  On:18 January 2018
Bristol Dentist 56. Lots of cruising experience. Some racing including Fastnet and 5 other RORC offshore races 2015.Keen to do more offshore racing particularly leading up to Fastnet 2019Happy on the ...

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