The Royal Southern Yacht Club is delighted to welcome competitors to the
J/80 World Championships 2017  8th – 14th July 2017


►   People with disabilities have direct access to boats.

► There are two toilets suitable for wheelchairs on the lower floor.

► The River Room Restaurant on the lower floor is also easily accessible without any steps

► A chair lift is fitted to the first bank of (10?) steps.

Beyond this is a lift to the upper bar where there is another toilet suitable for wheelchairs.

Please get in touch if you have any questions or specific needs to meet.

Our commitment to ensuring that The Royal Southern Yacht Club is available to all goes beyond our Hamble clubhouse.

Our Cruising members regularly put on "Sailabilty" days, taking children and young people out for days on the water.

In addition, Geoff Holt, an RSrnYC Member has created "Wetwheels".

We include the foll0wing article from our main site as it fully explains this important initiative.
Following this - a short report from the most recent Sailabilty day. 

Wetwheels Hamble is officially named by Dame Mary Fagan DCVO, JP

Wetwheels Hamble, a custom-made 10-metre twin-hulled motorboat, was officially named by Dame Mary Fagan DCVO, JP today (Saturday 14th May) at a packed ceremony with over 100 invited guests at the Royal Southern Yacht Club (RSrnYC) in Hamble, where the boat is berthed and managed.

Dame Mary Fagan DCVO, JP, cut the ribbon held by
Wetwheels founder Geoff Holt MBE, DL, and named
the third Wetwheels boat 'Wetwheels Hamble' at the
boat's naming ceremony held at the Royal Southern
Yacht Club today.
Some of the young people in the care of Rose Road
Association enjoyed a trip out on the boat
later in the day.
Captain Christopher Fagan joined Dame Mary on the Prince Philip Yacht Haven pontoons, alongside Trustees of the Wetwheels Foundation (WWF), Eastleigh MP Mims Davies, the Directors of Wetwheels Hamble CIC and the Commodore of the Royal Southern Yacht Club.

Following the pontoon naming ceremony, everyone gathered in the Club where past Commodore and Wetwheels Hamble CIC Director David Mead, welcomed everyone with a surprise announcement explaining that he was honoured and delighted to have received a personal message of support from the Club's Patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.

In recognition of this milestone occasion, disabled sailing ambassador Geoff Holt MBE, DL, the driving force behind the Wetwheels initiative, spoke passionately about how his vision for Wetwheels began and where it has got today rounding off by saying:

"Today is obviously a special day for everyone involved but it is also a tremendously moving day for me. We have come a long way and it makes me incredibly proud to see this, our 3rd boat on the water, especially knowing the lives she will enrich over her life time here on the river. The Hamble is very special to me for a number of reasons and I just know that the whole community will benefit from her presence here."

This boat's timeline began in June 2014 when it was first agreed that the proceeds from the RSrnYC Charity Summer Ball would go towards the building of a Wetwheels Hamble boat to be operated from the Royal Southern.

Eastleigh MP Mims Davies (left), Dame Mary Fagan (right) and 100+ guests stood up and applauded Geoff Holt after his impassioned speech at the celebratory lunch at the Royal Southern Yacht Club.

It was also agreed that the funding to provide disabled facilities in the Club's new Prince Philip Yacht Haven were to be donated through the Royal Southern Yacht Club Charitable Trust.

Wetwheels Hamble CIC Directors David Mead and
Dick Long, with Geoff Holt MBE, DL and
Dame Mary Fagan DCVO, JP.
A year later the fundraising campaign was officially launched at the Club and a mere 44 days after that a party was held to announce that 75% of the target has been reached, sufficient to instruct Cheetah Marine to schedule the building of the third boat for launching in the Spring of 2016.

This was made possible by some generous donations amounting to some £30,000 from Club Members and friends who support and admire the great work carried out by Geoff Holt.

The Wetwheels boats are all built by Cheetah Marine in Ventnor, Isle of Wight and Suzuki, who have supported Geoff Holt since the launching of the Solent boat that operates from Gunwharf Quays in Portsmouth, are the official engine suppliers.

Qualified skippers and crews are currently operating the boat on a pro bono basis but in the medium term, and when funds allow, Wetwheels Hamble would like a full time local skipper.

The Wetwheels Foundation (a registered charity) was established in 2013 with the aims of supporting and developing the Wetwheels concept across the UK. Wetwheels boats operate under the direction of the national charity and it is hoped that a further five boats will be delivered over the next five years.

An especially proud day for Geoff Holt as Wetwheels Solent, Wetwheels Jersey and Wetwheels Hamble all moor up together at the Royal Southern Yacht Club for today's naming ceremony.

Andy Fell, Chairman of the WWF, said: "We are delighted with the new Wetwheels Hamble boat. We know there is a big demand from disabled people to access the water in this area and what better home for our 3rd boat than the Prince Philip Yacht Haven on the beautiful Hamble River."

To donate to the Wetwheels Hamble Campaign and secure its future operation and maintenance, visit:

Time for some on-water fun in the sun on board Wetwheels!
All three boats left the RSrnYC dock with excited passengers looking forward to a blast on the Solent.

Images: Brian Curtis

Sailabilty - July

The forecast was for breeze at 12-17kts; we had upwards of 25kts. Undaunted, 35 guests on 5 club boats and e on us and everyone had a great day on the water. There was a trip up Southampton water with a more sheltered run up to Burseldon and a dash across the Solent to East Cowes or the Folly.

The team on Wetwheels even managed a run ashore in Cowes for ice cream. The sailors returned windswept and in some cases wet for a lively evening in the club.
Thank you to all who made this such a happy and memorable day.
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