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.

 Folly Rally
Folly Rally
Maggie Widdop Images: Christopher Gillingham

There were twenty boats making there way over to the Folly in a light south westerly breeze on Saturday morning.
Most had arrived by early afternoon. Some members felt a need for exercise and walked up towards Newport while others enjoyed a certain amount of sunshine and socialising.
Sunday morning dawned with grey skies again but there was a gentle zephyr for the model boat race.

Published: 26 October 2017
In: Cruising

 The Royal Southern visits the stars aka Southdowns Planetarium
The Royal Southern visits the stars aka Southdowns Planetarium

This amazing facility is run entirely by volunteers, in the grounds of Chichester High School
 It hosts up to 30 presentations a month to schools and youth organisations, in addition to public Star Shows in its full dome planetarium. Our presentation featured the stars we would see on a voyage from Portsmouth to Melbourne, Australia, on the day of our visit, October 4th.

Published: 26 October 2017
In: Cruising

 Sailability September 2nd
Sailability September 2nd

34 guests joined Wetwheels and 7 Royal southern boats to go sailing.
The weather was kind, with sunshine and light winds. Some boats went across to Cowes and up to the Folly and the rest went to the Beaulieu. We met up at lunchtime to enjoy the packed lunch paid for by the Trust.
It was clear from the happy smiles and animated conversations that everyone had a good time.

Published: 23 September 2017
In: Cruising

 2017 ICOYC Cruise In Finland
2017 ICOYC Cruise In Finland

The next morning, 25 August, after sorting out a few things on "Nova", a Dufour 385, we set sail for Verkan on the island of Korpo.   The navigation was relatively easy as we sailed, or rather motor-sailed, as the wind was very light, down the main channel towards Korpo.
We saw quite a few classic yachts tacking up through the islands.  There was just a slight challenge going through the many small islands to the harbour of Verkan but the leading marks were extremely helpful and there were posts marking a very narrow passage.
Eventually we found a place to moor, hooking a buoy to tie to the stern and then bow to a jetty.    

Published: 13 September 2017
In: Cruising

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Christmas Rally - 4 places now available

16th Nov - Due to a cancellation we now have 4 places available.

Christmas Rally to the Royal Yacht Squadron Cowes

Tuesday 12th / Wednesday 13th December 2017
(HW Portsmouth: 07.45 and 20.03 UT)

A firm favourite in the cruising calendar and a lovely venue to get the Christmas season under way. Finish back at the Southern on Wednesday evening for the traditional carols.

Rally Organiser: Dot Jones - email:  or phone 07549 246512

See the link above for full information and entry form


Ladies Afloat

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  

Cruiser Spring Supper

 Events Desk - 023 8045 0312  

Solent Cruiser Race

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  

Ladies Afloat

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  

Mid week rally to Newtown

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  

Hamble - Yarmouth Cup

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  

Mid week rally to Beaulieu

 Sailing Office - 023 8045 0302  


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Cruising Programme 2017 - Event organisers - HWDownload
2017 Cruiser Race SIs v1Download
2017 Cruiser Race NORDownload

16th Nov - Due to a cancellation we now have 4 places available.

Christmas Rally to the Royal Yacht Squadron Cowes.

Tuesday 12th / Wednesday 13th December 2017
(HW Portsmouth: 07.45 and 20.03 UT)

A firm favourite in the cruising calendar and a lovely venue to get the Christmas season under way. Finish back at the Southern on Wednesday evening for the traditional carols.

Rally Organiser: Dot Jones - email:  or phone 07549 246512

RYS Yacht Haven or Cowes Yacht Haven.
Please note that the RYS Haven can only take about 12 boats so allocation will be on a first-come-first-served basis, with priority to those boats carrying people with limited mobility.
All pontoons have electricity for your electric blankets / radiators! Fees: 10-15m £42.00, under 10m £28.00.

There is limited accommodation in the Squadron at £105.00 single and £126.00 double for room only.
Please book direct with the Squadron office on 01983 292191 and settle accommodation and breakfast bills with them direct.

Pontoon Parties:
As we are split up, and many come by ferry, these are generally spontaneous affairs organised locally.

Dinner will be a 2 course hot buffet with a choice of meat or fish and a choice of desserts.
The cost will be £33.00 per head, which includes a welcoming drink in the lobby after which we move to the The Platform for dinner.
There is a limited cash bar where beer, wine and some spirits can be purchased.

Please let Dot know direct if there are any special dietary requirements.

Many non-residents staying on their boats join those staying at the Squadron for their excellent breakfast and this will be £14.00 per head.

All food will be charged to members’ accounts at the Royal Southern but bar bills are to be settled in cash on the night.
Mooring fees to be paid direct to the relevant harbourmaster.

Dress Code is reefer jackets, or blazers, and ties please.

Booking: Please use the form below. Look out for a confirmation email.
NB - If you don’t receive one then you are not booked in!!

Cruising Committee
Maggie Widdop   Chairman
Pat North   Vice Chairman
Ann Arscott
Bryan Hughes
Ken Munro
Mike Austin
Dot Jones
John Rutherford
 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.

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