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.
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
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:
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
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.
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.