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A farewell dinner for Judy Greensmith
A farewell dinner for Judy Greensmith

A farewell dinner and bridge drive was attended by fifty six people for Judy Greensmith, who through ill health is now having to retire from her role as organiser.
A huge vote of thanks was given to her for the tremendous achievement of building up the bridge club on Tuesday evenings with thirteen tables of four played last night.

Published / Updated: 07 December 2017
In: Bridge Society

A glittering night of prizes & surprises at the Royal Southern Yacht Club Annual Prizegiving
A glittering night of prizes & surprises at the Royal Southern Yacht Club Annual Prizegiving

The Royal Southern Yacht Club's glittering annual prizegiving concluded a highly successful 2017 season which has seen the Club run and host a succession of high-profile events including World, European and National Championships.
With well over 50 trophies, cups and bowls presented, along with a plethora of additional glassware also awarded, it was an evening that provided a cause for celebration for more than a few of the 150 guests in attendance at the sumptuous Clubhouse event.

Published / Updated: 15 November 2017
In: RSrnYC

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 / Updated: 13 November 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 www.southdowns.org.uk
 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 / Updated: 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 / Updated: 26 October 2017
In: Cruising

The 2nd Hamble Classics Regatta
The 2nd Hamble Classics Regatta
Image: Paul Wyeth

The 2nd Hamble Classics Regatta hosted by the Royal Southern Yacht Club (15-17 September) delivered another exceptional weekend of close competition for a diverse entry of 64 yachts split into eight classes, with celebrated classics plus gaffers, Metre yachts, dayboats and cruiser-racers racing in the Solent and based at the club's superb Prince Philip Yacht Haven.
The welcome arrival of the Spirit Yachts 'Oui Fling', Irvine Laidlaw's flush deck racer and Michael Hough's elegant 65ft Chloe Giselle spurred the addition of an IRC Zero division and this included Richard Loftus iconic S&S Swan 65 Desperado, a yacht designed at around the event's pre-1971 eligibility benchmark and adding a thoroughbred classic profile to this exciting upshift in yacht size.

Published / Updated: 25 September 2017
In: Racing

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 / Updated: 26 October 2017
In: Cruising

A Blustery End to the Royal Southern YC Summer Series
A Blustery End to the Royal Southern YC Summer Series
Report & Images: Louay Habib

The Royal Southern Yacht Club Summer Series came to a conclusion with the September Regatta, incorporating the Contessa 26 National Championships. 
After a blustery first day, the last day of the regatta was held in breeze consistently over 20 knots, and by the close of racing, the westerly wind was close to 30 knots.
The sixth edition of the Contessa 26 National Championships was won by Chris Charlesworth's Meow, with Sarah Applebey's High Potential second, and Mike & Barbara Harrison's Jiminy Cricket third. 
Mike Bartholomew's FAST40+ Tokoloshe II was the winner in the 12-strong IRC One Class, scoring three wins during the series. Roger Bowden's King 40 Nifty was second, with Jock Wishart's First 40 Adventurer out of Sailplane taking third.
David & Kirsty Apthorp's J-Dream was unstoppable in the J/88 One design Class, scoring straight bullets. 

Published / Updated: 23 September 2017
In: Racing

Perfect conditions as the hosts 'win' the annual Bramble Bank cricket match!
Perfect conditions as the hosts 'win' the annual Bramble Bank cricket match!
Report & Images: Graham Nixon

It was a case of weather perfect; dry, little wind and a beautiful sunrise as the teams from Hamble's Royal Southern Yacht Club and the Island Sailing Club in Cowes met on the newly emerged 'island', the infamous Bramble Bank in the the central Solent, for the annual Bramble Bank cricket match.
So perfect were the conditions that they made up for the need to get out of bed at 05.00 to ensure the RSrnYC team was in the field by low water, scheduled for 06.50.

Published / Updated: 11 September 2017
In: RSrnYC

Hamble Classics meets Antigua Classics
Hamble Classics meets Antigua Classics

The Hamble Classics will be welcoming a special guest to this year’s regatta over the weekend of September 16-17th. That guest is Jane Coombs, who, together with her late husband Kenny Coombs, created the Antigua Classics Regatta, an event that has been going for 30 years and become a benchmark for other classic regattas around the globe.
At the Hamble Classics Jane will be sailing aboard David Aisher’s 1888 gaff cutter 'Thalia', a yacht she knows well having awarded her with the Concours d’Elegance prize at the Antigua Classics in 2008.

Published / Updated: 18 September 2017
In: Racing

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Academy Winter Series 2017

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2K Team Racing

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/001FF4A0264211.jpg British Keelboat League - Youth Qualifier - Day 2

British Keelboat League - Youth Qualifier - Day 2

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/001FF4A9507311.jpg British Keelboat League - Youth Qualifier - Day 1

British Keelboat League - Youth Qualifier - Day 1

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/1169171057211.jpg Hamble Classics

Hamble Classics

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/WBP70867211.jpg Splash Week 2017 inc Prize Giving

Splash Week 2017 inc Prize Giving

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/WBP707602311.jpg Junior Cadets Race to Cowes

Junior Cadets Race to Cowes

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/1rsjuly17212311.jpg SB20 National Championship

SB20 National Championship

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/1rsjuly171090211.jpg Joseph Perrier July Regatta

Joseph Perrier July Regatta

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/1ibm17d21654211.jpg J80 Worlds - Extra

J80 Worlds - Extra

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/147171785211.jpg J/80 Worlds - Prize giving

J/80 Worlds - Prize giving

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J/80 Worlds - Day 5

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/P1090144b211.jpg J/80 Worlds - Day 4

J/80 Worlds - Day 4

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J/80 Worlds - Day 3

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/IMG_0031211.jpg J/80 Worlds - Day 2

J/80 Worlds - Day 2

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/IMG_1808211.JPG J/80 Worlds - Day 1

J/80 Worlds - Day 1

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J/80 Worlds - Registration

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/088A0002211.jpg J/80 Nationals

J/80 Nationals

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/IMG_0009211.JPG J/80 Nationals Day 1

J/80 Nationals Day 1

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/1rsrnyc17june476211.jpg Harken June Regatta

Harken June Regatta

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/J70_Euros_001211.jpg J/70 Euros - Day 4

J/70 Euros - Day 4

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/1j70e17d21675311.jpg J/70 Euros - Day 3

J/70 Euros - Day 3

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/1j70e17d1580411.jpg J/70 Euros - Day 2

J/70 Euros - Day 2

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/088A0115311.jpg J/70 Euros - Measurement

J/70 Euros - Measurement

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/1rsmay171167211.jpg North Sails May Regatta - Day 2

North Sails May Regatta - Day 2

/Portals/0/EasyDNNRotator/3992/Gallery/P1020315511.jpg North Sails May Regatta - Day 1

North Sails May Regatta - Day 1

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Our Commodore Karen Henderson-Williams was recently interviewed by Sasha Twining on BBC Radio Solent's H20 slot.
Karen was asked about her childhood and how she got into sailing with her parents, how she progressed from dinghies into keel boats and about her role in helping to develop youth sailing at the Club. She explained her current role as well as her stewardship of the Royal Southern as only the second lady Commodore in the Club's 179 year history. Karen also discussed her aims and objectives for the Club going forward. It's a great listen, and we hope you enjoy it.

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