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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

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

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

Annabel Vose Scoops ELEMIS Ladies Day Trophy at Lendy Cowes Week
Annabel Vose Scoops ELEMIS Ladies Day Trophy at Lendy Cowes Week
Image: Paul Wyeth

Annabel Vose, has been announced as the winner of the ELEMIS Ladies Day Trophy at Lendy Cowes Week. The trophy recognises the outstanding contribution, commitment, or achievement of women in sailing.
The annual Ladies Day returned to Lendy Cowes Week on Tuesday 1st August with a number of celebrations culminating in the presentation of the Ladies Day Trophy to Annabel Vose at an exclusive evening reception held at Northwood House.

Published / Updated: 11 September 2017
In: Racing

FSE Robline SB20 UK Open National Championship
FSE Robline SB20 UK Open National Championship
Report: Louay Habib Images: Paul Wyeth

The FSE Robline SB20 Open UK National Championship, organised by the Royal Southern Yacht Club, came to a dramatic conclusion after three days of intense racing. Boasting 38 entries from Australia, Belgium, England, Ireland, Oman, Russia, and Scotland.
The SB20 Class were out in force, battling medium to heavy conditions in the Central Solent. Several races were held in over 20 knots of wind, with some high octane action on the windward leeward course. Eight races were held in the series, which was decided in the very last race.

Published / Updated: 27 July 2017
In: Racing

SB20 National Championship - Day 2 Report
SB20 National Championship - Day 2 Report
Report: Paul Hine Image: RSrnYC Stock

Day 2 of the FSE Robline Sponsored SB20 National Championships at the Royal Southern Yacht Club brought lighter breeze of between 14 and 18 knots from a more South-South Westerly direction with sailors waking to rain - where did the summer go?
Spirits were high however with many boats sporting some new World Class Rope thanks to the event sponsor FSE Robline; the bow number raffle allowed boats from across the fleet to win. This was well received after the Hog Roast from the event marquee on the dock.

Published / Updated: 24 July 2017
In: Racing

SB20 National Championship - Day 1 Report
SB20 National Championship - Day 1 Report
Report: Paul Hine Image: RSrnYC Stock

Day 1 of the FSE Robline Sponsored SB20 National Championships at the Royal Southern Yacht Club started today with a very fresh forecast.
27 boats had enjoyed varying conditions the previous day in the Sprint Championships, won with some consistent sailing by John Pollard and his crew on their brand new boat including 2 bullets.
Most of the entrants and visiting crews enjoyed some extremely informative coaching from on the water with Niall Myant.

Published / Updated: 22 July 2017
In: Racing

Triple Crown for Rayco Tabares - J/80 World Championship Final Report
Triple Crown for Rayco Tabares - J/80 World Championship Final Report
Report & Images: Louay Habib

Rayco Tabares (ESP) is the 2017 J/80 World Champion, retaining the title for the third consecutive year, Racing Hotel Princesa Yaiza, with a crew of: Alejandro Bethencourt Fuentes, Afredo Gonzalez, Hector Gonzalez, and Laiyin Francisca Ley Torres Jorge.
Rayco Tabares has now won the J/80 World Championship four times! The Spanish team from Lanzarote, Canary Islands, led the regatta from the first day to the last, but did survive a jitter on the penultimate day. On the last day of racing, the team scored two second place finishes to clinch the world title.

Published / Updated: 24 July 2017
In: Racing

Brezellec Reels in Tabares - Day Four Report
Brezellec Reels in Tabares - Day Four Report
Report: Louay Habib Images: Paul Wyeth

Eric Brezellec (FRA) had an outstanding fourth day at the J/80 World Championship, scoring a scintillating 1-7-1-2, and is now within striking distance of Rayco Tabares (ESP).
The defending world champion, from Lanzarote, is still in pole position, but a 4-1-16-18, has cut his championship lead to just seven points, with two races remaining.
Tomorrow is the 14th July, French National Day, and Brezellec will be coming out with all guns blazing.

Published / Updated: 14 July 2017
In: Racing

Low Down & Shifty - Day Three Report
Low Down & Shifty - Day Three Report
Report: Louay Habib Images: Paul Wyeth

Rayco Tabares (ESP) has retained his lead in the J/80 World Championship, but a crack has appeared in the Spanish team's seemingly invincible armour, scoring eighth in the last race of a tricky day in the Solent.
Luke Patience (GBR) took his first race win, to move up to second place, and Eric Brezellec (FRA) had the best day of all, scoring a 3-3-1 to move up to third for the championship. Jose Maria Van Der Ploeg (ESP) scored 10-10-2 to move up to fourth.

Published / Updated: 13 July 2017
In: Racing

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Hamble Classics

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Splash Week 2017 inc Prize Giving

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Junior Cadets Race to Cowes

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SB20 National Championship

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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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