About Us

Welcome to The Royal Southern Yacht Club

Based in the heart of the Hamble River with The Solent on our doorstep, we are one of the world’s finest yacht clubs with a sailing area to match. At The Southern we pride ourselves on our superb Clubhouse and facilities, a dedicated staff who work around the clock to make every Member and guest feel welcome, and our ability to run world class events time and time again. Explore the site to find out more about what we can do for you and what we have going on this season, or scroll down to find out more about our rich history and excellent facilities…

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Established since 1837, the Royal Southern Yacht Club is internationally recognised as a top yacht racing club, with modern facilities and over 1,700 members owning over 600 boats. We are based in the centre of Hamble village, on the waterfront of the river Hamble, being the centre of yachting in the UK. This location is easy to reach from all parts of the UK and is close to the Central Solent, providing a base for racing and cruising in the Solent and beyond. Club members and visiting yachtsmen and women are able to enjoy the sailing and shore facilities that are the highest quality available in the South of England.

The primary aim of the club is to promote yachting (both sail and motor) for all ages. Our youth programme takes youngsters from the age of 4, moving up to our Academy at 18, and full individual or family membership from the age of 26. We are an RYA affiliated club, were Yacht Club of the Year 2015, recognised by ISAF for our race management and Match Racing capability and regularly host national and international competitions, in addition to our own monthly regatta programme. Our regattas attract up to 60 boats, with an associated social programme which regularly hosts up to 250 guests, including prize-giving dinners for major events.

In 2015 the Club completed works to improve the pontoons, car park and outer areas of the clubhouse, thus creating the Prince Philip Yacht Haven which hosts 56 annual berth holders as well as up to 16 RIB berths and three visitor berths. The works also gave us our 20+ dry berth spots, which utilise the onsite crane to access the water, as well as our pontoon slipway which is used regularly by our fleet of optimist sailors and club RS Fevas. The club also boasts an onsite car park and dinghy park, three J/70s for club use and public charter, a midstream pontoon for up to 10 boats and a launch service for all members wanting to travel up and down the river.

The clubhouse itself has 12 en-suite bedrooms available as well as various meeting rooms, the River Room restaurant, the Upper Bar with unparalleled views of the Hamble River, the coveted and cosy original Member’s Bar and a large function room for bigger functions. On weekdays and particularly during the winter, the Club makes our extensive facilities available for Corporate Sailing Days, conferences, board meetings, weddings and other social occasions.