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Summer Open Regatta and Family Cruise 2021 for Sailing Yachts and Motorboats

Saturday, July 17, 2021 (all day)

Calendar   Events
Date Saturday, July 17, 2021 (all day)
Duration   11d
The Royal Southern Yacht club invites members and non-members to join a cruise in company with options to race, to the West Country. Entry is open to inboard auxiliary powered mono-hull sailing yachts or motor boats, with a minimum overall length of 7m and minimum speed of 4 knots under power. This if a fun event with lay days and time to explore ashore at each venue. There is often a “Dirty Shirt” race for those young at heart.
Please take a look at The Skippers’ Handbook for the itinerary here.
Cruiser racing (optional)
It’s said that “two yachts heading in the same direction is a race” We all do it, and try a bit harder to steer to the wind or trim a bit better, and we all feel a little pleasure at crossing tacks ahead. Our Cruiser racing captures that spirit and adds some extra interest to a long passage. As it is likely that the tides will dictate the departure time and as we would be leaving about the same time, then why not make a race of it?
The race is started by one of the participating yachts, usually the course is from here to there with boats taking their own finish time at a designated mark. The unusual part is that it is permitted to use your engine for up to 50% of the elapsed passage time. This means that we arrive in good time at our destination. It also leads to some decision making as to when to use the engine, for example upwind and against the tide, and some mental agility to get the calculation correct. There are prizes for each leg and an overall prize.
There are some handsome and historic trophies to be handed out at the Cruiser supper. There is also a cup for double handed sailing that was donated by Mike Austin.
Handicapping System
A handicapping system was developed by the late Angus Primrose to allow for yachts to motor for half the elapsed time of each leg, so it includes details on the engine including horsepower and the type of propeller. There is a penalty for over motoring. We also give a prize for the least percentage of engine time on both Cruiser Races.
Contact - Pat North,

Event Information

The marinas are booked and as we anticipate a demand for this event you are recommended to register using the form below.
The cost of this Cruise is £60 per boat. This includes a donation of at least £10 to Hamble Lifeboat. There are 12 places available, limited by the number of marina places reserved.
This is a cruise in company with options to race, to the West Country. Entry is open to inboard auxiliary powered mono-hull sailing yachts or motor boats.
The Summer Open Regatta and Family Cruise is suitable for the seasoned adventurer to those that may be venturing far from the Solent for the first time. They will be plenty of help to hand and there is something comforting cruising in company if it is one of your first ‘expeditions’ to the West Country. The Cruiser Racing option is again open to everyone and adds an element of both fun and competition to the event.

Race Documents

Notice of Race
Sailing Instructions
Repeats? No