At the Royal Southern, we offer cruising for those who enjoy a more relaxed way of enjoying the sublime Solent conditions. Explore the types of events we run, both on and off the water, below.
See our calendar (link at bottom of page) to find dates for this years events.
These are usually three-day events to our favourite places like Bembridge, Lymington, the Folly, Newtown and the Beaulieu River. It sometimes feels as though we have these places to ourselves, the trips being mid-week.
There are usually three weekend rallies a year when the cruising members join in with the passage races. Usually a couple to Yarmouth and one to Poole, where there is a pontoon party and a meal ashore.
We have two Cruiser Races a year that are sail and power races. If you prefer not to race then you can just come along for the parties!
Solent Cruiser Race
The Solent Cruiser Race takes place at the beginning of the season over three days around the Solent.
Summer Cruiser Race
The second is the Summer Cruiser Race in July, which lasts for a week and goes either to the West Country or across to France and the Channel Islands. For the Summer Cruiser Race there is a lay day between each leg in order to give competitors time to enjoy the ports visited.
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.
Another mid-week event on selected Wednesdays each month where the ladies have a chance to have a sail in members’ boats. These outings are open to any lady member who would like to enjoy a pleasant day in company with other like-minded members. No experience is needed. The Ladies' Committee provides the food for lunch and we are back in time for tea.
A Cruiser Supper kicks off the season at the beginning of May and there is another one at the end of season in October. These are informal meals when we either discuss what we are going to do during the year or share photos of what we have done.
Most years there is a cruise organised by clubs belonging to the International Council of Yacht Clubs. They have been held in various parts of the world including the West Coast of Canada, New Zealand, the Mediterranean and the Baltic. In 2020 it is proposed to have one in the Solent organised by the Royal Southern. Members of the clubs are always encourage to join these and so far the Royal Southern have been big participators.
The Read Challenge Trophy - Cruising Log/Blog Competition
The Read Challenge Trophy is awarded annually to the best log or blog of an event or cruise undertaken by a member. There are no stipulations on the format of the log or blog. For example, the entry may take the form of an extract or copy of the actual yacht’s log/blog, pilotage notes, or be a magazine-type article. It should, however, be both instructive and entertaining to read.
Logs should be submitted to the Sailing Office by 1st March. The winner will be presented with the Trophy at the Fitting Out Supper on 30 March 2019.