1st April 2020 Newsletter

Apr 1, 2020

Members Only Offer

First Come First Served!
For the first time in its history the Club has taken the decision to open the Ships Stores and break out the Commodores supply of toilet roll to make it available to Members. We would like to thank the Commodore for fighting panic with kindness.

Described as the softest loo roll ever, this is made from forest friendly bamboo and sugar cane. Made in the West Indies exclusively for Flag Officers of the Royal Southern since 1837 the Commodores reserve is gilt edged with burgee and slightly scented with sea salt and lime.

This luxurious three ply is double length and strong enough to tie up a small boat. The only loo paper you can splice.

Members wishing to take part in this exclusive members only offer must reply by midday on 1st April 2020.

Stocks are of course limited so please register your interest by emailing secretary@royal-southern.co.uk asap quoting your membership number.

“I recall when I was Commodore it was like wiping with a cloud” Tony Lovell
“As soft as a Unicorns kiss” Lesley-Jane Nicholson
“If only the Squadron could get it” Peter Nicholson

Sailing Events

Please note that all Sailing Events are cancelled until the end of May 2020.  Find out more:  https://www.royal-southern.co.uk/news/all-sailing-events-cancelled-until-end-of-may

ICOYC Cruise 2020 - 31 Aug - 11 Sept
The Royal Southern invites club members, sail and power, to our cruise of the Solent and Dorset Coast.  There are spaces for a few more boats for this fascinating cruise with international sailors from ICOYC clubs in the Solent and down the Dorset coastline. There is lots of interest for history and geological buffs, not to mention dining at many well-known yacht clubs. For full details click here.

Sailing Notices

Volunteer Sign Up
We are still looking for more volunteers for the race season, so please fill in the form on our website if you are interested in getting involved, regardless of your experience. Find out more and sign up to 2020 events here - https://www.royal-southern.co.uk/sailing/race-management-volunteering
Royal Southern Club Class adopts VPRS Handicap System! | FIND OUT MORE
The Sailing Committee has listened to your feedback regarding the effectiveness of the current Club Handicap and, after a Winter review, have decided to make the move to the increasingly popular VPRS system. The new rating system will be put in place across all Summer Series, Passage Series and Club regattas, so if you are looking to take part, then please take a look on the website and make an application. The cost is £20 for the year which can be used in any class using this system and includes 2 free trial certificates.


Splash Fridays
Our most recent Splash Friday talk was given on the Friday 20th March where we were all allowed out by local navigator and round the world sailing legend Libby Greenhalgh. After covering her route to weather and navigation (via an oppy on the River Hamble of course!) she then went on to explain various types of weather, how to make a cloud and finally got everyone to suggest some storm names for next season which were then sent to NOAA - look out next season for some exciting storm names from the Splash team!! The kids had a fantastic evening, so many thanks to Libby for speaking, and all at the club for hosting.

The second hand clothing sale on the night (with many thanks to Valerie Roberts as always) raised valuable money for Splash funds. We will be having another Splash second hand clothing sale after the next talk (unfortunately this will be delayed due to the present circumstances, but we’ll announce revised dates in due course), so if you have anything to pass on to smaller Splashers, please let Vicky or Jane know. 

Finally, sadly Vicky has announced that she is standing down as Captain Splash, the Splash family would like to thank her for all the energy and enthusiasm she’s brought to the role, and the great job she’s done reinvigorating junior sailing at the club, including the fabulous refurbishment of the Junior Room! Vicky will still be involved with Splash Week, fear not. However, it does mean that we are looking for a new Captain Splash, so if you are interested and think you can fill the hallowed (pirate) boots, then please let Vicky know. 


In other news...

With Scotland being famed for its love for and long history of myths and legends, it is no surprise that a fabled creature such as the unicorn is Scotland’s national animal. Unicorns have been linked to Scotland for centuries. While the animal is mythological, the ideals it represents are what make it a perfect fit as the national animal for Scotland, and because like this proud beast – Scots would fight to remain unconquered.
The unicorn was first used on the Scottish royal coat of arms by William I in the 12th century. In the 15th century, when King James III was in power, gold coins even appeared with the unicorn on them. When Scotland and England unified under the reign of James VI of Scotland in 1603, the Scottish Royal Arms had two unicorns supporting a shield. When James VI became James I of England and Ireland, he replaced the unicorn on the left of the shield with the national animal of England, the lion, to show that the countries were indeed united.
For the full article please follow: https://www.visitscotland.com/about/uniquely-scottish/national-animal-unicorn/


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