31st December 2020 Newsletter

We have come to the end of 2020 and while it hasn't been easy sailing there have been some great moments throughout this turbulent year.

Jan 3, 2021

Congratulations - we made it through 2020!

We have come to the end of 2020 and while it hasn't been easy sailing there have been some great moments throughout this turbulent year.

As we head into the New Year we remain under Tier 4 regulations, so whilst we would love to celebrate the new year with you our doors have once again been closed until further notice. However, we would love to hear what your Royal Southern 2020 reel would look like. Send across your fond stories and photos so we can all celebrate our achievements together in the coming Newsletters.

We would like to thank you all for your continued support at the Club and look forward to welcoming you back as soon as it is safe to do so.

Happy New Year!

Sailing & Haven

eSailing Winter Club Championship Qualifier Series
7th, 14th, 21st & 28th January, 6 pm start
Following on from the success of the Spring championships, the RYA has announced the Winter version. In order for the Royal Southern to nominate a representative, we need to hold our own Winter Championships. These will be held over the 4 Thursdays in January with the overall winner going into the Regional Championships.

For entry and information, please click to follow the links below.

Notice of Race & Sailing Instructions

Entry Form

Entries & Results

Upcoming (Real) Sailing Events 

Please note that following our change to tier 4 on 26th December we are currently reviewing the viability of upcoming events on a case-by-case basis. Updates will be published in the newsletter and on website event pages. Access to the Yacht Haven, dinghy park and the crane is still open and the bosuns' service is still operating on Winter Hours.

Find the latest RYA guidance with regards to Coronavirus here.

  • Optimist Winter Training #4: 16th/17th January 

                  The last optimist training of the year took place on 19/20 December and what a festive occasion it was! Join us for the next one in the New Year. Get in touch with Jane for more - jane@compositedtuctures.co.uk

  • Academy Frostbite Series 2021: 23rd January/20th February/27th March

                  Join us in the New Year for another set of great Winter sprint racing events. Entry is open to J/70s, the NoR and entry form can be found on the event page; Click here for details

Sailing and Haven Updates

  • Bosun Hours & Crane Use - The bosuns are now operating on Winter Hours and will continue to do so throughout Tier 4 restrictions, with the launch service available 1000-1630 daily and crane available for use. 
  • Pontoon Health & Safety - Please note; with the cold weather at the moment, some of the pontoons are becoming icy and slippery, so please take care! Considering the movements to Tier 4, also bear in mind that there is likely to be fewer staff and member around the club to assist if you get into difficulty. 
  • Staffing - At present, we intend for the sailing office staff to continue working throughout the Januaryclubhouse closure. So we will still be contactable by email if you need us!

Emily, Sailing Secretary - sailing@royal-southern.co.uk
Brian, Haven & Facilities Manager - havenandfacilities@royal-southern.co.uk
Tim, Barry or Gareth, Bosun Team - bosun@royal-southern.co.uk

Shoreside and House

Virtual Wednesday Lecture - 13th January 

This week we will be hearing from Brian Masters, who will be given a lecture titled 'Saving Lives at Sea - RNLI'

Join us on Zoom;

Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89326481590?pwd=cGlwbEtoUi80YXNGTmZBRms4b0wzZz09
Meeting ID: 89326481590
Passcode: RSYCRNLI

Or join by Skype for Business;


The meeting will be open from 18.50 for people to join and test their sound etc. before commencing the lecture at 19.00.

Due to the current tier regulations, the Wednesday lectures are now online, we are therefore not able to provide a collection for RNLI. Please consider making a donation if this is possible for you. 

Staff Fund Donations

Dear Members,

As we near the end of an unforgettable year and hopefully one that won’t be repeated, we’d like to remind you to please to take a moment to think of our Club employees. Many of our staff have been furloughed for large parts of the year, earning 80% of their normal wages. They have all been very flexible in their roles and worked hard to reopen the Club and facilities where possible and safe to do so.

If you are able to, please take a moment to make a donation to the Staff Fund by one of the following methods:

  1. BACs transfer to Club bank account. Please detail “Staff Fund” as reference.
  2. Please e-mail to have your member account charged with a donation by clicking here.
  3. Or to donate using Paypal, please click on the link at the bottom of this message.

So, as you put your lights on the tree, order your turkey and count how many households you would be if single Uncle John formed a support bubble with you and we were a bit loose around the term 'returning home from university', please think of the Club’s staff and help fund single household Christmas parties with a little donation to the staff fund!

They will all smile a little brighter next time they see you, which we hope will be soon.

Best Wishes,

Commodore and Executive Committee

Click here to donate through Paypal

Get in touch!

Contact reception for general enquiries on reception@royal-southern.co.uk or 02380 450300, available 9 am-12 pm Monday - Friday.

For department-specific queries:
Stephanie on office@royal-southern.co.uk for membership.
Becky or Zoe on events@royal-southern.co.uk for queries on bookings, reservations, future events or event enquiries.


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