Welcome to the first of our Monthly Roundups, where we give you updates from committees and enjoy reports from events over the past month. As there wasn't much on in January and this is the first of its kind, we are using this newsletter to do a 2020 Roundup - it wasn't all doom and gloom!
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From the Committee
The Sailing Committee has been hard at work planning a full programme of 38 events for the forthcoming season. There will be something for everyone: fully-crewed summer regattas, short-handed round-the-cans races, a series of passage races and an inaugural double-handed cup event, in addition to our regular favourites such as the ladies, pursuit and ancient mariners races. We have been able to maintain entry fees at their 2020 rates and all events will be run in accordance with the relevant Covid-19 guidelines that may be in place at the time.
If you would like to get in touch with the Committee, please contact Matthew Richardson (ChairSailing@Royal-Southern.co.uk).
eSailing Winter Series
Following on from the success of the Spring championships, the RYA is running the Winter version. To nominate a representative, we held our own Winter Series throughout January. Congratulations to Izzy Waha for winning the spot to represent the club!
A Look Back at 2020
Academy Winter Racing
From the start of 2020, and through the beginnings of the pandemic, the Academy race team was trying to put on racing. However, our sport is now both weather and COVID dependant, and only one event went ahead in January.
The Boysterous Cup
On the 14th/15th March, just over a week before the original lockdown, the regatta season got off to a false start with the inaugural Boysterous Cup. After 17 races, the Wessex Exiles Sailing Club came out on top against five other younger member teams.
After a rather sad general recall, Lockdown 1.0 brought with it a world of new indoor activities, arguably the best being the eSailing Spring Series and E-ster Regatta. Competitors gathered on many Thursdays through lockdown, competing on the Virtual Regatta stage.
Family Fortnightly Series
A great thing that came from the easing of lockdown restrictions was the fortnightly charity club racing series. Members jumped back on the water using the newly adopted VPRS rating system. In 2021 club racing returns as the Central Cans Series!
Stormy weather did nothing to dampen enthusiasm at the 5th Hamble Classics, even with the entry of 43 yachts whittled down to just 30 racing. Featuring a virtual prize giving, Whatsapp quiz and online charity raffle, this year's event was enjoyed by all.
Click here for the full event report
Etchells Bedrock Trophy
On the 5-6 September, we had the pleasure of assisting the Cowes Etchells fleet with the 2020 Etchells Bedrock Trophy. Our COVID-friendly race team put on six excellent races for the 15 strong fleet, with great feedback from the sailors and Etchells Class.
Click here for the full event report
With 22 entries and the home crowd coming out in force, the 2020 J/70 UK Nationals gave tight racing, with winners undecided until the final day. Both Corinthian and open champions were RSrnYC teams, sealing the club's spot as the place to be for UK J/70s.
Land Union September Regatta
Although the rest of the Summer Series was cancelled, we were able to produce a great September Regatta. Combined with the SB20 Nationals, the event attracted 60 boats, all competing for prizes provided by Land Union, Antigua Sailing Week and North Sails.
Academy Winter Racing
Despite Lockdown 2.0's best attempts, thirteen J/70's went out to race on 12th December and were greeted with superbly warm (for December!) and windy weather conditions for the first, and potentially last, Academy Racing series regatta of the winter.
Junior Winter Sailing
Ahead of Christmas, the junior members of the club were out enjoying the balmy conditions, with Oppy and Feva sailing taking place, and a mini Christmas regatta held by the Optimists following their training weekend on the 19/20 December.
2020 From The Shore
Although the annual Laying Up Dinner took a different course to the usual event, we were able to celebrate season successes in style. With an exquisite 4-course menu on offer, members were able to pull out their best dress for the first time in 2020.
From the small seed of an idea (sown by Jane Vose), through some rapid networking, the Royal Southern Singers
came into being just over one week later! This keen band of singers (along with Jane: Marion O'Malley, Angie Janssen, Jane Robinson, Linda Munro and Katie Vigar)...
Committee and Society Updates
The Ladies Committee is proud to report that it has won an Award from Solent Mind - see above/below - for being such a valued external partner throughout 2020. The Solent Mind Corporate Liaison Officer, Jo Silsbury, writes:
'We have been so impressed with your fund-raising activities in what has been such a challenging year. You've raised an incredible amount of money, and your drive and enthusiasm have been inspiring."
The LC would like to extend thanks once again to all who helped in this impressive fundraising - in excess of £7,500 - and in the process of helping the Committee to adopt its working practices. We shall hope to continue developing new, creative and innovative ways of fund-raising during 2021, and would welcome ideas from members.
Brian Akerman - Haven & Facilities Manager
I thought it might be an idea to tell you a bit about myself now I have been at the club for 4 months.
I grew up in the 70s in the Black Country outside Dudley before moving to the New Forest when I was 12. My family consists of my wife Emily and my 2 boys Jacob, 10, and William, 7.
My work life has been varied starting with an apprenticeship to be a shipwright at Berthon Lymington, then I was a water sports instructor in Spain for a year followed by 3 years with Sunsail on the Greek Island of Lefkas. I had a brief sojourn from the marine world for a few years working in the promotional products industry training people how to put logos onto various items. Before returning to the water as an outdoor activity instructor at the YMCA Centre at the top of the Hamble River Fairthorne Manor. Love blossomed with a fellow instructor and we have been married for nearly 15 years. After that, I joined the Associated British Ports owned marina at Town Quay as a marina assistant and over the next 9 years worked my way up to being the marina & facilities manager.
As a family, we enjoy the outdoors whether that’s walking, biking, camping or getting on the water when we can.
Here are some of the things that have been going on behind the scenes during the lockdowns:
• Lolita refurbishment to hull and engine service.
• Sir Michael & Bobby G RIB engine service.
• Dinghy Park tidy:
• New launching trolley for the Jaffa safety boat.
• Decking repairs.
• Mooring cleat checks and tightening.
• New puncture proof wheels for trolleys.
• Yellow pontoon safety ladders cleaned of weed.
• New pontoon fendering for the crane pontoon and pontoon in front of the club due to be installed shortly
• New flooring in the Sailing Wing and staff room
• Upgrade to fire alarm system.
• New radiator valves to improve heating control.
• New car park entrance barrier system.
• Kitchen equipment servicing.
• New security floodlights on the front of the club.
• Quotes obtained to refurbish and paint the windows and doors in the courtyard, Rope Walk and the front of the cottages.
• Various painting inside (radiators, toilets, staff room, dry store shelves, dining room ceiling).
• Installing blinds in some offices.
• Wooden club sign by side entrance sanded and re-varnished.
Proposed & Planned Work
• New Parasol Umbrella with light and heating for the River Room Terrace.
• Replace pontoon edging on mid-river pontoon.
• New general waste/recycling bins for Den’s Deck.
• Create actual numbered boat spaces in the dinghy park.
• Recarpet dinghy rack.
• Purchase new trolleys for PPYH.
• Review layout and access to current waste and recycling bin compound for all users.
• Re-train and update authorised crane users.
• Remove excess gravel/shingle from the car park.