Royal Southern Hosting 2020 ICOYC Cruise: Cruise of England's Southern Coast

Oct 17, 2019

The Royal Southern Yacht Club is pleased to host the 2020 edition of the ICOYC Cruise of England's Southern Coast.

Welcome Message:

In September 2020, we offer all ICOYC members a warm welcome back to the Solent – the backyard of Lord Nelson, where many of his fighting ships were built. The Royal Southern YC is delighted to have been asked to organise the 11th ICOYC cruise, which will take in all the major historical sites of the region as well as some outstanding cruising in the protected waters between England and the Isle of Wight. During the cruise, you will be visiting many of the Solent harbours and rivers including, Lymington, Poole, Yarmouth, Beaulieu, Cowes and Portsmouth. In Lymington we will be having drinks at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club which has have recently joined the ICOYC and then in Poole we will be having supper at the Royal Motor Yacht Club which has also just joined the ICOYC.
The opening and closing dinners will be held in our own clubhouse on the river Hamble, with all participating yachts berthed in our adjacent yacht haven. Marina berths at all the locations visited will be pre-booked by the organising committee and the programme will leave sufficient free time to allow you to indulge in your favourite pursuits ashore.
We are looking forward to welcoming ICOYC friends to our home waters, providing us the opportunity to return the generous hospitality we have enjoyed in all the previous cruises around the world.
Graham Nixon, Commodore

Overview of the Schedule



Planned Social

Optional Activities


Monday 31st August

Start in Hamble

Supper at Royal Southern Yacht Club

Hamble—Charter location or Royal Southern

Tuesday 1st September

Hamble to Lymington

Drinks at Royal Lymington Yacht Club

Dan Bran pontoon

Wednesday 2nd September

Lymington to Poole

Supper at Royal Motor Yacht Club

Poole Quay Boat Haven

Thursday 3rd September

Lay day in Poole

Brownsea Island trip and RNLI visit

Poole Quay Boat Haven

Friday 4th September

Poole to Yarmouth

Dinner at Royal Solent Yacht Club

Visit to Yarmouth Castle

Yarmouth Harbour

Saturday 5th September

Lay day in Yarmouth

Walking, sail to Newtown Creek

Yarmouth Harbour

Sunday 6th September

Yarmouth to Beaulieu River

Fish and Chip supper at Bucklers Hard marina

Visit to Maritime Museum

Bucklers Hard

Monday 7th September

Beaulieu River to Cowes

Dinner at Royal Yacht Squadron

Tour of Royal Yacht Squadron

Royal Yacht Squadron Haven or
Cowes Yacht Haven

Tuesday 8th September

Lay day in Cowes

Visit to Osborne House or Maritime Museum

Royal Yacht Squadron Haven or
Cowes Yacht Haven

Wednesday 9th September

Cowes to Portsmouth Harbour

Haslar Marina

Thursday 10th September

Lay day in Portsmouth

Visit to Mary Rose Museum and Historic Dockyard

Haslar Marina

Friday 11th September

Portsmouth to Hamble

Dinner at Royal Southern Yacht Club


Registration Information 

The fleet is limited to a maximum of 20 boats, 10 local and 10 from overseas, whether they be chartered or sailed to the UK. Priority will be given to local boats willing to take guests from overseas. The entry fee is £100 for each boat payable by the end of January 2020 and £300 per person payable by the end of June, both these fees payable the skipper. We will email details on how participants should pay after they have registered. 
Please find the registration form links below: 
For registration details and additional information, visit the ICOYC website On The Water/Cruises and click on the drop-down "2020 September - The Solent & Poole Harbour..." folder.   For a personal touch, send an email to Maggie Widdop, Rear Commodore Sailing at
Find out more information about the Royal Southern Cruising section via the Cruising Page:

Entry List at 11/03/2020


Yacht Club

Boat Name

Pat North

Royal Southern YC

Dino Volante

Martin Hoar

Royal Southern YC


Angus & Annette Newton

Royal Southern YC


Adam Greig

Royal Southern YC

Northern Spirit

Roger Squire

Royal Southern YC

Our Sarah

Graham & Ginny Nixon

Royal Southern YC


Roger Garlick

Royal Lymington YC


David Stotler

Long Beach CA

Solent Mistress

Dr. Walter Gross-Fengels

NRV Hamburg

Equity Kicker

Ned Johnson

Seattle Yacht Club


David Henry

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron

Nota Bene

Prof. Dr. Dr. Wolf-Joachim Höltje

NRV - Norddeutscher Regatta Verein Hamburg


Find out more:

Skippers' Handbook


Commodore's Briefing Presentation


ICOYC Charter Costs (please state that you are with the ICOYC Cruise to obtain a discount)