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Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Membership . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Ocean Village Clubhouse . . . . . . . 9 Gins Clubhouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Sailing & Racing . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Racing Welcome . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Fully Crewed Racing . . . . . . . . . . 15 Southampton Water . . . . . . . . . . 17 Fully Crewed Racing in and around the Solent . . . . . . 18 Double Handed Racing . . . . . . . . 20 Radio Controlled Yachts . . . . . . . 22 Cadets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 RSYC Trust . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Pullout Section . . . . . . . . . 25-28 Cruising . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 Frostbite Rallies . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31 Easter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33



Cruising continued . . . . . . . . . . . . . St Vaast and Beyond. . . . . . . . . . 33 Supper Gatherings . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Island Harbour Rally . . . . . . . . . . 35 Keyhaven Rally . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Right Royal & R.N.L.I. Rallies. . . . 37 Newtown Rally . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Cruisers Laying Up Supper. . . . . . 39 Rally to Gins Lunch. . . . . . . . . . . 39 Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Events, Social Groups & Activities . . 43 Formal Parties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Members’ Social Events at OV . . . 45 Members’ Social Events at Gins . 47 Supper Talks, Special Interest Groups . 49 Editor — Michael Ford

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2017 at the Royal Southampton Yacht Club Welcome! Whether you are one of our long established Members, a relative ‘newbie’- or even just at the stage of considering whether or when to join in the fun - this edition of On the Water and Ashore is your guide to what the Royal Southampton has to offer you in 2017. There’s a lot going on both out on the water and ashore at our two stunning waterside clubhouses, in Ocean Village marina and on the Beaulieu River. Keep this for reference – and pull out our natty centrefold Club Calendar to tuck (or input) into your diary or keep on board, so you don’t miss out on what’s happening! Keep reading for more details of

• Racing – Series and individual races throughout the year

•  Cruising – Rallies and companionable cruising, near and far

•  Training – RYA practical and theory courses open to all

• Dinghy sailing – Dinghies and kayaks available for use by all members at Gins

• Radio Controlled Yachts – Regular racing and seminars

•  Dining – Professional chefs, fresh local produce, exciting menus, good value

•  Social events – So who needs a boat? There’s so much else going on! Turn to pages 43 to 47 to decide which of the many activities are for you…

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Membership What it means to be an RSYC Member… • The privilege of being part of a select Members’ Club dating back to 1875… • The opportunity to make friends with similar interests… • The chance to cruise in company… • Participation in Racing / training to be a Race Officer… • Flying the Club’s defaced blue ensign (if you have a boat, that is) • Exclusive access to two gloriously situated waterside Clubhouses (both with free parking)… • Enjoyment of freshly prepared locally sourced cuisine in our two restaurants… • Discount of 15% discount on food and drink at both Clubhouses… • Choice of a packed programme of formal and informal functions and social events… • Shared involvement in Bridge, Clay Shooting, classic cars, theatre, rugby +++ • Offering hospitality to your personal guest… • Referring new potential Members to the Club… • Participating in the running of the Club… • Special Members’ Benefits from other organisations, from discounts to opportunities… Our recently streamlined Introductory Membership scheme enables you to

• join immediately, with NO separate Joining Fee

• pay monthly or annually

• be invited to drinks receptions throughout the year, to meet other members and familiarise yourself with the Club and its activities

• Enjoy the benefits of membership* pending confirmation of full membership (on completion of first year)

*(excluding attendance at AGM, appointment to committees and flying blue ensign)

And what does this all cost? Much much less than you might think. Call Membership Secretary Maggie Puleston on 02380 210877 for more information and a Membership Pack – or go to JOIN US at for detail and download an application form.

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I T ’S A F A M I LY T H I N G The iconic PARKHOUSE legacy was born back in 1794, when a Blandford man, Daniel Pegler set up a family jewellery business on England’s south coast. It was combined with other family jewellers in 1925 and 1940, before being acquired by Scotland’s oldest family jeweller, LAING, in 1995. Family is and always has been at the heart of PARKHOUSE. Now in our sixth generation, we have come this far by always putting our customers at the centre of everything we do, adapting over the decades to continually offer a fresh, modern approach that is steeped in history and tradition. Owner Michael Laing obe and his son Richard hand select each and every diamond, while our exclusive Family Collection designs are inspired by the ladies of the Laing family.

A showcase for the world’s leading international jewellery and watch brands such as Rolex, Tudor, Patek Philippe and Omega, PARKHOUSE is home to the largest collection of luxury timepieces on the south coast. PARKHOUSE Hampshire is also privileged to be the exclusive stockist for Cartier, Chopard and IWC in the area, and home to some of the most sought after luxury jewellery brands: Mikimoto, the finest and most famous of pearl brands, and Italian designer Marco Bicego. It’s not just the surroundings, collections and luxury brands that define PARKHOUSE Hampshire, it’s a combination of the personal touches, attention to detail and highest customer service with in-store experts and fluent Mandarin speakers guaranteeing a five-star experience for all visitors.

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Ocean Village Clubhouse

Royal Southampton is exceptional in having two waterside clubhouses. And each is in a stunning but very different location.

Ocean Village Clubhouse at 1 Channel Way, is close to the heart of Southampton yet also gloriously positioned overlooking the Ocean Village marina. The view from the bar and the restaurant impresses everyone as they enter, as does the traditional, imposing décor, and there are few places in the City as pleasant to relax in the Summer with a morning coffee or a sundowner, as on its wraparound balcony. This purpose built premises is the heart of the Club, and is where our staff team is based: The General Manager, Membership Secretary and the Events team are all available on weekdays to answer any queries you may have, and the noticeboards are worth perusing to catch up with what’s happening. Lunch is offered in the restaurant or bar seven days a week, from noon to 2pm (3pm on Sundays) and the restaurant is open for dinner Wednesday to Saturday inclusive, 7 to 9pm. The Club’s chefs pride themselves on the quality of freshly cooked, locally sourced dishes. Menus are varied and weekly speciality nights are also offered. The bar is also open every day from 11am to 3pm and again from 6 to 11pm Tuesday to Friday, and continuously (11am to 11pm) on Saturdays.* In addition to the spacious and flexible bar and restaurant areas the club also boasts a large additional function room on the top floor, the Admirals Room, for events, conferences and meetings and also the Trafalgar Room, an attractive smaller multipurpose room adjacent to the restaurant. *There may be occasional variation of these opening times.

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Our second clubhouse is wonderfully located in the heart of the New Forest. It is accessed by a private road leading from St Leonards, and overlooks a wide reach of the unspoilt Beaulieu River, with its varied plant and birdlife, on the protected Beaulieu Estate. Our Members are uniquely fortunate to have access to the Club facilities in this outstandingly beautiful area, including our recently extended, shore pontoon, a river pontoon and Club moorings supported by a Bosun service, dinghies and kayaks for Members’ use – and even specially trained crabs to delight the children! All this plus a clubhouse with commanding views over the river and cuisine of the same high standard as its sister clubhouse at Ocean Village. The Sunday Carvery is particularly popular – make sure to book! Opening hours vary according to season – The bar and restaurant are open Weds to Sun in High Season (early April to mid Oct) and Fri to Sun in the Low Season. (The Clubhouse is closed from mid Dec to mid Feb). Lunch is served on all open days and Dinner on Fridays and Saturdays (6 to 9pm) Exciting plans are currently being developed for further enhancement of both the activities available at this glorious site and of the clubhouse itself. Watch out for further news!

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elcome to another great year of non-stop fully crewed and double handed racing with one of the most active and innovative clubs in the Solent area.

This year’s racing builds on last year’s popular format so come and join us and experience the first class race management and social events we provide. All races and events are open to Members and non-Members alike offering: • A full range of year round Fully Crewed and Double Handed events. • A  separate class for any six one design or white sail boats in any non-National race or series. • Text/email notifications and declarations for all applicable races. • Hot meals to suit a range of budgets at our clubhouses at competitive rates. Fully Crewed • Our NJO Sails Frostbite series is the only Solent Series that starts in January and runs on alternate Sunday mornings through to March. It’s a great way to sharpen your skills and prepare for the 2017 season. • The 10 race Spring Series follows on in April with two races on each Sunday. • T he Thursday summer evening racing will again comprise a Twilight Series and a Summer Evening Series. The six races in each Series will alternate between the popular pursuit and average lap formats. • T he annual Commodore’s Charity Pursuit race will again be run in November bridged by the ten-race Winter Series. • S  ome Fully Crewed races will again be open to double handed and/or white sail boats that wish to compete. Double Handed • The most popular Double Handed Series in the Solent returns to a eight-race Main Series for 2017 with two four-race sub-series Solent and Passage. There will be social events ashore and one discard for each sub-series; two overall for the Main Series. • Having run the IRC Double Handed National Championships since its inception in 2014 we have been invited to run it again in 2017. A four-race Championship Regatta will start on Friday, September 8 with evening prizegiving and social events in Cowes. Race 3 on the Saturday will be combined with the Nab Double, obviously there will be a discount for boats entering the Regatta and the Double Handed Series. Our race organisation is one of the most experienced in the UK with International, National and Regional officials supported by the Club’s helpful and knowledgeable staff. 2017 Notices of races, Sailing Instructions, supporting information, results, race reports and much more will be published on our website Please visit it to keep up to date with all that’s going on at the RSYC. Off the water our usual warm welcome awaits at either of our two Solent clubhouses at Ocean Village, Southampton and at Gins on the Beaulieu River. 14

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Fully Crewed Racing Royal Southampton Yacht Club is proud to offer one of the most comprehensive programmes of year round fully crewed racing of any Solent yacht club. Many of our events are run on Southampton Water adjacent to our Ocean Village clubhouse and offer challenging and competitive racing but without the Solent chop. Southampton Water is in easy reach of Southampton, Hythe, Hamble and Cowes marinas and offers scope for a wide variety of racing using fixed and laid race marks to suit the sailing wind. Conditions are generally more sheltered than the Solent whilst the funnelling effect of the channel sometimes means that we have enough sailing breeze when conditions in the Solent are too light. Many races are dual scored for both IRC and Club rated boats. Typically there will be racing for two or three classes but we are always willing to establish a class for six or more similar boats. Races are normally followed by a prizegiving in the Ocean Village clubhouse bar where hot food and a warm welcome await.

Sunday Morning Racing Between January to May and October to November we race on Sunday mornings. Typically we run two races per morning, each of around an hour’s duration starting at 10.00 with racing normally finishing in time for lunch.

Thursday Evening Racing Between May and August our Southampton Water racing is held on Thursday evenings with a mixture of pursuit and average lap races; one per evening. White sail and double handed boats are welcome. Get out on the water after a hard day at the office; enjoy the hour’s racing and the sunset before heading back to the Ocean Village clubhouse bar for prize giving.

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ith starts typically around After Barn when conditions allow, the racing is convenient for both Southampton and Hamble based boats.

NJO Sails Frostbite Series Mainly Sundays 10am. 15th January - 25th March This is a closely fought 12 race series starting on Sunday, January 15 and ending on Saturday, March 25 with two races per morning starting at 10am; generally on each alternate Sunday morning. Get in training for the new season and back to the clubhouse for 1.30 pm for prize giving and a hot lunch. Early IRC certificate processing is available to our competitors. Spring Series Sundays 10am. 2nd April - 14th May This is a ten-race Series with two races every Sunday morning, starting before Easter, for monohulls and multihulls. Results will be dual scored. Great competition on the water as the days begin to lengthen. We’ll be back in the Clubhouse by around 1.30 pm. for a prize giving and lunch. Twilight Series Thursday evenings 25th May - 29th June Summer Series Thursday evenings 6th July - 17th August These two Series of six dual scored Southampton Water races on Thursday evenings run right through the summer and alternate between the popular pursuit and average lap formats. It’s a great way to relax on a summer’s evening and if you’re struggling for crew why not try it double handed? Entry is open to Members and non-members, monohulls and multihulls. There will be the usual prizegiving at the Clubhouse after every race. Winter Series Sundays 10am. 8th October - 19th November This popular Series this year comprises ten races over five Sundays except November 5. There’ll be two races between 10 am. and 1 pm. each day. Monohulls with IRC certificates will be dual scored. At the Ocean Village Clubhouse there’ll be prizes, a warm welcome and hot food after racing each week.

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Full Crewed Racing in and around the Solent

Clarkson Cup Regatta Saturday, 19th August Two races in the central Solent for the Clarkson Cup Trophy. The regatta forms part of the IRC Solent Series for IRC and MOCRA classes with the score contributing to the Series: See the SIRCOA website for details, Everyone is welcome back to the Ocean Village Clubhouse after sailing for a race prizegiving and celebration. Cowes Week 2017 Saturday, 29th July - 5th August Organised by Cowes Combined Clubs, including the RSYC, Cowes Week is one of the world’s classic regattas. We are proud to award trophies for the first day’s racing, including the Queens Cup, Armitage Challenge Cup, Vanduara Bowl and many others. Full regatta information at


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RNLI Race/Rally

Saturday, 23rd September

Great fun and one of the friendliest events of the year, this is an opportunity for racers and cruisers to join in expressing our support for the RNLI. This year we return to RSYC Gins clubhouse on the Beaulieu. A Solent race of around three hours will be followed by our fundraising dinner. You don’t have to race to take part: everyone is welcome however you arrive! Charity Pursuit Race Sunday, 29th October This year this light-hearted race falls between two of our Winter Series Sundays. Racers and cruiser/racers start in order of Club rating and the faster boats try to catch the earlier starters. Proceeds go to the Commodore’s charity. Racing will end around 12:30 so we can all meet at the Ocean Village Clubhouse for the prizegiving, raffle and prizes for the best fancy dressed crew. Hot food will be available in the bar and restaurant.

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Double Handed Racing


e are proud to organise what is probably the most popular double handed racing in the country.

Both Solent and Passage Series will each consist of four races with one discard. The Solent Series is made up of The Spring, Autumn, West Princessa and Nab Doubles. The Island, Weymouth and Long Distance Doubles make up the Alongshore Series. The Main series will comprise all eight races with two discards. The new Mike Golding Trophy will once again reward the best contribution to the spirit of double handed racing. If you’ve not raced double handed, come and see what you’ve been missing! There’s a great atmosphere both on and off the water. In the RSYC Double Handed Series there are individual race class prizes and trophies, plus class trophies for the Solent, Passage and Main Series. SPRING SOLENT DOUBLE (Solent) Early May B/H Saturday, 29th April The first race of the season and of the Main and Solent Series. Three or four hours of racing with a windward leeward flavour where conditions allow in the Solent. A race prizegiving and welcome at the Ocean Village Clubhouse after racing. WEYMOUTH DOUBLE (Passage Series) Saturday / Sunday 20th and 21st May The first and second races of the Passage Series commence with an early start. This has been popular with both experienced and first time crews. There will be the usual celebration and prizegiving for the outbound leg on the Saturday evening. 20

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Double Handed Racing ISLAND DOUBLE (Passage Series) Saturday, 17th June Always the most popular of the double handed races, regularly attracting more than 100 boats. This year we’ll again use the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club’s line for our start and finish off Cowes. Circumnavigate the Isle of Wight with The Needles to port and collect a pair of engraved glasses as well as competing for the usual prizes and trophies! WEST PRINCESSA DOUBLE (Solent Series) Saturday, 15th July East to West Princessa Buoy but be ready for some Solent marks or even a windward start. Once again, there’ll be a party and a prizegiving at a Solent destination after the race with plenty of time to get home on Sunday. Le Havre DOUBLE (Passage Series) Friday, 25th August The longest and the last of the 2016 Passage Series. This race over the August Bank Holiday can be challenging but a great welcome awaits us; plus it offers the opportunity to linger on the other side of the Channel and cruise home. NAB TOWER DOUBLE (Solent Series) Saturday, 9th September This is the classic race of around 30 nm from the central Solent to the Nab Tower and back and will be run alongside the IRC Double Handed National Championships (see below). AUTUMN SOLENT DOUBLE (Solent Series) Saturday, 7th October The concluding race of the Solent and Main Series takes us on a three or four hour race with a passage flavour in the Solent. A warm welcome awaits at the Ocean Village prizegiving after racing. 2017 IRC DOUBLE HANDED NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS 8th to 10th September The Double Handed Nationals will comprise three high quality around the cans races, two on Friday, September 8 and one on Sunday 10th, together with the main Double Handed Nab event on Saturday 9th. IRC boats who enter both series will be eligible for a discount Saturday evening will see prizegivings and celebrations in Cowes. See and mini-site for more details. ANNUAL PRIZE GIVING DINNERS The 2017 Double Handed Prize Giving will be on Saturday, November 4.

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Radio Controlled Boats


ow an established RSYC social and recreational facility for all, the Radio Control Section continues to offer access to the fun and enjoyment that this sport offers. Open to the younger generation right through to the more mature members of the RSYC.

The RC Section runs sailing events at GINS, workshops and marina sailing at OV and periodic talks on carvery evenings at OV. So not only a chance to sail RC boats, to partake of good food but also to ‘natter’ with the experts in this addictive sport. A joint initiative with the Yacht Design Course at Southampton Solent University provides for a very interesting collaboration, access to their design tools, construction facilities and their test tank. They in turn gain access to our events and club facilities. The RC Section has also been given a classic 50 year old ‘Vane’ boat for restoration. To get you started, the RSYC has two DF 65 club boats which can be hired for your initial RC experiences. At only £20 a boat per day, this is really good value and a great way to try out the sport without committing to a purchase. As your interest grows, the RC Section can help you choose and acquire your own boat. RC Yachts offer all the sailing, design and tactical challenges, as well as the sensations of sailing larger yachts and dinghies, all at a minimal cost. Try it and see for yourself!


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Cadet Sailing 2017


e see it as one of our fundamental responsibilities to encourage youngsters to get involved in our sport and to give them a safe and friendly introduction to what we hope may become a lifetime’s pleasure. Our Cadet events run though the year mainly in school holidays and mainly from our Gins clubhouse on the River Beaulieu. These family orientated but fully formally supervised days and weekends offer sailing and boating in a range of craft and a real chance for young people to gain hands-on experience. Often Cadets are related to RSYC Members but that’s not a pre-requisite: All are welcome. Please see our 2017 diary of cadet events and contact us for more details.

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he RSYC Trust is the charitable arm of the Club and aims to make boating more accessible to everyone, regardless of circumstances.

For many years the Club has supported various organisations through its Commodore’s Charity initiative and in the last year, has expanded the charitable efforts into an RSYC Trust run totally by volunteers. The aim is to promote the advancement of amateur sport, in particular the provision of facilities, equipment and assistance, including the awarding of grants, to enable and encourage participation in sailing and associated activities for the benefit of the public in the south of England. The aims however are not limited solely to advancement of sailing but include other associated activities such as kayaking, paddle boarding and model yachting. In addition to the awarding grants or awards RSYC will develop sailing and instructing capability at Gins to enable the activities to be provided in-house.

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2017 Events Diary ROYAL SOUTHAMPTON YACHT CLUB 2017 PROGRAMME Carvery Quiz - 2nd Thurs of Month (Oct-Apr) Steak & Kidney Pudding Club - 3rd Wed of Month (Oct-Apr Except Dec) C - Cruising R - Racing S - Sailing T - Training E - Event OV: Ocean Village Clubhouse Gins: Gins Clubhouse Venue January Sat 7 R Frostbite Rally 1 to Mercury - Waters Edge Offsite Tue 10 R Racing Sub-Committee meeting OV Thurs 12 E Carvery Quiz OV Sun 15 C Frostbite Series races 1 & 2 OV Tue 17 S Sailing Committee Meeting OV Wed 18 E Steak and Kidney Pudding Club OV Wed 18 House Committee Meeting OV Thurs 19 E Classic Car Group Carvery & Speaker OV Sat 21 E Robbie Burns Night OV Wed 25 Executive Committee Meeting OV Thurs 26 E Club Supper & Talk - Hamish Laird ‘Alaska’ TBC OV Fri 27 E Convivial Evening OV Sat 28 S Model Yacht Taster Day a ‘hands on’ Offsite Sun 29 T RYA Day Skipper Theory (1 of 6) OV Sun 29 C Frostbite Series race 3 & 4 OV February Sat 4 R Fully Crewed Prize Giving OV Sat 4 T RYA Powerboat Level II (day 1) OV Sun 5 T RYA Powerboat Level II (day 2) OV Sun 5 T RYA Day Skipper Theory (2 of 6) OV Thur 9 E Carvery Quiz OV Sat 11 C GINS Opening Party & Frostbite Rally 2 GINS Sun 12 T RYA Day Skipper (3 of 6) OV Sun 12 S Gins RCY Sailing GINS Sun 12 C Frostbite Series races 5 & 6 OV Tue 14 E Valentines Lunch OV Wed 15 E Steak and Kidney Pudding Club OV Fri 17 E Dining Club OV Sun 19 T RYA Day Skipper Theory (4 of 6) OV Wed 22 House Committee Meeting OV Thurs 23 E Club Supper & Talk - Using the interent saftey OV and its Spectrum Marcom Fri 24 E Convivial Evening & New Members Reception OV Sat 25 R Frostbite Rally 3 to Marchwood YC Offsite Sun 26 T RYA Day Skipper Theory (5 of 6) OV Sun 26 S Gins RCY Sailing GINS Sun 26 E RSYC Members Trip to Twickenham Offsite Sun 26 C Frostbite Series races 7 & 8 OV March Wed 1 C Cruising Sub Committee Meeting OV Sat 4 T RYA Powerboat Level II (day 1) OV Sun 5 T RYA Powerboat Level II (day 2) OV Sun 5 T RYA Day Skipper Theory (6 of 6) OV Tue 7 R Racing Sub-Committee meeting OV Thurs 9 E Carvery Quiz OV Sat 11 E Charity Horse & Pig Race Night OV Sat 11 C Frostbite Series races 9 & 10 OV Sun 12 S Gins RCY Sailing GINS Wed 15 E Steak and Kidney Pudding Club OV Thurs 16 E Club Supper & Talk - OV Stuart McIntosh Cowes Harbour Master Sat 18 T RYA VHF/GMDSS Radio Course OV Sat 18 C Folly Inn Rally Offsite Sun 19 T RYA First Aid at Sea OV Thurs 23 E Classic Car Group Carvery & Speaker OV Sat 25 C Frostbite Series races 11 & 12 OV Sat 25 C Cruiser Briefing Supper OV Sun 26 E Mothering Sunday OV/Gins

March Wed 22 Executive Committee Meeting OV Fri 31 E Convivial Evening OV April Sat 1 E Curry, Comedy & Magic GINS Sun 2 R Spring Series races 1 & 2 OV Thurs 6 E Carvery Quiz GINS Sat 8 S Dinghy Fitting Out Day GINS Sun 9 R Spring Series races 3 & 4 OV Fri 14 Good Friday Fri 14 - 17 C Easter Rally: E Cowes, Yarmouth, Gins GINS Sat 15 - 16 On the Water and Ashore Activites Weekend GINS Wed 19 E Steak and Kidney Pudding Club OV Thurs 20 T Cadets at Gins (day 1 of 2) GINS Fri 21 T Cadets at Gins (day 2 of 2) GINS Sat 22 E Glenn Miller Evening OV Sat 22 R Spring Series races 5 & 6 OV Sun 23 T RYA Radar Course OV Mon 24 T RYA Yachtmaster Theory (1 of 5) OV Tue 25 T RYA Yachtmaster Theory (2 of 5) OV Wed 26 T RYA Yachtmaster Theory (3 of 5) OV Wed 26 House Committee Meeting OV Thurs 27 E Club Supper & Talk OV The Challenge of Modern Yacht Design Thurs 27 T RYA Yachtmaster Theory (4 of 5) OV Fri 28 T RYA Yachtmaster Theory (5 of 5) OV Fri 28 E Convivial Evening & New Members Reception OV Sat 29 R Spring Solent Double race OV Sat 29 - 30 E On the Water and Ashore Activities Weekend GINS 29 - 1 May C Chichester Harbour Rally Offsite Sun 30 S Gins RCY Sailing GINS May Mon 1 May Bank Holiday Sun 7 E Classic Car Rally from OV to Gins OV & GINS Sun 7 S Gins RCY Sailing GINS Sun 7 R Spring Series races 7 & 8 OV Tue 9 R Racing Sub-Committee meeting OV Fri 12 E Dining Club OV Sun 14 E Gins RCY Regatta 1 GINS Sun 14 R Spring Series races 9 & 10 OV Tue 16 S Sailing Committee Meeting OV Sat 20 R Weymouth Double race - Leg 1 Off site Sun 21 R Weymouth Double race - Leg 2 Off site Wed 24 - 29 S Southampton Sailing Week Offsite Wed 24 Executive Committee Meeting OV Thurs 25 R Twilight Series race 1 OV Fri 26 C St Vaast and Beyond Rally Offsite Fri 26 E Convivial Evening GINS Sat 27 S Open Day (push the boat out) GINS Sat 27 - 28 E On the Water and Ashore Activities Weekend GINS Sun 28 T Gins RCY Sailing GINS Mon 29 Spring Bank Holiday Cruise to Channel Islands and adjacent French Coasts Offsite June - July June Thurs 1 T Cadets at Gins GINS Thurs 1 R Twilight Series race 2 OV Fri 2 T Cadets at Gins GINS Fri 2 S Evening Dinghy Sailing GINS Wed 7 C Cruising Sub Committee Meeting OV Thurs 8 R Twilight Series race 3 OV Sat 10 E Cruisers Hog Roast GINS Sat 10 - 11 E On the Water and Ashore Activities Weekend GINS Sat 10 T RYA Powerboat Level II (day 1) OV Sun 11 T RYA Powerboat Level II (day 2) OV Sun 11 T Gins RCY Sailing GINS Thurs 15 R Twilight Series race 4 OV Fri 16 S RSYC Trust sailing day GINS for Princess Royal Carers Association Fri 16 S Evening Dinghy Sailing GINS

2017 Events Diary June Sat 17 E OV Summer Event OV Sat 17 R Island Double race Off site Thurs 22 R Twilight Series race 5 OV Sat 24 T RYA Powerboat Level II (day 1) OV Sun 25 T RYA Powerboat Level II (day 2) OV Sun 25 S Gins RCY Sailing GINS Wed 28 House Committee meeting OV Thurs 29 R Twilight Series race 6 OV Fri 30 S Evening Dinghy Sailing GINS Fri 30 E Convivial Evening & New Members Reception GINS Fri 30 C Keyhaven Rally for RTI Race Offsite July Sat 1 C Island SC Round the Island Race Offsite Sat 1 E Round the Island party Gins Sat 1 T RYA Powerboat Level II (day 1) OV Sun 2 T RYA Powerboat Level II (day 2) OV F E Classic Car Group evening drive Offsite Thurs 6 R Summer Series race 1 OV Fri 7 E Dining Club OV Sun 9 S Gins RCY Regatta 2 GINS Tue 11 R Racing Sub-Committee meeting OV Thurs 13 R Summer Series race 2 OV Sat 15 E GINS Summer Party Gins Sat 15 R West Princessa Double race Off site Thurs 20 R Summer Series race 3 OV Sun 23 S Gins RCY Sailing GINS Wed 26 Executive Committee Meeting OV Thurs 27 T Cadets at Gins (day 1 of 2) GINS Thurs 27 R Summer Series race 4 OV Fri 28 T Cadets at Gins (day 2 of 2) GINS Fri 28 S Evening Dinghy Sailing GINS Fri 28 E Commodore’s Cocktail Party OV 29 -5 Aug R Cowes Week Offsite August Fri 4th E Gins Cowes Firework Dinner Gins Sat 5 - 6 C Island Harbour Rally Offsite Mon 7 E Cowes Week RMT Supper OV Thurs 10 R Summer Series race 5 OV Sat 12 T RYA Powerboat Level II (day 1) OV Sun 13 T RYA Powerboat Level II (day 2) OV Thurs 17 T Cadets at Gins (day 1 of 2) GINS Thurs 17 R Summer Series race 6 OV Fri 18 T Cadets at Gins (day 2 of 2) GINS Sat 19 R Clarkson Cup/ SIRCOA OV or Offsite TBC Fri 25 R Le Havre Double race Off site Sat 26-28 E Bank Holiday Family Events GINS Fri 25 - 28 C Poole Rally and Brownsea Island Offsite Sat 26 - 27 E On the Water and Ashore Activities Weekend GINS Mon 28 SUMMER BANK HOLIDAY (Clubhouses open) September Fri 1 C Cruise to Bournemouth Air Festival Offsite Sat 2 C Cruise to Bournemouth Air Festival Offsite Sat 2 T RYA Powerboat Level II (day 1) OV Sun 3 T RYA Powerboat Level II (day 2) OV Sun 3 S Gins RCY Sailing GINS Sun 3 C Cruise to Bournemouth Air Festival Offsite Sun 3 T RYA Radar Course OV Wed 6 House Committee Meeting OV Thurs 7 E Classic Car Group afternoon drive Offsite to Goodwood Pre-Revival Fri 8 - 10 R IRC Double Handed National Championships Off site Sat 9 R Nab Tower race (also part of IRC DH Nats) Off site Sat 9 E Gins Proms Concert GINS Sat 9 - 10 C Bembridge Rally Offsite Sun 10 S Gins RCY Regatta 3 GINS Tue 12 S Racing Sub-Committee meeting OV Tue 12 C Cruising Sub Committee Meeting OV

September Wed 13 E Tue 19 S Thurs 15 -24 Sun 17 R Sat 23 R Sun 24 S Wed 27 Fri 29 E October Sun 1 T Wed 4 E Wed 4 E Fri 6 E Sat 7 T Sat 7 R Sun 8 T Sun 8 R Sun 8 S Thurs 12 E Sat 14 C Sun 15 T Sun 15 R Wed 18 E Sat 21 E Sun 22 T Sun 22 R Sun 22 S Thurs 26 E Fri 27 E Sun 29 T Sun 29 R November Fri 3 E Sat 4 E Sat 4 E Sun 5 T Sun 5 S Sun 5 S Wed 8 Thurs 9 E Thurs 9 E Thurs 9 S Sat 11 E Sun 15 T Sun 12 R Tue 14 R Tue 14 C Wed 15 E Wed 15 Thurs 16 E Sat 18 E Sun 19 S Sun 19 R Fri 24 E December Sun 10 E Thurs 14 E Sat 16 E Thurs 21 E Wed 27 E Sun 31 E

Supper, Talk and Booksigning - OV Cruise Around the World, with Liza Copeland Sailing Committee Meeting OV Boat Show Battle Of the Classes Race (Boat Show) OV RNLI Race & Rally GINS Gins RCY Sailing GINS Executive Committee Meeting OV Convivial Evening & OV New & Potential Members Reception RYA First Aid at Sea OV New members reception OV Fashion Show OV Dining Club OV RYA VHF/GMDSS Radio Course OV Autumn Solent Double race OV RYA Yachtmaster Theory (1 of 6) OV Winter Series races 1 & 2 OV Gins RCY Sailing GINS Carvery Quiz OV Newtown Creek Rally Offsite RYA Yachtmaster Theory (2 of 6) OV Winter Series races 3 & 4 OV Steak and Kidney Pudding Club OV Commodore’s Dinner OV RYA Yachtmaster Theory (3 of 6) OV Winter Series races 5 & 6 OV Gins RCY Regatta 4 GINS Club Supper & Talk RCY OV Convivial Evening OV RYA Yachtmaster Theory (4 of 6) OV Charity Pursuit Race OV Committee Dinner OV AGM OV Double Handed Prize Giving OV RYA Yachtmaster Theory (5 of 6) OV Gins RCY Sailing GINS Dinghy Laying up day GINS House Committee Meeting OV Royal Ladies Luncheon OV Carvery Quiz OV Sailing Committee Meeting OV Gins Autumn Party GINS RYA Yachtmaster Theory (6 of 6) OV Winter Series races races 7 & 8 OV Racing Sub-Committee meeting OV Cruising Sub Committee Meeting OV Steak and Kidney Pudding Club OV Executive Committee Meeting OV Classic Car Group Carvery & Speaker OV Cruiser Laying up Supper Lounge Gins RCY Sailing GINS Winter Series races 9 & 10 OV Convivial Evening & OV New & Potential Members Reception Gins Closing Christmas Carvery Lunch GINS Carvery Quiz OV Christmas Party OV Carols Around the Tree OV Combined Gins Walk/Rally Lunch GINS New Years Eve OV

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Frostbite rallies Date Jan 7 Feb 11 Feb 25

Destination Hamble Gins Marchwood

HW Portsmouth 1840 GMT 1120 GMT 1040 GMT

Height 4.1m 4.7m 4.4m

Once again our year begins with the frostbite rallies. These are planned so that the hardier souls whose boats are still afloat can come by water but by restricting the destinations to the mainland all may attend whatever the weather. These rallies are an excellent opportunity to discuss the summer plans for the individual yachts or for newer Members to meet and join in. They can be icebreakers in more ways than one! The destination for our first rally is Mercury Marina where there is plenty of room in the marina and amble car parking too. We will meet in the evening at the Water Edge Restaurant. Our second rally is to Gins and is timed to coincide with the party to celebrate the opening of the clubhouse after the winter break. Our third is to a traditional favourite, Marchwood. Whether you come by boat or by car, join us and make a great start to the new cruising season.

Spring Rally Date Mar 18

Destination Folly Inn

HW Portsmouth 1500 GMT

Height 4.2m

This is a new early cruise for those whose boats are now in the water, a Spring Rally to a favourite destination.

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Cruising Cruisers’ Supper Date Destination HW Portsmouth Height Mar 25 Ocean Village 0940 GMT 4.1m The Cruising Supper Briefing is one of the most popular events of the cruising year and an opportunity to get together and discuss plans for the coming months. Our Ocean Village clubhouse has berths in both the Club pool and the Marina meaning that an evening’s entertainment can become a relaxed overnight stop.

Easter Rally Date Apr 14 Apr 15 Apr 16

Destination East Cowes Yarmouth Gins

HW Portsmouth 1420 BST 1450 BST 1530 BST

Height 4.5m 4.4m 4.3m

We begin on Friday at East Cowes marina with our Safari supper; an excellent chance to make new friends or renew old acquaintances. Saturday takes us to Yarmouth and dinner at the Royal Solent Yacht Club. Cheating the tide offers a lunchtime stop off at Newtown Creek on your way to Yarmouth. On Sunday morning we carry the flood to the Royal Southampton at Gins for the carvery lunch followed by an afternoon of fun and games.

Northney and Chichester Harbour Date Apr 29 Apr 30

Destination Northney Anchorage

HW Portsmouth 1420 BST 1510 BST

Height 4.9m 4.8m

We go East on this Rally to meet up at Northney, or anchor if preferred. On the Sunday we can explore the harbour and then meet at anchor and invite friends aboard for a meal.

St Vaast Rally and Beyond Date May 26

Destination St Vaast

HW Portsmouth 1220 BST

Height 4.9m

This is one of the most popular longer distance cruises of the year, possibly because it takes us to one of our favourite destinations. We’ll be hoping for the good weather and longer days promised by the late May Bank Holiday which we hope will also allow those with restricted time to join us for the weekend. Those with more time can cruise in company to other Channel destinations. But remember the Hog Roast at Gins!

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Cruising Cruise to the Channel Islands and Adjacent Coast of France This year through June and July we will be cruising in the area Cap de la Hague to Paimpol. This will be an informal cruise with boats in contact via text messages, radio, and email, meeting up together as and when we choose. Bob Stevenson has kindly offered to coordinate.

Cruisers’ Hog Roast Date June 10

Destination Gins

HW Portsmouth 1310 BST

Height 4.4m

Traditionally we have timed our Hog Roast to welcome our Cruisers back from St Vaast, and this year we return to our tradition of roasting a hog. So come and enjoy it with friends. The next day will be a family day at Gins with dinghies and crabbing.

Keyhaven Rally Date June 30

Destination Keyhaven

HW Portsmouth 1740 BST

Height 4.4m

Whilst most of our rallies take us to destinations with pontoons, water and power it is nice to get back to our roots and practice some of the skills of self-sufficiency that attracted us to yachting in the first place. It is the perfect viewpoint to watch the ISC Round the Island Race. The plan is to sail down the Western Solent on Friday, anchor, and either a BBQ or visit to Keyhaven Sailing Club, and then watch the fleet go past early on Saturday morning before we move on to Lymington or Yarmouth.  

Cruise to the West Country This year through July and August we will be cruising in the West Country This will be another informal cruise with boats in contact via text messages, radio, and email, meeting up together as and when we choose. Your Captain of Cruising will coordinate.

Island Harbour Rally Date Aug 5

Destination Island Harbour

HW Portsmouth 1111BST

Height 4.2m

Our first Summer Bank Holiday visit to Island Harbour offers the opportunity of a final long family weekend before the end of the school holidays. As ever, we will book the Marina’s BBQs for the whole weekend so outdoor gourmets can indulge their skills as often as they wish, and the weather allows! Great fun for all ages.

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Cruising Yarmouth, Poole and Brownsea Island Date Aug 25 Aug 26

Destination Yarmouth Poole

HW Portsmouth 1450 BST 1530 BST

Height 4.6m 4.6m

One of the pleasures of our cruising year is the opportunity to visit some of our reciprocal clubs both near and far. For the start of the second Summer Bank Holiday we meet up in Yarmouth and find restaurants and pubs to eat in. Then off to Poole for dinner at the Royal Motor Yacht Club, before spending Sunday at anchor at Brownsea and exploring the Island.

Bournemouth Air Festival Date Sep 1- 3

Destination Bournemouth Pier

HW Portsmouth 0850 BST

Height 3.7m

Anchor off the Pier and enjoy the magnificent sights and sounds of the Air Festival. Return to Studland’s more quiet and peaceful anchorage for an overnight stop.

Bembridge Rally Date Sep 9 - 10

Destination Bembridge

HW Portsmouth 1410 BST

Height 4.8m

The Bembridge rally offers a chance to enjoy a site of special scientific interest (SSSI). The Duver was once a nine hole golf course but now is the home of our Blackberry Hunt (hence the September date), our Petanque Tournament and Kite Flying. It is another ‘Must Visit’ destination for all seafood lovers.

Right Royal and RNLI Rally Date Sep 24

Destination HW Portsmouth Royal Yacht Squadron 1741 and Gins

Height 4.1

We first cruise down to Cowes for dinner at the Royal Yacht Squadron. Then we continue the popular RNLI rally to the Gins Clubhouse again. Come by boat or car to enjoy a lively dinner with raffles and fun all in aid of the RNLI. There’ll also be a prize giving for those who join in the short central Solent race and whose entry fees also go into the charity pot. There’ll be a raffle of great prizes and Peter Raw will once again be in the chair for an auction of experiences – great Christmas presents for kids young and old!

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Newtown Rally Date Oct 14

Destination Newtown Creek

HW Portsmouth 2000 BST

Height 4.1m

As the days get shorter and shorter, the trick is not so much to get to Newtown Creek and back as to be able to find your way to the pub and back and keep your toes dry too! Although this time with sunset around 1815 BST we will see our way there. We cruisers possibly tell more tales about this rally than most. Don’t be put off by the lateness of the season, you’ll be kept warm by the good fun and comradery.

Cruisers’ Supper Date Nov 18

Destination Ocean Village

HW Portsmouth 1100 GMT

Height 4.7m

The Cruising End of Season Supper is another popular event and an opportunity to get together and reminisce. There are berths in both the Club Pool and the marina meaning that an evening’s entertainment can become a relaxed overnight stop.

Rally to Gins Lunch Date Dec 27

Destination Gins

HW Portsmouth 1800 GMT

Height 3.9m

Because of recent inclement weather, many of us failed to get to The Folly Inn on the Medina. So this year we will instead plan to take our boats to Gins. With it being neaps we plan to get there and back in one day. If the weather is inclement again, we can of course drive.

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he RSYC is a fully accredited RYA Training Centre. We provide a range of both practical and theory courses to Club Members and nonmembers alike.

Theory courses are, in the main, held at the Club. Powerboat Level 2 courses are held on local waters using the Club’s own Ribcraft 585 powerboat. There is also a very healthy training scheme for those Members wishing to progress through the RYA qualified race officer scheme and, once again, practical training takes place on the Club committee boat, a Mitchell 31, and the Ribcraft 585. From time to time, a one day structured safety programme for man-overboard training and flare demonstration is run to allow Members to practise on their own boats those aspects not normally covered by other courses. The recovery of a dummy from the water using own methods being the main exercise, but the opportunity to handle and fire flares is also part of the day’s activities.

The RYA Courses offered include: Basic Navigation and Safety Theory; Day Skipper Theory; Yachtmaster Theory; Sea Survival; ISAF Offshore Safety Certificate; Diesel Engine; GMDSS VHF; RADAR; First Aid; ISAF Personal Safety. Powerboat Level 2 and practical ‘own boat’ assessments for the International Certificate of Competence (ICC) together with Inland Waterways. CEVNI Endorsements are also offered. All courses are run by fully qualified RYA instructors. Given sufficient numbers, other courses and course dates can be arranged in addition to those currently listed in the Club programme. Please keep an eye on the Training area of the website for more details. Visit the RSYC Website and subscribe to our e-bulletins for all the latest information. Information and updates about all our on the water events from cruising, racing, training and seminars to dinghies, cadets and radio controlled boats are in the Club programme and will also appear in our regular e-bulletins and on the website.

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ocialising with like-minded people is what Club life is all about. In the Summer this may be out on the water at rallies or on cruises, beside the beautiful Beaulieu river at Gins or overlooking the marina on the balconies of the Ocean village clubhouse. In the Winter friends may then gather for cosier parties and get-togethers, swapping stories and comparing notes. Excellent food, convivial bars and attentive staff all contribute to the special experience that is RSYC. Our reputation as a friendly club has not come about by accident — we work hard to bring our newer members into the heart of the Club. Invitations to receptions hosted by the Commodore and Committee members throughout their first year of membership enable them to be introduced to compatible people and activities that interest them. The Club offers a huge range of social opportunities beyond its core boating activities of racing, cruising, dinghy sailing, radio controlled yachts and RYA accredited training. These include organised events, special interest groups and one off activities. Details of those already scheduled are as follows, but make sure to read your regular e-bulletins and check on the website ( for additional functions. Also remember to look at the Cruising and Racing pages of this booklet for the additional social events and talks organised by these groups.

Formal Parties As a Royal Club we know how to do formal well - and make it fun! During the Winter season we console ourselves for the reduction in activity on the water with legendary black tie and posh frock parties. Live music, dancing, entertainment and inventive menus showcasing the skills of our professional chefs make these particularly special. It’s even more fun if you make up a table of friends, who can be either Members or your personal guests who are not Members. This year all of these are being held at the Ocean Village clubhouse. If it’s not already too late, book immediately for Burns Night (Sat, January 21) as this has become so successful that reservations from Scots, quasi Scots and Sassenachs who just enjoy a good party tend to come in early. There’s plenty of time however to book for the formal parties the other side of the summer. Whilst not black tie, the Commodore’s Cocktail Party (Fri, July 28) marking the beginning of Cowes Week, is one of the smartest events on our Calendar, attended by many of our Honorary Members; it is followed by a formal dinner. The winter season is launched by the grand Commodore’s Dinner (Sat, October 21). And then, before you know it, it’s time to get dressed up for the Christmas Party, which this year is on Sat, December 16. Then wind down from your Christmas activities and party your heart out to welcome in 2018 at our glamorous New Year’s Eve celebration!

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Events, Social Groups and Activities Members’ Social Events at Ocean Village Have a look at the centrefold calendar to see the many other events lined up for you this year. Dress for these is typically Smart or Smart Casual, which Members interpret as they think appropriate. The days of compulsory jackets and ties for men are long gone, apart of course from the formal events above, but these are frequently worn to smarter events. Our exciting innovation this year is the Dining Club. Themed cuisines will be matched with a selection of wine for tasting and discussion. Book in now for Friday, February 17– and if you like what we’re doing join us again in May (12), July (7) and October (6). The long established Steak & Kidney Pudding Club serves the absolutely best Steak and Kidney pudding you will ever have tasted (apart from your Grandmother’s maybe? – but possibly not even that) These huge shared suet crust puddings are a surviving tradition of our Victorian Gentlemen’s club days, and have to be tasted to be believed. (But there is a light alternative for modern healthier eaters too). The Pudding Club is held in the evening of the third Wednesday of each Winter month (i.e. January to April inclusive and again in October and November.) You are entertained afterwards by an informative talk while you digest. The topic is advertised prior to each event. The vibrant Carvery and Quiz Night is on the second Thursday of the month from October to April. Teams of six compete over the seven months. Newcomers are welcome to come along at any time and will be assigned to a team if they do not already have one. The Convivial Evenings on the last Friday of each month, which were launched last year, have proved a popular way of staying in touch with friends and making new ones. Just come for a few drinks or stay on for supper too (Please make sure you let the office or restaurant know if you are planning to eat – The chef prefers not to have too many surprises, though he can usually handle a few spontaneous decisions on the night) This is a hosted event, to ensure that newcomers are quickly introduced around to the more regular attendees. The RSYC Trust is our newly established Charity, which has been founded to reach out to young people whose circumstances mean they might not otherwise have the chance to experience water sports. It is partly funded by our Commodore’s charity. There will be a Horse and Pig Racing fundraising event for this extremely worthwhile cause on Sat, March 11. Get a team together (or be assigned to one on the night if you prefer) and come and have fun. Big Band boppers should enjoy the nostalgic Glenn Miller Night on April 22. If you’re square, be there! Our Fashion Shows are not, perhaps surprisingly, Ladies Only occasions. Partners are typically coaxed along by the promise of the pre-show meal, followed by the opportunity of watching the show or enjoying camaraderie in the bar while it is on (The attractive models obligingly make a point of strolling through the bar and giving a twirl at the end of their turns; the gentlemen have not been heard to object… ) Devernois of Bedford Place, Southampton, will be treating us to a preview of their Autumn/Winter collection on Wednesday, October 4. We round off our Ocean Village programme with Carols Around the Tree on Thurs, December 21, followed by the Carvery. A great start to Christmas proper!

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Events, Social Groups and Activities Members’ Social Events at Gins Gins closes for the winter break in mid December but comes back to life with an Opening Party on February 11. This is when we start to believe Summer must be on its way, out there, somewhere… April Fools Day has been chosen as the appropriate date for an evening of Comedy and Magic, enhanced by a choice of delicious Curries. This gloriously located venue overlooking the Beaulieu River fully comes into its own in the summer months, when Members celebrate their good fortune in having this a ‘jewel in the crown’. On July 1 we mark the Round The Island Race with a Round the Island Party. Hopefully a few Club Skippers and Crews will make it back to Gins to regale the rest of us with tales of the day. This is followed on Saturday, July 15 with an Absolutely Must Do Summer Party. (Think Pimms, sunshine, girls in floaty dresses… the Weather Gods have had their instructions!). Why jostle with the crowds in Cowes to see the fireworks at the end of Cowes Week when you can watch them from afar while sitting comfortably on the Gins Terrace with a glass in your hand, and then sit down to the Cowes Fireworks Dinner (Fri, August 4). Saturday, September 9 sees the Gins Proms Concert – the Last Night of the Proms broadcasted live from the Albert Hall. Bring flags patriotic gear - and perhaps throat sprays? The Gins Autumn party on Saturday, Nov 11 is a cosy affair as we admire the glorious foliage of the New Forest from the warmth of the Clubhouse and discuss our Summer happenings over good food and wine. Gins weekly Sunday lunchtime Carveries sign off for a couple of months with their Closing Carvery Lunch on December 10. The Clubhouse then officially closes down till mid February 2018. But it comes to life again for one day in this period for the Members’ popular After Christmas Walk on Weds Dec 27 on the shores of the Beaulieu Estate, and Chef comes briefly out of hibernation to provide a buffet lunch. Access to the Estate is with the kind permission of Lord Montagu, whose late father was Commodore and a lifelong staunch supporter of our Club. It was he who granted the lease of the land on which RSYC built this Clubhouse over 50 years ago. We continue to be very appreciative of this privilege.

Luncheons Formal lunches at Ocean Village are organised during the year, starting with the Valentines Lunch, with an appropriately themed menu, for couples who prefer to mark the day earlier rather than over dinner. The Mothering Sunday lunch is on March 26 this year. Make sure to book early for this one – the lavish Sunday carveries are often over-subscribed, even without the excuse of a special event! The Royal Ladies Lunch on Thursday Nov 9 offers the rare chance to listen to the Queen’s own dressmaker and to meet up and find common interest with lady members of other Royal Clubs in the region.

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Events, Social Groups and Activities And of course the famous RSYC Carvery Lunches are held every Sunday throughout the year at both Ocean Village and Gins Clubhouses (excluding the Gins winter closure months) Booking at both is essential.

Supper Talks Evening talks are intermittently arranged throughout the year to link with the regular Thursday night Carvery or Weds Bistro dining. This year there will be a variety of topics considered to be of interest to members, on nautical and non-nautical subjects, including Cowes Harbour, Radio Controlled Yachts, a Cruising Author talk and book-signing, Classic Cars, Internet Security, plus plus….

Special Interest Groups In addition to the above array of social activities, the Club has developed a number of interest groups reflecting the enthusiasms of the Membership. Contact the Membership Secretary on 02380 210877 for details of who to contact about any of these – The Bridge Group plays fortnightly on a Weds from 2 to 5.30 pm. All levels are welcome. Partners are not essential. The recently formed Classic Car Group has tapped into a rich seam in the Club. Could we have more motoring than marine hardware amongst our Members?? Clay Shooting offers those with some experience the opportunity to practise and to compete with other clubs. Members’ Games Evenings are organised from time to time, according to interest. Monthly Painting and Drawing workshops have revealed previously unsuspected skills and are proving addictive, and intermittent Floral Display and Chocolate-making workshops are also popular. Outdoor activities at Gins – Dinghies and Kayaks are available for Members’ use at Gins. We are also in the process of increasing the range of outdoor activities available to maximise enjoyment of this wonderful area of outstanding natural beauty. Plans are in place to provide bicycles, paddle-boards and other equipment as well as information on flora and fauna to make this Summer at Gins better than ever!

Trips Excursions are arranged as and when there is the opportunity and interest, and have recently included a trip to the rugby at Twickenham and to the Christmas Market in Bath. Further ones are proposed to theatre productions, Ascot and Goodwood, amongst others. We work hard in the Club to be as inclusive as possible to all members. Avoiding an overdominating ‘couples’ culture is part of this, and these trips offer both singles and couples a pleasant way of sharing interests and integrating.

Member Private Functions Birthday parties, Anniversaries, Weddings – If Members have a family or other special event to celebrate, do talk to the General Manager or the Events team to see how the club may be able to help you to celebrate in style, at a sensible price, at Ocean Village or Gins. Attractive rates are also available for business or group meetings and dinners.

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Contacts Admiral, HRH Prince Michael of Kent

Flag Officers left to right Commodore, Brian Hinde Vice-Commodore, Anthony Knight

Contact us Royal Southampton Yacht Club 1 Channel Way Ocean Village Southampton SO14 3QF Telephone: 02380 223 352 Fax: 02380 330 613 Email: Web: GINS CLUBHOUSE St Leonards Beaulieu River Hampshire SO42 7XG Telephone: 01590 616 213 Fax: 01590 616 327 Email: VHF Channel 77, Call sign Sea Echo

Rear Commodore Sailing, Bob Trimble Rear Commodore House, Priscilla Kilty General Manager/Club Secretary, Donna Redford

Club Treasurer Mike Garvey Direct Tel: 02380 20268457 Mob: 07721 20496828 Email: Membership and Cruising Secretary Maggie Puleston Direct Tel: 02380 210 877 Email:,uk Sailing Secretary Cathy Crawley Direct Tel: 02380 210 872 Email:

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Administration Support Charlie Coleman Direct Tel: 02380 210 875 Email:

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