A bright future for our Club

Following declining use, our 2018 AGM approved the decision to vacate our Ocean Village Marina premises after a very enjoyable 30 years. The Club now is forging ahead in new directions. Many membership clubs are facing the demographic and cultural changes we have been experiencing. Our approach is to move forward to meet these new conditions and deliver what is needed now to provide opportunities for racing, cruising and socialising to a new generation - while not leaving behind those who value the older standards and ways of operating. In the happy position of being unencumbered by debt and with healthy reserves we have the freedom to be able to choose a new way forward, creating the model for a leading Yacht Club of the future.

Our uniquely located clubhouse at Gins, on the Beaulieu Estate, overlooking a particularly beautiful stretch of the unspoilt Beaulieu River will now come into its own. Freed of the burden of an expensive clubhouse which has outlived its usefulness, RSYC can now invest in enabling Gins to be an exciting new focus, offering a very special experience to existing, as well as new members from the New Forest area. Accordingly, the clubhouse will close in mid December 2018 and open again as soon as repairs, maintenance and renewal works are completed, hopefully before Mothering Sunday 2019. It will feature full-time opening, car parking, on-shore and mid-river berthing for members and visitors, and a full Bosun service; not to mention an inviting bar, excellent cuisine and water-based activities for all ages. Gins is set to become a very special destination.

 

But our Southampton roots are important to all members, and we do not intend to be a single-clubhouse Royal Club. We are working with other stakeholders to form a basis for future plans for a return to a more significant waterside presence in the City in due course. Meanwhile we have established an Administrative, Race Management and RYA Training base on the shores of the Itchen, adjacent to SWAC. Social life during this interim period will focus on events at Gins combined with an opportunistically peripatetic social experience in Southampton for Members. Meanwhile our Racing, Cruising and Charitable activities will continue uninterrupted.

Above all, RSYC is a vibrant, enthusiastic and friendly club - come and join us!