Update – Partnership with RSrnYC
Mutually Beneficial Partnership with the Royal Southern Yacht Club
The RSYC is delighted to be able to announce that we have taken the first steps in developing our partnership with the Royal Southern Yacht Club (RSrnYC), with agreements relating to our cruising and racing programmes and social events. This will bring direct benefits to the members of both our clubs. If you would like to take advantage of these benefits, we have set up an online form for you to register your interest so that you can be given access and kept informed.
Members area of our website: https://www.rsyc.org.uk/login/
RSYC Racing – Royal Southern Yacht Club – Discounts
We have agreed to give members access to each other’s racing programmes on favourable terms. You will be able to enter RSrnYC members-only races, and their open events at RSrnYC members’ rates. For open events this means typically around a 20% discount. The RSrnYC runs a full competitive racing programme which is complimentary to ours. Our races add double-handed, winter, mid-week, and Southampton Water racing to the mix. More details of the RSrnYC racing programme can be found at https://www.royal-southern.co.uk/racing/ We have also agreed to cooperate on race management with both our teams and equipment. This will make our teams more resilient and provide broader opportunities to our race management team members for participation and training. Our Sailing Secretary, Lisa Topley, is working with their Sailing Manager, James Ripley-Giles, to coordinate our racing activities.
SWAC RYA Training
The Southampton Water Activities Centre (SWAC) are offering a 10% discount to all RSYC members on RYA training courses and kids summer holiday activities throughout 2023.
Port Chantereyne – Cherbourg
Port Chantereyne offer 20% discount on visitor berthing.
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RSYC Racing – Ocean Globe Race 2023 – Sunday 10 September
What a fabulous sight – 14 boats left Ocean Village, for the Royal Yacht Squadron, crossing the start line to compete in the 2023 Ocean Globe Race. The RSYC race committee boat, The Hound, followed the yachts out of the marina, in support of ‘Maiden’, the British entry in this exciting event. The boats will be following the same route as the clipper ships and the inaugural 1973 Whitbred Round the World Race, in similar affordable yachts. If you know your history, you will know that ‘Maiden’ was skippered by Tracy Edwards, with an all female crew, in 1989/90. This Sunday ‘Maiden’ returned to the start line with a team of 12 young women from different countries, cultures and backgrounds. We can’t wait to follow her progress. You can follow the race: youtube.com/oceangloberace facebook.com/oceanglobe race instagram.com/oceangloberace
Cricket – Bramble Bank – Sunrise Saturday 02 September 2023
As the tide goes out, the game begins. What a fabulous, fun, event. A game of cricket on the Bramble Bank, not the player’s usual lush green bowling pitch. The first match is said to have been played in the 1950s at the request of pioneering British boat maker Uffa Fox. The RSYC Rib took a trip out to support this event, along with other local yacht clubs.
Island Double 2023
Watching the weather forecasts leading up to the event usually gives rise to some apprehension. Will there be sufficient breeze but not too much? The direction is secondary but we really don’t want to revert to the Plan B course in the Solent because of too much or not enough.
The early sky was a kaleidoscope of cloud formations, layers and colours, being about 6 octas with patches of blue. An increasing westerly breeze was likely but with the prospect of heavy showers.
Starting off Cowes, we had a very light southerly drifting out of the Medina. Good fortune was with us and we were able to get the three classes away without mishap or delay. The Class 2 start was particularly close given the zephyrs and ebbing tide.
We then repaired to The Duke of York – as is our custom – for the much needed Full English! We were then able to follow the fleet on AIS and were excited to see the leaders were achieving 8-10 knots across Freshwater Bay – we had a race !
Back out on station at the Royal London YC buoy from 1330 we were ready to welcome back the early finishers. After six and a half hours of racing, Xinska made a fine sight as she took line honours again. The fleet all duly arrived in an orderly manner and were all done by 1713hrs.
We all felt rewarded for our efforts and somewhat gleeful at missing the various deluges happening all around us! The team thank all the competitors for what turned out to be a super sailing day. My gratitude goes to The Girls – Ginny, Jan, Julia and Sue who kept me in order (and amused) for a grand day out!
Neil Cox – Race Officer