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RVYC Cruiser Group


The Cruiser Group is open to all members of our club regardless of whether you have your own cruiser or not. If this is the sort of sailing that interests you, and you would like to receive information regarding club rallies, cruiser events or information relevant to cruisers, get your name on the Cruiser Group email circulation list, by emailing your details to the address below, or give them directly to the Cruiser Captain. If you do not have your own boat, then cruiser owners often need crews either for racing, day trips or longer cruises, so come along to Club events and get to meet other cruiser members.


Adrian Robson (Cruiser Captain)
Ian Hammonds (Motor Cruiser Representative)
Ivan Macaulay
Hilary Martin
Paul Lewis (Permit Registrar)
Mark Weeks (Cruiser Racing)

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Saturday 6th April - Cruiser Group Dinner

Easter Saturday 20th April - Duck Race

Sunday 16th June to Sunday 23rdJune - East Dorset Rally (NB - Change of dates)

Saturday 28th to Sunday 29th September - End of Season Rally to Lymington

(These are the planned rallies as of December 2018, but it is expected that others will be announced nearer the start of the 2019 season.)

Ad Hoc Rallies – As with last year we hope to run more of these "last minute cruises".


Despite the weather our annual Easter Duck Race ran successfully and was well supported. All the ducks were backed enabling us to make donations of £80 to both the Ryde Inshore Lifeboat and the RVYC Acoustic Fund.

Our short beginning of season rally to the Folly, planned for the weekend 28th to 29th April, unfortunately did not take place due to the adverse weather prior to this event preventing boat fitting-out and the poor conditions on that weekend. We did however convene at the Folly for an evening meal and to plan for further sailing in the season.

The annual Cruiser Group dinner was held on 21st April. Thirty-eight of us sat down for a three-course dinner followed by our famous Nautical Quiz. An excellent evening was had by all.

The "Creeks of the Solent" rally, commencing on the 3rd June proceeded with mixed success. Five boats, Elsa, Lesa, Blue Haze, Nosey and Cassiopeia, participated in the rally, although two had to withdraw part way due to medical reasons and others had to come and go due to time constraints. Light winds required quite a bit of motor sailing. The intended mooring at Timbrell's Quay, Beaulieu had to be cancelled, as permission to stay there could not be obtained in time. After lengthy discussions with Lord Montagu and the Beaulieu River Authorities, permission was eventually granted, although too late for the rally it was decided to organise another rally there later in the season.

Our Cross Channel rally set off on the 22nd June with 7 yachts, Serendipity, Luella, Ready Salted, Benissimo, Joy of Hamble, Silver Dawn and Gazelle participating at various stages, involving a total of 24 crew members. This was the first RVYC Club rally across the Channel that had been held in 10 years and the first time to Guernsey. Ports of call included: Yarmouth, Cherbourg and St Peter Port. Light NE winds to start with, made for a quiet trip across the Channel, with a lot of motor sailing. Unfortunately, by the time we reached Guernsey the winds had strengthened meaning either a particularly unpleasant trip back across the Channel with a F6 NE wind "on the nose" or a protracted stay in Guernsey. From the report of those that sailed back, staying in Guernsey was the better option. The adverse weather also meant that the planned visit to Alderney had to be cancelled due to the NE wind blowing directly into Braye Harbour.

On Sunday 8th July, six boats, Gemini, Nosey, Selah, Piccolo, Elsa and Lesa, set off for Chichester Harbour, only to find little wind in the Solent. Fortunately a pleasant southerly sea breeze soon arrived to give an easy reach to the harbour entrance. The East Head anchorage was very crowded and it was quite a challenge to find a place to anchor clear of other craft. However by the evening most of these boats had left. This exodus left the fleet in peace for a BBQ on the beach. The following morning winds were light again so it was a motor up the channel to Emsworth. The evening meal was hosted by Emsworth Sailing Club. On Tuesday a short trip back down the channel brought the fleet to the Hayling Yacht Company. Following a day of walking and lazing around Hayling Island, dinner was had at the Maypole Inn. The next day was another motor in light winds round to the picturesque village of Bosham. After exploring the village, dinner was had in the Anchor Bleu. Thursday found the fleet on the visitor buoys at Itchenor giving an opportunity for a pleasant walk to explore West Wittering followed by dinner at The Ship. Friday was the last day of the rally. The fleet split up with some boats returning home and some to Mengeham Rythe or Chichester Marina.

As luck would have it, we managed to pick the best weekend for weather in September for our "End of Season Rally" this year to Bembridge with sun and a fair wind on both days. As usual the "End of Season Rally" was well attended, with a total of 11 boats, Cassiopeia, MyMo, Nosey, Benissimo, Elsa, Starquest, Tamarisk of Wootton, Onyva, Gemstone, Mad Hatter and Nitric, mooring at Bembridge Marina and 22 members sitting down for dinner at Baywatch on St Helen's Duver. It was good to see a number of new and old faces on the rally.

The weather remained exceptionally good for October enabling us to hold an unexpected Ad Hoc rally to Timbrell's Quay at Beaulieu and then on to Lymington the next day. This allowed the RVYC to stake our claim for the year as being one of only two organisations permitted to moor at this idyllic spot opposite the Palace House in the heart of Beaulieu village. Five boats, Cassiopeia, MyMo, Nosey, Elsa and Fritha, moored at Timbrell's with a further two deeper draught vessels, Bonney Blue and Luella stopping at Buckler's hard and coming up by foot. Those of us without the luxury of onboard heaters had to pass an extremely cold night, making us think twice about future late October rallies as a permanent feature of our Cruiser Group programme.

As a final event for the year, an open social meeting was held in November, to review the past seasons events, talk about sailing and cruising in general and help us decide on what we would like to do next year. The event was well attended and it has been suggested that we should do the same before the start of next season's sailing.

To get more insight into these trips: click here to see the photographs of the rallies. For photos of the Wednesday Group's cruiser sailing: click here. These are a collection of day sails made by the Group when not doing jobs around the Club!


If you are new to sailing and would like to get a taste of what cruiser sailing is like, then join the cruiser section of the Wednesday night Adult Sailing. The Cruiser Group supports this training providing experience on the water and basic tuition in some of the skills required to for this type of sailing. In addition we also hope to offer some longer day cruises. These will be advertised nearer the time.


Please see the Club calendar for Cruiser races – a great way to hone your skills in making the best of wind and tide rather than turning on the engine or to have a couple of hours' sail with an objective.


All members of RVYC have the right to obtain a Special Ensign permit under the Club's Warrant if they are British citizens and own a yacht (sail/motor/RIB) which meets Conditions Governing the Issue of Yacht Permits.


Last updated 14:13 on 15 August 2019

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