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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)
  • Hilary Martin (Permit Registrar)
  • Chris Turner
  • Mark Weeks (Cruiser Racing)

Contact email:


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. (See the download information below.)


Saturday 4th April - Cruiser Group Dinner

Saturday 11th April - Easter Duck Race


20th to 21st June - Rally to Timbrell's Quay with possibly an extra night somewhere.

19th to 26th July - Rally to East Dorset (Poole and Wareham) - Separate to Weymouth rally exploring Poole Harbour and visiting Christchurch.

5th to 6th September - End of Season Rally to Bembridge Should be available to yachts of draft up to 2 metres.

Ad Hoc Rallies We hope to run more "last minute cruises".

Suggestions are: Ashlett Creek, Newtown and Chichester


The Cruiser Group Dinner went off well on the 6th April with a total of 41 members participating.

Thanks to all our Club Members for supporting this year's Easter Duck Race. Despite light winds we managed a slow race across the "pool" with a very clear winner leading the fleet, or should it be flock! All the ducks were backed enabling us to make a profit of £174 which was donated to the RVYC pontoon and bridge refurbishment.

The Cruiser Group gave good support to the RYA PTBO event. Yachts taking people out sailing were; Serendipity, Mad Hatter, Sanity and Cassiopeia. The event resulted in three recruits to the cruiser section of this year's Adult Sailing. Two joined the Club specifically for this and the other was a newish member who reaffirmed that he wanted to continue sailing.

Sunday 16th June was the start of our eight day East Dorset Cruise with seven yachts, Cassiopeia, Elsa, Nosey, Pinocchio, Blue Haze and Georgy Girl participating. The weather started with a particularly rough passage down to Lymington with a wind gusting F7 against a strong spring tide. The battered fleet was soon restored by a sunny afternoon and dinner in Lymington. Monday gave us a good beat from Hurst Point across Christchurch and Poole Bays to Poole Harbour where we made for an overnight anchorage in South Deep. The next morning saw us picking out withies and making our way through the myriad of small channels across the harbour, into the River Frome and up to Wareham, where we moored at the Redclyffe Yacht Club with dinner at the Old Granary on Wareham Quay. A two night stay in Wareham enabled us to have time to explore Wareham, Corfe, Swanage and the delights of the steam railway. We departed the next day with part of the fleet heading off to anchor in Studland Bay, whilst the others went to Shipstal Point for a lunch break and then on to South Deep again for an overnight stay in some strengthening winds. Perfect weather the next day gave us a good reach for passage eastwards to Christchurch Harbour in time to cross the bar at Mudeford with plenty of water. An overnight stay and dinner at Christchurch Sailing Club rounded off an excellent day. The following day we left Christchurch to sail back to the Solent as soon as there was sufficient water. Boats then stated to go separate ways. Either to the planned stop in Newtown Creek or even going for the longer trip strait back to Wootton. Although there were a couple of days of strong winds the weather stayed fine and all proposed ports of call were reached on the cruise.

At the beginning of July, three Club yachts, Snowfire, Laura and Cassiopeia sailed to Bembridge Harbour to represent the RVYC at a rally organised by Westerly Owners Association to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first Westerly Centaur. Fifty Centaurs attended the rally with some owners, but without their yachts

Due to adverse tides the Timbrell's Quay Rally was held over a Friday and Saturday on 26th - 27th July rather than the traditional Saturday Sunday event

Seven Boats, Piccolo, Manumit, Gregory Girl, Fritha, Elsa, Lesa and Mymo attended, with another 5 boats showing an interest, but unable to attend due to the Friday start. An excellent sail to the Beaulieu in upper force 4 westerly winds and good weather was followed by the traditional evening BBQ with pre dinner Pims being served by Mymo. Fritha brought legs this year to ensure an upright and restful night. Saturday dawned with light NW winds, but most boats managed a quite sail down river to congregate below Bucklers Hard for a late breakfast and coffee before departing around midday, just before low water to catch the flood home. NW force 3 winds provided a pleasant sail home to arrive back at the RVYC by late afternoon.

Unfortunately, our "End of Season" Rally to Lymington at the end of September had to be cancelled at the last minute due to bad weather. In fact a lot of sailing was cancelled that weekend. With a SW Force 7- 8 and a very strong spring tide conditions were abysmal in the Solent.

RVYC Yachts Further Afield.

(Apologies to any I have missed, but I can only report on the ones that I am told about.)

Benissimo (Tony Hart) set off for a cruise to the West Country in May.

Bonneys Blue (Paul and Vida Lewis) sailed down to Falmouth where they based themselves for the rest of the summer. They must have liked it as they are planning to move down there and have joined the Royal Cornish Yacht Club

Serendipity (Sue and Nigel Gee) completed their sail to Barra in the Outer Hebrides via the West Country and Ireland and returned by the same route.

Gazelle (Chris Matthews) complete a tour of the Channel Islands and the west coast of France.

D'angela (Steve and Angela Vick with crew Sue and Adrian Robson) After a few teething problems this yacht was collected from the east of Germany and sailed from the Baltic via the Keel Canal, Frisian Islands, Holland, Belgium and France home to the Solent and Wootton Creek.


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 understanding in some of the theory 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.


Last updated 09:30 on 27 November 2020

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