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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 sometimes 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 Class Captain)

Hilary Martin (Special Ensign Permit Registrar email:

Mark Weeks

Cruiser Group 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. (Contact Hilary Martin direct or via email to the Cruiser Group.)


The Duck Race Easter Saturday 8th April. Start 12:00.

Timbrell's Quay, Beaulieu Saturday 10th June to Sunday 11th June

The Beaulieu is a popular annual event. It is important to undertake this rally to maintain our privilege for mooring at Beaulieu open. Organiser: Mark Weeks

Rally to East Dorset Friday 14th July to Sunday 23rd July

This is a rerun of the rally that was cancelled last year. Ports of call include: Lymington, Studland Bay, Weymouth, Poole and Christchurch. The rally can be joined for the whole or just parts. Organiser: Adrian Robson

"End of Season Rally" to Lymington 16th to 17th September

This is a weekend rally with rally dinner. Lymington has always proved a popular destination for this event. Organiser: Adrian Robson

Ad Hoc Rallies These are "last minute cruises" run with minimal organisation. If you are planning a trip somewhere and would like some company, give the details to the Cruiser Captain and it will be advertised to the Group.


Unfortunately, 2022 was not a good year for the Cruiser Group. With various members' health issues and a couple of yachts out of action, there was diminished activity within the Group. Unfortunately the Timbrell's Quay Rally, the East Dorset Cruise and the "End of Season" Rally to Bembridge all had to be cancelled.

Chichester Rally With thanks to Dave and Babs Wise, the Chichester Rally successfully went ahead over the long weekend from the 20th to 23rd May, but with only a small fleet of yachts. Gemstone and Blue Haze were able to able to visit Mengham Rythe SC and Chichester Marina, and were joined by Otter and Lesa at East Head at the end of the rally.


The best thing to do now is to look ahead and plan for this coming season. The good news is that during the last couple of years we have new members with their yachts joining the Cruiser Group. I hope they will be joining us on our rallies this year.


To access our photos of the above and previous rallies, use the following procedure.

1.Go to the RVYC website.


3.Select LINKS.

4.Select Club Photo Area (If this option does on the list of links then check that you have logged in.)

5.Click on the folder RVYC Photos Cruisers.

6.Select the folder for the year that you want.

7.Select the folder for the rally that you want.

This link may also be used to access the Wednesday Cruiser Group sailing trips.


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 racing. 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 20:30 on 24 August 2023

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