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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.


Saturday 31st March - Easter Duck Race

Saturday 21st April - Cruiser Group Dinner


Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th April - Beginning of Season Rally to River Medina

Sunday 3rd to Saturday 9th June -Creeks of the Solent Rally

Friday 22nd June to Thursday 5th July – Cross Channel Rally to Cherbourg & Channel Islands

Sunday 8th to Saturday 14th July -Chichester Harbour Rally

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September -End of Season Rally to Bembridge

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


Sunday 25th June was the start of our seven day East Dorset Cruise. We set off from the RVYC in sunny but windy conditions for our first stop in Lymington. By the time we reached the far end of the Western Solent the combination of a F6, sometimes gusting F7, SW wind against a strong spring tide led to some uncomfortable conditions. The battered fleet was soon restored by a sunny afternoon and dinner in Lymington. Monday gave us a good single tack beat from Hurst Point across Christchurch and Poole Bays to Poole Harbour where we made for an overnight anchorage off Goathorn Point. The next morning saw us picking our way through the myriad of small channels across the harbour with the rising tide. We made our passage up to Wareham, where we moored at the Redclyffe Yacht Club with dinner at the Old Granary on Wareham Quay. Unfortunately, as we tied up at Redclyffe the sunny weather deserted us and it started to rain for the next day and a half. Plans to return to Poole Harbour the next day were put on hold and an extra night was spent at Wareham, which left us with a day for a run ashore, albeit in the rain, Crews went off in different directions to explore Wareham, Corfe, Swanage and the delights of the steam railway. Thursday required an early 6 am start to depart the River Frome before the tide ran out. It was then a case of picking up a buoy near the bottom of Poole Harbour, ready to catch a favourable tide for our passage east. Wind and tide with us so we had a good run to Christchurch Harbour in time to cross the bar at Mudeford with plenty of water. An overnight stay at Christchurch Sailing Club and dinner in the town 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. For those of us that stayed at Newtown, we woke the following morning to the sight of the Round the Island fleet passing Newtown. We would be seeing them again that afternoon as we sailed back into the Eastern Solent making for the RVYC. Overall it was not the best weather for a rally, but a great and memorable one.

The Tide Mill Rally proved very successful with stops at Ashlett SC, Eling Sailing Club, and the Elephant Boatyard at Bursledon. The Elephant Boatyard being the home of many beautiful classic sailing boats. There was also an obligatory visit to the Jolly Sailor, which is still trying to live down its notoriety of "Howard's Way".

The planned three day Ad Hoc rally to Chichester Harbour was unfortunately cut short due to poor weather. We did however manage a visit Emsworth where we found excellent berthing at the Emsworth Yacht Harbour. A spot to be recommended for future visits.

Weather seemed to be the recurring feature for August, being either wet, windy or no wind at all. A combined Wednesday Group and Adult Sailors day rally to Newtown Creek had to be cancelled, although we did mange another to Warsash were we received excellent hospitality from Warsash Sailing Club.

The poor weather of August that we hoped would change and give us a good September regrettably did not occur. Consequently no more Ad Hoc rallies were organised, although a few of us did manage to find a few breaks to do a short trip or two of our own.

Luckily we did get a good spell of weather to coincide with our "End of Season" Rally to Lymington. In fact, it was a perfect weekend of sun and wind. A total of 8 boats made the passage to Lymington, with a total of 17 people dining at our diner on Saturday night. Unfortunately a couple of our boats did not come as there were put off by the Harbour Master who told them that there were no berths available. Due to a couple of races that weekend Lymington was very busy, but moorings were found for all those who came.

A pleasant surprise in October was a short Ad Hoc rally designed to take both deepdraught and shallow draft cruisers. The rally first went to Gin's Farm (RSYC) on the BeaulieuRiver and then on to the Folly for an overnight stop and dinner. Nine boats with a totalcompliment of twenty-four crew members were involved in the rally with boats rangingfrom 22 to 46 feet in size.
To get more insight into these trips, click here to see the photographs of the rallies. For photos of the Wednesday Group click here. These are a collection of cruiser 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.


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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Last updated 09:25 on 14 August 2018

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