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

In the past, the RVYC special ensign was 'worn' by yachts such as Thomas Brassey's Sunbeam (see the half-model displayed in the Clubroom), the J's Shamrock V, Endeavour and Endeavour II as well as Nahlin of Edward & Mrs Simpson fame - now owned by Sir James Dyson.

The present register of over forty vessels includes a classic 1938 teak on oak Bermudan sloop, the seven-strong fleet of Parker Seal lift keel yachts, four trimarans, an Atlantic rowing boat together with a broad-ranging list of sailing and motor yachts including RIBs. A new Club Ensign is presently proudly fluttering in the breeze in the waters around Menorca.

If you would like to apply for a Permit for your own vessel please scroll to the foot of this page for forms and information.



Saturday / Sunday 12th / 13th June - Timbrell's Quay Beaulieu Rally

Friday 9th to 22nd July - Weymouth and East Dorset Cruise (including Poole, Wareham and Christchurch)

Saturday / Sunday 25th / 26th September - End of Season Rally to Lymington

Ad Hoc Rallies We hope to run more "last minute cruises". Suggestions are: Ashlett Creek, Newtown and Chichester


Despite the limitations caused by the pandemic, and the social distancing required, the RVYC Cruiser Group did manage to complete two Club rallies in 2020.

Timbrell's Quay, Beaulieu Our annual rally to Beaulieu was originally planned for June, but restrictions meant that we had to delay this rally until the weekend of 8th and 9th August. Signs that our Cruiser Group were missing their sailing were demonstrated with an unprecedented turnout of eleven RVYC yachts gathering at Timbrell's. These included: Mymo, Elsa, Cassiopeia, Manumit, Blue Haze, Nosey, Piccolo, Otter, Selah, Lesa and Sanity. To catch the best of the tide with an early start, most yachts assembled on the Club pontoon the night before. Unfortunately, like many days during that hot summer period, the wind was very light and variable making sailing virtually impossible. For most boats, this meant that the voyage was made either under motor or motor sailing. Ironically the wind did pick up late morning enabling a short sail to the Beaulieu river entrance. In order to make the narrow tidal window to reach Beaulieu we needed to be moored at Timbrell's by early afternoon, but this did give us a chance for a stroll around the village before supper. An outbreak of fires in the New Forest that summer meant that we could not have our usual shore side barbeque, so we had to settle for a buffet supper socially distanced around the grassy hard. The following morning we enjoyed another jaunt into the village before having sufficient water to depart. Most boats then headed for home, whilst Elsa and Cassiopeia prolonged the rally with a visit to the new walk-ashore pontoons at Lymington Town Quay.

Bembridge Rally The weekend of 5th and 6th September, saw RVYC battle flags flying over Bembridge Harbour. Five RVYC yachts, Nosey, Piccolo, Otter, D'angela and Cassiopeia set off in a light westerly breeze for a gentle run to Bembridge. Having all arrived by the afternoon and berthed in Bembridge marina, we gathered that evening on the hard. A marquee was provided with individual tables and seating and we were able to cook our own food on a large gas barbeque which enabled us to maintain the required social distancing. With high water not due until early afternoon for the return passage to Wootton Creek, there was time for a scenic walk around the Bembridge Harbour area. A lack of wind in the morning looked set for a motor sail back home, but shortly after leaving the harbour a F3 W to SW wind sprang up giving us a good beat back to the RVYC. Overall a great rally despite the current limitations.


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

  1. Go to the RVYC website
  2. Login
  3. Select LINKS
  4. Select Club Photo Area (If this option does not appear at the top of the list then you have not 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 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 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 08:20 on 8 October 2021

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