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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 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 Cruisers), 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. (Contact Hilary Martin or email the Cruiser Group.)


All events are provisional depending on the Government Covid regulations at the time.


Saturday 12th March - Cruiser Group Dinner

Easter Saturday 16th April - Duck Race at the RVYC


Friday 20th to Monday 23rd May - Chichester Rally

Friday 17th to Monday 20th June - Timbrell's Quay Beaulieu Rally

Wednesday 13th to Friday 22nd July - East Dorset Cruise (Wareham and possibly beyond with alternative visits to Poole, Wareham and Christchurch.)

Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th September - End of Season Rally to Bembridge

Ad Hoc Rallies These will be "last minute cruises" run with minimal organisation.


Again COVID regulations limited some of our destinations, but a more active programme was run than the previous year by anchoring when Clubs were closed to us.

Timbrell's Quay, Beaulieu

The annual RVYC rally to Timbrells Quay took place on the weekend of the 12th and 13th of June. Eight boats made the trip being Lesa, Elsa, Selah, Sanity, Piccolo, Nosey, Georgy Girl and Mymo. To catch the best of the tide in the Beaulieu River, most yachts assembled on the Club pontoon the night before. Unfortunately, like many days during the summer the wind was not kind, being fairly light and making sailing difficult, most boats motor sailing for part if not all the way. The sea was so calm that Mymo spotted a Sun Fish basking at the surface in Osborne Bay. The wind picked up enough for a short sail once past Cowes which gave Mymo a chance to practice a MOB recovery of a bucket under sail just off of the Lepe cardinal. Later it transpired that the bucket had been lost by Elsa whilst trailing mackerel lines. The bucket was duly returned to its owner who had no catch to offer in reward! Once all alongside, crews made the most of the fine weather for a stroll around the village and further afield before gathering in the evening on the quayside for a non BBQ supper, washed down with plenty of liquid refreshment and conversation. Sunday dawned fair and some crews took advantage of a pleasant morning to stretch their legs before preparing for home. The forecast was for a fair breeze to get us home, however the direction was not favourable. All boats returned to their home moorings on Sunday, leaving as soon as the tide allowed. Unfortunately the trip home was not as pleasant as the journey out with most motor sailing into a fresh SE breeze making it hard work against the ebbing tide. All boats made home port before the tide had gone in the creek but most did not appreciate the 4 to 5 hours the homeward leg took.

East Dorset Rally

Five yachts started out on the first leg with a beat to Lymington. From there we pushed westward and after an overnight anchorage in Studland Bay, D'angela, Bloto 4, Elsa and Cassiopeia regrouped in Weymouth, whilst Blue Haze left for Poole Harbour. The passage to Anvil Point was head to wind so our iron topsails were used to ensure we rounded the Point and St Alban's Head at a slack state of tide. From then on it was a single tack along the Purbeck coast. Unfortunately the heavens opened as we reached Weymouth, giving us the only wet part of the whole rally. After an extra day in Weymouth D'angela sailed on to Lyme Regis, and Topsham on the River Exe returning home via Swanage. The others returned back to Poole and the Solent, with Cassiopeia venturing to Wareham, Christchurch Harbour and Keyhaven. As our usual stop at Redclyffe Yacht Club was closed to visitors, a berth was found at Ridge Wharf Yacht Centre, which proved very successful, although it required a 40 minute walk into Wareham. Another favourite port of call, Christchurch Sailing Club, was also closed to visitors, but a convenient and safe anchorage was found just inside the Harbour.

Lymington Rally

The "End of Season" Rally over the weekend of 25th to 25th September, was enjoyed by a total of 8 yachts, Cassiopeia, Piccolo, Gregory Girl, Bellini, Luella, Benissimo, Elsa and Gemini with a total of 17 crew participating. Very light adverse winds on the Saturday sadly saw most boats motoring or motor sailing to Lymington. That night an excellent dinner was enjoyed by all in the Mayflower Inn. Sunday once again had light winds giving the fleet a slow sail back up the Solent, helped by a flood tide. By the time we reached the East Solent signs of the coming strong winds gave a brisk end to the rally.


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 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 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 10:41 on 26 July 2022

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