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Royal Southern YC provides affordable variety to boost racing in 2013

by Peta Stuart-Hunt on 22 Jan 2013
The 175 June Regatta 2012 ©Michael Austen Photography
The results from the Royal Southern YC's Dayboat Seminar held this past September, combined with other surveys and research undertaken by the RORC Rating Office and the SB20 Class, confirm that boat owners and their crews are suffering not just from a shortage of money but also a lack of time to go racing.

The Royal Southern is introducing a series of measures designed to get more boats on the water and provide owners with more sailing opportunities, which adds up to more value.

As the Club's Rear Commodore Sailing, Karen Henderson-Williams affirms, 'Racing has to offer better value and recognise that sailors have families too. Sailors are also starting to tire of the ubiquitous windward/leeward courses and are looking for more variety.'

The Royal Southern's monthly regatta fees have been frozen, new 'early bird' discounts have been introduced and some berthing fees have been reduced.

The Club is introducing new short course racing that will start and finish at the end of the River Hamble. These races will take place on Friday evenings and as a trial, Saturday afternoons and Sunday mornings, from early May. Races will be free to members and just £10 to non-Members. Once the Sailing Committee has analysed the entries, they will plan more of the same to encourage people to just turn up and go sailing.

'Club Class' is being rejuvenated by making it much more user-friendly, and by adopting the RYA's new National Handicap for Cruisers being developed in association with the RORC Rating Office. This will also be used to start a new dayboat handicap class designed to give other classes e.g. the 707s and 1720s, and 'one-offs' a way back on to the race course.

The Royal Southern has also negotiated with the Harbour Master for an eight-week pontoon berth at half price for boats entering Hamble Club races. With the IRC Classes, the new Limited Validity (LV) IRC TCCs will also be accepted. These enable a boat to get an IRC rating for a single event at a reduced cost to encourage owners to try IRC.

International Judge, Philip Gage, is running a Seminar at the Club open to everyone on 15 March on the new ISAF Racing Rules of Sailing covering the changes made following the Olympic cycle. On 16 March the renowned coach Jim Saltonstall is holding a coaching day afloat and ashore at the Club.

On 6 April, the Saturday after Easter, the Royal Southern Yacht Club is taking part in the River Hamble Combined Clubs' Open Day, a fabulous family day on and off the water. To encourage new members, there's a temporary waiver of the usual Club membership joining fee in the period running up to the Open Day.

For more news about the Royal Southern's activities ashore and afloat, please visit Royal Southern.
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