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We have an active programme of Rallies and Regattas, throughout the year. Below is a list of upcoming events.

  • 9SepHamble Classics RegattaSep 9 - Sep 11
  • 10SepLymington RallySep 10 - Sep 11
  • 17SepBattle of Britain RegattaSep 17 - Sep 18
  • 1OctCowes (Royal Yacht Squadron) RallyOct 1 - Oct 2


The Club has a full and active Rally programme which usually begins around the Easter Weekend and ends with the ‘Frostbite’ rally at the end of November!

The rally calendar is published in the Club Annual Programme and members are updated regularly about any changes, via the website, e-newsletters and on the Club notice-boards.

Rallies are a great opportunity for sailing in company, in the Solent, and further afield, including Cherbourg. Many boat-owners look for crew to accompany them on rallies – visit the crew register to share your interest in this.

Many Rally officers will set a ‘timed passage’ course to keep us on our toes, and details are e-mailed in advance to participating rally participants. During sailing legs, keep a listening watch on Ch 77.

Rallies are usually held at weekends and members arrange to meet up more formally on the Saturday night, but frequently meet informally on Friday nights and Sundays by local arrangement. The usual programme is that after arrival on a Saturday there is Pontoon Party at 17:00 hours, convened near the hosting boat. Watch out for RAFYC battle flags nearby!

Pontoon party etiquette is that you normally bring your own drinks and a plate of nibbles to share with everyone. Normally the Rally Office host arranges for us to eat out on the Saturday evening at a club, pub, restaurant or BBQ on a beach! Payment for moorings and berths is normally sorted out individually on a boat by boat basis and dinner normally paid for at the event.

Occasionally arrangements are made for Safari suppers where we circulate among the various boats for drinks, starters, main courses, desserts etc. Again protocol is to bring glasses and a bottle. These social evenings are again normally coordinated by the Rally Officer. Communication is increasingly carried out by mobile phone, once in port.

The sign-up sheet for Rallies is usually opened approximately 6 weeks before-hand. You can enroll in two ways:

1. Through the web site.

2. Call the office.

Rallies & Reports


The club racing calendar is aligned with combined Hamble River Combined Clubs and other Solent Clubs, with our biggest event being the annual Battle of Britain Regatta held in September.

In addition to our own events we also host a number of other Clubs and events throughout the year, details are published below when available.

Hamble River Sailing ClubHamble River Sailing Club

Offer a wide range of opportunities for racing for both the serious and the beginner such as Men on Boats & Woman on Water as well as for younger members which are accessible to our members through our affiliation – login and gohere

SWSA Southampton Water Sailing Association

The RAFYC is a member of SWSA and club members can join and of their events either as a cruiser or keen racer as published in their calendar here Sailing Cruiser Racing in Southampton Water and the Solent

Southampton Sailing Club

Southampton Sailing Club invite RAFYC members to participate in their Summer 2022 10 Race Series open to SSC members and visitors racing small multihulls, dinghies and sailing cruisers (of draft equal to or less than 1.8m). Participation is free of charge, they are encouraging competitors to support the Red Cross Ukraine Appeal by gathering sponsorship on a per lap basis, or by making a lump sum contribution. Details on SSC website.

Youth Sailing

The RAFYC and the Hamble River Sailing Club are collaborating so that our Youth members can take advantage of HRSC’s RYA Training Centre. This is a most welcome activity and we look forward to seeing many of them enjoying this facility.

With a dedicated Chief Instructor, there is a comprehensive programme of courses that includes Youth Stages 1, 2, 3 and 4, plus, of course, adult sailing and power boats courses, go here for the course calendar.

Throughout the summer weekends and school holidays they will be running a series of two and five day youth courses. For details of the available courses and when the are running go here.

In the spirit of our Clubs’ special relationship, the temporary membership fee is waived, so that they are able to participate in RYA Courses and Cadet Programme, as if they were HRSC members. You need to mention that you are a Member of the RAFYC This is a special concession for the RAFYC which is unique.

As in previous years, children participating in our RYA courses may be eligible for a Flagstaff Trust subsidy.

When booking courses or taking part in Cadet days, a parent/guardian must complete a Cadet temporary membership form, including a mandatory disclaimer form.

Please remember on Cadet days that all Cadets must first sign in at the HRSC Clubhouse and their parent/guardian are also required to attend. If you look on the HRSC website you will see Cadet days and meeting times advertised. Please drop the Club an email if you would like more details of any specific event.

If any of your members are interested in the Adult RYA Courses, email HRSC for information or see training programme on website.

For all cadet or adult courses, please contact the club office on 02380 452070 or email HRSC.

For further details click on Flagstaff Trust

Flagstaff Trust

The Flagstaff Trust was established in 1999 by two Honorary RAFYC members, Liz and Humph Jowett. The criteria for qualification are that candidates must be under 18 years old and live within 25 miles of the River Hamble.

Some years ago it was decided by the management to pass administration of the Flagstaff Trust over to the Hamble River Sailing Club. At that time the RAFYC had neither the resources nor volunteers required to enable the Trust to fulfil its purpose.

RAFYC members who fulfil the Trust’s criteria are welcome to take part in all Flagstaff Trust schemes and additionally are welcome to join in the HRSC cadet activities as part of the reciprocal arrangement between the two clubs.

The Flagstaff Trust partially funds RYA training courses for RAFYC and HRSC members who fulfill the specified criteria.

Please click the link to the RYA site or the Youth Sailing which explains the courses more fully.

For more information or to apply for a subsidy please see the HRSC website or contact the HRSC Office on 02380 452070; or at training(I am sure you can figure out what goes here)

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