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Cruising

Travel in a relaxed manner afloat with our day, weekend and longer sail and motor cruises in the Solent and beyond!

Cruising with Royal Lymington Yacht Club


We offer an extensive programme of sail and motor cruising for those who prefer a more relaxed way of enjoying the Solent. A wide variety of events is planned for each month throughout the season by our Cruising Sub-Committee, including day cruises and longer cruises and meets (often over a weekend).

All members are welcome to participate in cruising events. Whether you own a sailing or a motor boat, or are keen to crew, there are frequent club cruises, events and lectures throughout the season. If you don’t have a boat and would like to join a cruise, contact the event organiser who may be able to put you in touch with someone who is looking for crew. 

Please note, we require skippers to compete an annual Consent and Medical Form: download a copy here or collect from the club office. If you would like a version in Word, please contact George Trevelyan.

Find below links to useful reports from our club day cruises, rallies and meets in previous years, as well as members' logs and blogs and the resources in our club chart room.

Cruise Reports    Members Logs and Blogs   Cruising Awards   Chart Room Resources

Sail and Motor Cruising Events

These popular monthly events are designed for sail and power (including RIBs) and are open to ALL members. They run year-round, some weekdays, some weekend, all timed to suit the tides. Most are to a pub or yacht club for lunch, typically no more than 2 hours travel each way. Usually they begin with a skipper's briefing in the club at 09:00.

If you'd like to try one of these day cruises but don't have a boat or know a skipper, contact the cruise organiser, who will endeavour to find you a crewing position for the day.

Some of our cruises are "Pop Up" - this means we will be planning them nearer the time, according to conditions. More details will be shared via the Cruising WhatsApp Group (please contact George Trevelyan to join)


Day cruises planned this season:

  • Wednesday 12th May 2021 - Newtown for sail and power (all)
  • Tuesday 15th June 2021 - Seaview Yacht Club for sail and power (1,3,4)
  • Tuesday 20th July 2021 - "Pop Up" for sail and power (all) See more
  • August 2021 - Ad-hoc "Pop Ups" for sail and power 
  • Tuesday 5th October 2021 - Yarmouth for sail and power (all)
  • Thursday 21st October 2021 - Cowes for sail and power (all)
  • Friday 5th November 2021 - Yarmouth Fireworks (no formal arrangements)
  • Wednesday 24th November 2021 - Gins Farm, Beaulieu for sail and power
  • Saturday 11th December 2021 - Needles Relief for sail and power
Motor cruises are tailored to various power craft types (1 = RIB/AXOPAR, 2 = cruise speed 8k, 3 = cruise speed over 15k, 4 = cruise speed over 20k) and are held regularly. In addition, all power craft are welcome to join all our other cruising events.


Motor day cruises planned this season:

  • Tuesday 2nd March 2021 - Seaview
  • Tuesday 30th March 2021 - Poole
  • Tuesday 13th April 2021 - River Itchen or Hamble, RIBAX Raid (1)
  • Tuesday 11th May 2021 - Folly Inn, Medina (all)
  • Thursday 10th June 2021 - Round the Island, RIBAX Raid (1) More Details
  • Saturday 26th June 2021 - Lulworth (1,3,4)
  • Thursday 8th July 2021 - Poole (1,3,4)
  • Tuesday 7th September 2021 - Portsmouth (all)
  • Thursday 21st September 2021 - Folly Inn, Medina (all)
  • Thursday 7th October 2021 - Bucklers Hard (all)
Our programme also includes cruises over two or more days (often called 'Meets'), sometimes held over weekends. They typically involve a pontoon party on one evening and an informal supper at a local restaurant or yacht club on another. How long you stay during these events is up to you, it's fine if you would just like to join us for one day. Whenever possible, boats are berthed close together to assist in socialising.
 
Normally over the late May holiday weekend, we arrange a long weekend Meet in Cherbourg for those cruising the Channel or West France, leaving it to individual skippers to choose their own subsequent itineraries. Thus, those who wish to meet up for meals, or to exchange local knowledge or to cruise in company, can do so. Some utilise the 'Connected Cruisers' WhatsApp group to keep in touch.

Longer cruises planned this season:
  • Friday 4th June 2021 - Portland Meet for Sail and Power (2,3,4) (3 days) Details here
  • Friday 18th June 2021 - Bembridge Meet for Sail and Power (2,3,4) (3 days) Details here
  • Tuesday 13th July 2021 - Rochefort Meet with Moody Owners Association (3 days)
  • TBC July 2021 - Power Meet (2,3,4) at Chichester for Theatre (2 days)
  • Friday 10th September 2021 - Itchenor Sail and Motor Weekend Meet (3 days)
Once a year, we also usually arrange a charter cruise. This involves skippers chartering sail or motorboats in the chosen cruising area somewhere in the world, away from Lymington. Currently under consideration is the Caribbean in Spring 2022. More details will follow in mid-2021.
These informal events are held mostly during the winter months, in the Club. They are an opportunity for all Members to keep in touch with what's going on in the Cruising section, to socialise and to give feedback to the Cruising Sub-Committee. 
 

Saturday 9 October: Cruising Seminar (18:00) and informal Cruising Supper (19:00)

INFORMAL CRUISING SUPPER

Our winter lectures take place on Thursdays at 18:30 and are organised by the Cruising Sub Committee. Normally these take place in our Clubhouse, accompanied by a delicious meal by Mosimann’s.

Saturday 9 October 2021: Cruising Seminar (18:00) and Cruising Supper (19:00)

Winter Lectures coming up in 2021:
6 Oct Peter Bruce The Solent Hazards
13 Oct Kathy Brown Race to the Admiralty – The Trafalgar Way Story
20 Oct Andrew Watson Sailing in the Antarctic
27 Oct Chris Williams & David Howlett Ice Boating
3 Nov Jeremy Vines HMS Pickle
10 Nov Phil Lawrence The Ocean Race Europe
17 Nov Mark Smith Valour-The Story of the Victoria Cross
24 Nov Vita Heathcote My path to the Olympics
1 Dec Pete Saunders & Emma McEwan How Lymington helped supply vital PPE
     
5 Jan Graham Clarke & Neil Eccles History of the Club
12 Jan George Trevelyan Photography Competition
19 Jan Tim Gedge Air War in the Falklands
26 Jan Dr Palmer Sailing then and now - from a 13m wooden yawl to a 10m aluminium cutter
2 Feb Chris Knox William Bligh
9 Feb Geoff Holmes, Roger and John Cruising in the west country
16 Feb Geoff Holmes and Peter Weide The Diesel Bug
23 Feb Gillian Poole Travels & Working on a superyacht
2 March David Barrie Navigation
9 March Andrew Chapman Bellerophon & Napoleon
16 March HIWWT Seagrass project

 
On Saturday 9 October 2021 we will be holding an Engine Maintenance and Safety Day from 11:00.

Our Cruising Sub-Committee


Our Cruising Sub-Committee organises our Sail and Motor Cruising events, awards, logs and the chart room resources for members planning cruises. 

Captain of Cruising: George Trevelyan (georget0104@gmail.com)