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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.

Motor Boat Lecture Videos   Cruising Lecture Videos 2021   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:

  • Monday 21st February 2022 - Yarmouth Harbour for sail and power. More details here.
  • Tuesday 22nd March 2022 - Cowes for sail and power. More details here.
  • Wednesday 20th April 2022 - Swanwick Marina for sail and power. More details here.
  • Wednesday 15th June 2022 - RTI/Seaview Yacht Club for sail and power More details here
  • Saturday 18th June 2022 - Centenary Regatta for sail and power
  • Thursday 13th October 2022 - Royal Southern Yacht Club for sail and power
  • Saturday 5th November 2021 - Yarmouth Fireworks (no formal arrangements)
  • Thursday 10th November 2022 - Beaulieu River for sail and power
  • Saturday 10th December 2022 - 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 22nd March 2022 - Southampton Town Quay. More details here.
  • Tuesday 26th April 2022 - East Cowes.
  • Tuesday 17th May 2022 - Poole
  • Tuesday 7th June 2022 - Lulworth Cove
  • Saturday 18th June 2022 - Centenary Regatta
  • Tuesday 28th June 2022 - Cherbourg/RTI
  • Tuesday 13th September 2022 - Bembridge
  • Tuesday 11th October 2022 - Wootton
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 6th May 2022 - Bembridge Meet for Sail and Power (2,3,4) (4 days) 
  • Tuesday 28th June 2022 - Cherbourg Cruise for Power (3 days)
  • Tuesday 12th July 2022 - Joint Rally with Moody Owners Association (4 days)
  • Thursday 1st September 2022 - Bournemouth Air Show (4 days)
  • Monday 5th September 2022 - Channel Week Rally to Cherbourg and Alderney (5 days) Welcome Back to Cherbourg Article SEE MORE
  • September 29th - October 6th Chesapeake Cruise planned by Annapolis Yacht Club SEE MORE

2022 Centenary Rally


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. In May 2022 our rally will be in Grenada in the Caribbean.
 

Find out more about our Centenary Caribbean Rally to Grenada

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 9th April & Saturday 22nd October 2022
Our winter lectures take place on Wednesdays at 18:30 and are organised by the Cruising Sub Committee. Normally these take place in our Clubhouse, with supper served afterwards.

Winter Lectures coming up in 2021/2022:
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 & Ryan Orr Our path to the 2024 Olympics
1 Dec Pete Sanders & Emma McEwan How Lymington helped supply vital PPE
8 Dec John Doerr The Tokyo Olympics
5 Jan Graham Clarke History of the Club
12 Jan Julia 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 David Barrie Navigation
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 Joff McGill Junior and Youth Sailing 2021 Round-Up
9 March Chris Knox William Bligh
16 March HIWWT Seagrass project

Peter Bell is now coordinating winter lectures for 2022/23. We are looking for speakers who can entertain a room with their knowledge for 45-55 minutes with lots of pictures and 10-15 minutes at the end for questions. Please contact Peter on pbell@cgsltd.co.uk if you would like to speak about a subject of your choice: your lecture can be about sailing, your professional career or just about anything that has not been covered recently.

On Saturday 22 October 2022 we will be holding a 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)