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Racing

Join our regular racing on the Solent, one of the best sailing areas in the World.

Racing at Royal Lymington Yacht Club

On the South Coast of England, between the mainland and the Isle of Wight, the Solent is an excellent and exhilarating sailing and racing destination. Approximately 30 miles long and 5 miles wide, the area provides a fantastic variety of sailing conditions against the backdrop of a picturesque coastline.

Keelboat racing and dinghy racing are at the forefront of everything we do at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club. Our location at the gateway of the Lymington River enables easy access in all tides out into the Solent, making racing out of Lymington a true delight. Our excellent waterfront facilities, welcoming clubhouse with popular Mosimann's restaurant, bar and sun terraces, and dedicated team ensure that our events run smoothly both on and off the water.

We love to host sailing and race events, from small, regular club regattas to large class opens and national championships. Explore below to find out how to participate in our racing, what's on this season and how to host your sailing event at Royal Lymington Yacht Club.

Royal Lymington Yacht Club Race Series

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Our Spring Series for cruiser-racers and one-design keelboats runs on Sunday mornings in April and May. Dates for 2021 are as follows:
  • Sunday 11 April 2021
  • Sunday 18 April 2021
  • Sunday 25 April 2021
  • Sunday 2 May 2021
Entries open: Thursday 11 March 2021
Latest date for series entry: Saturday 10 April 2021 
Latest time for race entry: 9am on race day.

Our thanks to Gallagher Insurance for sponsoring our 2021 Spring Series.
 
On Monday evenings from mid-April to late August, we run dinghy racing for all Members of LTSC and RLymYC, including our junior and youth sailors. The season is divided into two series, with the dates for the 2021 season as follows:
  • Early series: 11 April to 14 June 
  • Pursuit Race: 2nd August
  • Late series: 28 June to 30 August (excluding 23 August)
Warning signal is 17:55
 
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Each Thursday evening throughout May to September sees the return of our Mixed Handicap racing for IRC and Lymington Handicap-rated keelboats and also the J80 fleet. The season is sectioned into series as follows:
  • Briefing: 22 April 18:30
  • Early series: 29 April to 24 June
  • Late series: 1 July to 26 August
  • Late Late series: 2 – 23 September

Each series consists of open racing events, great fun on the water with the opportunity to socialise in our Mosimann’s bar and restaurant afterwards.

Our thanks to Spencers New Forest for sponsoring our 2021 Spring Series.
 
Seeking crew or looking for crewing opportunities? Join our Crew Register!

Book a table at our Mosimann's Bar and Restaurant for after racing.
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Our junior and youth sailors race in dinghies after school between May and September, with the season normally divided into 2 series. Races start opposite the Clubhouse at 6pm and are a fun way for our younger sailors to compete informally with each other, often trying out other single-handers and double-handers for the series. 
  • Briefing: 9 April 18:00
  • Early series from 16 April to 2 July
  • Late series from 9 July to 24 September
Many thanks to Dunford Construction for sponsoring our 2021 Friday Evening Series.
 
Hire a boat.

Book a table at our Mosimann's Bar and Restaurant for after the race.
 
From April until early November our One-Design Keelboat Points series provides racing for XODs and Nordic Folkboats. 

The XOD Series takes place on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.
In 2021 the Saturday series will run from 24 April and the Wednesday series will run from 28 April. Warning signal at 13:55.
 
From April until early November our One-Design Keelboat Points series provides racing for XODs and Nordic Folkboats.
 
The Folkboat Series takes place on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.
In 2021 the Saturday series will run from 24 April and the Wednesday series will run from 28 April. Warning signal at 14:05.
 

The club runs a Duo (double-handed) Series on various Saturdays from May to September. The ever-popular Duo Series is considered to be the most interesting and challenging race series based in the Western Solent. The series involves exciting, varied and highly competitive races, including to the Eastern Solent, Christchurch Bay and around the Island. Boats can be raced single- or double-handed, providing socially distanced racing on a range of keelboats.

Entry is free to members of the RLymYC and LTSC

 
Our Autumn Series for LR Scows takes place in September at 17:00. 
  • Monday 6 September
  • Monday 13 September
  • Monday 20 September
  • Monday 27 September
 

Royal Lymington Yacht Club Race Events 2021

Saturday 5th June 2021

The Royal Lymington Yacht Club Summer Regatta has become firmly established in our club calendar and this year will take place on Saturday 5th June 2021. To ensure we have more time out on the water, this year's event will now also incorporate a Thursday evening twilght race.

There will be class starts for IRC Yachts, Lymington Adjusted Handicap, XODs, J/80s, Gaffers, Classics Folkboats, Int 6 Meters, Swan Classics, IRC Classic Cruisers, Spirit of Traditions and Darings.
 
A number of Trophy Races take place during the season for our Lymington River Scows. 

Hinxman Trophy Tuesday 22 June 2021
Alexina Trophy Tuesday 6 July 2021
Captain’s Trophy Tuesday 20 July 2021
Figure of Eight Race Sunday 29 August 2021
 

Saturday 2 October 2021

The Pottership Trophy was presented by Major Cyril Potter in 1937 and is awarded annually to the winner of a handicap race for all classes of keelboats owned and sailed by members.
 

Saturday 11 December 2021

Originally organised to provide Christmas relief to the crew manning the Needles lighthouse. Since the lighthouse was automated, the Needles Relief Race has been run as a charity event to support the RNLI.

Weather and tide permitting, the course for Class One yachts sail out to the Needles and back to a finish near Yarmouth. At this time of year some race crews embrace the Christmas spirit with fancy dress. 
 

Monday 27 December 2021

Our annual Peter Andreae Race is for under 21s double-handed in Scows. Cash prizes will be awarded. The event is run using a round robin league system with a final comprising 1, 2, or 3 final races depending on the time available.
 

Tuesday 28 December 2021


The Penguin Trophy is one of the club’s most coveted prizes, often attracting Olympic-level sailors. It is raced for annually in loaned Scows, in the Lymington River close to the club.
 
A new club initiative for 2021 is to run monthly informal and instructive team racing sessions. The aim is to introduce interested dinghy sailors to team racing, bring on new talent and for the more experienced team racers to share their knowledge and re-fresh their skills. Everyone will participate together in mixed ability teams in a squad format. 

Special Events 2021

Saturday 22nd - Sunday 23rd May 2021

We are delighted to be welcoming the RS Tera Class to Royal Lymington Yacht Club for the Start of Season Championship.
 
 

Saturday 29th - Sunday 30th May 2021


We are delighted to be welcoming oppie sailors to Royal Lymington Yacht Club for our Lymington Optimist Open.
 

Friday 30 July - Sunday 1 August 2021


We are delighted to be welcoming the VX One Class to Royal Lymington Yacht Club? for the National Championships.
 
The 2021 X One Design Week will be taking place at Royal Lymington Yacht Club from 26 to 30 June 2021. An open event, XOD Week consists of two scheduled races per day. The overall winner is awarded the King George V Silver Jubilee Challenge Cup 1935 (Whittaker Cup)

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Saturday 3 - Sunday 4 July 2021

The Lymington Dinghy Regatta, run jointly by RLymYC and LTSC, offers two days of racing in the Solent with three races each day. 
 

Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th August 2021

We are delighted to be welcoming the Finn Class to Royal Lymington Yacht Club for the Finn Southern Areas Championship.
 

Monday 23 - Friday 27 August 2021

Youth Week (also known as Junior Race Week and Junior Regatta) is a fun week of racing for our Junior and Youth sailors - including children who have participated in Wednesday Junior Sailing. There are normally four fleets: Bronze, Silver, Gold and a separate Scow fleet. Evenings events are organised during the week for sailors and parents, and Friday is a fun day, usually with a theme.
 

Saturday 4 - Sunday 5 September 2021

We are delighted to be welcoming the Nordic Folkboat Class to Royal Lymington Yacht Club for the National Championship.
 

Saturday 9 October 2021

We are delighted to be welcoming the RS Aero class to Royal Lymington Yacht Club? for the Lymington Open.
 

Saturday 23 - Sunday 24 October 2021

We are delighted to be welcoming the RS Feva Class to Royal Lymington Yacht Club ?
for the Autumn Championship.