It's onwards & upwards at the Royal Southern Yacht Club Hamble, Hampshire, UK

Thursday, 06 July 2017

In April, Karen Henderson-Williams, Commodore of the Royal Southern Yacht Club in Hamble,  was writing to members saying how delighted the Club was with the success of the membership recruitment drive and its ensuing results. The reality now is that the membership numbers have gone on growing to reach a record level of over 1,800!

The already generous Club House facilities are enhanced by the ability to entertain 'promenade-style' overlooking the Prince Philip Yacht Haven. 

A great deal of thought, time and effort has gone into the recruitment of a pretty staggering 240 new members since 1st December 2016.  Karen says, "We believe this number of 1,802 is a record as our research shows that the membership has never exceeded 1,800 at any time in the Club's history. We looked back over the last 50 years and it previously peaked in 2014 at just above 1,700. 


"We are thrilled by the calibre of new members who are made up of sailors, motor boaters and young families, many of whom live locally, and we also thank our existing members for encouraging so many of their friends to apply for membership. Since the end of the no-joining-fee concession, potential members have still been coming forward and we continue to interview new members most weeks."

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  • Sailing Today 'Yacht Club of the Year' 2015/2016.
  • Yachts & Yachting 'Club of the Year' 2012/2013.
  • The Club celebrated its 175th Anniversary in 2012. The Royal Southern, whose Patron is HRH The Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh K.G. K.T., is one of Europe's premier yacht racing organisers, excelling at all levels of competition and enjoying the practical experience of internationally qualified race officers amongst its members.  Many of the Club's sailing members have achieved notable successes on the international stage, from world champions in dinghies and keelboats to the twice winner of the classic Rolex Fastnet Race.
  • Quadruple Olympic Gold and Silver Medallist, & America's Cup winning sailor Sir Ben Ainslie, and single-handed circumnavigators, Samantha Davies, Sir Chay Blyth and Sir Robin Knox-Johnston are all Honorary Members as is disabled yachtsman and disability sports ambassador Geoff Holt MBE and Paralympic Gold medallist Helena Lucas MBE. The latest names to be added to this distinguished Honorary Membership list is that of Ian Williams, 6 x World Match Racing Champion and Mike Golding OBE, offshore sailing legend.
  • The Prince Philip Yacht Haven was commissioned by the Club's Patron, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, on 4th June 2015.  This was the culmination of a project that had commenced 14 years previously.
  • The Club has a proud and illustrious history in the sport and an active membership in excess of 1700 adults and 140 Academy members.
  • Having joined the Royal Southern Yacht Club in 1948, it was in 1952 that HRH Prince Philip Duke of Edinburgh graciously accepted the rank of Admiral, a position he held until 2002, when the Club was honoured by his acceptance of its proposal that he become the Club's fifth Patron, following in the footsteps of HM Queen Victoria, HRH The Prince Consort, HM King Edward VII and HM King George V.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 July 2017 )