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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    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 for 2023:

  • Thursday 26th January - Keyhaven for sail and power
  • Thursday 23rd February - Yarmouth for sail and power
  • Thursday 23rd March - Marchwood SC for sail and power
  • Tuesday 20th June - Folly Inn for sail and power
  • Wdnesday 20th September - Warsash for sail and power
  • Tuesday 17th October - East Cower Marina for sail and power
  • Sunday 5th November - Yarmouth fireworks
  • Wednesday 15th November - Gins Farm for sail and power
  • Saturday 9th December - 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 for 2023:

  • Tuesday 23rd May - Round the Island
  • TBA August - Lulworth
  • TBA October - Night Navigation Exercise
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 for 2023:
  • 18th/19th April - Gosport and Port Solent (Power) (2 days)
  • 28th April to1st May - Bembridge Weekends (Sail/Power) (5 days)
  • 26th to 30th May - Cherbourg-Alderney (Sail/Power) (5 days)
  • 6th/7th June - Chichester (Power) (2 days)
  • 7th to 15th July - Chesapeake Solent Cruise (Sail/Power) (9 days)

2023 Rally - TBC

Details to follow shortly.

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 was in Grenada, the Caribbean.
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 14th April 2023
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 2022/23
Wed 5th October  Tom Cunliffe:  Ice with Everything
Wed 12th October  Graham McKenzie: "Shieldhall" 50 Years and Onwards
Wed 19th October  Martyn James: Energy and Food Along the Silk Road
Wed 26th October  Alan Doe: The Ferries of Lymington
Wed 2nd November  Clive Woodman: Navigating Challenges in the High Arctic
Wed 9th November  Steve Law:  British Campaign Medals of Two World Wars
Wed 16th November David Bailey: Wildlife Photography
Wed 23rd November  Andrew Blackdog: Napoleon and the Bellerophon
Wed 30th November  Peter Bell: The Adventures of Dofesaba II - 2021
Wed 7th December  Aimee Durnell: Paintings and Lymington
Wed 4th January  Simon Boxall: Ancient and Modern Myths of the Ocean
Wed 11th January  Junior and Youth Fleet Sailors Showcase
Wed 18th January  Phil Benstead : The Corkscrew Line
Wed 25th January  Alistair Hackett:  Ocean Safety
Wed 1st February  RLymYC Photographic Competition
Wed 8th February  Rob Humphreys: Boat Design over 45 Years
Wed 15th February  Nicholas Hancock: How to Look After Yourself Whilst Cruising
Wed 22 February  Chris Willard: More Birds of the New Forest
Wed 1st March  Ben Collins: The Science Behind Climate Change
Wed 15th March  Duncan Wells: Ocean Safety


Details to follow.

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 (