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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 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.
 

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Centenary Events 2022

Saturday 18th June 2022

Racing and adventures afloat for all. Apres-sail festival of live music, street food & games for all the family
 

Special Events 2022

Saturday 26th - Sunday 27th March 2022

We are delighted to be welcoming the RS Feva Class to Royal Lymington Yacht Club for their Grand Prix Event.
 

Saturday 28th - Sunday 29th May 2022


We are delighted to be welcoming oppie sailors to Royal Lymington Yacht Club for our Lymington Optimist Open.
 
The 2022 X One Design Week will be taking place at Royal Lymington Yacht Club from 4th to 8th June 2022. 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 11th June - Sunday 12th June 2022


We are delighted to be welcoming the Contessa 26 Class to Royal Lymington Yacht Club for the National Championships.
 

Saturday 25th - Sunday 26th June 2022

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

Saturday 9th - Sunday 10th July 2022

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

Monday 25th - Thursday 28th July 2022

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.
 

Friday 5th - Sunday 7th August 2022

We are delighted to be welcoming the Albacore class to Royal Lymington Yacht Club for their 2022 Nationals.
 

Saturday 27th, Sunday 28th & Monday 29th August 2022

We are delighted to be welcoming the 420 class to Royal Lymington Yacht Club for their 2022 Nationals.
 

Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th September 2022

We are delighted to be hosting the LR Scow Class to Royal Lymington Yacht Club for their 2022 National Championships.
 
 

Saturday 17th - Thursday 22nd September 2022

We are delighted to be welcoming the Nordic Folkboat Class to Royal Lymington Yacht Club for their 2022 National Championships & the Sessan Cup.
 
 

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 2022 are as follows:
  • Sunday 3rd April 2022
  • Sunday 10th April 2022
  • Sunday 24th April 2022
  • Sunday 1st May 2022
Entries Open from: Wednesday 26th January
Latest date of entry for the series: Saturday 30th April
Latest date of entry for the race: 09:00 on Race Day

Our thanks to Gallagher Insurance for sponsoring our 2022 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 2022 season as follows:
  • Early series: 25th April to 13th June 
  • Pursuit Race: 20th June
  • Late series: 27th June to 29th August (excluding 25th July)
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: 21st April 18:30
  • Early series: 28th April to 23rd June
  • Late series: 30th June to 25th August
  • Late Late series: 1st – 29th September

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

Our thanks to Spencers New Forest for sponsoring our 2022 Thursday Evening Keelboat Series.
 
Seeking crew or looking for crewing opportunities? Join our Crew Register!

Book a table at our Bar and Restaurant for after racing by calling 01590671751.
 
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: Friday 22 April at 18:00
  • Early series from 29 April to TBC
  • Late series from TBC to 2 September
 
Hire a boat.

Book a table at our Bar and Restaurant for after the race by calling 01590671751.
 
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 2022 the Saturday series will run from 23rd April and the Wednesday series will run from 27th April. Warning signal at 14:00.
 
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 2022 the Saturday series will run from 23rd April and the Wednesday series will run from 27th April. Warning signal at 13:45.
 

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.
 

 
Our Autumn Series for LR Scows takes place in September at 17:00. 
  • Monday 5th September
  • Monday 12th September
  • Monday 19th September
  • Monday 26th September
 

Royal Lymington Yacht Club Race Events 2022

A number of Trophy Races take place during the season for our Lymington River Scows. 

Hinxman Trophy Tuesday 10th May 2022
Alexina Trophy Tuesday 21st June 2022
Captain’s Trophy Tuesday 5th July 2022
Figure of Eight Race Sunday 28th August 2022
 

Saturday 18th June 2022

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 10th December 2022

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. 
 

Tuesday 27th December 2022

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.
 

Wednesday 28th December 2022


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 continuing club initiative 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.