New initiatives for Royal Southampton

Commodore predicts bright future for Yacht Club

A range of new initiatives for 2020 were announced by the Royal Southampton Yacht Club  at its AGM today, and elected the team of Flag Officers who will see the plans through.

  • The Club's Membership fees will be frozen at their current low levels
  • The age limit for younger adult Membership will rise from 29 to 34
  • All RSYC racing (both fully crewed and double handed) will be free to Members

The Club is the leading organiser of double handed racing and the meeting saw the launch of the Club’s 40th anniversary Series of races for 2020 alongside those for the Club’s fully crewed racing.


Also announced was a full programme of social events for the coming year and a programme for cruising sailors, both motor and sail, including participation in next summer’s 'Mayflower 400' celebration of the 400th anniversary of the voyage of the Pilgrim Fathers.   


The meeting at the Club's Gins clubhouse on the Beaulieu River also heard that the Club will continue to support and work closely with the RSYC Trust, a charitable body which provides watersports opportunities, some using the Club’s boats and facilities, for youngsters from Hampshire and beyond. 


New Commodore Bob Trimble said: 'We're tremendously proud of our heritage but we also pride ourselves on being a very friendly and welcoming Club. We've been busy re-organising our structure and systems to face a buoyant modern future. We have a great staff, a wonderful Clubhouse at Gins and a growing Membership. 


'Our main focus is on providing our Members, sailors and non-sailors alike, with the best possible range of benefits including a broad programme of social, cruising and racing events whilst still giving a warm welcome to visitors.'


He added 'It is a huge honour and responsibility to be asked to be Commodore of this great Club.  I do so with the benefit of all the hard work of those who have preceded me, not least out-going Commodore Tony Knight, and I’m supported by a very experienced team of Flag Officers and Committee Members.'


Also elected at the meeting were

  • Helen Verstage, Rear Commodore House
  • Richard House, Rear Commodore Facilities
  • Mike Garvey, Rear Commodore Finance
  • Stephen Parry, Rear Commodore Sailing


Asked about the Club's plans, General Manager Lauren McCann said: 'It’' a really exciting time to be part of the Royal Southampton. Gins is such a wonderful Clubhouse, I’m supported by a terrific team and the Members are lovely too! We’re looking forward to welcoming everyone to the Club in 2020 whether they want to go sailing, enjoy a drink or a meal or just relax with friends and take in the wonderful views.'


The Club traces its history back to 1858 and was awarded its royal warrant in 1877. It has an administrative base on the River Itchen in Southampton and its’ clubhouse is in an idyllic location on the River Beaulieu in the New Forest.


The Clubhouse has a bar and restaurant which is open year-round. It has car parking, a walk-ashore pontoon and a members’ Bosun service to other moorings as well as showers and changing facilities for visitors and those using the Club’s dinghies and watersports equipment.  


More information about Club activities, opening hours and membership is available from or by calling 023 80 223 352 





New Commodore, Bob Trimble

 Top Team.  Newly elected Flag Officers to lead the new initiatives,
L to R: Helen Verstage, Mike Garvey, new Commodore Bob Trimble, Richard House, Stephen Parry.