Events Programme — Current Year

The club offers an extensive programme with a diverse range of events, from casual cruising to amateur racing.

Vacant Berths

The following table shows the remaining events for the current season, and is updated on a regular basis throughout the season. Note: You can click or tap on a row to display (or hide) a brief description of the event.

StatusDatesWhenDaysEventBoats/BerthsVacancies (skipper/mate/crew)Sailing fromPrice range (£)
Cancelled27 - 29 MarFri 4pm to Sun 5pm2Early Season Shake Down & AGM dinner1 / 90 / 0 / 2Hamble110 - 140
Last year’s End of Season Rally unfortunately had to be postponed due to bad weather. Fairview Sailing have kindly let us move the booking to this last weekend in March AND have upgraded us to a larger yacht: a Dufour 430, possibly the 2019 GL model! On the water you’ll need to wrap up warm but once in front of a roaring fire in an old English pub it’'ll all be worth it! The costs are much reduced (and pretty much completely known) so why not grab yourself a bargain sailing weekend? IMPORTANT: Saturday evening will now be the club’s AGM followed by dinner, venue TBC.
Cancelled28 MarSat 6.30pmAGM dinner onlyTBC35
NOTE: The AGM & dinner are now on Saturday 28th March. Those who can’t come along to the Early Season Shake Down weekend are encouraged to come along for the AGM on the Saturday evening, followed by dinner, venue TBC (but somewhere on or near the Solent).
Cancelled17 - 19 AprFri eve to Sun eve2Kick Start Weekend2 / 161 / 1 / 3Hamble160 - 190
Due to lack of interest, the Kick Start Weekend has been cancelled and the club’s AGM moved to the Early Season Shake Down weekend in March.
Cancelled1 - 3 MayFri 6.30pm to Sun 4pm2Training Weekend1 / 50 / 0 / 4Hamble280 - 350
We’re always keen on promoting good yachtsmanship, so we are again teaming up with Urban Truant for this year’s training weekend. The cost includes a qualified RYA Instructor to join the boat for two days and help attendees refine their sailing skills, perhaps in anticipation of an exam later in the year, or just to make an assessment of their ‘readiness’ for taking an RYA qualification. Depending on your interest, the weekend’s training will be varied or targeted towards a specific level. Important: The deadline for booking this event is Monday 2nd March.
Cancelled17 - 22 MaySun eve to Fri noon5Cross-Channel Mid-Week Cruise1 / 81 / 1 / 4Hamble230 - 300
A longer event, starting on Sunday evening for a sail across the Channel — perhaps to the lovely Fécamp, Honfleur, St Vaast or Barfleur — before returning for Friday afternoon. No doubt sampling tasty French cuisine will be on the agenda, from local restaurants, delicatessens and supermarkets! Note: Given the intended passage, this event has been priced based on a larger boat than typical weekend events. ALSO note the date change from the draft review programme.
Cancelled22 - 25 MayFri eve to Mon eve3Scottish Cruise (Bank Holiday)1 / 81 / 1 / 5TBCTBC
A long weekend sailing in Scotland, offering some stunning scenery and superb sailing. With the sad demise of the White Horse Sailing Club, I’m hoping that we can get a full boat together for this event in Scotland. The destination is TBC, so if you’re interested in exploring somewhere in particular in Scotland, get your preferences in now! Note: Costs will be advised once we have a preferred location and charter options.
Cancelled6 - 13 JunSat to Sat (TBC)7Mediterranean Cruise1 / 81 / 1 / 5Balearics (TBC)300 - 400
It’s been several years since the club organised a Mediterranean trip, so it’s about time we had another one! The Balearic islands are a suggestion, but really it’s down to those attending to decide. If you’re up for some early summer sailing in the sun, let me know where you would prefer to explore.
Provisional3 - 10 JulFri 6pm to Fri 4pm7St George's Channel and Ireland Cruise1 / 61 / 1 / 3Neyland250 - 300
For those wanting a longer sailing trip and some good sea miles, why not try this new entry to the programme. The yacht charter will be from Neyland in Pembrokeshire, setting sail across St George’s Channel for a few days on the Irish coast before returning a week later. The weather in 2019 didn't permit the crossing, so we’re having another attempt!
Provisional16 - 19 JulThu eve to Sun eve3Taittinger Regatta (incl. pre-race training)1 / 81 / 1 / 5Solent200 - 260
The Taittinger Regatta is a spectacular event with competitive racing, hosted by the Royal Solent Yacht Club in Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. The club’s event starts on the Thursday evening, with Friday dedicated to pre-race training and a sail over to Yarmouth in time for the Taittinger Champagne Reception and Club Supper on Friday evening. Racing starts on Saturday with the Towers Dinner in the evening and more racing on Sunday, followed by a hog roast and prize giving. Sailing fees include race entry and mooring.
Provisional31 Jul - 3 AugFri eve to Mon eve3Scottish Cruise (Scottish Bank Holiday)1 / 81 / 1 / 3Largs150 - 200
The second of our long weekend sailing events in Scotland. Again, the destination is TBC, so if you’re interested get your preferences in now! Also, the dates are currently the Scottish Bank Holiday dates but could be moved to the English dates instead; again, let me know your preference.
Provisional28 - 31 AugFri 4pm to Mon eve3Cross-Channel Dash (Bank Holiday)1 / 81 / 1 / 4Hamble170 - 220
Back after many years of being absent from the club’s programme is a cross-Channel trip, but achieved in just a Bank Holiday weekend. Attendees will need to get to the marina by about 4pm on the Friday, ready to set sail by about 6pm. The night-sailing ensures an early arrival in France on Saturday, and 24–36 hours to enjoy their delicious food, vin, bière and cidre, before the sail back home.
Provisional11 - 13 SepFri eve to Sun eve2City Sailing Series - John Lewis Regatta1 / 81 / 1 / 6Solent160 - 210
The third of four City Sailing Series in the sailing season, with this one hosted by the John Lewis Partnership sailing club. There are race(s) on Saturday and usually Sunday, with Saturday’s (optional) evening dinner in one of Cowes’ yacht clubs.
Provisional18 - 20 SepFri eve to Sun eve2City Sailing Series - Finn Trophy & Crossley Cup1 / 81 / 1 / 3Solent150 - 200
The last of four City Sailing Series weekends in the sailing season, organised by the Lloyds Insurance, Baltic & Stock Exchanges, with Saturday dinner in the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes (TBC). It should be a superb weekend!
Provisional25 - 27 SepFri eve to Sun eve2Round The Island Race (rescheduled)1 / 81 / 1 / 5Solent320 - 400
One of the world’s most famous annual yacht races, with nearly 1,500 yachts and 15,000 sailors competing in a one-day race around the Isle of Wight. Due to teh Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 edition of the Round the Island Race will now take place on Saturday 26 September. It truly lives up to its reputation as a ‘Race for All’ - welcoming sailors from all over the world, with professional sailors, families and first-time racers competing next to one another around the stunning coastline of the Isle of Wight.
Important: It will be critical that we get in early to secure a boat booking, so the deadline for booking this event is Friday 1st May.
Provisional2 - 4 OctFri eve to Sun eve2Solent Cruise1 / 81 / 1 / 6Hamble140 - 180
One of the club’s regular events, a casual cruise around the Solent in early October. No racing. No formalities. Just simple, late-season sailing.
Provisional16 - 18 OctFri eve to Sun eve2End of Season Rally2 / 162 / 2 / 9Hamble160 - 190
The most popular of all the club’s events, and a great opportunity to catch up with lots of club members. In 2018 we had enough attendees to warrant three boats, but not so many in 2019. Hopefully we can finish the first DHSC season of the 2020’s in style with a well-attended rally again! The semi-formal Saturday evening dinner (included in the sailing fee) is a great social event: venue suggestions are welcome.
Provisional17 OctSat 7pmEoS dinner onlyTBC40
Those who can’t come along to the End of Season Rally are welcome to join everyone for dinner on the Saturday evening, venue TBC (but somewhere on or near the Solent).

The vacant berths data feed was last updated on Sunday, 22-Mar-20 12:31:20 GMT.

Event Notes

Booking Conditions

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