Coverage in the October 2015 issue of Boating Business

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Arundells/Morning Cloud talks with Jamie Matheson, Chris Mansfield and Giles Chichester.



RSrnYC Academy talent gears up for 35th Student Yachting World Cup 2015  

Hamble, Hampshire, UK 
The 2015 Student Yachting World Cup (SYWoC), an ISAF-recognised event hosted and run by students for students, is being held in France between 13-20 October and this year will host around 150 competitors from 15 countries. Four UK University teams are entered and every one is either skippered or crewed by a Royal Southern Academy member.
The Oxford University team is skippered by 19 year-old Lulu Wallis; Cambridge is sailed by Damien Arnol (25), and 21 year-old Annabel Vose is heading up the Southampton University team. Annabel is a 420 World and European Champion and successfully skippered a women’s match racing team to win the University World Championship last summer. She is joined by Academy members Jamie Diamond & Tom Harrison. The University of Strathclyde’s team captain is 22 year-old Peter Cameron.


Lulu Wallis, photographed here by Warwick Bookman, during the Royal Southern YC Ladies Race.
Competitors will race a minimum two races per day in J/80s, enabling each team to showcase their talents with the aim of being crowned University World Cup Champion.
Royal Southern Yacht Club AVEVA September Regatta Sunday 20 September 2015 J80 fleet

Royal Southern Yacht Club AVEVA September Regatta Sunday 20 September 2015
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All teams have been training hard at the Hamble-based Club using their fleet of J/80s. Photo shows some mark action during the J/80 National Championships/AVEVA September Regatta. 
Credit: Rick Tomlinson

The Royal Southern Yacht Club’s Sailing Manager, Tim Thubron, says that everyone at the Club is extremely proud to see a world-class turnout emanating from the Academy and taking to the on-water stage for the 35th Student Yachting World Cup. “We’re hopeful that we’ll see some Academy members on the prizegiving podium at the end of this major event,” commented Thubron.

Didn’t they do well!
Over the course of the Summer there have been some newsworthy results posted by current and former Royal Southern Academy sailing talent, notably Will Goldsmith and Alan Roberts.
Will, sailing with Anna Carpenter, were runners up in the J/70 National Championships (plus first Under 25 Team) and Will was also overall winner of the Melges 24 National Championships as well as the Melges 24 Dutch Open Championships.
Back in June, Alan Roberts (24) became the top British Solitaire du Figaro sailor in 40 years, coming in 9th overall in this four stage solo! Alan had previously been awarded the Royal Southern’s 2014 Frank Heenan Award, presented annually to a Club member who has excelled at singlehanded sailing, be it racing or cruising.
Alan said: “Having been a member of the Royal Southern for most my life, sailing Toppers and 29ers from the club and taking part in, and having a lot of fun in the Youth Splash weeks, it was great to receive this Award as my journey is just beginning into the vast world of offshore yacht racing. The Royal Southern has over the years supported me in various different ways and in a range of classes and types of sailing.
Solo offshore sailor Nikki Curwen was the first British competitor to arrive in Lanzarote at the end of the first leg of the Mini Transat Iles de Guadeloupe and past Academy member Ben Saxton sailing with Nicola Groves, has just won the Nacra 17 Europeans in Barcelona.
Following all these successes and with the new University term having now started, the Royal Southern is reporting lots of interest from new students wanting to join their Academy to sail the four J/80s and take part in the team and match racing programme.
The Academy is for 18 – 25 year olds and enables them to be members of this prestigious Yacht Club for a very affordable subscription, a membership rate that remains the same up until the end of the member’s 25th birthday year.
Further details about the Academy are available from the Royal Southern Yacht Club: 
Sailing Office: Tel: 023 8045 0302 or on the Club’s website

Royal Southern YC appointment broadens Peta’s role

Peta Stuart-Hunt has been re-appointed by the prestigious Royal Southern Yacht Club (RSrnYC) as its Marketing & Media Consultant covering most aspects of the Hamble-based Club’s requirements. The Club has extended Peta’s remit to include marketing strategy as it moves into an exciting new phase in tandem with the recently commissioned 66-berth Prince Philip Yacht Haven and expands both its on-water and shoreside capabilities and events.
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For Peta, 2015 marks 30 years of working in the marine leisure market
Peta has worked with the RSrnYC for the past five years. She was
initially brought on board in 2010 to help steer the Club through the 175th Anniversary celebrations in 2012 and she now serves on the Club’s Marketing Committee, continuing to help advise, drive and deliver the Club’s marketing & sponsorship initiatives.
The Royal Southern has recently been awarded the inaugural ‘Yacht Club of the Year’ Award by Sailing Today at the Southampton Boat Show and was also the recipient of the Yachts and Yachting ‘Club of the Year’ Award back in 2012.
In addition to her consultancy role with the RSrnYC, Peta is also year-round Press Officer for the J.P. Morgan Asset Management Round the Island Race, handles Marketing & PR for Hudson Wight Performance Sailwear, represents solo sailor Lizzy Foreman/Lizzy Racing, who is currently undertaking her first Mini Transat, and is PR consultant to the RORC Rating Office, amongst others.

Lizzy Foreman is first Brit & first female skipper in the Series class at the end of her first leg of the ini Transat Iles de Guadeloupe 2015

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British solo sailor Lizzy Foreman speaks to me after arriving in Lanzarote overnight on 29th/30th September, at the end of the first leg of her first Mini Transat.

Bravo Lizzy. First woman and first British entry in the Series class to reach Lanzarote. How are you feeling after being alone at sea for nine days?


It was amazing.
The weather made it more pleasurable.
There was no weather information on route and the wind was quite shifty – my tracker kept breaking down which didn’t help everyone who was supporting me at home!

Are you pleased with your placing – 35th out of 44 starters in the Series class?

You always want to do better – you’re pushing the boat and exhausting yourself trying to go as fast as possible. You have to take your foot off the pedal at some point – save yourself, save the boat. We still have a long way to go. I have learned to manage the boat and myself. No illness or rashes or anything nasty and the boat is also fine except for one rope that needs replacing!

We had some strong winds to contend with. Up to 25 knots. Mainly 10-15 which produced the best Mini sailing. So all my boat prep and preliminary work paid off which is satisfying.

I have been testing out some Hudson Wight prototype designs and fabrics. All good and I found the new fabric even more hard wearing and tougher but still light with no leaking and very comfortable. I need to spend some serious time evaluating the kit with the team at the end of the race. We have been lucky with the weather…so far!

What were your highs?

60 miles from the finish line I had the best sailing conditions you can wish for – surfing in bright sunshine – clear sea and clear sky – 15 knots and I honestly just wanted to keep going. I felt so at peace with everything and it was a new experience. Life is good. It brings into sharp focus the troubles that are going on around the world and you wonder why it is all happening. Sailing gives you time to reflect.

& your lows?

Of course you are always sad about leaving family and missing the people who are important to you. Nothing serious on the lows front though.


What are you looking forward to most during your stopover in Lanzarote and how are you using this time?

I’m exploring the Island a bit more after coming here two years ago.
There are loads of activities planned for us at reduced rates by the organisers. There’s plenty to do but it is a very long stopover!

Lizzy will set off again on the longer leg 2 to Guadeloupe on 31st October in ‘Hudson Wight’, Hull 633, a 10-year old Series Mini 6.50m.

Follow Lizzy’s progress:
Via the tracker on
Twitter: @lizzyracing
Facebook: Lizzy Offshore Racing

Arundells announces speaker line up for Morning Cloud talks

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On Friday 16th October, Arundells in Salisbury’s famous Cathedral Close, will be hosting the first of a series of ‘Focus on Sailing’ Days.  The first of these, ‘Morning Cloud Talks’, will be delivered by:
  • Giles Chichester, who will speak about his father Sir Francis Chichester’s extraordinary sailing achievements including his solo circumnavigation of the world aboard Gipsy Moth IV in 1966/7;
  • Chris Mansfield, Commodore of the Royal Southern Yacht Club who will speak about the club’s new Prince Philip Yacht Haven and about the club’s role as the place where Edward Heath plotted his racing strategies; and
  • Jamie Matheson, former Chairman of Brewin Dolphin, who will talk about his sailing experiences aboard his yacht Opposition, which started life as the second Morning Cloud yacht.
Admission is by ticket only (£30 including talks, refreshments and a guided tour of the house and the medieval walled gardens). Talks will run from 10.30am or 1.15pm. Tickets are available from or order by telephone: 07921 800539. Concessions are available for group bookings.
The Morning Cloud Talks will provide a forum for the sharing of great moments in British sailing over the last fifty years. The creation of the series follows on from the unveiling of the restored bow of the third Morning Cloud in the garden of Arundells by Sir Ben Ainslie in May 2015.
Members of Edward Heath’s Morning Cloud racing crews will also be on hand in the Arundells Sailing Room to share memories around trophies and other memorabilia. Edward Heath’s yachting achievements include winning the Sydney to Hobart race in 1969, the Admiral’s Cup in 1971 for Britain, and a handful of Round the Island races.
Attendees will also be able to tour Arundells and see the extensive collection of yachting memorabilia, models and seascapes and historical artefacts such as four model warships made of hair and bone by Napoleonic prisoners of war.

The Royal Southern Yacht Club wins the Sailing Today ‘Yacht Club of the Year’ Award 2015

Hamble, Hampshire, UK 
The Royal Southern Yacht Club is extremely proud to have been announced as the ‘overwhelming winner’ of the Sailing Today ‘Yacht Club of the Year’ Award 2015, sponsored by Rolly Tasker Sails.
Sailing Today is published by Chelsea Magazines and is a sister publication to Yachts & Yachting and Classic Boat magazines.The magazine launched its own awards earlier in the Summer to recognise the best the marine industry and the cruising world have to offer.
The Royal Southern was nominated for this Award by Marketing & Media consultant Peta Stuart-Hunt who mounted a strong campaign using social media.  Once shortlisted, this was supported by the Club’s own membership to garner votes.
During the packed Awards Reception, held earlier today on the opening day of the Southampton Boat Show, the nominations were read out and the Commodore Chris Mansfield, Rear Commodore Sailing Graham Nixon and Club Manager Alan Feltham were present supporting the Club, having been shortlisted for the Award.
Announcing the Royal Southern as the winning ‘Yacht Club of the Year’, Sailing Today editor, Sam Fortescue, said: “There is no doubt here, as readers voted overwhelmingly for the senior Hamble club. It has just commissioned the 66 berth Prince Philip Yacht Haven for members and visitors.  The club is actively encouraging younger sailors and the development of race officers.
Yacht clubs around the country rely on the sterling work of volunteers, and all our nominees were prime examples. The Royal Southern is a beacon for active sailors and continues to drive the racing and cruising scene on the South Coast.”
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L-R:  John Yates UK Distributor of Rolly Tasker Sails – Chris Mansfield  Commodore RSrnYC – Sam Fortescue  Editor of Sailing Today
Receiving the Award on behalf of the Royal Southern Yacht Club, the Commodore Chris Mansfield commented:
I would like to thank Sailing Today for shortlisting the Royal Southern and everyone who voted for us. It gives me great pleasure to accept this award on behalf of the members and officers of the Royal Southern Yacht Club.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all our volunteers for their time, hard work and commitment. Year on year we are running more events and in September alone, we are hosting four National Championships.  We are honoured and immensely proud of the fact that our efforts have been recognised through this award.”