Royal Southern Yacht Club

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Royal Southern Yacht Club
Royal Southern Yacht Club Burgee
Formation 1837
Legal status active
Purpose advocate and public voice, educator and network for Recreational boating, and competitive sailors, coaches, volunteers and events
Official language
Website Royal Southern Yacht Club's webpage

The Royal Southern Yacht Club is a yacht club in Hamble, Hampshire, England.


It was established in 1837 in Southampton as the Royal Southampton Yacht Club and was given Royal patronage by HM Queen Victoria.

The original Club House, which still stands opposite Southampton's Royal Pier, was built in 1846. The Club retains to this day a highly prized association with royalty, hence the designation "Royal".

The Club’s archives record the annual regattas, the parlous state of its finances through most of the nineteenth century, and the issues of the time. In 1844 the club wanted to organize a large regatta, but having no funds in hand, it decided to increase the entrance fee and the remit of the club. This involved altering its name to "Royal Southern Yacht Club", its present denomination.

In mid-twentieth century, as Southampton Docks expanded commercially, and its waters became less attractive for yachting. Finally the club moved to Hamble, south-east of Southampton, in 1947, where it remains today.[1]

In 2012 the club celebrates its 175th Anniversary. Events included the Patron's Dinner hosted by the Duke of Edinburgh at Buckingham Palace in February 2012.

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Coordinates: 50°51′N 01°19′W / 50.850°N 1.317°W / 50.850; -1.317