Sailing Cruiser Racing in Southampton Water and the Solent

Southampton Water Sailing Association offers evening and weekend racing for everyone from single-handers to family groups. The programme of 26 open races over the summer includes short sailing cruiser racing in Southampton Water and longer passage races in the Solent. We welcome sailors of all ages and abilities who are either members of one of the 10 SWSA clubs or RYA members – come and join us!

open racing for all

High tide racing

Even yachts on tidal moorings can join in.

Sheltered waters

Race in the comfort that you are never far from land

No experience required

We are friendly and welcome newcomers.

Great value

Your first year free, then a low annual fee.

What is SWSA?

Southampton Water Sailing Association is run by volunteers from sailing clubs on and around Southampton Water. We promote sail boat racing, rallies and social events between the clubs. Any member of the RYA, and members of our SWSA member clubs, are welcome to join our events.

Join a Race

Spice up your sailing with some friendly evening or weekend racing. You’ll meet like-minded enthusiasts and forget everything but your boat, the wind and sea. You’ll probably make some new friends, and you might even end up with a prize! Make a weekend of it and book a berth for the night nearby at Hythe Marina.


Submit your annual entry form available under the documents tab above,  then just turn up at the start of any race to take part. Simple.