Passage Sailing Races in the Solent
Challenge yourself to sail the best course in our handicap passage sailing races in the Solent. SWSA hosts 5 cruiser passage races in the Solent each summer, starting at Bald Head buoy. These are 3-6 hour time limit races and a Round the Island race. The courses, dates and start times are designed with tides in mind to allow boats on tidal moorings in the Southampton Water area to compete. We take account of possible light winds and strong tides in setting courses which can be finished within the time limits. These passage sailing races are open to members of the RYA and our 10 member clubs.
Saturday races with morning starts, pre-set marks and time limits so you can plan your passage in advance.
2020 Cruiser Passage Race Series
|Race No.||Passage Race||Date||Start||Portsmouth HW Time|
|P1||Cowes Race & Rally Anchor Inn (lunch)||Sat 16th May||10.00am at Bald Head buoy (73)||07.31 BST (3.6)|
|P2||Round the Island||Sat 13th June||06.00am at Bald Head buoy (73)||05.34 BST (3.9)|
|P3||Cherbourg||Sat 11th July||06.30am at Jack in Basket off Lymington||04.10 BST (4.2)|
|P4||Nab Tower||Sat 22nd August||10.00am at Bald Head buoy (73)||14.43 BST (4.9)|
|P5||Yarmouth||Sat 5th September||14.15 at Bald Head buoy (73)||14.27 BST (4.6)|
|P6||Yarmouth Return||Sun 6th September||09.30 BST Charles Stanley Wealth Managers (22)||14.59 BST (4.5)|
Join our friendly races
Just complete our simple entry form, pay your Race Fee for the year and you’re ready to race. We’re looking forward to meeting you!
We keep our entry fees low and your first year is always free!
2020 season fee covering ALL SWSA races is £25 for members of SWSA clubs, £50 for RYA members
No extra charges
More about our Cruiser Passage Race Series
Southampton Water Sailing Association passage races are designed to provide challenge and excitement for experienced racers and novices alike. The handicap system means faster yachts race against each other in Class 1, whilst slower cruisers compete with equal skill at Class 2. Our trophies are heavily contested each year, but more importantly the competitors have a great time.
Do I need to be experienced at cruiser racing?
If you have never raced before, but have cruising experience then you will find our Cruiser Passage Sailing Races in the Solent the perfect chance to give it a try.
Our simple Sailing Instructions give a clear starting point and instructions, so you have plenty of time to check tides and plan your race in advance. Even if winds are light on the day, SWSA races are timed to ensure tides will help you on your way, and we also set a time limit for each race so that you know when to call it a day.
Don’t forget, you don’t even need to be a member of an SWSA member club (though we highly recommend it!). If you are a member of the RYA then you can still join our race series with a single payment – or if it’s your first year then you can enter any or all our races free of charge.
We try to include a social event with most of our passage races; perhaps a pub lunch or an evening meal. It’s a great time to relax and meet like-minded sailors. Sometimes more impromptu gatherings are arranged close to the race date, so keep an eye on this website for details.