Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Yacht Club

History of The RNVR Yacht Club 

Naval Club

The RNVR Yacht Club is a recognised Service Yacht Club and developed from the Sailing Section of the RNVR Club, now known as The Naval Club, 38 Hill Street, Mayfair, London.

The initial activity, from 1947, was one-design sailing in Fireflies. Teams raced against various other clubs and naval establishments. In 1949 the Club presented to the RYA a silver cup for an annual competition of Fireflies. In 1950 the Club joined the association of Service Yacht Clubs and won the Gold Cup in Seaview Mermaids in 1951,1952 and 1955.

In the 1950's and 1960's teams raced successfully each year in Whalers at Shotley against Ganges, Lloyds, Norfolk RNR and Suffolk RNVR for the Drawmer Dram Trophy.

From 1966-75 regular weekend regattas were held in Mermaids at Seaview. Day sailing and cruising were both encouraged in the Club-owned boats Rabmoewe, a shallow draft sloop at Burnham, a Sharpie and a 16-foot dinghy at Kingston, and a 16-foot day boat in the Hamble. Boats were chartered, such as a SCOD at Cowes, a Royal Burnham OD, and yachts held at naval establishments including 100 x 50 sq m "Windfalls." Chief amongst those was Marabu, in which the Club raced and cruised extensively and in 1955 won the Fastnet Inter-Services Cup.

In addition, the Club successively owned Tachia, a 9-ton sloop, then yachts all bearing the name Volunteer, first a 13-ton cutter, next an S&S 34 cruiser/racer and thirdly a Westerly Fulmar 32, bought new in 1985, followed by a Westerly Storm 33 in 1990, also bought new.  The last Volunteer, bought new in 1999, was a 36-foot Jeanneau Sun Odyssey, which proved just as popular with members, as did her predecessors, for cruising British and French waters. Club members now have access to a Beneteau First 40.7 racing cruiser, Volunteer, at special charter rates. For more details about the vessel click here.

In recent years many members have acquired their own boats, adding to the prestige of the Club by successfully racing and cruising at home and abroad. Since 1976, annual meets for members in their yachts have been held mostly on the South Coast, on the northern coast of France and visiting the Channel Islands.
Here is the Blue Ensign Warrant.


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