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The RNVR Yacht Club was formed in 1947 by officers of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve for racing Fireflies against other clubs.  We now welcome members from all the armed forces together with a limited number of civilians.  We are predominantly a cruising club with over 400 members who own between them around 200 yachts, many of which are based on the south coast of England.

We have 6 sailing and 7 social events in our 2024 programme, all well organised and varied to offer something for everyone.  In addition, we have a number of ad hoc day sails in the Solent, open to all members, to join experienced skippers on board for a refreshing day out usually including lunch at a pub.  Last year, our charter rally was in Greece and our inland waterways cruise was on the Thames.

Click here for our 2024 programme.

2024 will feature a cruise centered on Ouistreham to mark the 80th anniversary of D-Day.  Later, members will join together for another visit to France on the Canal du Midi.

Why join us?

Membership provides opportunities to go sailing and socialise informally on members' boats and in marinas, yacht clubs and at formal venues and restaurants.

We welcome current and former members of all British and Commonwealth armed forces as well as a limited number of civilian sailors.  We are a sailing club that embraces Naval ethos and traditions and provides a friendly like-minded community amongst our members.

  • Well-organised sailing rallies and longer cruises in UK waters and abroad as well as charter cruises further afield.
  • Excellent social events, both formal and informal, in various parts of the UK but principally in the South.
  • Eligibility for a permit to wear the undefaced Blue Ensign.
  • Participation in Naval ceremonies to commemorate Naval history and to uphold Naval traditions.
  • Potential to join as crew on member boats to improve skills and receive training from experienced skippers or simply to join in and lend a helping hand.
  • Ability to find crew from amongst the membership.
  • A winter programme of interesting and varied on-line talks.

Short rallies

Formal events

Pontoon parties

Helping hands

Cruises and charters


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