Welcome to the RNVR Yacht Club!
A love of boats and sailing is the surest of all passports to a happy life wrote Arthur Ransome. This is a sentiment that unites all in the RNVR Yacht Club.
The RNVR Yacht Club is predominantly a cruising club with over 400 club members who own between them some 180 yachts, of which many are based on the south coast of England. Our annual membership fee is only £35.
There are at least three formal dinners each year at prestigious venues and many other social events around the country.
The Summer Rally takes in three or four ports over the week with dinners arranged in attractive clubhouses or local restaurants and visits to nearby places of interest. In 2014, the Club’s Summer Rally visited the ports of Cherbourg, St. Vaast and Ouistreham, where the Club participated in the ceremonies to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings and we toured the D Day beaches. In 2019 we returned to Normandy to take part in the 75th anniversary commemoration. The 2018 cruise took members on a 10 day cruise along the French coast from St Vaast to Granville in time for Bastille day and France winning the World Cup Final.
Successive years have provided for the Five Rivers Cruise in the Solent followed by the Five Harbours Cruise, which visited Bembridge, Port Solent, Hythe Marina, Island Harbour and Lymington. The last of the 'five' cruises culminated in 2017 with the Five Sailors cruise which visited Bembridge, Southsea, Cowes, Hamble and Lymington. Also that year the Club's 75th Anniversary dinner was held at the RYS in the presence of our Admiral.
Weekend Meets are usually based in the Solent, with a Saturday evening dinner in a yacht club.
Club Sailing Weekends in the Solent provide an opportunity for owners to meet crew and vice versa, and for some practical onboard training, for example, in navigation, yacht familiarisation and yacht handling, usually provided by one of the several members who are RYA Instructors.
The Club also organises a "further afield" Cruise when members enjoy exploring exotic locations in company on chartered yachts. The club ran a charter cruise in Malta in Summer 2019. The next one in 2020 will be in the Clyde which could be considered a "further afield" cruise for some!
The Club makes a number of annual awards which are presented at the Annual Dinner. Two of these are for sailing accomplishments, being:
• The Volunteer Cup for the most enterprising voyage made during the year
• The Elizabeth Cup for the first member home in the Round the Island Race
Whilst upholding a strong Naval tradition and ethos, the Club welcomes past and present members of all the Armed Services, their Reserves, University Units and Commonwealth equivalents to apply for membership. There is also a more limited opportunity for applicants without a Services connection to join. Just click on Join to find more details and to apply.
Club members can charter Volunteer, an 8 berth Beneteau First 40.7 racing cruiser at discounted rates from £28.75 per day per person. The yacht can be chartered for racing, cruising or training. To find out more and to book click here.