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History of The RNVR Yacht Club 

The RNVR Yacht Club is a recognised Service Yacht Club and developed from the Sailing Section of the RNVR Officers 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 HMS 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.
 

The RNVR Yacht Club's Admiral, HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO

In 2011, the Club commissioned the well-known portrait painter and war artist, Arabella Dorman, to undertake a portrait of its Admiral, HRH Prince Michael of Kent GCVO, the cost of which was fully funded by members' individual contributions.  The portrait was unveiled by Prince Michael in December 2011 and now hangs in the Reception area of The Naval Club at 38 Hill Street, Mayfair, London W1, with which the Club is affiliated.  

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