Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Yacht Club

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membership benefits

Joining The RNVR Yacht Club offers members the following opportunities, all for a modest membership fee:

  • Well-organised sailing weekends and week-long cruises in UK waters, across the Channel and in warmer waters.
  • Excellent social events, both formal and informal, in various parts of the UK but principally in London and the South. This includes the prestigious Annual Dinner with respected guest speakers including RN Flag Rank officers.
  • Discounted training.
  • Opportunities to crew on Members' yachts or obtain crew for your own yacht from the Membership.
  • Eligibility for a warrant to wear the undefaced Blue Ensign.
  • Members may join The Naval Club without payment of an entry fee upon election.
  • Members may use the facilities of Hornet Services Sailing Club at Gosport, The Royal Air Force Yacht Club at Hamble and the Royal Naval Club and Royal Albert Yacht Club at Portsmouth upon production of their Club Membership Card.

Affiliation With Other Clubs

Yachtsmen and yachtswomen are welcome in Yacht Clubs across the world.  Club Membership Cards will usually need to be shown.

Club Members are entitled, on production of their Club Membership Cards, to use the facilities of the following Clubs of which we have corporate or associate membership:

The Naval Club
38 Hill Street, Mayfair, London, W1J 5NS
0207 493 7672

Members may use all facilities at The Naval Club. Members can stay for a maximum of 4 nights in a year at the Affiliated Clubs’ room rate. Members may join The Naval Club free of entry fee.

The Royal Air Force Yacht Club
Riverside House, Rope Walk, Hamble, Southampton, SO31 4HD
02380 452208

The Royal Naval Club & Royal Albert Yacht Club
17 Pembroke Road, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2NT
02392 828266

Booking for dining is essential. Jacket and tie required in dining room, but not required for the upstairs bar.

Hornet Services Sailing Club
Haslar Road, Gosport, Hampshire, PO12 2AQ
02392 580403

The RNVRYC is a Corporate Member of Hornet Services Sailing Club and RNVRYC members are welcome to use the clubhouse and bar.  There is also a function room and the restaurant, which may be used for meetings or meals for groups provided they are booked in advance.

When attending at Hornet, which is on MOD property, RNVRYC members are requested to take their RNVRYC Membership Card with them for identification, both at the gate and when on site. It is now necessary to produce photographic evidence of identity (such as driving licence) as well to gain access.  If car passes are required, they may be obtained by prior application to the Club Secretary.  Members are invited to visit the website at which has an interesting variety of information about the club, including the Constitution and the Rules.  There is a General area as well as a Members Area.  Access to this Members Area is by user name and password.  These can be obtained from the Club Secretary. 

If members would like to berth alongside for short periods (less than a week), they should contact the Marina Manager beforehand, who will allocate a berth subject to space availability.  Please read the requirements in the rules beforehand.  We do not, as Corporate members, have any berth holders' rights or lift-out rights.  To qualify for these benefits, members would need to be a member of Hornet SSC in their own right.  The Constitution on the website identifies those who are eligible.

The bar and galley opening times for the Hornet Sailing Club are as follows: 

 Day  Bar
Galley (Mornings)  Bar
 Mon, Tue, Wed, Thu  1200-1400 0945-1345 Closed Closed 
 Fri, Sat  1200-1500 0945-1430  1830-2300 1830-2100
 Sun  1200-1500 0945-1430 1830-2300  Closed

The Bar and Galley are open at the above times throughout the year with the exception of the Christmas shut down period when times will be promulgated in the newsletters.  All times refer to last orders which will be called ten minutes before hand.  The clubhouse will be locked 30 minutes after last orders have been called at the bar. Members and visitors are requested to vacate the clubhouse as required in order that staff may meet this deadline.

Hornet Services Sailing Club newsletters are available in the Library.

Other Clubs

Members are likely to receive a warm welcome at the Royal London Yacht Club in Cowes, with whom we have a close if informal relationship as well as the Royal Malta Yacht Club, Republic of Singapore Yacht Club and Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. Overseas, Club Membership Cards would usually need to be shown.

Other Benefits of Membership

Crewing -Members who would like to offer themselves as crew are invited to put their names, contact details and sailing experience in the Members' Area of the Club Website. Club Skippers needing crew are encouraged to view this area.

Members' Boats Available for Charter - Members with appropriately coded boats who wish to make them available for charter may put details in the Members' Area of the Club Website. Charters are by arrangement between the skipper and the owner, without Club liability. Members wishing to arrange charters should contact the owners.

Port of Cherbourg -Members presenting their Membership Cards are offered a 20% discount on berthing fees at the marina.

Website -There is much information about the Club and its events on the Club Website (, including in particular Calling Notices and registration for Club events.

Newsletters & News Updates -Members receive Newsletters published in the Spring and Autumn and News Updates in Summer and Winter. Members are encouraged, preferably by e-mail, to submit articles, pictures, letters to the editor etc. to the Newsletter Editor as soon as they are available.

Handbooks and Updates -Members receive a printed Handbook published at intervals as well as having access to an online Directory of Members.

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