Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club

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Royal Northern and Clyde Yacht Club
Formation 1978 merger of Royal Northern Yacht Club (1824) & Royal Clyde Yacht Club (1856).
Legal status active
Purpose advocate and public voice, educator and network for Recreational boating, and competitive sailors, coaches, volunteers and events
Official language
English, French

The Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club is a yacht club founded in Scotland in 1978, by merger of the Royal Northern Yacht Club (founded in 1824) and the Royal Clyde Yacht Club (founded in 1856).


The Royal Northern was originally based in Rothesay but moved to the current clubhouse in Rhu on the Gare Loch in 1937. The Royal Clyde vacated its premises at Hunters Quay in the fifties and also moved to Rhu before the two clubs merged in 1978 to form the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club.[1]

The Royal Northern Yacht Club is believed to have been the first British yachting club to receive a royal charter, in 1830.[1] The club was founded to organise and encourage the sport, and by 1825 Scottish and Irish clubs were racing against each other on the Clyde. However, yachting and yacht building didn't really take off until the middle of the 19th century. The Clyde Model Yacht Club was inaugurated in 1856, receiving its royal charter in 1863, and the two clubs dominated the Scottish yachting scene at that time. In 1886 the Royal Northern yacht Galatea challenged for the Americas Cup and the following year it was the turn of Thistle from the Royal Clyde.

The 'Royal Clyde Yacht Club' performed by Herr Iff's Orchestra with Wilhelm Iff, conductor was recorded in Glasgow.[2]

The Royal Clyde won the gold medal at the 1908 Olympics, in the 12 metre class.


  1. ^ a b "History". The Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club. Retrieved 2014-08-07. 
  2. ^ 'Royal Clyde Yacht Club' performed by Herr Iff's Orchestra (London : E. Berliner's Gramophone, 190-).

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