Royal Thames Yacht Club

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Royal Thames Yacht Club
Burgee of royal thames yc.svg
RTYC Burgee
Formation 1775
Legal status active
Purpose advocate and public voice, educator and network for Recreational boating, and competitive sailors, coaches, volunteers and events
Website Official site

The Royal Thames Yacht Club (RTYC) is the oldest continuously operating yacht club in the United Kingdom. Its headquarters are located at 60 Knightsbridge, London, England, overlooking Hyde Park. The Club has a clear purpose:

"To provide the members with outstanding yacht cruising, racing and social opportunities in the UK and internationally, building on the Club's unique heritage, central London facilities and close reciprocal relationships with other leading yacht clubs around the world." [1]


The Club was established in 1775 when Prince Henry, Duke of Cumberland and Strathearn, brother of King George III, put up a silver cup for a race on the River Thames and formed the Cumberland Fleet. This remains the alternative name of the Club today. The RTYC name originates from 1830 when William IV of the United Kingdom came to the throne. Members of the Club initially met in coffee houses. From 1857, the Club owned various properties in London, moving to 60 Knightsbridge in 1923, although the current Clubhouse was built more recently.

Yachting originally took place on the Thames but the Solent became increasingly important in the 1850s as the railways made access to the South Coast easy.

The Club has had many distinguished Flag Officers and traditionally the Commodore has been a member of the royal family. Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma was Commodore for 20 years and today the Club's Commodore is HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York. The Patron of the Club is HRH the Duke of Edinburgh and the Admiral is HRH Prince Charles the Prince of Wales.[2]

Royal Thames Yacht Club Today[edit]

The Club is involved in a range of yachting events for both the cruising and racing yachtsman, motor yacht owners and all those interested in the sea. Through the Club's events and other contacts, members have access to yachting activities worldwide. They also have use of all the facilities of the Clubhouse in Knightsbridge and leading reciprocal clubs around the world.


The Club participates in numerous racing events both in the UK and worldwide. There is an annual regatta - the Cumberland Regatta - on the Solent and opportunities for both fleet and match racing. The Club is particularly active in keelboat team racing and regularly competes with other leading clubs around the world.


Every year, the Club organises cruises in UK waters and overseas. Overseas cruises have taken place all over the world from New Zealand to the Caribbean. Some members join in with their own boats while others charter.[3]


The Club hosts a varied range of social events. There are the traditional "Black Tie" events that have been held for over a hundred years, such as the Fitting Out and the Laying Up Dinners, and the annual Prizewinners' Dinner. More recently the Club has introduced Ladies Lunches, the Annual Cruising Dinner and the 'Talks at 60 Knightsbridge.' [4]

Functions and Events[edit]

The Club is licensed for civil marriages and civil partnerships. Non-members may hold private or business functions at the Club. The private rooms are suitable for meetings, seminars, conferences, lunches, dinners and receptions.[5]

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Coordinates: 51°30′08″N 0°09′33″W / 51.5023°N 0.1591°W / 51.5023; -0.1591

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