Yacht Club de France

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Yacht Club de France (YCF)
Burgee and Ensign of the Yacht Club de France
Formation 1867
Legal status active
Purpose advocate and public voice, educator and network for Recreational boating, and competitive sailors, coaches, volunteers and events
Official language
Affiliations UNCL, Yacht Club Italiano
Website http://www.ycf-club.fr

The Yacht Club de France is one of the most important yacht clubs in France.


It was established in 1867, during the Second French Empire. This club was bestowed Royal Patronage by HRH Emperor Napoleon III and its first president was Admiral Rigault de Genouilly.

In 1891, a new club was founded, the Union des Yachts Français, Société d'Encouragement pour la Navigation de Plaisance. In 1907 the two clubs merged and were recognized by the International Yacht Racing Union (now the International Sailing Federation).

In 1993, as part of the Club's 125th celebrations, Maïté Etchechoury wrote "Yacht-club de France : sous-série GG7 : répertoire numérique détaillé."[1]


Among other competitions, the Yacht Club de France, together with the Yacht Club Italiano, runs the Giraglia Rolex Cup regatta from Saint Tropez, past Giraglia (the northernmost point of Corsica), to Genoa, Italy.


  1. ^ Maïté Etchechoury "Yacht-club de France" (Paris : Archives centrales de la Marine, Service historique de la Marine, 1993

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