A selected group of institutions constitutes the most exclusive and prestigious yacht clubs in the world. With many years of experience in the industry, they have organized sailing competitions and promoted excellence, precision and team spirit. Over time these entities have been associated with similar sponsors, such as Rolex, which has been sponsoring this type of yatching events for several years.
This kind of navigation was born in the Netherlands in the seventeenth century. However, it was Charles II, King of England, who turned it into a sport in his country and made possible the celebration of sailing competitions after returning from exile in the Netherlands. Nevertheless, the first recorded race took place on the River Thames, between Greenwich and Gravesend.
These clubs are:
NEW YORK YACHT CLUB
Firstly, we have the New York Yacht Club.
Since 1844 it has played a significant role in the world of sailing competitions. In 1866 it hosted the first transatlantic regatta, the Transatlantic Race. This club has two large headquarters facilities. On the one hand, the social clubhouse, which is located on 44th street in New York since 1901 and it is a well-known Beaux-Arts style building declared National Historic Landmark; on the other hand, the sport clubhouse, which was founded in 1987 in Harbor Court (Newport, Rhode Island). In 2008 it celebrated half a century of Rolex sponsorship. It has the longest-lasting association with the firm in the field of sailing.
ROYAL YACHT SQUADRON
In 1833 it became the Royal Yacht Squadron by command of King William IV. The club is most closely associated with the British Royal Family and it is under the patronage of Queen Elizabeth II. In addition, the Duke of Edinburgh, is the Admiral of the club. Firstly, in 1826, RYS decided to organize regular regattas at the Cowes headquarters. Later, in the 1830s it created the first ocean regatta, and in the 1840s it admitted the first American member . The Royal Yacht Squadron also became the second sailing partner of Rolex, after the NYYC, in the 1980s.
ROYAL OCEAN RACING CLUB
The Royal Ocean Racing Club (RORC) was created in 1925, to encourage “long distances sailing competitions, as well as the design, building and navigation of vessels that combine speed and nautical skills”. That means that the club, with activities all over the world, is a strong international organisation. It celebrated its 90th year in 2015 and it is considered a leader in the organization and promotion of offshore regattas due to the development of safety standards.
CRUISING YACHT CLUB OF AUSTRALIA
A sailing-enthusiast group founded The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia (CYCA) in 1944. Later, the club built a global reputation excellence in the organization of sailing competitions and maritime safety.
YACHT CLUB COSTA SMERALDA
Regarding the YCCS located northeast of the Sardinian Smeralda coast and the famous archipelago of La Magdalena, it is a fascinating place to enjoy the spirit of sailing because their surrounding waters are considered as one of the most beautiful and challenging sailing scenarios on the planet by the sailing community.
ROYAL MALTA YACHT CLUB
It has its roots in the strong relationship between the inhabitants of Malta and the sea. It has a small group of members. However, they actively support sports. In 1968, the RMYC created the Rolex Middle Sea Race.
ROYAL HONG KONG YACHT CLUB
The RHKYC, one of the oldest and most prestigious clubs in Hong Kong, is a cosmopolitan organization.
YACHT CLUB ITALIANO
His reputation comes from the organization of national and international regattas. Besides, one of the Giraglia Rolex Cup’s founders was Beppe Croce, president of the International Sailing Federation.
SOCIÉTÉ NAUTIQUE DE SAINT-TROPEZ
The Société Nautique de Saint-Tropez is one of the most active clubs in the Mediterranean, involved in the organization of more than 15 sailing events each year. The most famous are the Giraglia Rolex Cup and Les Voiles de Saint-Tropez, an event filled with respect for sailing tradition.
YACHT CLUB DE MONACO
Prince Rainier founded The Yacht Club of Monaco (YCM). This event took place in June 2014, on the occasion of its new headquarters’ inauguration. The motto of the Yacht Club de Monaco is ” One Spirit, One Team, One Club”. Perfection in the “art de vivre la mer” is a necessary requirement in order to be a member of this club. On the other hand, the new clubhouse, designed by Lord Norman Foster, is a striking example of club ideals.
Finally, here you can find a summary of relevant sailing competitions in Spain for this 2019:
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