Britannia Yacht Club is Relaunched

  • Author: BRNC
  • Date: Wednesday 17th October 2018

Former members of the Britannia Yacht Club (BYC) are being asked to get in touch as the club approaches its 60th anniversary.


The club, which was originally founded in 1959, has been re-launched at Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC) with Captain Jol Woodard, the current Commanding Officer of BRNC, taking on the role of Commodore of the club.


Captain Woodard said: “Sailing is an ideal way for naval personnel to understand the environment that we operate and fight in, particularly for our cadets and young officers under training.  It allows them to put into practice the theory they are taught in the classroom and learn from more experienced members of the club, including our Staff Officers, and to have fun.  We would like people who were members of the club to get in touch with us and renew their affiliation.”


The fleet of five Contessa Yachts based at the college and sailed by the BYC allow for training, skill development and team racing.  This year they have been competing with the Royal Dart Yacht Club in their Spring series on Wednesday evenings as well as a number of regattas along the South coast, Dartmouth Royal Regatta and Cowes Week.


Midshipman Connor Brain, Club Captain, said: “It is great to see the BYC up and running and we hope to work together with all members to revive the heritage of this prestigious club.”


In the past the club was very active both afloat and socially. Guests of honour at club dinners included the Rt. Hon. Sir Edward Heath (Jul 1994), Pete Goss MBE (Jul 1998), Sir Robin Knox Johnson (Jun 2002). 


The BYC Committee is keen to renew the annual dinners which were so popular in the past and have agreed to host the next dinner on Thursday 20 June 2019.  Details will be announced nearer the time.


To get in touch former members should write or email the Secretary, BYC, BRNC, Dartmouth

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