The raison d'etre of the British Classic Yacht Club is its fleet of beautiful yachts built in traditional materials, on classic lines, to unique or limited production designs. It aims to promote the ownership, knowledge and appreciation of classic yachts and to preserve the enjoyment of them for future generations.
Britain has a rich heritage of beautiful classic yachts. Almost all are in private hands, which means that their preservation depends on the dedication and energy of individuals and their families, friends and crews.
Our Club motto is Per Ardua ad Marum ( Through hard work to the Sea )
Many of the most beautiful classic yachts were produced as one-designs or very small groups of sister yachts. They have not enjoyed the support of class associations and no club has responsibility for advancing the interests of this historic fleet of boats, The British Classic Yacht Club was formed in 2001 to fill this gap.
The BCYC fulfils its aims by providing a congenial environment for owners and other classic yacht enthusiasts to share experiences and enjoy each other's company, thus developing close, personal relationships between people involved with these beautiful boats. It creates opportunities for cruising in company, organises fair and exciting racing and promotes efficient development of the yachts. It also runs a lively programme of social events.
The membership of the BCYC now consists of more than 80 beautiful Classic yachts. Our members are active in both cruising and racing.
The flagship event is our highly successful annual regatta, held in Cowes each July. This is now the key Classic event of the British yachting season. In addition there is a full programme of racing, cruising and social activities, mainly in the Solent but also at Dartmouth and on the East Coast, including the popular East Coast Classic Regatta in early June. The season ends with the Laying-up Dinner held in London in November.
The BCYC is affiliated to the RYA, where it aims to represent the interests of classic yachts. It has developed good relationships with many leading yacht clubs in the UK and abroad and BCYC yachts participate in many important sailing events, including classic regattas on the Continent, the Med and the West Indies. Recently our members have crossed the Atlantic. The officers of the BCYC are actively involved in both national and international discussions about the future development of classic yachting.
In all these ways the BCYC has rapidly developed a unique, influential and important role in classic yachting in the U.K and abroad.