© Chris Boynton, 2015 Regatta © Guido Cantini, 2015 Regatta © Ian Badley, 2015 Regatta © Ian Badley, 2015 Regatta
© Chris Boynton, 2015 British Classic Yacht Club Regatta
© Guido Cantini/Panerai, 2015 British Classic Yacht Club Regatta
© Ian Badley, 2015 British Classic Yacht Club Regatta
© Ian Badley, 2015 British Classic Yacht Club Regatta

The British Classic Yacht Club

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.

News in Brief

Please click here for the minutes of the AGM held on 20th November 2015.

... some Boat News

Not so long ago, fifteen years, even in Cowes ones heart would leap at the incredibly rare sight of a well maintained varnished mast in the harbour, causing one to nip down to the marina to see who was passing through fleetingly on passage to distant parts.

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Record Entry for Panerai British Classic Week 2015

With just under a month to go the entry list has topped 70 with famous visitors from the US and the Med, as well as some familiar names from France.

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Whooper and Giovanni Win the RTI Gold Roman Bowl

Giovanni Belgrano stamped his authority on the Island Sailing Club’s JP Morgan Round The Island Race on Saturday.

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