Commodore’s Message

Welcome to the City Livery Yacht Club’s website.  It is my honour and my pleasure to have been elected as Commodore for the ensuing year.

We start a new chapter in the Club’s history by becoming a Limited company this year.  This will not affect the running of the Club, but will now protect individual members from possible vexatious litigation, a situation that our previous rules did not.  Many thanks to Immediate Past Commodore Cynthia Robinson and Club Treasurer, Rear Commodore Richard Pickance for all the heavy lifting needed to bring this about.

Our year will follow a familiar format with our flagship event, the inter-Livery Regatta at Cowes where members race for the the Lord Mayor’s Cup on the 18th of May.  Following the sad passing of Vice-Commodore Humphrey Cook, who was the driving force behind our cruise-in-company to St. Vaast, we propose a similar format for a cruise to Alderney and Guernsey in June, as well as a repeat of our South Coast cruise-in-company from Bembridge to Lymington in July, and a Pursuit Rally to Lymington in September.

On the social front, we will be holding our usual two formal dinners: Fitting-Out Dinner on 25th of March at Innholders’ Hall, where the renowned quality of the food will be enhanced by our guest speaker, Admiral Sir Tim McClement and the Laying-Up Dinner on the 14th of October in the grandeur of Drapers’ Hall, where the guest speaker will be one of my colleagues from the Royal Opera House, David Gowland, Artistic Director of the Young Artist’s Programme.  Details are yet to be finalised, as some of David’s charges as at that date, have not been auditioned yet but he will be accompanying one or more of these opera stars of the future as they entertain us during the evening.

There are also more informal opportunities during the year to meet and dine, courtesy of the Royal Thames Yacht Club, at their prestigious Knightsbridge clubhouse.

All dates and details are available and updated as required on the website.

May I wish you all a safe and prosperous year, and hope to see as many of you as possible over the coming months.

Nick Havell




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