Commodore’s Message

commodore-2017The City Livery Yacht Club delivers a sparkling mix of enjoyable sailing events, fine dining, tradition and bonhomie.  Our most popular annual event is the keenly contested inter-Livery Regatta, this year to be held in Cowes on 20 May 2017.  While you may be certain of a warm welcome at all times, the Cowes regatta fosters the greatest level of competition in our annual programme, with each boat vying for the Lord Mayor’s Cup which is presented at the Royal Yacht Squadron on Saturday evening. The race is ably organised by the Island Sailing Club.

The CLYC is privileged to work alongside many other prestigious yacht clubs, for example The Royal London YC, the Royal Thames YC and the Royal Lymington YC as well as the Royal Yacht Squadron.  Two favourite autumn events on the annual calendar are a dinner in the Dining Room of the Castle of the Royal Yacht Squadron and a CLYC entry in the annual Scow dinghy regatta at the Royal Lymington YC.

In 2015 we introduced a cross-Channel rally to St Vaast and this has become a regular mid-summer fixture.  We are grateful to both our hard-working Club Secretary and a small selection of volunteers from the Committee for organising our events.

The CLYC is proud and delighted to be newly affiliated to HMS Daring, the lead ship of the Type 45 class air-defence destroyers built for the Royal Navy, and the seventh ship to hold that name.  We very much look forward to following her progress and liaising with her Captain and crew during future years.

The CLYC is honoured to have Admiral Sir Trevor Soar as its Admiral and Sir Clive Martin, former Lord Mayor of London, as its Admiral Emeritus. The Club is always keen to uphold the traditions of august institutions such as the Royal Navy and the City of London and we thank both our Admirals for supporting us so loyally.  We are also proud to be a Yacht Club with a warrant for members to fly a defaced Blue Ensign.

The CLYC’s Annual Log Competition draws entries from an eclectic range of members and whether their contributions are light-hearted or serious, you’re sure to gain useful information from each.  We post a few on this website, so you may share the writers’ experiences and pick up some tips when visiting new ports or countries. The Founder Commodore Trophy for the best written log is presented at the annual Fitting Out Dinner, this year to be held on 20 March.  Our guest speaker on this occasion will be Admiral Lord West of Spithead, formerly First Sea Lord and Commander in Chief of the Royal Navy.  This will be a popular event so I recommend you reply quickly when the formal invitation drops into your inbox.

We hold regular New Members’ evenings at the Royal Thames YC when there is ample opportunity to chat to our Flag Officers and members and afterwards to dine in the lovely restaurant (‘The Coffee Room’) at this iconic venue.  Throughout the year we also try to keep members updated about the use of donations they make to our chosen charities the RNLI (City Branch) and the Bexley and Lewisham Sea Cadets.

Membership of the City Livery Yacht Club is open to Liverymen and Freemen.  My own Livery Company is the Honourable Company of Air Pilots as I’m a keen leisure pilot as well as sailor.  It’s always fun to ask other members which is their Livery Company because their reply might by any one of one hundred and ten. We’re keen to have representation from them all.  The CLYC membership includes professional and amateur yachtsmen and women, owners of motor boats and people who are just keen to get afloat.

Although I’ve written quite a lot about traditions and traditional institutions, potential members should have no qualms whatever about applying to join the City Livery Yacht Club.  All will find others with whom to talk, laugh, dine and sail.  Personally, I believe it would be hard to find a more welcoming group of members.  I very much look forward to seeing you at our 2017 events.


Cynthia Robinson FRIN

Commodore, City Livery Yacht Club


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