History

In 1965, a contingent of members’ yachts made the passage from Ramsgate to Dunkirk under the auspices of the Yacht and Motor Boat Association to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the relief of the British Forces. In the same year BBC weather forecasts for coastal waters were introduced as a result of strong representations on the part of Capt O M Watts (Vice Commodore), as Editor of ‘Reed’s Nautical Almanac’, together with support from other notable sailors including Senior Rear Commodore Capt W H Coombs, CBE RNR, one of the Younger Brethren of Trinity House.

Sir James Miller, Lord Mayor of London, was installed as Honorary Commodore in 1965 (right).

The record for the longest term as Commodore was held by Capt O M Watts – from 1966 to 1980, when he was installed as Honorary Commodore.

The Club’s current Admiral is Admiral Sir Trevor Soar KCB OBE. Sir Trevor follows in the distinguished footsteps of Sir Robin Gillett GBE,RD and Sir Clive Martin OBE, TD, DL, both past Lord Mayors of London.

The Club Has a Special Toast!

The Club laid down another part of its distinctive ceremony this winter (2008-9). The Judges chose a special Club Toast to be used at our Dinners: “The City Livery Yacht Club – may she sail ever forward.”

Historic dates

First (preliminary) meeting
17 October 1956

Letter of establishment as the Yachting Section from the City Livery Club
28 November 1956

First (regular) meeting
21 March 1957

First Fitting Out Cocktail Party, aboard HQS Wellington
20 May 1957

First Cowes Rally
29-30 June 1957

First Laying Up Dinner
21 November 1957

RYA recognises CLYC as a Club
10 July 1958

Power to issue Defaced Blue Ensigns granted
10 October 1977

Membership opened to all Liverymen and members of the Guild of Freemen
December 1996

Membership opened to Freemen of Livery Companies and City Companies without Livery
December 2009

Founders

Sir Paul Booth (Chairman)
Charles Argent
W Herbert Bishop
C L Elvy
W Lepard
Kenneth J Lindy FRIBA
Bernard Stroulger
R W Thompson FIAS MIMarE AMIMechE
A Walker
S R M Wade
J B Pinchard
C R C Marlow
A E Weatherston
William D Vickers
A Stanley Bell

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