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Royal Thames Yacht Club

Royal Thames YC

Royal Thames Yacht Club
London, England

The Royal Thames is the oldest royal yacht club in the United Kingdom. It was established in 1775 when the Duke of Cumberland, brother of George III, put up a silver cup for a race on the River Thames and formed the Cumberland Fleet, which remains the alternative name of the club. The members originally met in coffee houses. From 1857, the club owned various properties in London, moving to 60 Knightsbridge, overlooking Hyde park, in 1923. The present clubhouse is the result of a development of the site in 1961. Yachting originally took place on the Thames, but the Solent became increasingly important in the 1850s, as the steam train made for easy access to England’s South Coast. The club has had many distinguished flag officers; traditionally the commodore has been a member of the royal family. Earl Mountbatten was commodore for 20 years; the current commodore is HRH Prince Andrew, the Duke of York.
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About The Team

Skipper: John Greeland
Boat: Better Than...

Royal Thames YC helmspersonRoyal Thames Yacht Club will also be bringing a young team to the Invitational Cup this year with the average age of the team being 36 years old. The selection of their most experienced young sailors started with a group of seven sailors form the RTYC Academy. While this may be a young team it still is a very experienced team. Ten of 11 of the sailors represented the Royal Thames Yacht Club in the 2013 Invitational Cup where they came in third. John Greenland will again be at the helm this year. "The NYYC Invitational has very quickly made itself a 'must do' event in my mind," he says. Calling tactics will be Ian Dobson. The preparation for this event has been years in the making with the most of the team having raced together in the 2013, 2014 and 2015 U.S. Swan 42 National Championships, the 2013 NYYC Invitational Cup and the 2015 RYS Invitational Cup. By the 2015 Invitational Cup the team will have sailed together for approximately 65 days. (John Greenland, helmsperson, pictured at left)


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