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Royal Thames Yacht Club

Royal Thames YC

Royal Thames Yacht Club
London, England

The Royal Thames Yacht Club is the oldest, continuously operated yacht club in the world. 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. RTYC was the first non-Northern American team to place first at the Invitational Cup in 2015. This was made possible by their excellent academy, top dingy classes and the British Olympic Yachting Association. 

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Previous Invitational Cups: 2009,11,13,15

About The Team

Skipper: John Greenland

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For this year's team, nine RTYC academy and ex-academy sailors were selected from the top 25 applicants. John Greeland will be at the helm with Ian Dobson calling tactics. We saw the Club at the US Swan 42 Nationals where they placed 2nd overall and were 1st Corinthian Boat. They also particiapted in the Rolex 163rd Annual Regatta, placing 6th. The Royal Thames Yacht Club are also the defending champions of the Invitational Cup, having won in 2015.






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