The Royal Gibraltar Yacht Club was founded in the year 1829 by officers of the regiments then stationed in the garrison. In the Gibraltar Chronicle for June 25th, 1829, under the heading of “Arrivals during the last 24 hours” there appears the following:
Eng. Cutter (yacht) “Arrow”, Commander McKenzie, 5 days from Cadiz and 2 from Tangier, for Gibraltar. Passengers Lieuts. Clarke and Bayley and Asst. Surgeon Gillice.
The Yacht Eng. Cutter “Rover”, Commander Tryon, 4 days from Cadiz and 2 from Tangier, for Gibraltar. Passengers Lieuts. Bell and Talbot and Asst. Surgeon Brown.
These officers appear to have formed themselves into a Club, for the Gibraltar Chronicle of July 15th of the same year contains a notice as follows:
“The members of the GIBRALTAR YACHT CLUB will hold a meeting at Griffiths Hotel on Friday the 17th inst., at one o’clock p.m. when any officers of the Garrison wishing to join the Club are requested to attend.”
By order of Commodore McKENZIE
- GILLICE, Secretary
The old minute books and records have long been lost and the records of the club commence with a despatch dated 27th October, 1837, from the Admiralty to the Governor of Gibraltar, transmitting a warrant authorising the vessels belonging to the Club to wear “a St. George’s or White Ensign and a cornet or burgee”.
The Royal Gibraltar Yacht Club is pleased to extend its hospitality and services to members of reciprocal clubs. The RGYC honours reciprocal privileges with all Royal Chartered clubs.
To confirm your club is has an affiliation with RGYC and to arrange your visit, a letter of introduction must be sent from a representative of your home club to our RGYC Secretary. A guest card will then be issued in your name and used for the duration of your visit, with a maximum of a two-week period.
The guest card is only to be used by the approved visitor and their immediate party. All guests must register at the Reception Office before using any club facilities and shall be required to obtain a guest card before paying for services. Guests must settle their chits at the point of purchase via MasterCard or Visa. For the House Rules (including dress code), click here.
All visiting yachtspersons and their boats must be registered by contacting the Marina Manager. Upon registration you will receive a guest card that entitles you to usage of the Club. Please click here for more information regarding the marina and how to arrange for your visit.
Learn to Sail Programme
RGYC is Gibraltar’s only accredited RYA training center and offers all visitors (whether affiliated with reciprocal clubs or not) the opportunity to learn to sail or take advantage of our powerboat courses. For more information about our various programmes or to arrange your customized sailing experience, click here.