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We’re delighted that you’re thinking of becoming a member of the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club.

For almost 200 years we have been at the forefront of the development of yacht racing on the Clyde and internationally. Today we are one of the largest and most active sailing communities in Scotland.

The only pre-requisite for new members is a passion for sailing - so whether you’re an experienced hand or complete amateur, there’s a place for you in our Club.


Membership benefits at a glance:

Active racing club
The club runs mid-week fleet racing throughout the sailing season. Our club-owned fleet of Sonars, sail alongside one-design fleets of Gareloch and Piper keelboats, during the week and at weekends. 

The club also hosts and participates in domestic and international regattas including 2K team racing, UK Keelboat League, as well as inter-club and international invitational competitions.

Off the water, we have a busy social calendar throughout the year which members can take advantage of.

Training and coaching 

The Club is a centre of excellence in keelboat racing and delivers the Scottish Keelboat Academy – which coaches the country’s most promising young keelboat racers – on behalf of the Royal Yachting Association Scotland, the national governing body for sailing in Scotland. 

In addition to regular racing opportunities we regularly run high quality, structured match and team racing training delivered by experienced coaches which develop the skills of our members.

Club facilities
Our club is one of the few with club-owned keelboats. This allows the club to host domestic and international one-design match and team racing on the Clyde.
We also have one of the finest clubhouses of any club in the country. Built in 1848 our clubhouse at Rhu has all the facilities you’d expect from a sailing club house. In addition we have a club boatman and launch to transport members to their yachts. 

Heritage and History

For some of our members, being a member of a club that can trace it’s history back to 1824 is a major motivation. The Club has competed in two America’s Cup races, plus a number of Olympics.

The Club maintains an extensive archive and collection of local, national and internationally-important material that charts not only the development of the Club and its predecessors, but also the development of sailing on the Clyde.

Our archives are a rich resource for individuals with an interest in yachts designed by William Fife and GL Watson.

Simple joining procedure 


The Management Committee is very aware any activity in the clubhouse over the coming winter will be reduced and constrained by the fallout from Covid-19. As a result we have decided to offer a voluntary reduction in the subscription rates by 30% across the board. This is at a particularly hard time financially, but we cannot in all honesty expect you as our customers to pay for such a reduced service. This is voluntary, and your full subscription would of course be welcome. We are planning a full programme for the next sailing season, and trust you will enjoy your membership to the full.


Joining the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club is easy using an online subscription system. For more information about membership categories click here

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