Royal Bermuda Yacht Club





Royal Bermuda Yacht Club




One of the oldest yacht clubs in the western hemisphere, the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club was founded in 1844 by 30 British Army officers and local Bermudan sailors.  At the time, sailing consisted of match racing – a race with two boats and considerable betting.  With the development of a yachting community in Bermuda, the match racing grew into the professional sailing we know today.  Fleet racing was introduced in 1906, and the first Bermuda Race ensued.  Today this is known as the Newport to Bermuda Race, connecting the American east coast and Bermuda.


The marina has 130 berths and can accommodate yachts up to 150 feet in length.  Programs are in place to introduce people of all ages to sailing.  Junior and youth prospective sailors can advance from beginner to experienced levels, and are able to join advanced training groups and participate in competitive sailing.  Adult sailing courses are open to both club members and non-members.


The club is located on Front Street in the city of Hamilton in the heart of Bermuda, close to restaurants, bars and shopping.  Its clubhouse overlooks Hamilton Harbor, with a bar and patio facing the waterfront.  The harbor is a gateway to Bermuda’s Great Sound, known as “a sailor’s playground”.  With constant ocean breezes, clear water and excellent sailing conditions, it is easy to see why Bermuda has been chosen to host the 35th America’s Cup in 2017.



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