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Our Centenary

Join us in celebrating 100 years in 2022!

Our Centenary

Join us in celebrating 100 years in 2022!

Royal Lymington Yacht Club Centenary 1922 to 2022

1922 to 2022: Our Centenary Year

Celebrating 100 Years of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club


2022 is an incredibly special year, with our Club celebrating 100 years since its foundation in 1922. Throughout our Centenary we are planning a year of celebrations, building on our existing successful annual events on and off the water including a Centenary Regatta Day with "Apres Sail" Festival, and a spectacular Centenary Party.

It was in 1922 that the Lymington River Sailing Club was formed, in the aftermath of the Great War, which had frustrated all previous attempts to bring together local sailors. Many of “the great and the good” lived in Lymington and were members of the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes, but they wanted their own Club on their home river. That year, Major Cyril Potter and his friends got together at Potter’s house, near the ferry terminal, to form the Club.  

They bought the disused Coastguard Boathouse which was ideally situated on the town side of the river. Since then, it has been expanded to become the excellent facility enjoyed by members today. “Royal” status was bestowed on the Club in 1938, which complemented Royal patronage of the Club since 1925, the current Patron being HRH The Princess Royal.

Members, get set for a fabulous year of celebrations and fun events - and non-members, this is the perfect time to join our Club, we welcome new members throughout the year!

Key dates for your diary!



16, 18, 19 February 2022: Celebration Centenary Lunches

Celebration lunches in our restaurant, for members with 50 years+ of membership on Wednesday 16 February, 25-50 years' membership on Friday 18 February and under 25 years' membership on Saturday 19 February.
 

Centenary celebration dinner at Royal Lymington Yacht Club

19 March 2022: 1922 Celebration Dinner

A celebration black-tie dinner with Champagne on arrival before exquisite 4-course menu of seasonal food sourced from local produced. Followed by our guest speaker, the inspirational Vendée Globe Skipper, Pip Hare. Find out more here.


​26 March 2022: Centenary Open Day

An opportunity for our local community to come and celebrate 100 years of Royal Lymington Yacht Club, with refreshments, demonstrations and entertainment for all. Find out more here.



8 April 2022: Centenary Afternoon Tea

Back in the 1920’s the Club was famous for its afternoon teas. Come and enjoy a relaxing afternoon gathering and cream tea while appreciating the new Club garden in all its glory.
3pm-5pm. Find out more and book tickets here.



7 May 2022: Vintage and Classics Exhibition

A display of vintage vehicles including cars, motorcycles, bicycles and of course dinghies outside the club. If you have an early/classic vehicle you would be prepared to show, or if you have a classic dinghy (such as a wooden scow, Lymington Pram, Oxey bird, Finn, Firefly, 14ft International) please can you get in touch with Tom McEwen on 01590-675397 or email: tandbmcewen@gmail.com

Find out more about this exciting event and book (free) tickets here.
RLymYC regatta day


18 June 2022: Regatta Day and Apres Sail Festival

A day not to be missed! We'd love to see every member out on the water in whatever boat you like, for a mix of racing and fun together as we take over the river and the Solent in a cloud of sail; followed by a vibrant festival ashore in and around the clubhouse for all the family.

On the water regatta

  • Racing for all keelboat, dinghy and junior/youth classes
  • Solent and River courses
  • Nautical adventures for all power and paddle craft
  • A once in a lifetime chance to win The Centenary Cup

Apres-sail festival

The clubhouse and surrounding area will be buzzing as sailors return from the water until well into the evening, with:
  • The Royal Rocks the River live music tent – sure to get the party going!
  • Family fun – games and entertainment for all ages
  • Street food stalls serving up fast food for hungry sailors
  • Seated dining in our restaurant and ice creams
  • The 1922 Bar and Beer Tent
Click HERE for more information
 

 


Centenary party at Royal Lymington Yacht Club

3 September 2022: Centenary Party

Party like it's 1922! Join us for Roaring 20's fun for a late night full of fun, cocktails, fine food and dancing. Come as you are, straight off a boat or dress the part ... Glamorous Flapper, Gatsby Black Tie or lazy summer day Boater and Striped Blazer…  

On arrival choose between a bespoke RLymYC Cocktail or a mouth-watering range of mocktails. While Clarence Birdseye might have invented ‘freezing food for freshness’ in 1922 your dining will be freshly prepared from local and seasonal ingredients! You’ll be spoilt for choice with seven food stations each offering a different taste experience. No party is complete without dancing …to live music  7.00pm - midnight.


Shipmates Centenary Party

9 September 2022: Shipmates Party

Barbecue and ice cream for the Shipmates and their parents.  There’s sure to be lots of games too.

Centenary art exhibition at Royal Lymington Yacht Club

2 November 2022: Centenary Art Exhibition

The 2022 Art Exhibition will include a display of Club historic artefacts and memorabilia. Join the preview evening and enjoy canapés, cheese and biscuits and a glass or two of wine.  

Many more fantastic events to be announced... watch this space!

Cruising Centenary Event!

Centenary Caribbean Rally in Grenada May 2022

Our History



Explore the history of the Royal Lymington Yacht Club since its foundation in 1922 at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club History website.

The archives of Royal Lymington Yacht Club were largely lost in the great flood of 1989 when much of Bath Road and both clubs were inundated. An attempt was made to save them and they languished in a container outside the club until they were rediscovered. An official Club Archivist was appointed to oversee their preservation.
 

Can you help?

Our Centenary events will be even more special if they can be brought to life by historic club memorabilia, pictures and stories. Please contact the club office if you are able to help.
 

The Centenary Logo


The club's Centenary Logo is based on the winning logo design by club member Suzanne Judah.

Royal Lymington Yacht Club Centenary Logo
 

Centenary Regalia


Visit our Club Merchandise page to see the full range of Centenary regalia and merchandise on sale in our Club Office.

RLymYC Centenary merchandise
 

From our Patron


We are delighted to have received a letter from our Patron, The Princess Royal, with her very best wishes for our Centenary in 2022. The letter is displayed on our Club noticeboard, a copy of which is below:

Letter from the Princess Royal to the Royal Lymington Yacht Club