Royal Victoria Yacht Club (RVYC)

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Welcome to the Royal Victoria Yacht Club

 Join the Royal Victoria Yacht Club - fun, friendly and affordable; a place to race; a place to start your cruise; a place to have fun with families and friends; a place to get away! Founded in June 1892, RVYC is the oldest yacht club in western Canada. Programs and facilities in Cadboro Bay include:

  • organized racing (click here for the racing schedule, here for race officer signup, here for crewing opportunities)
  • organized cruising activities (click here for scheduled events);
  • docks with moorage for over 350 boats and dry dock space for dinghies and small keelboats (click here for foreshore information);
  • a marine ways, boat ramp, workshop, change rooms, showers, and laundry;
  • a Clubhouse for members and guests with a lovely waterfront dining room and pub, lounges and rooms for juniors and private functions, including weddings (click here for dining hours and menu information.)

Club facilities in Sidney's Tsehum Harbour include docks with moorage for about 85 boats, a workshop and planned new lounge.


RVYC Latest News

RVYC Ladies Perpetrate Fraud by Tibbie Adams

The RVYC Ladies Cruise had their best cruise yet. 11 boats and their intrepid captains sailed across international waters to Roche Harbour for our yearly get together. Trish Lapp impressed everyone by sailing her large boat the whole way across, while others simply motored straight there. Friday night found 40 ladies dressed in pink, wearing costumes and a smile. Best costumes were won by Tara Smith and her crew, adorned in pink sailor outfits, crowned with hot pink sailor hats festooned with sparkling anchors. They kindly supplied pink devilled eggs and pink jello shots which really got the ladies excited. Marri Todd won the nautical quiz that contained difficult navigation and tidal questions. She did not show anyone her answers but announced excitedly, "I won, I won," which proves enthusiasm wins the day.

Saturday saw a variety of activities; some ladies headed to Friday harbour for shopping, others were led on a wild goose chase by Jan Hampton and the author, and fabulously fit Trish Lapp, led her crew on a long cliff climbing walk. Most women spent the afternoon by the pool lounging in the sun. Sonja and Molli, always lots of fun, entertained us with leaping off the dock for a swim and offering yoga classes.

Unfortunately, fraud was perpetrated by the ladies. A large yacht cut off one of our women as they approached the customs wharf, and when the shapely blond chastised the captain for this indiscretion, he offered her a free drink in recompense. She said she would be delighted, and could she bring her friends. He looked over at the small boat with one crew and said, "Sure!" "Excellent," she said, " there will be 40 of us." On Saturday night 40 ladies swarmed the decks of this large yacht and enjoyed watching the sunset ceremonies. The gentleman, somewhat pale and overwhelmed, graciously hosted us and benevolently opened his booze locker, which most regrettably was completely emptied. The kindly captain turned out to be none other than Drew Irwin , the owner of Philbrooks . Thank you Drew!

Many boaters at Roche were extremely impressed with the lady captains. One dad said to his daughters, "I want you to be just like those ladies when you grow up." Another group of men offered free rides next year on their huge racing yacht. Perhaps they are looking for some racing tips from Louise or Heather.

Sunday, the ladies enjoyed donuts on the dock and due to forecast 30 knot winds, quickly made for home across the strait. Certainly it was my worst crossing of Haro. We had 9! freighters in one hour to contend with, as well as 6 foot seas and 24 knots of wind. Waves crashed over the boat, water inches deep poured down the decks, and salt spray rudely hit me in the face. While I gripped the wheel in terror, and with the boat heaving and tossing, one of my gutsy crew, Val Baker, ran forward to untangle a line so we could haul in the sail. The most courageous captain must be Margaret Long whose outboard engine died half way across Haro. After a nasty bump on the head and in waves "the size of boxcars" she leaned over the engine, removed the top, got out her trusty Swiss army knife, removed the toothpick and carefully cleaned salt debris from the engine. The engine fired into life and another lady sailor returned home safely. And so concludes another memorable ladies cruise.


Revised Summer Dining Room Hours
Starting July 19 – in effect until Labour Day

Mondays – No Bar Service, Clubhouse closed at 5pm

Tuesdays – Bar Service only after 5pm

Wednesday – Limited Light Lunch Menu from noon until 2pm (Chartroom & Patio only)
Wednesday Night Racing BBQ from 6pm to 9pm

Thursday – Regular service – Noon until 2pm, Dinner 5 – 8pm

Friday – Regular service - 11:30am to 9pm

Saturday – Limited Light Lunch Menu from noon until 5pm (Chartroom & Patio only)
Dinner from 5pm to 8pm

Sunday – Limited Light Lunch Menu from noon until 5pm (Chartroom & Patio only)
Dinner from 5pm to 8pm


Windfest 2014

The Royal Victoria Yacht Club is hosting the 2014 Canadian Kiteboard Racing Championships July 26 – 27, 2014 at Nitinat Lake, BC.

Nitinat Lake is known internationally for predictable, strong thermal winds, making it the perfect destination for the first internationally sanctioned kiteboard event on Vancouver Island.

The competition will draw professional kite racers including the current world champion, Johnny Heineken, and female world champion, Erika Heineken, to Vancouver Island. And, as kiteboarding is slated for the 2020 Olympics, competition for the national title should be fierce.

But kiteboarding isn't just for the professionals; It's a sport that can be learned at age nine or even at age 73. Kiteboarding is a safe, low impact sport that can be learned by all physical abilities.

And, with the popularity of the sport, comes cutting edge sailing development. Kite racers can reach top speeds around 50km per hour on race boards. Some racers use hydrofoil technology to fly above the water. And freestylers can perform what look like effortless tricks higher than 20 feet in the air.

Vancouver Islands' own kite company 'Ocean Rodeo' manufactures some of the high quality kiteboarding equipment that many local and international kiters use. Kiteboarding lessons are available at Nitinaht Lake through for beginners and immediate riders.

Come support BC's own internationally ranked kite racers, Stefano Rista and Andy Wong, as they go head to head with the world champion for the title of Canadian Kiteboard Racing Champion.

Event details can be found at


Cadboro Bay Moorage Rebuild

Preparation for the removal of docks at Cadboro Bay will commence on June 25, 2014. Members who moor their boats at Cadboro Bay please refer to the notice on the dock on which you moor. We will soon be adding a link to key information concerning this project to the Club Website to provide pertinent information as the project progresses.

While the Club and member volunteers will do what it can find space to temporarily relocate member vessels it is the members' responsibility to look after their boat during the construction period.

Any assistance in helping us find space for displaced boats will be greatly appreciated. Please let the Club know when you are planning to have your boat away from your assigned slip if you have not already done so. Follow THIS LINK to access the electronic form for submitting this information. Paper forms are also available at the Club and Foreshore Offices.


Timelapse Video of RVYC Marina Rebuild at Cadboro Bay


Videos will be updated every several weeks so check back to watch the progress of this historic, rebuild.


Latest Update - August 1st

East Docks

Clubhouse Cam

Clubhouse Cam - to July 15th

View of North Docks

View of East Docks

View from Clubhouse


SPOT Trackers now available for RVYC Members

 Summer cruising is now upon us!

 There are many members heading off to wonderful destinations. Some folks are going to the unique and exciting “Music by the Sea” festival in Bamfield July 6 to July 14, and then on to explore more West Coast areas. Several are headed further north through the Inside Passage and beyond, others to Desolation Sound, or south to Puget Sound. All are sure to have many memorable times. Some members are taking the opportunity to rent a SPOT transponder from the club so family and friends can follow their adventures. The web site to follow them is


How & Where to Get Them


Sign up for the Jibsheet!

If you aren't already reading the weekly club news in the Jibsheet each Friday you can now sign up online on the bottom of the RVYC homepage. You must be logged in to the website to be able to register. Please contact the office if you require assistance.


Paddleboards and Keelboat Bookings Online...

Did you know that you can book club owned Paddleboards and Keelboats online.

For Paddleboards, go here.  Cost is $20 for 3 hours of paddling fun for both Members and Guests.

For Keelboats, go here.  Keelboat rates can be reviewed here.