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The Royal Victoria Yacht Club

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Founded in 1892, RVYC is the oldest yacht club in British Columbia.  Over the past one hundred  and twenty years, RVYC has  made significant contributions to the sailing, seafaring, and cruising communities of the Pacific Northwest.  RVYC encourages its members to be active in a number activities that are supported by the Club.  Listed below are some of the activities and benefits that may be enjoyed by becoming an RVYC member:


Sailing Opportunities

RVYC provides sailors with  easy and affordable access to weekly club races,  involvement with a variety of sailing fleets including dinghies and keel boats, and the opportunity to gain experience as crew in a variety of races and regattas.  As the host club of the Swiftsure International Yacht Race, RVYC also allows members to participate in and assist with a premier yachting event.

Cruising Opportunities

Power boaters and sailors have the opportunity to meet on informal cruises, or on the many organized Club cruises. Most of the cruises take place in the Gulf Islands.  Annually, there are also summer cruises for destinations farther afield, such as the West Coast of Vancouver Island.  RVYC has outstation facilities that members are able to book at no charge in Long Harbour on Salt Spring Island, in Friday Harbour on San Juan Island and in Shawl Bay in the Broughton Archipelago. RVYC members also have reciprocal privaledges with many other yacht clubs in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere in the world.


Foreshore and  Club House Facilities

Members have access to a variety of facilities and services at the RVYC. For the active boater, there is the possibility of obtaining moorage at the Cadboro Bay or Tseheum Harbour docks. (Please note there is a wait list.) At the Foreshore in Cadboro Bay, there is dry stoorage for dingies, showers, laundry machines and a full shop with a variety of power tools that members can use while doing boat repairs. There is a ways and a hoist that can be booked if a member needs to haul out their boat for painting or repairs.  RVYC's sailing fleets are primarily raced out of the Cadboro Bay facilities.

At the Cadboro Bay Clubhouse, members can look forward to a variety of social events such as:  "cruising" dinners with guest slide shows, barbecues, dances, and special events for kids. The Clubhouse provides food services for members and their guests Wednesday through Sunday in the waterfront dining room or pub. Each meal is prepared by our in-house chefs. On special occasions such as Mother's Day, our chefs'  create extensive and creative buffets. The pub is open seven days a week.


Learning Opportunities 

Sailing instruction programs are offered for adults and children in a fun, safe, and positive learning environment. We offer the Canadian Yachting Association Learn to Sail standards as well as our unique Under 12 Program. Our program introduces basic sailing and racing skills, develops existing skills, provides advanced training, and improves confidence, all while you enjoy sailing in beautiful Cadboro Bay. The  Instructional Sailing Program is available to both members and non-members.  We also offer numerous technical lectures throughout the year, often open to non-members.




To encourage yachting, boating, navigation, and seamanship; To promote sportsmanship and excellence in competitive sailing; To provide facilities for the use and benefit of members; To preserve yachting traditions.

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