We thought a good thing to record would be the various Yacht Clubs we visit on our travels. Obviously the best Yacht club is the “Island Yacht Club” aka the “Pub by the Sea”.
August 2017 – Baiona – We visited “the Monte Real Club de Yates de Baiona” which overlooks the bay. King Juan Carlos II of Spain sailed from here. The club has also made several challenges to the Americas Cup and had a number of entrants to the Whitbread Round the World Races.
June 2017 – Carnac – We saw this from the sea and land. Unfortunately it wasn’t open when we visited it was shut for lunch!
June 2017 – Lorient – the Societe Natique de Larmour-Plage – Well it was a Friday night and as I’ve said before you have to visit a yacht club. Ian and Bob went to the bar. Gillian and I went to sit down, barely had our bums on our seats when two ladies came bounding across and sat down. They wanted to practice their English. Gillian has pretty good French (she doesn’t think she has but she has!) so she helped translate when we got stuck on words. We were made to feel so welcome and we had our photo taken with them too.
May 2017 – Guernsey – St Peter’s Port in Guernsey has two Yacht clubs, the Guernsey YC and the Royal Channel Islands YC, the latter of which we visited and was made very welcome. In fact Bob Hough of Morning Star won a prize in the Friday meat raffle.
May 2017 – Dover, Eastbourne & Cherbourg – We didn’t get to go in the clubs but we have previously visited the yacht club in Dover which is very old style.
January 2017 – Yangon Sailing Club, Myanmar – We attempted to visit the club but was informed that it was members only. Ian promptly showed the guy his RYA membership card, “I’m member of the Royal Yachting Association” and quite indignant he was too. It didn’t wash with the security guy, not a member no entrance. Alongside was the Myanmar Yachting Federation.