Europe is rich is culture and history and is also home to some of the best yacht clubs in the world. There are countless scenic coasts and little towns waiting to be discovered. The sailing conditions are excellent and the climate is wonderful. Yacht lovers will fall in love with what these yacht clubs have to offer.
Yacht Club de Monaco
Founded in 1953 by Prince Rainer, more than 2000 members from 66 nationalities come together at Yacht Club de Monaco, the only sailing club in the country. The Fédération Monégasque de Voile is recognized by the International Sailing Federation as a part in the governing body for the sport of sailing in Monaco. Many prestigious private yachts fly their burgee, proof of its special place in the international yachting scene.
Royal Cork Yacht Club
This yacht club is the oldest in the world. Founded in 1720 and based in Crosshaven, Cork, Ireland, Royal Cork Yacht Club has sailing activities for young kids in dinghies sailing the winter months to the grown-ups racing during the remaining nine months. Cork Week, hosted by Royal Cork Yacht Club, is considered one of Europe’s best regattas, occurring every two years. It attracts competitors from around the globe. Major World, European & Irish Championships are hosted regularly and membership is around 1800.
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda
Yacht Club Costa Smeralda is at Porto Cervo in northern Sardinia. Aga Khan established the club in 1967. Chef Andrea Ortu from Sardinia manages the popular restaurant offers a menu of Sardinian, Italian, and Caribbean dishes. The views cannot be beat as it overlooks the North Sound. The staff will cater to your every need. The club itself is open to anyone, so it is definitely worth checking out.
Royal Thames Yacht Club
The Royal Cork yacht club may be the oldest in the world, but Royal Thames Yacht Club, founded in 1775, is the oldest continuously operating yacht club in the world. Prince Henry, Duke of Cumberland and Strathearn, brother of King George III, put up a silver cup for a race on the River Thames. For this, he formed the Cumberland Fleet, which is the alternative name of the club. Take a look at the activities that they provide:
- Charitable Trust
If you are going to be yachting in Europe, make sure to consider these fantastic spots as destinations. They are wonderful clubs in beautiful places.