At the Royal Yacht Club of Victoria (RYCV or Royals as it is affectionately known), you are encouraged to apply for membership, regardless of your sailing ability, experience, background, and whether or not you own a boat. Our members have been an integral to our Club since it's establishment more than 160 years ago and we'd love to welcome you to our ranks. The Club has a proud history as the oldest yacht club on Port Phillip, along with being the oldest 'Royal' Club in the Southern Hemisphere.
Membership subscription to RYCV will open up limitless opportunities, whether you're looking to discover sailing for the first time, try your hand at competitive racing, go for a leisurely cruise or enjoy a relaxed social atmosphere on the Williamstown foreshore. Located directly across from Port Melbourne, at Royals you can enjoy a stunning view of the Melbourne skyline while you dine in our restaurant or have a drink in the bar. Our clubhouse is the ideal venue for parties, weddings, community meeting spaces or corporate events. Friends and family of our members are also welcome to visit as well, so the Club is a great opportunity to impress at your next function.
Royals has something for all ages and interests, so even if you have never sailed before, one of our friendly volunteers would be happy to take you out and help you discover the sport we all love. We have learn to sail programs that cater to every need, along with short courses in power boating and marine safety. The Club is committed to building a strong foundation for the future generations in a safe and friendly environment.
By joining up as a member at RYCV you will become a part of our tight-knit sailing community, with people who like you, have a passion for being on the water and our fabulous family-friendly atmosphere.
Enjoy a meal from our dining room as you sit on our decking, overlooking our lawn, the bay and the Melbourne city skyline. Our members have full access to the Clubhouse and it's facilities, including a restaurant and bar. Showers and bathrooms are available to our members with 24 hour access through the use of their membership card. Read more...
Members are entitled to use the Club's function facilities for their own events and receive member discounts. Our senior members can hire the dining room free of charge*.
*subject to availability
Royals has a fully functioning yard where your boat can be slipped and stored on site, with contractors available for hire. Members receive discounts for yard and marina services and of course, are given priority over external users. Read more...
RYCV is one of the very few metropolitan-based yacht clubs that can provide ample car parking for our senior members within close walking distance to the Clubhouse and your boat.
Training and Development
The Club has an extensive training and development program, with fully qualified instructors. Discounts are available to members for certain training courses to develop their skills, and courses are held regularly at the Club. Read more...
Club Boat Hire
Our members can hire one of the Club's Elliotts or Pacer dinghies at discounted prices.
Membership at Royals grants you access to other yacht clubs right around the world. With an introduction letter from RYCV you will be warmly welcomed by the host Club and have access to their facilities during your stay. Read more...
The Club library is full of material regarding the passion we all share – sailing. Membership grants you access and borrowing rights to the Club library.
The Club provides free wireless internet access for our members. To use this facility, called 'NELSON', please contact the office for your user id and password.
Internet Access is provided on a 'Fair Use' policy. The facility is provided as a free of charge service to senior members who want to use the Internet to provide themselves with information pertinent to sailing, and accessing email. Should misuse of the facility occur, then the Club reserves the right to discontinue the service to those members.
Our members receive regular communication from the Club through our weekly email newsletter and frequent updates direct from the General Committee. The club remains active on social media and we also have a free, annual yearbook which makes a great memento for the bookshelves! If you would prefer to receive our communications in hard copy through the mail, you can let us know at the office.
Current regular participants of our benefits program include:
Show your RYCV membership card to purchase Sun Theatre tickets at the same discounted prices as Sun Theatre Members. A listing of films and prices are available on the website or at the ticket counter.
If you know of a potential sponsor or company that would be happy to offer a reward to our members, then please contact the Club on 03 9397 1277 or email email@example.com. Keep an eye out for future developments as special offers become available from time to time.