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The Royal Victoria Yacht Club was founded in June 1892 and is the oldest yacht club in western Canada. Our main Clubhouse and marina is located on the protected waters of Cadboro Bay while our Tsehum Haven outstation is located in the nearby town of Sidney.

Our club promotes yachting, boating, navigation, seamanship and offers racing events, cruising excursions, moorage, kayaks & stand up paddle board rentals (free of charge), dining, themed events and much more.

The Royal Victoria Yacht Club offers a little something for everyone. More than just a Clubhouse facility, we are a group of like-minded individuals sharing a passion for “messing about in boats.” 

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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; To actively steward and advocate for our marina boating environment. 

RVYC provides sailors with  easy and affordable access to weekly club races,  involvement with a variety of sailing fleets including dinghies and keelboats, 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 volunteer at a premier yachting event.

Power boaters and sailors have the opportunity to meet at 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, and in Friday Harbour on San Juan Island. RVYC members also have reciprocal privileges with many other yacht clubs in the Pacific Northwest and elsewhere in the world.

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 Cadboro Bay or Tsehum Haven (Please note there is a waitlist at both facilities). At the Foreshore in Cadboro Bay, there is dry storage for dinghies, showers, laundry machines and a full shop with a variety of power tools that members can use while doing boat repairs. There are marine ways and a hoist that can be booked for haul outs.  The Club’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 presentations, barbecues, dances, and a wide variety of events for all ages. The Clubhouse provides food services for members and their guests Wednesday through Sunday in the Swiftsure Dining Room or Chartroom Bar. 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 Chartroom Bar is open seven days a week.

We offer Sail Canada accredited programs for beginner to expert sailors. Our program introduces basic sailing and racing skills, develops existing skills, provides advanced training, and improves confidence, all in a fun, safe and positive learning environment. 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.