The British Isles and the rest of the world offer a wealth of occasions and social gatherings to celebrate yachting history. We arrange meetings at which speakers, on a wide range of topics, share their detailed knowledge with others. In addition, we organize regular trips to places of maritime interest, and our past excursions have included Glasgow, Liverpool (twice), Harwich, Dublin Bay, Falmouth, Swansea, Belfast Lough, Dartmouth, Windermere Steam Boat Museum, Greenwich, Chatham, Lowestoft and Amsterdam. More recently we have visited yacht clubs in Ireland and a number of maritime museums in Holland and Germany, with a visit to Italy in prospect.

AYH Visit to Northern Germany 5 - 8 October 2018 Read the full report here

Group Visit to Venice 2020
We had hoped to re-schedule this trip, postponed from last year, to sometime in 2020 but the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic means that we cannot propose any firm dates at the moment. However, we had already arranged an exciting provisional programme, outlined below, so please keep an eye on this website for updates and more detailed information.
Our provisional programme: our initial fact-finding (and, of course, exhausting!) exploratory trip to Venice last year revealed a host of opportunities for us to return to explore just some of the amazing history of this extraordinary maritime city. We were fortunate to meet members of the Compagnia della Vela, the Venice yacht club that has a clubhouse adjacent to Piazza San Marco. They offered to host a reception for us! We also, of course, have a local AYH member Enrico Zaccagni who has been extremely helpful with recommendations. So our provisional programme should include:
• Private tour of the Arsenale, a remarkable reminder of the power of maritime Venice
• Visit to a Gondola “factory”
• Private boat trip to the Lagoon and island of Torcello on a traditional ‘trabaccolo’ – a two mast fishing barge
• Reception at the local Venice yacht club, the Compagnia della Vela.

AGM 2020 – postponed due to Coronavirus

We are hoping to hold the AGM remotely by setting up a Proxy voting system and will contact all members with details as soon as possible.
We also look forward to visiting, at some future date, the Upper Thames Sailing Club at Bourne End where we had planned to hold the AGM in March.


Honorary Members :
Admiral Sir Jonathon Band, KCB; Rear Admiral Roy Clare, CBE; Clare Francis, MBE; Lt. Cdr. Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, CBE, RD, RNR; John Rousmaniere; Mikkel Thommessen

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