The Bombay Yacht Club was founded in 1846 and only 30 years later on the recommendation of Sir Philip Wodehouse, Queen Victoria graced the Club with the title of Royal, the first to be bestowed such a prefix in Asia.
The seafront clubhouse was built in 1881 and received a number of prominent visitors within its first ten years, including: H.R.H. Prince Arthur, the Duke of Connaught, K.G.S.I. , their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Connaught, and the American railroad tycoon and yachting enthusiast Mr William K Vanderbilt – part owner of the 1895 America’s Cup winner, the 37.5m sloop Defender.
In 1894, the Commissioners of the Lord High Admiral bestowed upon the Club, the Blue Ensign of Her Majesty's Fleet with a Star of India surmounted by the Imperial Crown.
Another clubhouse was built in 1896, a blending of Venetian Gothic with Indian Saracenic, to provide residential chambers to members and visiting associates.Yachting received a major stimulus in 1911 when King George V and Queen Mary landed in Bombay from the Royal P&O liner, s.s. Medina, where amongst others the President of the Royal Bombay Yacht Club, Hon. Mr Justice F.C.D. Beaman, IC.S. was there to welcome them. On their Majesties visit to the Royal Bombay Yacht Club, they encouraged sailing between states and thus started inter-club regattas.
In 1958 the Bombay Club closed as a consequence of prohibition and failing membership resulting from the fact the Club did not... Read More