• Leslie Cohen

The Top 7 Luxury Yacht Club Destinations Around the World


Yacht Club de Monaco in Monte Carlo, Monaco

Located at Port Hercules, the Yacht Club de Monaco is one of the most beautiful and prestige’s Yacht Clubs in the world. Founded by Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1953, admission forms are required to enter into membership with this exclusive yacht club. You must meet two sponsors that are society members of the club, and then an admission form with signatures from you and your two sponsors is required, along with a letter of introduction from the proposer.

Yacht Club de Monaco offers La Belle Classe Destinations which dedicates its expertise to commitment to excellence with renowned Yacht Clubs such as the Visun Royal Yacht Club in China and Noah’s Yacht Group in Shanghai. Partner yacht clubs members are guaranteed unsurpassed excellence in accommodation for services and facilities. With over 1,000 members from all over the world, including Monaco’s royalty, the experience is truly one of the world’s best luxury experiences.

The last week in September the Yacht Club de Monaco will be hosting an event with over 2300 wines and champagnes from all over the world at Port Hercules of the Principality of Monaco. Discover great super yachting events at Monaco Yacht Show taking place once a year. The event is proud to have the support of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco.

St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco, California

Founded in 1927, the St. Francis Yacht Club in California is one of the most prestigious yacht clubs in the western United States, and one the oldest. With a classic heritage of members, including Roy Disney, Clerence W. W. Mayhew, modernist architect and oil baron John Barneson. The club is located shores of San Francisco Bay, with incredible panoramic views reaching from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz Island.

Half of the members wanted to move the club to Belvedere, California. Half of the members declined and reformed the club as the Francis Yacht Club. The club is located shores of San Francisco Bay, with incredible panoramic views reaching from the Golden Gate Bridge to Alcatraz Island. Membership is by invitation only.

https://www.stfyc.com

Royal Thames Yacht Club

The Royal Thames Yacht Club is the oldest continuously operating yacht club in the world. It is located at 60 Knightsbridge in London. The club hosts many events in “The Clubhouse” for those who seek a land based in the London Area retreat. It is a stone’s throw from prestigious shops such as Harrods, and Harvey Nichols.

Its famous Coffee Room restaurant with bars and meeting rooms and cabins for overnight stays make this Yacht Club a great choice for members who enjoy lots of activities. Royal Thames Yacht Club boasts yacht cruising, racing as well as outstanding opportunities.

https://www.royalthames.com/

Grand Bahama Yacht Club

Located in Freeport, Bahamas this luxury yacht club offers so much, even beyond the facilities at the club. There are tennis courts with staff, a pool area, two luxury gold courses and many great restaurants close enough by to walk to. It can be an all-encompassing vacation for the family with access to 30 miles of coral reefs, swimming with dolphins at the beautiful sandy beaches. There is captivating nature all around this pristine location. This location is great for couples and families seeking affordable luxury with simplicity, coupled with the plenty of activities outside of boating in the area to explore.

http://www.grandbahamayachtclub.com/

The Dubai Marina Yacht Club

Boasting twinkling skyline views at night, The Dubai Marina Yacht Club is one place to be seen. The Marina Concierge will take care of all your needs from bow to stern, but will never leave out your personal accommodations. Marina Concierge service coupled with a 5- Star Gold Anchor Rated Marina, every request for any services are available to the most discriminating members. Rest assured, your boat is berthed with the most state of the art services at the Dubai Marina Yacht Club’s facilities.

There are seven marinas to choose from to berth your boat. Whichever one you choose, it will host breathtaking views as you set sail out on the bay in the beautiful glistening sunlight or the from the glittering skyline beneath the stars in the evening.

Latest news from Dubai from What’sOn.com states, “Emaar is developing a new hospitality concept that will also feature a world-class yacht club in the current location of Dubai Marina Yacht Club”. The renovations were to start beginning January 2017. Whatever the new facility becomes, it is worth noting it surely should come with a lot of improvements. Developer Emaar reports a hotel and a new world-class yacht club will replace the existing club location.

The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia

Founding in 1944, the supreme locale of The Cruising Yacht Club of Australia, the yacht club hosts the Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race. 2700 members have access to the Rushcutters Bay clubhouse.

There is an extensive sailing program As Australia's leading location for ocean racing, the staff here are experts in the boating community. The staff’s race management expertise and international sailing events such as the Olympics and around the world races are sought out all over the world. The Rolex Sydney Hobart Yacht Race boasts competitive, but very friendly competitions with aficionados of boat racing. It’s a great place to come and meet local sailing enthusiasts, from all over the world. There is now a brand new floating marina recently built. The world-class yacht has five-star function rooms, and also offers alfresco dining on the deck, and all the support services a boat owner needs.

http://www.cyca.com.au/

New York Yacht Club in New York City and Newport, Rhode Island

The NYYC conducts the NYYC Annual Regatta presented by Rolex, Race Week in Newport, Rhode Island presented by Rolex and Transatlantic races. The prestigious community of sailors, racers and boat enthusiasts has two locations to take advantage of. The headquarters of the 44th Street building was designated as a landmark by the City of New York Landmarks Preservation Commission on September 11, 1979. The landmark an exemplary example of Beaux-Arts architecture in the United States. Inside it has its own library and all the social archives of the club.

Inside the ‘Model Room,’ there are 1300 different kinds of miniature ships mounted inside enclosed glass cases, and miniature ships placed on the walls, showcasing boating history.

The second facility, 200 miles away from the NYC clubhouse is Harbour Court, is a water front clubhouse in Newport, RI, designed by the Boston firm of Cram, Goodhue & Ferguson.

Joining this club is by nomination and introduction from a current member. Annual dues are never disclosed publically. Online sources state fees have to be paid when joining boat races and contests by the club. As reported by howmuchisit,org, “The NYYC Regatta boat race in 2014 cost $1,800 for a team, and one in 2013 cost $1,600 for a team to join the race.” The site states annual dues are in the $5,000 range.

On June 9-11, 2017, in Newport, Rhode Island three amazing racing events will occur, Around-the-Island Race on Friday, June 9th. IRC, ORC, PHRF, One-Designs, Metre classes, S-Class, Multihulls and Classics.

Even if you are not a sailor or boater, visiting these locations is a great vacation stop for anyone. Plan ahead to see if you are allowed to tour these facilities if you are not a member.

www.nyyc.org

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