Royal Bombay Yacht Club

Royal Bombay Yacht Club

Shriram Garde

History

The Bombay Yacht Club was founded in 1846 with Henry Morland as club commodore and 30 years later – on the recommendation of Sir Philip Edmond Wodehouse and patronage of Queen Victoria became known as Royal Bombay Yacht Club. 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, their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Connaught and American railroad tycoon and yachting enthusiast Mr. William Kissam Vanderbilt – also 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. An additional clubhouse, designed by Mr. John Adams – and whose construction work was subjugated by Mr. F.E. Stevens was completed on 7th November 1896. Style of building combined English neo-Gothic with a Tudor half-timbered idiom, which characterized turn of the century architecture prevalent in the city at the time.

Yachting received a major stimulus in 1911, after King George V and Queen Mary arrived in Bombay on board the Royal P&O liner – HMS Medina. In 1958, the Bombay Club was closed for not accepting Indian members; at the time, RBYC granted honorary memberships to all Bombay Club members and provided a new home for their erstwhile club’s furniture and other effects.

The 1960s saw a new race introduced after H.R.H. Prince Philip visited the club and presented the Challenge Cup for a Combined Class race not less than 21 miles. RBYC at the time owned a fleet of four twenty one foot Seabird Class boats, whilst its members’ owned boats included Chindwin (Bermudian Cutter), Iona (Gunter Sloop), Silver Oak (Yachting World Keel Boat), Tir (Yawl), Merope (Stor-Draken Class), Griffon and Wynvern (International Dragons). Member Philip Bragg, who had built Suhaili – the first yacht to sail solo non-stop around the world, died in 1984. Yachtsman Sir Robin Knox-Johnson attended a reception in his honour at the club in 2004.

In 2006, the club was visited by the First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir Jonathan Band, KCB, ADC, Chief of the Naval Staff (and President of the Royal Naval Club) who accompanied Lady Sarah Band – also sojourning were other senior officers of his fleet. This was shortly followed by tarriance from Sir John Stirrup, the Air Chief Marshal of the Royal Air Force and Chief of Defence Staff. In 2010, General Sir Hugh Michael Rose KCB, CBE, DSO, QGM, graced with his presence.

Having undergone sympathetic restoration; Royal Bombay Yacht Club Residential Chambers received an award of merit in the 2013 UNESCO Asia-Pacific Heritage Awards.

RBYC

Arguably, one of the most elegant Yacht Clubs of India.

Club’s facilities include over thirty accommodation chambers, inimitable Dolphin (traditional name for the main dining room and bar), informal lounge, gymnasium, billiards, a well stocked library including rare books with services of Librarian, a business area and rooms or venues of varying sizes that members may hire for social or official purposes.

Enviable location, old world ambience and first class facilities make the club an ideal meeting place for friends and business associates alike.

All in all, RBYC is well placed to accommodate sailing, leisure or commercial interests in a sophisticated setting with the unique charm of a bygone era.

IN RESIDENCE

The room is heritage and a part of a building completed on 7th November 1896. Designed by Mr. John Adams, the construction of the grand chambers was supervised by Mr. F.E. Stevens, who has to his credit several iconic landmarks in the city of Mumbai including Elphinstone College, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus) and David Sassoon Library & Reading Room to allude to a few.

The built up structure of RBYC is primarily stone; and includes thirty four residential rooms over upper three floors – in addition to recreational, dining and banqueting arrangements on the ground and first floor.

Whilst in residence, one can host an event or party and organise functions to entertain up to 100 invitees.

Services / facilities for our convenience are:

Bed Tea and Breakfast:

Electric kettles, tea, coffee, milk and sugar sachets are placed in each room for convenience. Daily tariff is inclusive of breakfast – which is served on the veranda on the 1st floor between 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Breakfast is also available through Room Service (271 & 272) at à la carte rates and an additional 10% Service Charge.

Newspaper:

A newspaper is delivered each morning with compliments from the Club.

Television:

View over 90 channels on Cable TV in the room.

Telephone:

Internet:

Complimentary Wi-Fi.

Keys, cash cards and safe deposit locker:

Laundry:

In house laundry service is available.

Hair Salon:

In situ, heritage barber shop for a gentleman – which offers traditional services including haircut, shave and head massage. Operational between 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday; on Sunday, between 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m.; the salon remains closed on Monday.

Billiards:

The Club has an excellent billiards table at the ground floor, and is available for play between the hours of 1:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. – Tuesday to Sunday.

Yoga:

Timing for chargeable yoga classes is – Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

Massage:

Available only at the Gents Room on the ground floor per following schedule, except Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Steam Bath:

This facility is offered at both Gents and Ladies Rooms; which are located on the ground floor.

Sailing Room:

Open between 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. There is a treasure trove of invaluable yachting memorabilia, information related to the sport available at RBYC.

RBYC Shop:

A visit to the RBYC Shop on the ground floor is highly recommended for requirements of daily provisions, club souvenirs and other gift items. The shop also stocks a variety of general merchandise, wines, beer and essential toiletries; and is open on all days between the hours of 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Dress Code:

  • (a) T-shirts are permitted only if they have sleeves and sport no logos except brand names;
  • (b) Clothes worn in the gym are only permitted in the gym, change rooms and veranda up to the second arch from the gym;
  • (c) Shorts are permitted in the Lounge and Permit Room only up to 8:00 p.m.;
  • (d) Ladies are expected to dress appropriately per the occasion;
  • (e) Slippers / open sandals (without straps) are NOT permitted.

Check Out:

Check out time is 11:00 a.m.

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About The Author: Shriram Garde

My mission is just to share the events in my life sincerely with you; as I have experienced them, not necessarily in that order. I write on various topics. Whether that means - advice, tips, tools, scriptures, or instructions on budgeting, getting out of debt, making some extra cash, investing or anything else, I intend to provide it. I was 18 years old when I started working as a labourer. I had no savings. I had no money left in my bank accounts. I know life through lot of unpleasant incidences occurring day in and day out. But what I realised is that it doesn't have to be always like that. We are not doomed to how we are currently living – we all can change! I know, because over last couple of years my family and me have paid off a huge amount of debt. I have a passion to help people come to this realisation and get started on their own journey to financial freedom. I had owned 2 Companies before moving to Finance Sector about 9 years back. Spending more than 30 years in various capacities taught me quite a lot. I have a diploma in Engineering completed in part time while I was working. I have learned a good chunk from my working background in various fields. But, like most people who are eager to learn, the bulk of what I have learned thus far is from reading magazines, books, blogs, pod cast or whatever else I can get my hands on about Personal Finance, investing, business, personal development, and time management.

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