ROYAL NETHERLANDS NAVY YACHT CLUB

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About the RNNYC


The Royal Netherlands Navy Yacht Club was established on April 29th 1899 by officers of the Royal Netherlands Navy to encourage seamanship in young naval officers. To experience the responsibilities of commanding a seagoing yacht, no matter how small, was considered the best preparation for their job. The same applies to facing the elements from a small and low deck. Another useful aspect of offshore sailing is that it requires teamwork, especially when racing, which is regarded to foster desirable qualities in leading men and women. The RNNYC encourages its members to participate in yacht races and provides training in seamanship, navigation, yacht handling and racing. Alongside these ‘core business’ aims, the naval yachtclub organises regattas and represents the Royal Navy during maritime events.

In November 1901 the Netherlands Navy Yacht Club received its Royal predicate from Queen Wilhelmina. In its first ten years, some 40% (±350) of the Navy′s officers were member of the RNNYC. Today, the amount of members is approximately 600. Membership used to be restricted to officers, midshipmen and retired officers in the Navy and Naval Reserve. But since 2008, membership is open to officers from the intire Netherlands Defence Force. Membership is also open to civil servants in permanent employment of the Ministry of Defense, officers of foreign defense forces serving in the Netherlands, and, in extraordinary situations, people without any direct links to the Defense apparatus.

The RNNYC’s own marina with welcoming clubhouse and bar is located on the Harssens Peninsula, naval premises alongside the Texel ferry terminal. Guests are very welcome.

Racing

From the very start the RNNYC has been involved in offshore yacht racing. RNNYC yachts such as the old “Najade” have competed in races such as the Fastnet Race, Hook-of-Holland-Harwich, North-Sea Regatta, and many others, commanded by famous skippers such as Wim Coolhaas. While halfway the 20th century quite a few members were keen racing yachtsmen, later cruising got the upper hand when naval officers became modern family men who preferred to take their families on recreational trips. But a hard core of racing yachtsmen remained. Skippers such as Dirk de Haan and Marc Lohmeijer successfully raced the Pion-class “Fortuyn” and X-class “BaXmeester”. Honorable members like Aas Visser raced the Dragon and IOR-class yachts.

The Committee

Commodore:
P. (Peter) van den Berg
Vice-Commodore:
F.J. (Frans) Jansen
Rear Commodore Finance:
W.W. (Wouter) Schalkoort
Rear Commodore Membership:
M.L. (Mees) Vervelde
Rear Commodore Material:
F.J. (Frits) Schipper
Rear Commodore Infrastructure:
E. (Ed) Warsen
Rear Commodore Activities:
S.A. (Stephan) Blaas
Patron:
M.G.L.H. (Maarten) Tossings