Records of the Royal Welsh Yacht Club, Caernarfon

Scope and Content

Records of the Royal Welsh Yacht Club (RWYC), 1833-1984, comprising minutes, 1849-1981; subscriptions registers, 1853-1976; lists of members, 1861-1931; visitors books, 1888-1983; financial records, 1884-1966; correspondence, 1847-1984; deeds relating to Porth-yr-Aur, 1854-1980; plans, maps and charts, 1851-1954; Regatta papers, 1849-1975, including programmes for RWYC and other Regattas, 1853-1975; rules and regulations of various clubs, 1885-1970; other administrative records, 1833-1980; printed books and publications, 1836-1980; photographs of members' yachts, 1900-1933.

Administrative / Biographical History

The Royal Welsh Yacht Club was formed in Caernarfon, Caernarfonshire, in 1847 by local solicitor Llewelyn Turner (1823-1903), the Marquis of Anglesey, Lord Penrhyn and other prominent locals. It became the 14th Royal Yacht Club in Britain and the first in Wales. Regattas had been held in the town in 1829 and 1846 and were subsequently organised regularly by the Club. The Club's first Commodore was the 1st Marquis of Anglesey and the engineer Robert Stephenson was made Vice-Commodore. In 1854 the Club took the 13th century Porth-yr-Aur, formerly the town's West Gate, as its clubhouse.


Arranged into the following: administrative; financial; correspondence; deeds; miscellaneous; plans; Regatta papers; miscellaneous; members; rules and regulations; printed books and publications; maps and charts; additional deposits; photographs.

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Compiled by Rhys Jones for the ANW project. The following sources were used in the compilation of this description: Caernarfon Record Office, Records of the Royal Welsh Yacht Club, Caernarfon, catalogue; Caernarfon Online website (, viewed 23 October 2004.

Other Finding Aids

Hard copies of the catalogue are available at Caernarfon Record Office, the National Library of Wales and the National Register of Archives. The catalogue is available online.

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All records have been retained


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