The Club was granted the right to use the Title Royal (that’s how it’s described in the records) in 1938 but it took fourteen years to get there.
The story involves the Crown and though neither George V nor Edward VIII are directly quoted, the grant of the title required Royal Assent and equerries and private secretaries are very active in the records.
Cabinet ministers make their appearance from time to time as do senior figures in the upper echelons of society.
The Royal Yacht Squadron is involved as is the Yacht Racing Association, which later became the RYA in 1952.
All of this is based on records recently obtained from the National Archive at Kew and the ‘raw history’ comprises 333 pages of letters, memos and file notes many of which are handwritten.
If this note whets your appetite, there is more in the Archives on the Club web site. You can look at the original Kew material – all 333 pages if you like – and there is also a detailed commentary on the main records in the history. That was based on an email sent to the Club some years ago by [Hortense] Protheroe an amateur historian with an interest in yacht clubs.