Membership


Why join us?

While the prestige and heritage of the club remains unchanged since the dual inception in the 1860s, our membership has blossomed to include people from many different walks of life over the years.

The present-day club welcomes anyone from around the world to join us– it is no longer necessary to have a connection to the navy or even an interest in sailing. We simply welcome you to join a group of friendly and warm individuals who enjoy high-quality hospitality and interesting company, for priority access to all our facilities and social events, as well as a desirable benefits package as part of your membership.

Members have priority access to booking private function rooms comprising the library, the Spinnaker Bar, and the Albert, Osborne and Trafalgar rooms – all included as part of your membership. The interior has undergone recent refurbishments to increase the flexibility of these function rooms and improve the breadth and adaptability of our room hire offering.


Prominent members and guests of our club include royalty and socialites as well as highly decorated naval leaders and war heroes, including 19 recipients of the Victoria Cross medal. Members are also welcome at more than 50 reciprocal naval and social clubs around the world. This number increases annually as we continue to partner with esteemed clubs globally.

To apply for a membership, please complete the application form and send it to the club via email or by post.


What’s included

Full Membership

  • A warm welcome at our Grade Two listed Clubhouse in Old Portsmouth
  • An impressive collection of art, silver and memorabilia spanning 130 years
  • A continuous social programme of formal dinners, club suppers and in-house
    evening entertainment on a regular basis
  • Organised trips for members to the theatre and other attractions
  • A superb food and wine selection at beneficial prices
  • A broad range of interest groups for members to connect with like-minded individuals sharing an interest in food, wine, bridge, and more
  • Use of the Club facilities for your private functions
  • An extensive library of maritime interest books
  • Membership of a Royal Yacht Club with entitlement to fly the undefaced Blue Ensign
  • Comprehensive yacht racing, cruising and crewing facilities
  • Concessionary subscription rates for young and older members
  • Family group concessions
  • Six months of free membership for all serving members of HM Armed Forces
  • Reciprocal membership of 50+ yachting and social clubs worldwide

Corporate Membership

  • Corporate membership can be granted to suitable companies, professions and other business organisations. The size of the group would normally 5-10 individuals.
  • Corporate groups have one Full Member with others being Associated Corporate Members for whom there is no joining fee and who pay an annual subscription rate of half that for a local single member.
  • Associate Corporate Members have access to the Club as though they are full members.

Associate Members

  • Members of the:
  • Royal Naval Sailing Association;
  • Association of Royal Naval Officers;
  • Portsmouth Retired Officers Association;
  • Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve Association;
  • Friends of the Royal Naval, Royal Marines, Submarine and Fleet Air Arm Museums;
  • White Ensign Association and The Anchorites.

May visit the Club up to six times in any 12-month period.