The Yacht Club of Greece was established in 1933 by a group
of prominent Athenians, with an aim to promote sailing and yacht racing in
Greece, as well as to develop nautical tourism and love and respect of the sea
and the national nautical traditions.
The Yacht Club of Greece was originally named YACHT CLUB OF ATHENS. The Club was renamed YACHT CLUB OF GREECE in 1936. Between 1940 and 1973 the title was changed to ROYAL YACHT CLUB OF GREECE of King George II and subsequently King Paul and King Constantine graciously accepted the title of the "Admiral of the Club" as they were very keen yachtsmen in their own right. Currently the Club is under the patronage of the President of the Hellenic Republic.
The Club has 1450 members which include Olympic Medalists, prominent international and Greek sailors, as well as prominent members of Greek society, split into Regular Members, Diplomatic Members, Naval Associates and Junior Members. There is also a provision for Corresponding Members.
YCG is focused on sail training for youths and adults, as well as organizing inshore and offshore racing, aiming to develop top level athletes. Due to its prominent membership, beautiful location and high quality services, the Club is also used extensively for numerous social, cultural and business events, and has always been a point of interest to many important visitors and delegations in Greece.
YCG is located in Piraeus, on the picturesque hill that overlooks the historic military port of the ancient Athenians, then called Mounichia. Currently the name is MICROLIMANO, which means small port in Greek. The main Club house is situated on the hill top at the southwest part forming its own small secluded private peninsula with a panoramic view of the Saronic Gulf and the islands of Salamis, Aegina and Poros as well as the city of Athens and the surrounding mountains. The slopes of the hill are covered by beautifully landscaped gardens. The Yacht Club also has an informal Club House on the Port overlooking the starting line, where sailors can relax in their sailing gear, as well as follow from up-close the various sailing events.
The Club offers its members the following extensive facilities:
• The Main Clubhouse and the Port Clubhouse with formal and informal lounges, restaurants, bars as well as reception rooms and verandahs with panoramic views, and served by a well-known traditional Mediterranean cuisine.
• Port facility including berthing slips and cranes as well as boat house storage for sails & equipment, workshops, sail loft, and shops for nautical clothes &equipment.
• Sail Training centre with classrooms, changing rooms with showers, and a fully-equipped gymnasium.
- Extensive fleet of sailboats including Optimists, Lasers, 420s, 470s, Yngling, Lightnings, Elliots and 2.4 Paralympic for its athletes and members to use. It also houses and supports teams that race in Dragons, Platou 25, J24, 49ers and larger offshore yachts.
The Sail Training School provides instruction for all ages and levels of experience, and includes:
- Dinghy sailing School that trains children and develops top athletes.
- Match Race Academy that trains teams and individuals specifically in the art of match racing.
- Offshore sailing School that provides training and Licences for offshore yachtsmen.
- Power Academy that provides training and Licences for powerboat operators.
The Club organizes numerous yacht and dinghy races and events throughout the year, including 5 multi class Dinghy racing weekends, 7 Match Racing races, 9 Offshore regattas to the nearby islands, and in keeping with its mission of maintaining traditions, YCG organizes and supports numerous Traditional Boat and Classic Yacht events all over Greece (Dragon races, Spetses Classic Yacht Race, Hellenic Classic and Traditional Boat Circuit) .
As a leading Yacht Club in the Mediterranean, YCG has organized many World, European and International Regattas including:
• 1970 International VIP - Power Yacht Regatta
• 1966, 1974, 1978, 1982, 1986, 1993, 1997, 2014 Lightning Class European Championships
• 1977 International Soling Class European Championship
• 1979 FINN Class European Championship
• 1982 1/2 Ton Class World Championship
• 1987 International J/24 Class European Championship
• 1989 3/4 Ton Class World Championship
• 1989 International Lightning Class World Championship
• 1996 International Level Class 40 (ILC 40) World Championship
• 1998 COREL 45 World Championship
• 1998 420 Women’s World Championship
• 2000 International Lightning Class Junior World Championship
• 2003 420 Junior European Championship
• 2003 Disabled World Championship (organized with the Sailing Club of Piraeus)
• 2007 International Lightning Class World, European & Masters Championships