21 January RVYC offers great escape from big city chaos
The most prestigious sailing club n Thailand, The Royal Varuna Yacht Club (RVYC) is located in a secluded cove between Pattaya and Jomtien and is less than a two-hour drive from Bangkok.
The Club was founded in 1957, the history of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club is, virtually, the history of yacht racing, sailing and cruising in Thailand. With Walter Meyer as the first Flag Commodore and Prince Bhisadej in charge of the sailing programme, the Varuna Marine Club opened at a beautiful seaside villa “in a Pattaya of about 20 fishermen,” recalls Walter. The new club was located next to the only restaurant, at the southern end of the Pattaya strip. The journey from Bangkok in those days was a marathon drive of up to six hours, with a car ferry across the Bang Prakong River. The first race recorded was around an uncluttered Pattaya Bay of sparkling waters, where a motley fleet of Enterprises, Ospreys, a “prawn dinghy”, a 7-metre ‘folksboat’ and even a sailing canoe raced for the “Varuna Marine Trophy”. The first national championship recorded in the Kingdom was the Enterprise Nationals, held at the Varuna Marine Club in 1962.
The family-oriented club is for sailors of all abilities, from the uninitiated to serious racers. The RVYC offers a year-round sailing program with cruising and racing. Great facilities include a stunning clubhouse, restaurant, swimming pool, junior clubhouse, boat storage, and accommodation. This is an ideal place to give your children some freedom in safe surroundings. Rental boats (Laser, Hobie, Optimist, RS Quba and RS Vision) for racing and leisure are available to members and guests. The club offers sailing classes for adults, as well as an extensive sailing program for children during the holidays plus supervised sailing for kids on the weekends.
Sailing courses and programmes are available 365 days a year, taught by RYA qualified instructors and using modern sailing dinghies. This allows students to gain the best training experience possible. The training is integrated with the RVYC sailing programme to offer both youths and adults the chance to compete and sail in the Gulf of Thailand.
RYA accreditation means that the RVYC is endorsed by the RYA, the governing body for sailing in the UK, which also represents a growing number of professional training centres throughout the world. The tuition quality and safety management systems are closely monitored with regular inspections to ensure the RYA Training Centres offer the perfect experience for members and guests joining courses. All RVYC’s courses are accredited with a structured syllabus, from beginners to advanced sessions. Upon completion, students will receive a certificate that is recognized globally. For more information, please contact [email protected] or 038-250-116.
But the Club is not just for sailing: The RVYC’s exclusive private beachfront is the perfect venue for a sunset wedding ceremony followed by a private reception or wedding dinner on the lawn. Or you could plan your next corporate function, exhibition or event as the Club can provide air-conditioned meeting rooms, a verandah and a garden to enjoy breaks in. The Club is also a great spot for corporate team building, school activities or training, as there is space for all kinds of activities. And the Club is also a super spot to hold a party for either adults or kids as it can take care of all your catering needs.
The RVYC has 28 rooms; all with hot and cold running water and air conditioning. There are no TVs in any of the rooms but there is Wifi access. The rooms can sleep up to four people. For more information, please contact (66) 038-250116 or [email protected].
If you are interested in joining the club please email [email protected] and for more information on the club, go to www.varuna.org. Membership of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club grants you access to 50 private member clubs worldwide