Gwynedd Archives: Caernarfon Record Office

Records of the Royal Welsh Yacht Club, Caernarfon

Reference code(s): GB 0219 XD/72, XS/3574

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Title: Records of the Royal Welsh Yacht Club, Caernarfon

Short title: Royal Welsh Yacht Club, records

Dates of creation: 1833-1984

Level of description: Fonds

Extent and medium: To be supplied

Name of creator(s): Royal Welsh Yacht Club


Administrative and 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.


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.


Language/script: English

System of arrangement: 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.

Conditions governing access: No restrictions

Conditions governing reproduction: Usual copyright regulations apply

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.
Detailed catalogue


Appraisal, destruction and scheduling information: All records have been retained

Accruals: Accruals are not expected

Immediate source of acquisition: No information found



Note: Title supplied from contents of fonds

Archivist's note: 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.

Rules or conventions: This description follows ANW guidelines based on ISAD(G) second edition, AACR2, and LCSH

Date(s) of description: September 2004



Regattas | Wales | Caernarfon

Royal Welsh Yacht Club | Records and correspondence

Yacht clubs | Wales | Caernarfon

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Royal Welsh Yacht Club