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The Albany Motor Yacht Club was founded in 1971 by the skippers and crews of boats moored at the Albany Hotel at Thames Ditton. Bob Few - the then Licensee - offered the use of a room for meetings at a rent of 1p per annum and 12 people attended the inaugural meeting.
The club name, rules, aims, Flag Officers, burgee colour and membership of the Association of Thames Yacht Clubs (ATYC) were established on that first meeting. At the second meeting 25 designs for the burgee were presented from which 4 were used to compile the current design. The red triangle in the middle is the Bass triangle from the brewery associated with Albany Hotel.
The first boat trials were held the day after the second meeting in September 1971 and the Sail Past and Laying Up Supper were held in November - No holding back the AMYC!
1972 set the future pattern with the April Fitting Out Supper - later a Picnic - attendance at the RNLI and ATYC Rallies, Dinner Dance and Newsletter. On a nostalgic note, Dinner Dance tickets were £2.50 and profit from the Raffle was £14.02. Barbeque - 30 meals at 30p, sale of beer - £4.60. Profit overall £1.65. Ah those were the days.
1975 brought two new ventures. A Fun Regatta and an Olde Tyme Night were held until the pub changed hands in 1980. Following this the meetings were held at London River Yacht Club, British Motor Yacht Club, Ditton Skiff & Punting Club and use of members houses and premises. A meeting or event was never missed. We eventually settled at the Albany Cottage in October 1981, which was the home of the Ditton Skiff and Punting Club and was a decrepit old house adjacent to the now new building of the DS&PC.
We are now Associate members of the Ditton Skiff & Punting Club and are pleased to be continuing to use their splendid club house for our monthly meetings and special events.
Club members continue to organise and attend events throughout the year - See our events page for more information.