Yacht Club de France

The Yacht Club de France is the oldest nautical club in France, and one of the most important yacht clubs in the world.

Yacht Club de France
Burgee and ensign of the club
Legal statusActive
PurposeAdvocate and public voice, educator and network for recreational boating, competitive sailors, coaches, volunteers and events
Official language
AffiliationsUNCL, Yacht Club Italiano


The club was established in 1867, during the Second French Empire. It was bestowed Royal Patronage by Emperor Napoleon III, and its first president was Admiral Charles Rigault de Genouilly.

In 1891, a new club was founded, the Union des Yachts Français, Société d'Encouragement pour la Navigation de Plaisance. In 1907, the two clubs merged and were recognized by the International Yacht Racing Union (now the International Sailing Federation).

In 1993, as part of the Club's 125th celebrations, Maïté Etchechoury wrote Yacht-club de France : sous-série GG7 : répertoire numérique détaillé.[1]


Among other competitions, the Yacht Club de France, together with the Yacht Club Italiano, runs the Giraglia Rolex Cup regatta from Saint Tropez, past Giraglia (the northernmost point of Corsica), to Genoa, Italy.


  1. ^ Maïté Etchechoury "Yacht-club de France" (Paris : Archives centrales de la Marine, Service historique de la Marine, 1993

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