Welcome to The Royal Cruising Club


The Royal Cruising Club was founded in 1880 by Sir Arthur Underhill and a coterie of friends to encourage and facilitate cruising in small yachts. Members, then as now, contributed to the enjoyment and safety of others by writing accounts of their cruises for the Club Journal and publishing coastal guides.

Many familiar sailing names have been RCC members: Claud Worth, Erskine Childers, Tilman, Miles and Beryl Smeeton, and that other remarkable couple Eric and Susan Hiscock, whose lifetime of voyaging inspired countless long distance sailors.

The Club's prime objective remains the furtherance of cruising under sail and its membership, by invitation only and limited to four hundred, enjoys the same friendly intimacy as Underhill's group of Victorian sailing eccentrics.

Roving Commissions


Roving Commissions is the annual Journal of the Royal Cruising Club and is an anthology of RCC members' cruises for the year.

RCC Members may purchase additional copies at a member's special price through the online shop available through the RCC Members' Area.

Non members of the RCC may purchase a single hard copy of the latest edition of the Journal (for despatch to a UK address) by clicking on the "Purchase Roving Commissions (Hard Copy)" button below and paying by PayPal, credit card, or debit card. Those wishing to pay by another means, order multiple copies/back copies or for the order to be dispatched overseas, should follow the instructions which can be downloaded by clicking here.

Alternatively the Kindle version can be purchased from Amazon by clicking on the "Purchase Roving Commissions (Kindle Version)" button below

RCC Awards 2014

From inspiring cruises to outstanding seamanship, the Royal Cruising Club has announced its annual award winners for the 2014 sailing season.

The Club’s most distinguished award, the Royal Cruising Club Challenge Cup is awarded to Charlotte Watters with her husband Dan Johnson, selected for an inspiring cruise in Hestur, a self built 34 ft junk-rigged schooner (Pictured). They tell of ocean voyaging and coastal exploration in West Africa.
The American Cruising Club Bowl was awarded to Andrew and Máire Wilkes for their voyage to Greenland, Labrador and Newfoundland collecting detailed pilotage information for 'Arctic and Northern Waters' published by the RCC Pilotage Foundation.
The remarkable seaman and navigator Roger Taylor was the worthy recipient of the Royal Cruising Club Medal for Seamanship. Describing himself as ‘the simple sailor’, Roger’s achievements as a single-handed sailor are of legendary proportions.
The Medal for Services for Cruising went to the National Coastwatch Institution which has become an established part of safety for those sailing in UK waters with 50 lookouts over both sea and coastline. Its volunteers perform an enormous service as they log our coastal passages.

Details of the Open Awards made by the RCC together with past winners are on the Awards section of this website.