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.

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Congratulations to Bob Shepton, Yachtsman of the Year 2013

Rev Bob Shepton RCC won the award in a close-run vote ahead of Jeanne Socrates and Mike Golding.

Rev Bob Shepton RCC won the award in a close-run vote ahead of Jeanne Socrates a 70-year-old retired maths teacher from Ealing, West London, who last July, became the oldest woman to sail solo non-stop around the world, on her third attempt, and Mike Golding from Southampton, following completion last year of his sixth competitive circumnavigation.

The Rev Bob Shepton, completed the unique feat of sailing his 33ft sloop through hostile Arctic conditions of the North West Passage in both directions in successive years, His latest voyage last July, when aged 78, west to east, was in particularly bleak conditions and was managed by only three boats this year. His was one of two by members of the Royal Cruising Club. The adventure youth leader who was chaplain to two London schools, cruises extensively in the Arctic on his Westerly, Dodo's Delight, and last year faced extremely harsh conditions with 30-40 percent more ice, and strong head winds. This led to no Spring at all in Alaska and rivers frozen later than at any time in 96 years. Yet, as well as completing the passage successively, he also found time to carry out underwater filming for a Scottish marine biology consultancy to analyse the Arctic seabed flora.

Previous RCC winners have included David Cowper, Ewen Southby-Tailyour and Clare Francis.

David Darbyshire receives RYA National Award

David Darbyshire receives RYA National Award - See citation below:

David has served the RYA tirelessly for a number of years, much of it at the highest level. During this period he has unstintingly given his time, his sound advice and his unswerving desire to do his best for the Association.

He led the volunteer effort in relation to the passage of the Marine and Coastal Access Bill which received Royal Assent in 2009. His drive, determination and scrupulous attention to detail have undoubtedly improved the standing of the RYA within the wider recreational boating community.

David was appointed as a member of the RYA Cruising Committee in 2004 and served on it until 2006 when it merged with the Legal and Government Affairs Committee (CGAC). He was then elected as Chair of the new CGAC. As its first chairman, David was pivotal in merging the various workstreams of the two committees to represent the RYA’s recreational boating interests more effectively and to maximise its lobbying activity.

David served as CGAG Chairman for five years, retiring in January 2012 at the end of his tenure. He also sat as chair of the RYA Audit Committee until November 2012, when he decided it was time for him to retire from RYA duties and devote his time to family, personal study and to his passion for sailing.