Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club
WILLIAMSTOWN • EST 1904 • AUSTRALIA
37° 51.618S - 144° 54.224E +61.3.9393.2888
Welcome to the Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club - the RVMYC is the first founded motor yacht club in the world, beginning in the Port Phillip Hotel in Melbourne in 1904.
Perched on the waters edge in Williamstown the club has expansive views of Melbourne, the club has occupied this position in the historical port since 1936.
Our new clubhouse boasts a large outdoor dining area, function room, undercover BBQ facilities and our Member's restaurant and bar on the first floor.
View of Port Phillip from Clubhouse balcony by Simon Milligan
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Our position across the bay from Port Melbourne, and has commanding views of the city skyline. The boating calendar kicks off in October with an Opening Day, where members unite to begin the festivities. The event commences with formalities which include the Commodore’s address and the official opening. Past openings have included State Premiers and Senior Naval Personnel. After lunch, members and guests take to their boats for the traditional sail past and blessing, an ancient tradition, to discourage bad weather and ill seas for the year.
Our facilities are continually improving, with a Clubhouse re-development now underway, other facilities include:
Our 80 berths cater for boats up to 18 metres (60 feet) and offer permanent, casual and visitor accommodation.
All berths have access to water and shore power, plus shower and toilet facilities in the clubhouse. We adhere to the Clean Marina Program, our participation has resulted in outstanding and efficient environmental controls and security.
Yard and Hard Stand
Excellent yard facilities are available for member’s boats that require maintenance and we have access to a modern travel-lift from Savage’s Wharf who conducts the slipping and launching of vessels.
Hardstand facilities and trailer boat space are both available in the club’s paved yard at moderate rates for members.
Waterfront Dining and Venue Facilities
RVMYC offers a social experience second to none, for members and friends to enjoy dining in a relaxed atmosphere, and in convivial surroundings near the water’s edge.
An aerial view of the club in the early 60's
The Club is honored to have Vice Admiral Tim Barrett as patron. Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN joined the Royal Australian Navy in 1976 as a Seaman Officer and later specialised in aviation.
A dual-qualified officer, Vice Admiral Barrett served in Her Majesty’s Australian (HMA) Ships Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane and HMS Orkney as a Seaman Officer and then as Flight Commander in HMA Ships Stalwart, Adelaide and Canberra. His staff appointments include Deputy Director Air Warfare Development, Director Naval Officer’s Postings and Director General of Defence Force Recruiting.
He has served as Commanding Officer 817 Squadron, Commanding Officer HMAS Albatross, Commander Australian Navy Aviation Group, Commander Border Protection Command and most recently as Commander Australian Fleet.
Receiving a Conspicuous Service Cross in 2006 for his achievements in naval aviation, Vice Admiral Barrett became a Member of the Order of Australia in 2009 for his service as Director Naval Officers' Postings and Commander Navy Aviation Group. He was made an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2014 for his leadership of Border Protection Command and the Australian Fleet.
Vice Admiral Barrett assumed command of the Royal Australian Navy on 1 July 2014.
Steeped in tradition and history, this club has always been at the forefront of the Motor Boats Clubs on Port Phillip and enjoys links and friendships of all Motorboat and Yacht Clubs around the bay and beyond.
The RVMYC formed at a gathering at the Port Phillip Club Hotel in Flinders Street Melbourne, three doors from Young and Jacksons on 25 February 1904.
Present at this meeting were FM Linley, J McQuade, HBarker, C Atkins, E Huon, E James, C James, C Garner, L Garner, F Jackson,
F Rayson, G Knott, B Lowther and Capt GM Strong.
It was resolved by these gentlemen to meet on 4 March for the purpose of forming a Motor Boat Club.
At this meeting the Office Bearers were elected: Commodore - FM Linley, Vice Commodore - JM Quade, Rear Commodore - H Baker, Captain - C Atkins, Hon Secretary - E James, Hon Treasurer - B Lowther, Committee - E Huon, C Garner, F Jackson, F Rayson, G Knott and Capt GM Strong.
Other foundation members were; A Harvey, Dr. I Blitz, CO Dentry, V Cole, J Myer, A Woods and C MacIntoch of Geelong.
The early years
The Club was first called the Victorian Launch Club, this was later changed to the Victorian Motor Boat Club. The club met for some years at the hotel until new premises were acquired at a site near the present ferry terminal at Princess Bridge Wharf.
The opening day of the club in 1904, was held in June and took the form of a cruise down the Yarra River. Among the boats to take part were the Motor Launches, Cingalee, and Nanoya, steam launches, Alvina and White Knight, St. Omer and Peggy.
The first of many races to Geelong was held on 30 January 1909 and was won by Mr Dentry in his boat Iona. Mr G Thomas donated the first prize of 5 guineas, all boats started on a handicap. A resolution was adopted to see that all boats starting were properly equipped with the necessary life belts and and any boats turning back, must 'wire' the secretary at Geelong, so as to allay any anxiety as to their whereabouts.
The first Clubrooms
The Port Phillip Hotel served as our Clubrooms till 11 November 1913, when a discussion to have our own rooms at Princess Bridge was agreed.
It was resolved to request the City Council to grant us rooms in the vaults at Princess Walk. Number 6 vault was granted to the Club. The first monthly meeting at Princess Walk was held on 1 December, 1913.
The committee of the VMBC for 1910-11. Sitting from left; EH Chesterman, RC Ansell, GE Thomas, DS Abraham. Standing from left; JG Steains, CO Dentry, SW Darby, R Aubert, HS Dickson, A Beale.
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Early days of the Club, not much has changed
RVMYV Club just after construction of new Clubhouse 1959
Opening Sail past 1959
Opening Day with Rupert Hamer 1981
The clubs very own 'grog truck'
The clubs petrol bowser, note the wheelbarrow full of empties and cigarette to the right!
Opening Day 1964
Opening Day then premier Jeff Kennett
The old slip
Thank you for considering a membership to the RVMYC. Membership is open to boat owners and non-owners, and provides for both boating and social interests with particular emphasis on family and community involvement.
Becoming a member of the Royal Victorian Motor Yacht Club is an entry into a very unique club. We are positioned across the bay from Port Melbourne, and has commanding views of the city skyline.
Our boating calendar kicks off in October with an Opening Day, where members unite to begin the festivities. The event commences with formalities which include the Commodore’s address and the official opening. Past openings have included State Premiers and Senior Naval Personnel. After lunch, members and guests take to their boats for the traditional sail past and blessing, an ancient tradition, to discourage bad weather and ill seas for the year.
As a member, you are entitled to use the club facilities in our new club house, it boasts a Level 1 members only Club Room, Private Dining Areas and an enclosed members BBQ area.
Membership fees (Paid Annually)
Full Membership $505.00
Clubhouse Member $399.00
Country Membership $311.00
Building Levy (Full & Clubhouse Members) $200.00
Family Membership $200.00
Nomination fee (On application) $1,100.00*
The procedure for Ordinary or Country membership is as follows:
Complete and return the Nomination for Membership form and Application for Membership form, together with a cheque for $1,100.00.ﾠ
(For Partner membership, simply complete and return the Nomination for Membership and Application for Membership forms.)
Upon receipt of the above forms and cheque, a mutually convenient time will be arranged for an interview. At this interview, you will be given some details on the Club, some of the expectations of members and we will give you the opportunity to ask questions.
At this meeting, you will need to bring:
• Annual Ordinary Membership fee
• Annual Clubhouse Membership fee
• Annual Country Membership fee
• Building Levy – (applicable to “Ordinary, Family and Clubhouse Members” only)
• Annual Family Membership fee
* Payable with application for Full Membership
Nominations for Membership will then be displayed on the Club notice board for 14 days as required by the Club Constitution. Nominations will then go to the next General Committee Meeting for approval. After approval, you will be notified of the result and your membership card and key will be forwarded to you.
For membership approval:
Our 80 berths cater for boats up to 18 meters (60 feet) and offer permanent, casual and visitor accommodation. All berths have access to water and shore power, plus shower and toilet facilities in the clubhouse.
The Club provides excellent marina and yard facilities with access to a new travel lift that operates in Savage's Wharf adjacent to our club.
Only Members can apply for Club Berths. To apply for a Marina berth, download the Marina Berth Allocation Application Form, fill in the details and sign. Forward your completed and signed form to the Club for processing.
If you wish to apply for a marina berth, the Marina fee is a one-off non-refundable application fee and does not include any berthing fees.
All boats will be inspected by the Marina Sub Committee for sea worthiness before any application for a berth will be considered.ﾠ
The Marina Sub Committee meets regularly to assess the needs of the boat owners to the most efficient use of the limited berths.
Whilst the Marina Sub Committee does not guarantee a berth, they do try to meet all applications in order of waiting list as soon as a berth becomes available.
If you are a member of one of our kindred clubs or a visitor to our area and wish to book a berth, please complete and sign the visitors berthing request form available from our downloads page, click the link below.
All visitors must provide an Insurance Certificate of Currency with this request.
You can download the Club Charges from the membership tab. Please note Club Charges are reviewed every year as at 1st April.ﾠ If the current Club Charges are not yet posted to the website, please contact our office for current details.
The Club provides excellent yard facilities with access to a new travel lift that operates in Savages Wharf adjacent to our club. Competitive rates and storage charges are available. Boats must be booked into our yard in advance, the allocation of space is then managed by the Club in accordance with set rules.
The Club provides excellent marina and yard facilities with access to a new travel lift that operates in Savages Marina adjacent to our club. Competitive rates and storage charges are offered.
To apply for a yard space, download this form, fill in the details and forward to the Club. Members are reminded that specific rules apply in the Yard, that ensure the safety and wellbeing of all.
Insurance and WorkCover insurance (where applicable) must be provided to the club with your application. Acknowledgment and acceptance of these rules is a requirement for access to the yard space.
You can download the Club Charges from the membership tab. Please note Club Charges are reviewed every year as at 1st April.
If the current Club Charges are not yet posted to the website, please contact our office for current details.
ROYAL VICTORIAN MOTOR YACHT CLUB
260 Nelson Place
Williamstown, Victoria 3016
Phone: +61 3 9393 2888
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