Royal Ocean Racing Club Ltd.
20 St James's Place, London, SW1A 1NN | +44 (0) 20 7493 2248


To be a member of the RORC is to become part of a long established, unique and exclusive Club dedicated to encouraging long distance, and other forms of yacht racing and activity.

Member Types

There are two types of RORC membership:

Ocean Racing Membership
Candidates for Ocean Racing Membership must have completed no less than 500 miles racing offshore including at least two nights at sea, and if possible at least one RORC race, within the last five years.

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Corinthian Membership
Candidates for Corinthian membership should have a background of sailing experience and support the objectives of the Club.

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All RORC members benefit from:

  • London Clubhouse

    The Club has maintainted elegant accommodation in the heart of St. James's, London for over 50 years. There are fifteen en-suite bedrooms, competitively priced. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Private Functions/Parties & Free WiFi

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  • Cowes Clubhouse

    Overlooking the Solent in Cowes, Isle of Wight, with accommodation, welcoming bar and restaurant, summer marquee and private function rooms.

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  • The Disrespect

    Additional self-catering accommodation on Cowes High Street.

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  • Discounts on:

    • Race Entry
    • IRC Certificates
    • MUSTO Clothing

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  • Other exclusive member offers:

    • Range of member’s insignia
    • Full calendar of social events in London and Cowes
    • Letters of introduction to other Yacht Clubs around the World

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History of the RORC. Founded in 1925, the RORC has been at the cutting edge of yacht racing for 90 years.

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RORC Member Shop. Members can buy RORC insignia and other items here.

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RORC Main Committee


Michael Greville


James Neville

Vice Commodore

Eric De Turckheim

Rear Commodores

Richard Palmer
Deborah Fish
Andrew Taylor (Overseas)
Greg Leonard (Overseas)

Honorary Treasurer

Derek Shakespeare

Elected Members 2022

Henry Foster
Trevor Middleton
Shirley Robertson
Andrew Tseng

Elected Members 2021

Oksana Dovorecka
Simon Grier-Jones
Joe Lacey
Gavin Stanley

Elected Members 2020

Christopher Daniel,
Andrew Pearce,
Richard Powell,
Victoria Tomlinson

Member Information & Documents


Subscriptions are due in January each year and you will recieve your renewal invoice by post.
You can pay your subscription using any of the following payment methods;

DIRECT DEBIT - to set up a direct debit visit or contact us.
You must have a UK Bank account. 

You will need your membership number and your invoice reference.

CREDIT/DEBIT CARD - Please call +44 (0)207 493 2248 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with card details.
We accept Visa, Mastercard and American Express. 

BANK TRANSFER - please contact us or refer to your renewal invoice for bank details.

CHEQUE - Please make cheques payable to Royal Ocean Racing Club Ltd.

Rules of the Club

You can download the Rules of the Club below:
pdfRules of the Royal Ocean Racing Club206 KB

Ensign Permits

To apply for a permit to fly the RORC ensign please dowload the application form here.pdf
Please return the completed form along with a copy of your boats registration certificate to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Letters of Introduction

If you would like to visit a yacht club overseas please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call +44 (0)207 493 2248 to request a letter of introduction. Please have the details of the Yacht Club you would like to visit and the dates you will be visiting.


RORC Office Locations Map
Royal Ocean Racing Club
(General Enquiries, Membership, House)

20 St James's Place

 +44 (0) 20 7493 2248
 +44 (0) 20 7493 5252
Royal Ocean Racing Club
(Racing Enquiries)

82 High Street
Isle of Wight
PO31 7AJ

 +44 (0) 1983 295 144
 +44 (0) 20 7493 5252
RORC Cowes Clubhouse

The Parade
Isle of Wight
PO31 7QU

 +44 (0) 1983 293581
 +44 (0) 20 7493 5252
RORC Rating Office
(Seahorse Rating Ltd)

Seahorse Building, Bath Road
Lymington, Hampshire
SO41 3SE

 +44 (0) 1590 677030
 +44 (0) 1590 679478

Royal Ocean Racing Club - since 1925

The RORC was founded in 1925 to encourage long distance yacht racing and the design, building and navigation of sailing vessels in which speed and seaworthiness are combined. Today the club encourages ocean, long distance and other forms of yacht racing and yachting activity.