Bristol Channel Yacht Club
Founded 1875

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Members of the Strick, Bellingham and Player families were other prominent sailors at this time. Col. J Edwards Vaughan, Vice Commodore of the BCYC. was an admirable deputy for Lord Dunravan.


Over the years, in addition to land owners, business personnel, members of the legal profession, Members of Parliament and medical practitioners, the club has had other distinguished members including those from the world of the arts, broadcasting, science and sport. Many of the clubs members have also had distinguished military careers. Other members have distinguished records of service to the local community.


An early member of the BCYC was the Duke of Teck Sir Arthur Whitton Brown, navigator on the 1st transatlantic, flight of 1919, was an Honorary Member of the club. A.M.L Eccles served in the Suffolk Yeomanry and was a Grand Prix racing driver, at Brooklands, Donnington and the Isle of Man, driving Bugattis. Arthur J Whitford was a gymnast at the 1928 Olympic Games. Sir Thomas Lipton became a member and in the 1909-1910 main races sailed Shamrock under the BCYC burgee.


In the 1920s and 30s Glamorgan County Cricket Club progressed to first class county status, thanks to the support of a number of counties from England. Tal Whittington, J.C.Clay, M.J Turnbull (who both played for England, and T. Arnott were all member of the BCYC. and entertained fellow cricketers, from other counties in the clubhouse. These were important meetings at a time when Glamorgan C.C.C. was developing contacts in the transition from minor county status.


Prior to the outbreak of the Second World War there were 2 significant events in the history of the BCYC. First the building, circa 1938, of the squash court and again in 1938, the formation of the adjacent Mumbles Yacht Club.

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