royal varuna yacht club
Nongprue, Banglamung, Thailand
The history of The Royal Varuna Yacht Club started in 1957, founded in a scenic un-spoiled seaside villa next to the town’s only restaurant at the southern end of the Pattaya Strip, in those days the journey from Bangkok was an arduous six hour drive, including a car ferry across the Bang Prakong river. Initially by just 10 members answering an advert for “Boating friends to form a boating club” the “Varuna Marine Club” was launched with Chairman of the Board Walter Meyer and Prince Bhisatej as Sailing Captain.
The first race recorded was around an uncluttered Pattaya Bay of sparkling waters, where a motley fleet of Enterprises, Ospreys, a “prawn dinghy”, a 7-metre ‘folksboat’ and even a sailing canoe raced for the “Varuna Marine Trophy”. The first national championship recorded in the Kingdom was the Enterprise Nationals, held at the Varuna Marine Club in 1962.
Introduced to the sport by Prince Bhisatej, His Majesty the King frequented the Varuna Marine Club and many there, including such visiting Royalty as the UK’s Prince Phillip & the then Danish Princess - now Queen Margrethe II – enjoyed the hospitality and camaraderie of the Thai Royal Family. The great highlight for the Club was to come on April 26, 1965, when His Majesty the King bestowed Royal Patronage and the Varuna Marine Club became officially the Royal Varuna Yacht Club as it is known today.
We are a family-oriented club for sailors of all abilities, from beginners to serious racers. We provide a year-round sailing programme including cruising around the tranquil islands, racing every week and regular international championships and a sailing school to enhance our aim of promoting sailing in Thailand. Best of all the Gulf of Thailand has excellent sailing conditions all year round.
Members are an interesting and informal group from all walks of life. The club restaurant has delicious Thai and international food, a well stocked club bar and a beach bar for sundowners. It is the perfect spot to relax with friends and watch the sun go down!
Having hosted many regional, national and international championships such as the Laser 4.7’s Worlds, Asian Optimist Championships, Fireball Worlds, Ok Worlds and many more, we pride ourselves on being a versatile international sailing venue, the premier yacht club in Thailand.
Updated Thursday, April 10, 2014