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These are the oldest yacht clubs in the world that are not located in the United States

Flotilla of the Neva, Russia, 1718

Royal Cork Yacht Club, Ireland, 1720
Founded as Water Club of Cork

Lough Ree Yacht Club, Ireland, 1770,  
Founded as Killenure Yacht Club / Athlone Yacht Club 

Starcross Yacht Club, UK, 1772

Royal Thames Yacht Club, England, UK, 1775 
 Founded as Cumberland Fleet

Royal Yacht Squadron, UK, 1815

Republic Of Singapore Yacht Club, Singapore, 1826

Royal Western Yacht Club of England, UK, 1827
Founded as Port of Plymouth Royal Clearance Regatta Club

Royal Swedish Yacht Club, Sweden, 1830

Royal Irish Yacht Club, Ireland, 1831

Lough Derg Yacht Club, Ireland, 1835

Royal Eastern Yacht Club, UK, 1835 - 1969

Royal Malta Yacht Club, Malta, 1835

Royal Torbay Yacht Club, UK, 1835

Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, Canada, 1837

Royal Southern Yacht Club, UK, 1837

Tamar Yacht Club, Australia, 1837

Deben Yacht Club, UK, 1838

Royal St George Yacht Club, Ireland, 1838

Royal Perth Yacht Club, Australia, 1841

Societe Des Retates Du Havre, France, 1842

Royal Harwich Yacht Club, UK, 1843

Royal Bermuda Yacht Club, Bermuda, 1844

Royal Victoria Yacht Club, UK, 1845

Royal Bombay Yacht Club, India, 1846

Royal Engineer Yacht Club, UK, 1846

Royal Yacht Club Ostend, Belgium, 1846

Royal Netherlands Yacht Club, The Netherlands, 1847

Royal Welsh Yacht Club, UK, 1847

Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club, Hong Kong, 1849
As Victoria Regatta Club

Royal Row & Sailing Society, 1851

Poole Yacht Club, UK, 1852

Royal Canadian Yacht Club, Canada, 1852

Royal Yacht Club of Belgium, Belgium, 1853

Royal Yacht Club of Victoria, Australia, 1853

Goolwa Regatta Yacht Club, Australia, 1854

Segelclub RHE e.V., Germany, 1855

Associacao Naval de Lisboa, Portugal 1856
Founded as Real Assiciacao Naval

Ranelagh Yacht Club, UK about 1857

Royal Temple Yacht Club, UK 1857

Royal Natal Yacht Club, South Africa 1858

Royal Geelong Yacht Club, Australia, 1859

Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron, New Zealand, 1859

Royal Norfolk & Suffolk Yacht Club, UK, 1859

St.-Petersburg River Yacht Club, Russia, 1860

Nylandska Jaktklubben, Finland. 1861

Yacht Club de Quebec, Canada 1861

Holywood Yacht Club, N. Ireland 1862

Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club, UK 1862

Royal Dart Yacht Club, UK  1862

Royal Sydney Yacht Squadron, Australia, 1862

Royal Albert Yacht Club, UK, 1864

Carrickfergus Sailing Club, N. Ireland, 1866

Royal Ulster Yacht Club, UK, 1866

Longueuil Boating Club, Quebec, Canada, 1867

Royal Prince Alfred Yacht Club, Australia, 1867

Norddeutscher Regatta Verein, Germany, 1868

Royal Forth Yacht Club, UK, 1868

Royal South Australian Yacht Squadron, Australia, 1869

Thames Sailing Club, UK, 1870

Albert Park Yacht Club, Australia, 1871

Royal Cornwall Yacht Club, UK, 1871

Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, UK,1872

Royal Cinque Port Yacht Club, UK, 1872

Societe Nautique Geneva, Switzerland, 1872

Sydney Amateur Sailing Club, Australia, 1872

Alexandra Yacht Club, Essex, UK, 1873

Wexford Harbour Boat & Tennis Club, Ireland, 1873

Real Club Mediterraneo, Spain 1873

Christchurch Sailing Club, UK, 1874

Bristol Channel Yacht Club, UK, 1875

Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club, Ireland, 1875

Royal Dorset Yacht Club, UK, 1875

Bay Of Quinte Yacht Club, Canada, 1876

Clyde Corinthian Yacht Club, UK, 1876

Royal Melbourne Yacht Squadron, Australia, 1876

Ballaarat Yacht Club, Australia, 1877

Lough Neagh Sailing Club, UK, 1877

Royal Plymouth Corinthian Yacht Club, UK, 1877

Stettiner Yacht Club, Germany 1877

Royal Solent Yacht Club, UK, 1878

Pointe Claire Yacht Club, Canada, 1879

Real Club Nautico de Barcelona, Spain, 1879

Yacht Club Italiano, Italy, 1879

Forth Corinthian Yacht Club, UK, 1880

Inverkip Yacht Club, UK, 1880

Lerwick Boating Club, UK, 1880

Medway Yacht Club, UK, 1880

Toronto Sailing & Canoe Club, Canada, 1880

Royal Yacht Club of Tasmania, Australia, 1880
 as Derwent Sailing Boat Club

Royal Cruising Club, UK, Founded 1881

Real Club Maritimo de Barcelona, Spain 1881

Royal Highland Yacht Club, UK, 1881

Buffalo Canoe Club, ON, Canada, 1882

Humber Yawl Club, UK, 1883

Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club, New Zealand, 1883

Yacht Club Argentino, Argentina 1883

Royal Jamaican Yacht Club, Jamaica, 1884

Royal Anglesey Yacht Club, UK, 1885

Royal Tay Yacht Club, Scotland, 1885

Royal Queensland Yacht Squadron, Australia, 1885

Scarborough Yacht Club, UK, 1895

Spandauer Yacht Club Berlin, Germany, 1885

Habana Yacht Club, Cuba 1886

Yacht Club Vega, Pula Croatia, 1886 as Pietas Julia

Vancouver Rowing Club, BC, Canada, 1886

Britannia Yacht Club, ON,Canada, 1887

Societe des Regates de Courseulles, France, 1887

Hobson's Bay Yacht Club, Australia, 1888

Royal Hamilton Yacht Club, Canada, 1888

Alster Piraten Club, Hamburg, Germany, 1889

Port Melbourne Yacht Club, Australia, 1889

Queen City Yacht Club, Canada, 1889

Ranelagh Sailing Club, UK. 1889

Real Club de Regatas de Alicante, Spain 1889

Royal Fowey Yacht Club, UK, 1890

Royal Northumberland, UK, 1890

Blundellsands Sailing Club, UK, 1891

Manukau Yacht & Motor Boat Club, NZ, 1891

Sydney Flying Squadron, Australia, 1891

National Yacht Club, ON Canada 1892

Point Yacht Club, South Africa 1892

Royal Victoria Yacht Club, BC, Canada, 1892

Sussex Yacht Club, UK, 1892

Sea View Yacht Club, UK, 1893
Origin of the Spinnaker

London Corinthian Sailing Club, UK. 1894

West Lancashire Yacht Club, UK, 1894

Royal Akarana Yacht Club, New Zealand, 1895

Royal Burnham Yacht Club, UK, 1895

Verbano Yacht Club, Stresa, Italy, 1895

Henley Sailing Club, UK, 1896

Kingston Yacht Club, ON. Canada, 1896

Real Club Nautico de San Sebastian, Spain, 1896

Royal Freshwater Bay Yacht Club, Australia, 1896

Aldeburgh Yacht Club, UK, 1897

Almond Yacht Club, UK, 1897 - 1957

Port Adelaide Sailing Club, Australia, 1897

Real Club Marítimo del Abra-Real Sporting Club, Spain, 1898

Cube Internacional de Regatas, Brazil, 1898

Royal Kennebeccasis Yacht Club, Canada, 1898

Royal Western Nova Scotia Yacht Club, Canada, 1898

Black Rock Yacht Club, Australia --1899

Cam Sailing Club, UK, 1899

Olton Mere Sailing Club, UK, 1899

Royal Cape Breton Yacht Club, NS, Canada, 1899

Royal North Of Ireland Yacht Club, N. Ireland, UK, 1899

NOTE -- This list is incomplete and research time is limited.   If you have information that will make this list more complete, please send me a note in the e-bottle.  We only list clubs founded before 1900.

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