If you are travelling to Thailand – take the time to visit the Royal Varuna Yacht Club in Chonburi – Founded in 1957, the history of the Royal Varuna Yacht Club is, virtually, the history of yacht racing, sailing and cruising in Thailand. The club was originally located next to the only restaurant, at the southern end of Pattaya strip. 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.
Sit at their open air bar and enjoy a selection of cold beers, cocktails or soft drinks while watching the sailboats or a stunning sunset over Koh Larn. On site accommodation is also available – www.varuna.org
The Squadron shares reciprocity with a number of other yacht clubs within Australia and around the world. Some of these clubs operate under a formal arrangement and may require a Letter of Introduction, this can be provided by calling the Squadron Administration Office – 3396 8666. Generally though, presentation of your membership card will suffice. A list of our current reciprocal clubs can be found on our website – https://www.rqys.com.au/members/reciprocal-clubs/
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