Welcome to the Royal Kennebeccasis Yacht Club
The Royal Kennebeccasis Yacht Club was founded in 1894 and received a royal warrant from Queen Victoria in 1898. Located at the intersection of the Kennebecasis and Saint John rivers, in beautiful Brothers Cove, Saint John, New Brunswick, the RKYC is the safest and best location to keep your boat on the Saint John river system!
Message from the Commodore!
On behalf of the members, executive and flag officers, I would like to extend a warm welcome to guests and future members of the RKYC. Our long and storied history is only one facet that makes the RKYC a unique place from which to enjoy the St. John/Wolastoq and Kennebecasis Rivers. One of the oldest royal yacht clubs in Canada, with customs steeped in British naval traditions, the RKYC also has a vibrant social scene, laid-back atmosphere, and friendly and dedicated members.
While our marine service capabilities are always growing and improving, offering new and better options for boaters on the river, at heart, we remain a club and a family. Our members are our best asset and resource – filling volunteer positions on many committees, from marine services to entertainment, from caring for “house and grounds” to running charitable events. Members take pride in their club and can be found painting railings, tidying gardens, or fixing small issues on the docks. Without the drive and enthusiasm of our members, we could not have such great events as our always-sold-out Wine Tasting, Beer-and-Wing night, “Hanging of the Greens” and the Hope Floats charity fundraiser.
Our beautiful clubhouse is the hub of Friday night entertainment, Thursday night buffets, and post-racing socials and is in constant use both summer and winter. It is also one of the most beautiful venues for weddings, anniversaries, birthday party’s and business functions in the area. We never mind sharing our clubhouse with others!
Our Learn-to-Sail program continues to grow and innovate and serves both youth and adults. Our young sailors learn the joy of sailing and are taught the skills to race competitively all over the Maritimes. Adults develop the skills to become boat owners themselves, sailing both in dinghies and on our program’s dedicated keelboat. This year we instituted a trial Learn-to-Race program with students joining in our Monday night racing.
Ultimately, we are a family of boaters – both power and sail, from small dinghies to large yachts – brought together by a shared love of the rivers that we have the great privilege to cruise and sail. We are a group comprising those new to boating and those with a lifetime’s experience on the water. It’s always wonderful to see long-time members assisting those in need of a helping hand or providing suggestions for safe anchorages or sharing their knowledge of boat maintenance and handling.
I am truly honoured to represent the RKYC and I look forward to seeing you at the club this year and in the coming seasons!
Heather McBriarty - Commodore RKYC