Club History

The Vanuatu Cruising Yacht Club was started by the Manager of The Rossi hotel, Bill Webb, in 1979.

Webb was a keen Yachtsman and formed the first committee which formulated the constitution and the VCYC was born.

Tom Bayer sponsored The PITCO cup race which was competed for every year. This involved the International Regatta , which later became The Musket Cove to Port Vila Regatta. At this time The VCYC offered assistance and in 1986 it became a joint effort.

In 1989 Ken and Elsie Berkley offered the yacht Club a base at their Bar and restaurant, The Waterfront which was its base until 1999.

In 1994 /1995 There were 2 international races sponsored by the Japanese Sponsors, Mr Hitoshi Fukuma and Miss Madori Ito, One from Keri Keri NZ to Port Vila and one from CNC  yacht club Noumea to Port Vila. This was a huge step forward for the club and the start of reciprocating yacht clubs. The annual Musket Cove regatta continued until the untimely passing of the founder, Dick Smith in 2009.

The club relocated its base to The Anchor Inn from 2006-2012.

The club had no facility for about 18 moths after leaving the Anchor Inn with meetings taking place at the Brewery Bar.

In 2014 the Port Vila Boatyard offered to house the club at the Boatyard Bar on Ifira Point.

The VCYC continues it’s activities at new VCYC base with sailing and social activities taking place at this location on a weekly basis.

Currently in 2017, there is ongoing development and improvement of the club’s new facility taking place…