Club Rules

Government House
4th December 1862

Sir,
I have the pleasure to acquaint you that consequent upon a letter from me to Sir George Grey, relative to the Petition of the Jersey Yacht and Rowing Club, I am empowered to inform you, and the Members of the Club that Her Majesty has been graciously pleased to comply with the prayer of their petition, that the Club should be designed “Royal”.

I have the honour to be, Sir,
Your Obedient Servant,
R. P. DOUGLAS,
Major-General, Lieut.-Gov.

To the Secretary of the
Jersey Yacht and Rowing Club.

 

Copy of Letter from Government Secretary.

Jersey, 22nd December 1862

Sir,
The Lieutenant- Governor having forwarded to the Secretary of State your letter of the 9th inst., praying that Her Majesty will be graciously pleased to grant permission to the “Royal Jersey Yacht Club” to alter its name, and that it may hereafter be known by the designation of “The Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club”. I have the honour to inform you, by His Excellency’s direction, that Mr Secretary Bruce has laid the same before Her Majesty, who was graciously pleased to accede to the prayer of the petition.

I have the honour to be, &c., &c.
(Signed) J. F. MURRAY.

D. Le Geyt, Esq., Secretary,
Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club,
Jersey.

By the Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, &c.

Whereas we deem it expedient that the Vessels belonging to the Royal Jersey Yacht Club shall be permitted to wear the Blue Ensign of Her Majesty’s Fleet, with the distinctive marks of the Club thereon; we do, therefore, by virtue of the power and authority vested in us, warrant and authorise the Blue Ensign of Her Majesty’s Fleet, with the distinctive marks of the Club thereon, to be worn on board the respective vessels belonging to the Royal Jersey Yacht Club accordingly.

Given under our hand and the Seal of the Office of Admiralty this First Day of January, 1863
FREDK. WM. GREY
CHAS. FREDERICK.

By Command of their Lordships
W. G. ROMAINE.

Board of Trade
Whitehall Gardens, 4th June 1875

Registry Of Ships

Sir,
In reply to your letter of 26th ultimo, forwarding a list of the yachts belonging to the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club, I am directed by the Board of Trade to inform you that they are pleased to exempt the yachts belonging to that Club from such of the provisions of the Merchant Shipping Act, 1873, as require a ship’s name to be marked on each of her bows, and her name and the name of her port of registry on her stern, and also from such provisions of the said Act as require a scale of feet to be marked on each side of her stem and sternpost.

I am, Sir
Your obedient Servant,
THOMAS GRAY.

The Honorary Secretary,
Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club, Jersey

Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club

The attention of members is particularly requested to the following communication received from the Admiralty:-

Admiralty, 21st May, 1894.

Sir,
1. I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to acquaint you, for the information of the Committee of the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club, that circumstances have arisen, of a diplomatic character, which have rendered it in their opinion desirable to reconsider the conditions under which the Admiralty Warrant is granted to Yacht Clubs, more especially as regards the use of the authorised Flag by persons who are not the actual owners of the vessels.

2. In order, therefore, to avoid any possible complications in the future, my Lords have decided to issue the enclosed new Warrant, which is to be considered as superseding that at present in force, though they do not wish to call for the return of the old Warrant, which your Committee will doubtless desire to retain among the Records of the Club.

3. My Lords request that the necessary steps may at once be taken to acquaint the Members of your Club, holding individual Warrants, with the conditions to be observed in connection with the use of the Flag.

I am, Sir,
Your obedient Servant,

EVAN MACGREGOR.

The Secretary,
Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club,
Club House, Jersey.

 

(NEW ADMIRALTY WARRANT)

By the Commissioners for executing the Office of Lord High Admiral of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, &c.

Whereas we deem it expedient that the members of the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club, being natural born and naturalised British Subjects, should be permitted to wear on board their respective vessels the Blue Ensign of Her Majesty’s Fleet, with the distinctive marks of the Club on the fly thereof, viz.: The Arms of the Island of Jersey surmounted by a Crown, on the following conditions:-

We do therefore, by virtue of the power and authority vested in Us, under the provisions of the 105th Section of the Merchants Shipping Act, 1854, hereby warrant and authorise the Blue Ensign of Her Majesty’s Fleet, with the distinctive marks of the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club thereon, a aforesaid, to be worn on board the respective vessels belonging to the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club, and to Members of such Yacht Club, being natural born or naturalised British Subjects, accordingly, subject to the following conditions:

1. Every vessel belonging to the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club, in order to be eligible to wear the Ensign authorised by this Warrant, shall have been registered as a British Vessel in accordance with the Merchant Shipping Act, 1854.

2. The Ensign shall not, without Our authority in writing, be worn on board any vessel belonging to the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club, while such vessel is lent, on hire or otherwise, to any person not being a Member of the Club, or who, being a Member of the Club, is not a natural born or naturalised British Subject.

Given under Our Hands and the Seal of the Office of Admiralty, this fifteenth day of May 1894.
WALTER T. KERR
G. H. NOEL.

By Command of their Lordships,
EVAN MACGREGOR

Warrant To Wear Special Ensign

By Command of the Secretary of State for Defence

By virtue of the provisions of Section 73 of the merchant Shipping Act 1894, and of all powers and authorities him thereunto enabling, the Secretary of State for Defence with effect from 1st April 1985 warrants and authorizes the BLUE Ensign of Her Majesty’s Fleet with the distinctive marks of the CLUB thereon to be worn by Yachts belonging to or chartered by members of the ROYAL CHANNEL ISLANDS YACHT CLUB.

From 1st April 1985 the Flag Officers and Committee of the ROYAL CHANNEL ISLANDS YACHT CLUB are authorised to issue, or have issued on their behalf, in respect of any Yacht owned or chartered by its members a written Permit, subject to the conditions printed on the back of this Warrant, authorising that Yacht to wear the said Ensign provided that such Permit in respect of that Yacht be held on board at the time and that it should not otherwise be competent for the vessel to wear the said Ensign.

And be it further understood that in the event of the printed authority of the Flag Officers and Committee as aforesaid being granted to any member to wear the said Ensign on board a yacht without the Conditions printed on the back of this Warrant having been first duly complied with, or in the event of the Conditions not being observed after the Permit has been issued, the Secretary of State hereby reserves discretionary power to cancel or suspend this Warrant and to promulgate such cancellation or suspension by such means as he considers appropriate.

By Command of the Secretary of State

…………………………………………

MINISTRY OF DEFENCE London SW1
8 February 1985

Conditions governing the issue of Yacht Permits to Members of entitled Yacht Clubs in the United Kingdom and the Channel Islands

By section 73 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1894, it is an offence to hoist on board any ship or boat belonging to any British subject certain colours, flags and pendants without a Warrant from Her Majesty the Queen or from the Secretary of State for Defence. The maximum penalty is one thousand pounds for each offence. Among the prohibited flags are the Union Flag, the White Ensign, the Blue Ensign (plain or defaced) and the Red Ensign with any defacement. The prohibition applies to any ship or boat belonging to any British subject wherever it may be, and so extends not only to tidal waters but equally to rivers, lakes and inland waters generally.

Yachts may not wear the special Ensigns prohibited above except:

  1. under a warrant issued to the yacht owner by the Ministry of Defence prior to 1st April 1985 and in accordance with the Conditions stated thereon and
  2. under a Permit issued to a yacht owner by a Yacht Club from 1 April 1985 onwards and in accordance with the Conditions set out below

Conditions

  1. Permit. The Yacht must be issued with a Permit by a Yacht Club pursuant to the granting of a Warrant to that Club by the Secretary of State for Defence.

2. Registration and Measurement.

a. Registration. The Yacht must be a ship registered under either:-

(1) Part 1 of the Merchant Shipping Act 1894; or
(2) The Merchant Shipping Act 1983.

b. Measurement. The Yacht must measure not less than:

(1) 2 tons gross if registered by tonnage; or
(2) 7 metres in length overall if registered by length

3. Membership of Designated Yacht Club. The owner or owners of the yacht must have current membership of one of the Yacht Clubs in the United Kingdom or the Channel Islands to which a Warrant has been issued and which is designated in the Navy List.

4. Nationality. The owner or owners must be British Subjects 5. Use of Yacht.

a. The special Ensign may only be worn on a Yacht used exclusively for private and personal purposes of the Yachtsman to whom the Permit is issued

b. The Yacht must not be used for any professional business or commercial purpose. A Yacht whose name incorporates a name, product or trademark used for business or commercial purposes is not eligible for a Permit.

c. A Yacht which is never used for cruising, eg. A houseboat is ineligible for a Permit

6. Limited Companies. A Yacht which is the property of a Limited Company may be eligible for a Permit provided the provisions of Condition 5 are complied with, and the user is a British subject and a member of a designated Yacht Club.

7. Presence of Holder of Permit. Except under the provisions of Condition 6, a Permit does not confer any authority while the Yacht is being sailed by anyone other than the owner in person. Thus a special Ensign may not be worn unless the owner or user (see condition 6) of the Yacht is on board, or in effective control of her when she is in harbour or at anchor near the shore, and the Club’s burgee is flown at the main masthead, or other suitable position. The Permit must always be carried on board when a special Ensign is worn.

8. Separate Authorisation from each Club. If the owner or user belongs to more than one of the designated Clubs, he must have on board the permit authorising that particular Ensign which is being worn.

9. Charter or Loan of Yacht for which Permit Issued. When a Yacht for which a Permit has been issued to a member of a designated Yacht Club is occasionally, and for a short period, let out on charter, such action will not be held to infringe Condition 5 and will not lead to permanent disqualification. However, the Permit must be withdrawn by the Secretary of the Yacht Club; application may be made for a fresh Permit on termination of the period of charter.

10. Return of Permit. When a Yacht is sold, there is a change of ownership, or the owner ceases to be a member of the Club, the Permit must at once be surrendered to the Secretary of the Club who shall forthwith cancel it.

11. Alterations to Permits. No alterations are to be made to Permits. If the name of the Yacht is changed, or alterations are made which affect the register, the Permit is to be withdrawn by the Secretary of the Club. A new Permit may be issued provided the provisions of these Conditions are otherwise satisfied.

12. Permits lost or stolen. In the event of a Permit being lost or stolen, the member must forward to the Secretary of the Club a report on the circumstances of the loss and the steps taken to recover it. The Secretary of the Club may, at his discretion, issue a fresh Permit.

13. Tenders. The special Ensign may be worn by any boat which belongs to the Yacht and can conveniently be hoisted on board her.

14. Foreign Cruises. When cruising in foreign waters a Yacht for which a Permit to wear the special Ensign has been issued should take care to avoid any action which might result in complications with a Foreign Power. To this end, members intending to visit foreign waters affected by war or serious disturbances must give particulars of their voyages to the Secretary of the Club, who should immediately inform the Ministry of Defence (Naval Law Division), Whitehall, London SW1A 2HB.

15. A Permit for a yacht to wear a special Ensign becomes invalid if the provisions of the above Conditions are not met.

16. Etiquette. Permit holders may wish to comply with the custom, when in harbour, of hoisting the Ensign at 0800 (0900 between 1 November and 14 February) and lowering the Ensign at sunset (or 2100 local time if earlier)

 

Rules

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Annual General Meeting (Rule 27)

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Assistants to the Hon. Treasurer and Hon. Secretary (Rule 19)

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Bye-Laws (Rule 34)

Classes of Membership (Rule 8)

Closing of the Club House (Rule 38)

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Complaints (Rule 35)

Co-opted Members (Rule 21)

Delegation of Authority (Rule 24)

Dissolution of the Club (Rule 39)

Duties of the Hon. Treasurer and Hon. Secretary (Rule 17)

Election of Members (Rule 7)

Ensign and Burgee (Rule 4)

Entrance Fees and Subscriptions (Rule 12)

General Meeting Chair (Rule 29)

Grievances (Rule 37)

Guests (Rule 15)

Honorary Life Membership (Rule 9)

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Meetings of the Committee (Rule 22)

Name (Rule 1)

Notice to Members (Rule 32)

Objects (Rule 3)

Officers of the Club (Rule 16)

Organisation (Rule 2)

Quorum (Rule 30)

Removal and Expulsion (Rule 14)

Resignations (Rule 13)

Responsibilities of the Club (Rule 6)

Royal Court Representation (Rule 40)

Rules Binding (Rule 5)

Serious Emergency (Rule 31)

Special General Meetings (Rule 28)

Temporary Membership (Rule 11)

Trustees (Rule 25)

Vacancies in Offices and Committee (Rule 18)

Voting (Rule 23)

Appendix

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