History

When Rear-Admiral Sir Edward Chichester, Bart., was appointed as the first Commodore of the Taw and Torridge Sailing Club in August 1905 the original Taw and Torridge One-Designs were built locally at a cost of £24 complete with sails.

Sailing in the thirties video

The Club only became The North Devon Yacht Club after the Second World War. The Club buildings used today were officially opened by Owen Aisher, President of the RYA, in April 1972. The full story of the Club’s history can be found in the late Peggy Lines’ publication “I’m On Starboard” and recently a video tape has been produced.  Peggy kindly gave her permission for the book to be made available online.

I’m on Starboard

The Sailor, painted by Frederick Mulock

Lieutenant Frederick Charles Mulock R.N.V.R. (1866-1932)

Taw and Torridge One Designs sailing at Instow in the 1930’s

“Mabel” helmed by Capt J.R. Mead,
winner of The Rose of Torridge Cup

North Devon Herald – celebrating 80 years of the NDYC

Commodore List

1905 – 1906 Rear Admiral Sir E Chichester Bart CB CMG
1907 His Honour Judge Beresford
1908 – 1930 A L Christie
1931 – 1935 Colonel C Didham
1936 – 1945 Colonel FW Evatt
1946 – 1950 J Mulock
1951 – 1956 Rear Admiral HGC Franklin
1957 – 1958 Lieutenant Commander J Russell DSC RN
1959 – 1963 P Faunthorpe
1964 D Valentine
1965 P Faunthorpe
1966 – 1967 C Gott
1968 – 1970 C Brannam
1971 – 1973 P Phillips
1974 – 1984 Captain CJA Johnson OBE DSC RN
1985 – 1987 TGT Gale JP
1988 – 1990 WJM Barnett
1990 – 1992 Captain DS Ganniclifft MN
1992 – 1994 Mrs GP Bennett
1994 – 1997 TGT Gale JP
1998 – 2002 RH Stone
2003 – 2004 Captain DS Ganniclifft MN
2004 – 2006 MJA Rainer
2007 – 2009 Dr BDJ Armstrong
2010 – 2012 ROD Graham MBE
2013 – 2015 Sir Richard Peek Bt
2016 – PD Ewing