During their years of service, successive 'Worcesters' flew a special distinctive Ensign - in official parlance 'the Blue Ensign of Her Majesties' Fleet defaced in yellow in the fly with a Naval Crown superior to a capital 'W'!
The 'Worcester' Ensign.
When the College closed it looked if as the design would disappear forever but, with the blessings of the Council, an approach was made to the Ministry of Defence (who, as successors to the Admiralty, control such matters) to see if OWs could use the design on yachts. We were delighted to receive approval subject to an 'in-house' Yacht Club being formed, membership of which is restricted to OWs. A Warrant to the Club was granted in 1974. On foundation there were 29 members. There are currently 168 members of whom approximately a third hold permits to fly the former College ensign - most of their yachts are based in the U. K. but we are also represented by vessels based in the U.S.A., Australia,, Antigua, Canada, Spain, Greece, Gibraltar and France...an unusual twilight for an unique ensign formally only ever seen at Greenhithe!
Every year the club appoints a new Commodore. In 2016 our Commodore, Trevor Crawford choose Ramsgate and held an excellent three day event and even sang sea shanties for his supper. Our annual rendezvous has covered ports between Lowestoft and Milford Haven including Jersey and Guernsey. The programmes have included dinner on HMS Warrior, a guided tour of Harwich Port Control, lunch at Osborne House, a visit to the RNLI HQ at Poole, a trip through the Channel Tunnel with lunch in France and this year a visit to Walmer Castle.
In 2017 our new Commodore, Richard Curtis, is planning to hold his rendezvous in Southwold, Suffolk and in 2018 it will be in Limehouse Docks, London to coincide with the Association’s Greenwich 2018 Reunion.
Needless to say the name ‘Worcester’ frequently crops up in the name of members yachts. They include Lady Worcester, Spirit of Worcester and Footloose of Worcester.
You do not have to own a boat to join and details of membership are available from the Honorary Secretary:-
Details of membership are available from the Honorary Secretary:-
Mr. Clive Bradbury, 29 Harston Road, Newton, Cambridge CB22 7PA
Tel: 01223 871101 (use this number first)
Mob: 07816 124833 (Used only on the boat)
Hon Sec: email@example.com
An OWYC Newsletter is published each year in January and the Hon. Sec. would be grateful for any cruising memories, articles and news.