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 158 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,, Canada, Spain, Greece, Gibraltar, Turkey and France...an unusual twilight for an unique ensign formally only ever seen at Greenhithe!
Every year the club appoints a new Commodore. In 2017 our Commodore, Richard Curtis, choose Southwold in East Anglia where an an excellent three day event was held with continuous sunshine every day. Sea Shanties were performed on the first evening by Trevor Crawford's Potters Bar lifeboat Crew. Over the years our annual rendezvous has covered ports between Lowestoft and Milford Haven including Jersey and Guernsey. The programs 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.
In 2018 our new Commodore, Clive Bradbury, will be holding the rendezvous in Limehouse Basin on Thursday 7th June to coincide with the Association’s Greenwich 2018 Reunion. Ten boats have already provisionally booked berths. A reception is planned on the quayside with the Potters Bar Lifeboat crew agreeing to perform for the third year running. Following will be a buffet supper at Cruising Association HQ located near the lock gates.
In 2019 Peter Melson (1961) will succeed as Commodore of the Yacht Club and is proposing to hold his Rendezvous in early September (2019) at a the venue in the Solent which he hopes to confirm and give details of later this year.
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:-
An OWYC Newsletter is published each year in January and the Hon. Sec. would be grateful for any cruising memories, articles and news.