The Haven That Is The Royal Bombay Yacht Club

Four thousand miles, accompanied by piracy threats and hundreds of fishing boats (with or without navy personnel), and we needed a break. After spending a night at a very choppy anchorage outside the Gateway To India in Mumbai, we were all desperate to get ashore and chill the hell out.

What better place than the Royal Bombay Yacht Club? Being attendees of the Vasco Da Gama rally we were all granted temporary visitors passes to this bastion of colonial elitism.

The club house itself is in prime Mumbai location, right by the Taj Palace hotel and The Gateway to India and is a very old building dating back to the times of British rule. The paint on the walls is 150 years old too but don’t let that put you off. This was luxury personified, with the best showers since Turkey (yes, that’s 4,000 miles we’ve traveled to find showers that match those of Turkish marinas), a most excellent restaurant, a gentleman’s bar like something out of the scene in The Shining where Jack Nicholson chats to an imaginary barman tending to his every whim, and an air conditioned library so cold one’s nose grew icicles.

View from our anchorage showing the Taj Palace Hotel on the left, the Gateway to India on the right, and the Royal Bombay Yacht Club, the grey building, in the centre

So, the general daily timetable would be to get ashore, enter the yacht club, sit in the library to cool down, wait until lunch before eating some of the best curry dishes ever served in the most sumptuous surroundings, before beginning one’s day of shopping or sightseeing.

We should, at this point, thank Marine Solutions, sponsors of the Vasco Da Gama Rally in India. They smoothed things for us whilst in Mumbai and  Raj, the main contact, excelled himself in ensuring we had a pleasant stay. Marine Solutions put on water taxis and were responsible for getting us in to the yacht club, amongst the other services they provided. Thank you Raj and team!


Entry into the Royal Bombay Yacht Club is by invite only. It is rather exclusive and unavailable to the hoi polloi; permission to photograph its beautiful colonial interior is granted by the club secretary only. Unless you are me and, with complete disregard for bureaucracy, set up the tripod and camera and snapped away. (I should add that I did receive permission to photograph the interior but since my application for permission to do so was not recorded in triplicate it was probably void.)

The impressive Gateway To India

Here, then, is a short slideshow of the very exclusive Royal Bombay Yacht Club.


Click on the first thumbnail to begin, use the << and >> buttons to scroll through and then click any image to exit the slideshow.

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4 Comments on “The Haven That Is The Royal Bombay Yacht Club”

  1. Be still my beating heart ! What fabulous interiors. Thanks for the glimpse Jamie. Just beautiful. As for the view from your anchorage nothing short of gorgeous. But I know that India is full of wonder, beauty, hardship and poverty but never less than fascinating.
    We continue to enjoy Greece and are in the Argolic Gulf now. 😯

  2. Liz & Jamie,
    first of all congratulations ! you made it and in style !
    This last photoreportage leaves me speechless and in sweat: I can feel the heat and humidity in the air, but what a terrific decadence… I raise my glass with Jack, to you, Love, Antonella

  3. was last there in ’84 … good to see it still going … stayed at the taj though , then the taj intercont ‘ , … best curries indeed ! had some great times in bombay !

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