The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club

555 Bay Street North, Hamilton, ON Canada L8L 1H1
Phone: 1 (905) 528-8464 Fax: 1 (905) 528-2622

Board and Bridge

We are truly delighted to welcome you to The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club's new website. RHYC has been successfully fulfilling the needs of social and boating families for over 130 years and our diverse membership seeks us out from well beyond the boundaries of the City of Hamilton. 'We will treat you royally' is the commitment we make to everyone who enters our doors. The Royal Hamilton Yacht Club is that extraordinary facility for entertaining socially, for your boating or racing needs, and is that place that you and your family can call yours. Please feel free to contact us for more information.

The Bridge meetings are held the second Wednesday of each month.
The Board meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month. 

Council of Flags - Officers & Bios

Paul Cavanagh began sailing at age 12, and participated keenly in Junior and Family Mirror Dinghy racing. While serving in the Canadian Forces he sailed and raced in locations from Cultus Lake and Victoria Harbour (BC) to the Rhine River in Lahr West Germany. He subsequently sailed Laser IIs in Kingston and the Thousand Islands before relocating to the Hamilton area. This lead to CYA Basic and Intermediate keel training here on the bay aboard a Shark. Following a 15 year hiatus from sailing, Paul got the bug to share sailing with his children Joshua, Eve and Benjamin. He joined RHYC in 2016 as the proud new owner of J/35 Top Gun. He was coaxed to try a little bit of racing, and the rest is history... still in the making. A strong advocate of safe, fun and accessible cruising and racing, Paul believes that sailing can and should be welcoming and inclusive regardless of age, gender, experience or ability for all with a willingness to join in the fun and learn.
Jan Graves-Passmore has been an active member of RHYC for over ten years, most recently as VC Pool & Grounds. She has raced sailboats in Wiarton, Owen Sound and all over Lake Ontario (LYRA) with her husband Mark Passmore, and also loves cruising in the North Channel. At work, Jan is a Communications and Fundraising Specialist and has been the Director of Fundraising for the Bruce Trail Conservancy for over a decade. Her husband Mark is an avid sailor and currently races Stars and ice Boats, while her daughter Emily is working on becoming a life guard.
Warren Norwood has spent most of his life on the water and started sailing at 7 years old on a surfboard sailboat made by his father. He worked as camp councilor, canoe instructor, lifeguard, waterfront instructor, and sailing instructor at the Halliburton Scout Reserve. He continued his sailing experience through windsurfing, Laser sailing, racing on the CS30 Nick’s CafĂ© in LORC (1st place in 2000), 11 years of Shark racing at RHYC, and pleasure cruising on Georgian Bay with his wife Darlene aboard their CS34 sailboat Skylarkin’. Even at work he could not get away from the water as he conducted research all around the Great Lakes on board Department of Fisheries and Oceans research ships during the 1980s. He continued as an Environment Canada Research Scientist at the Canada Centre For Inland Waters working on aquatic pollution until his retirement in 2019. Warren is a firm believer in learn to sail programs for all, and the development of solid sailing skills with a strong emphasis on safety.