Landmark & Views

Lagos Yacht Club, Lagos Island, Lagos, Nigeria

Nigeria / Africa

The Lagos Yacht Club (LYC) is one of the oldest sporting clubs in Nigeria.  It was founded in 1932 and is located south of Tafawa Balewa Square and the National Museum, with cannons lining the neatly trimmed lawns.  Facilities at the harbour also include several sailing boats and other sports activities which take place at the clubhouse.  The club was founded by expatriate sailing lovers in Lagos, among whom were C.J. Webb, Jessie Horne, R.M. Williams, and H.A. Whittaker.  A regatta was held in 1931 to coincide with the visit of H.M.S. Cardiff and the German cruiser Emden, which helped generate interest in sailing.  At its inception, the club had over 20 members.  The Lagos Club hosts the annual Whispering Palms regatta. 

The club contains photographs dating from 1907, of enthusiasts standing by their gaff-rigged boats, clad in long trousers and jackets and wearing the obligatory topees, on the very spot where the Club now stands.

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