To inaugurate our new feature, we look at our first favorite yacht club, Norfolk Yacht and Country Club. Founded in the 1890s in Norfolk’s Edgewater, they eventually moved to the Lafayette River, where they now sit on the north side, easily viewable from the Hampton Boulevard Bridge and in Norfolk’s Lochaven and Algonquin Park neighborhood. Their current club building dates from the 1960s/70s; it has the grand feel of a club at a major metropolitan area. Notable among clubs, it has hotel rooms, multiple dining rooms, and a superior marina.
Year Founded: 1896
Current Commodore: Rick Sanford
Special Features: Excellent view of Norfolk’s Norfolk International Terminals. Notable sailing classes for youth.
X Factor: Closest snazzy yacht club to the Norfolk Naval Base, giving it an authentic feel.
Amusing Aspect: They once issued their own coinage to use at the snack counter.
Coolest Member Ever: Commodore Alexanderson, last captain of S.S. United States
Architect: The current modern building, which dates from the late 60s and early 70s, was designed by notable Tidewater architect Brad Tazewell of Wiliams & Tazewell.
History: A short history of the club by Susan Roady is HERE.