“The primary object of this Club shall be the encouragement of Amateur Yacht sailing.”
From the General Rules 1873
Since its foundation at Erith on the Thames in 1872, the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club has produced many fine amateur helmsmen and women, including National and International Champions of all ages, upholding its earliest objective; to encourage Amateur Yacht Sailing.
Members of the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club have been the innovators of many ideas, now accepted as standard. Its challenge to the London Sailing Club in 1893 was the forerunner of Burnham Week and it adopted its first One Design Class way back in 1895. The Thirties underlined its prominence as its members oversaw a major competition for designs for Deep Sea Racing Craft, provided the crew for the J-Class Endeavour in Sir T.O.M. Sopwith's America's Cup Challenge in 1934, and selected the British Team for the Olympic Games in 1936.
The post war years saw further innovations, including the Hornet Easter Egg, the Burnham Icicle (the original mid-winter dinghy race) and the Endeavour Championship, an invitation only event to discover the Dinghy "Champion of Champions".