Association of Royal Yachtsmen

Yotties aboard The Royal Yacht Britannia for Yotties Week.

Yotties Working Party

The Association of Royal Yachtsmen, 'Yotties', was founded in 1989 by Albert 'Dixie' Deane MBE, RVM. It is dedicated to bringing together many of the estimated 3,296 'Yotties' who served on board HMY BRITANNIA between 14 January, 1954 and 11 December, 1997. They hold an annual dinner dance in late November/early December, usually in the Portsmouth area. Whether you were an Officer (488), Rating (2,634), or RM Bandsman (174), you will be made most welcome and will find joining instructions below.

The 'Yotties' HQ

The Royal Yacht Britannia is the Association's official headquarters. Each year the Yotties return to work alongside Britannia's new 'crew' and undertake a wide range of maintenance jobs. They also keep visitors enthralled with stories of the good old days on board the Royal Yacht. A bronze statue stands at Britannia, commissioned by the Trust, as a tribute to the Officers and Royal Yachtsmen who served on board. The statue model was Ellis 'Norrie' Norrell MVO RVM, Britannia's longest serving Royal Yachtsman who served 34 years from January 1954 to September 1988.

  • Patron: HM The Queen
  • President: HRH The Duke of Edinburgh
  • Vice Presidents: Former Flag Officers The Royal Yacht Britannia
  • Chairman: Commodore AJC Morrow, CVO
  • Vice Chairman: A Deane, MBE, RVM

For further information, or if you were a Royal Yachtsman and would like to join the Association, please email: or visit

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