MORE than 40 members past and present gathered to celebrate 125 years of a Rhyl institution.

The sailing enthusiasts met at the Rhyl Yacht Club clubhouse, near the Marine Lake on Foryd Road, and were joined by Mayor of Rhyl Cllr Win Mullen- James.

The milestone serves as a timely reminder of the club’s longevity and significance to the town after a decline in membership in recent years.

Commodore Eric Dodd said: “The club has played a significant part in the culture of the town and this anniversary is a reminder to Rhyl of its long maritime heritage.”

Ex-commodore David Clayton said: “It is with great credit to past and present commodores and committees that the club is still buoyant after so many years and celebrating 125 years. A big thank you to all who have made the 125-years celebration.”

The yacht club was formed in 1893 and, with the exception of wartime, has been active in encouraging sailing in Rhyl harbour and on the Marine Lake for thousands of members over the years.

However, this summer saw club organisers revive dinghy sailing on the Marine Lake after a last-ditch attempt in April to rouse interest after a hiatus of more than four years. 

The club now plans to offer more comprehensive sailing training at the lake next summer.

Events co-ordinator Ally Evans said: “We’re very optimistic for the future, and looking forward to building on our attendance and the connections of the club in the coming years.”

Mr Clayton added: “The club have lovely dinghy sailing trophies that were contested over many years which we hope will be contested for again in the future.”