Penarth Yacht Club originated as a Gentleman’s club and is presently evolving, albeit slowly, into a first rate twenty-first century Club. The purpose-built Club House is over one hundred years old and is magnificently placed with views over the Bristol Channel. On the balcony, members and friends have spent not just one "happy hour" but many many happy hours, enjoying refreshments whilst watching the regular dinghy/cruiser racing and rowing. The Club is an RYA training centre and has had an established programme for both youngsters and adults for many years. Laurie Pavelin and his team of qualified instructors and assistants have maintained superb training courses over many years. The length of the waiting list shows their popularity.