Built in 1883 Penarth Yacht Club (PYC) occupies a prominent position next to the RNLI station at the southern end of the seafront Esplanade.

It is a two storey building with a rear wall of red brick with white brick lacing course at the eaves. The front and side walls are in painted roughcast cladding to the ground floor with stucco on the upper floor and attics.

The roofs are clad in slate enlivened in the front pitch by attic gables of varying shapes and there are red ridge and crest tiles and terracotta finials.

The front elevation has a balconied veranda of seven (first floor) and eight (ground floor) bays; supported on fluted twisted cast-iron columns with Corinthian capitals. The ornamental cast iron columns and ballisters on the balcony were manufactured by Walter Macfarlane & Co at the Saracen Foundry Glasgow and installed in 1893.

The Club has a long and interesting history. Many Penarth Yacht Club members volunteered for the Dunkirk evacuation and sailed their yachts and motor boats around the coast and across the English Channel to France. Several never returned having been killed by mines and enemy action during the many crossings.

A more detailed account of the Club's history is available on the Club's own website at:-

Penarth Yacht Club