The EBC was founded in 1914 and started out as a men's sailing club with one finger of docks and a small storage building. The Club is one of the oldest boat clubs on the Detroit River. We are located minutes away from Lake St. Clair, downtown Detroit and Belle Isle. Today, we boast two riverside buildings, a 110 slip marina, sailing instruction, and year round entertainment. We are especially proud of the reputation we have developed as having a family oriented and friendly membership. We welcome visitors from affiliated clubs. The EBC offers a large variety of year round member entertainment for boat owners and non boat owners alike. Enjoy affordable family dining with a world-class view of the Detroit River from our restaurant and bar.

Edison Boat Club
100 Lycaste
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 235-2975

Web Site
Edison Boat Club
Ford Yacht Club
29500 South Pointe Road
Grosse Ile, MI 48138
(734) 676-8422

Web Site
Ford Yacht Club

Grayhaven Sail Club of Detroit
PO Box 32622
Detroit, MI.  48232-0622

Web Site
Grayhaven Sail Club of Detroit

The Detroit Yacht Club was founded in 1868 making it one of the oldest yachting clubs in the country. In 1923, the club's present facility was completed on its own island located off the east end of Belle Isle. The Club enjoys a world wide reputation in both power and sailing competitions through the achievements of early members such as Com. Gar Wood, Edsel Ford, Horace Dodge, Com. Harry Kendall, Ernie Grates, Com. Murry Knapp, and Com. "Toot" Gmeiner.

The DYC, under Com. Alex McLeod, was co-founder with the Cleveland Yachting Club of the Inter-Lake Yachting Association in 1885. In 1912, the DYC, under Com. Harry Kendall, was co-founder with the Detroit Boat Club of the Detroit Regional Yacht-racing Association.

The Detroit Yacht Club is a full service, year-around club with a 360 well harbor, indoor and outdoor swimming pools, junior and adult sailing programs, tennis courts, health club, racquetball courts, bowling leagues, golf leagues, catering facilities, and other amenities too numerous to mention.
Detroit Yacht Club
One RiverBank Rd.
Belle Isle
Detroit, MI 48207
(313) 824-1200

Web Site
Detroit Yacht Club


Jack Lyon
Membership Director
Detroit Yacht Club
Office: 313-824-1200 x233
Cell 248-914-2523
Fax: 313-824-7962
Doublehanded Sailing Association
P.O. Box 13649
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Web Site
Doublehanded Sailing Association
The Doublehanded Sailing Association was formed in 1987 with the purpose of serving those who enjoy making fast, safe passages, under sail, with minimum crew. It is the intention of the Association to encourage the development of personal skills, suitable equipment, techniques and vessels for the purpose of shorthanded sailing. This is accomplished through personal exchange of information between its members and the various sailing events hosted by the DSA.

The DSA sponsors its premier event, the Huron Doublehanded Challenge, in late June or early July. Both mono-hulled and multi-hulled boats leave from Sarnia, Ontario or Bay City, Michigan within well matched divisions. There is much camaraderie and communication between boats during the long days and nights as two person crews head for the finish line at Rogers City, Michigan.

All who complete the Challenge receive Participation Awards. Terrific flags and awards are presented for finish position and other major achievements at the Monday night Awards dinner. Preparation and participation in the Huron Doublehanded Challenge is a great way for couples to build cruising skills and get their boats to a great jumping off point for North Channel cruising.

The DSA is focused on participation, fun and learning so it may just be the perfect companion organization to your yacht club membership or your first entry into sailing organizations.

DRYA Member Clubs

There are 27 member clubs in the DRYA, extending from Port Huron and Sarnia on Lake Huron to Toledo on Lake Erie.

These organizations can provide any number of services...from Junior Sailing Programs to swimming pools, tennis to fitness rooms; one or more of our clubs can fit your sailing needs.

Understandably, some of our member clubs may have a waiting list. If you would like to have more information about specific clubs, feel free to visit their website, call them directly, or contact the DRYA office.

Anchor Bay Yacht Racing Association
32041 S. River Rd.
Harrison Twp., MI 48045

Mailing Address
P. O. Box 46023
Mt. Clemens, MI 4804

Web Site
Anchor Bay Yacht Racing Association

Albatross Yacht Club
P.O. Box 984
Warren, MI 48090

Web Site
Albatross Yacht Club

For more information about our club contact:
Past Commodore Michael Clow:
(248) 865-0378

or visit our web site.

Bayview Yacht Club
100 Clairpointe
Detroit, MI 48215
(313) 822-1853

Web Site
Bayview Yacht Club

2009 marks the 94th anniversary of Bayview Yacht Club. From its humble beginnings in 1915 in a little shack on a small bay downriver of its present site, Bayview is recognized as one of the finest sail yacht racing clubs in the nation.
And while yacht racing is our primary focus, our success as a club does not come from racing alone. Bayview Yacht Club was founded by sailors dedicated "to the development... and continuance of that finer class of sportsmanship which seems born largely of the sea and the sea-minded."

Bayview means hosting the N.O.O.D. (National Offshore One-Design) Regatta and the Priem's Regatta. It's a cold November night at the bar with a corporate CEO deep in coversation with a member of very modest means about a Mackinac Race shared ten years ago.

Bayview is a tradition of excellence... in the ability of its offshore racers, the dedication of its administrators and the superb hospitality of its staff.
Albatross Yacht Club is primarily a racing sailboat club with most of our members on the Clinton River and also some from around Lake St. Clair.  Most of our racing is done on Anchor Bay.  We are an active club that runs and sponsors several races including:  

Tuesday Night Invitational Race Series
AYC  Overnight Race
St. Elmo’s Night Race
AYC Jack & Jill Race
AYC Memorial Race

Albatross has 60 very active members with great enthusiasm for our sport. Our organization offers a supportive environment for experienced as well as novice sailors alike.  Come race with us, we will help you get out on the course.

Anchor Bay Yacht Racing Association is a group of member clubs and associations who, through the payment of dues, support organized sailboat racing on Anchor Bay. Participation is open to all boat owners who belong to the clubs and associations that are members in good standing of ABYRA

One Design Racing at Crescent Sail Yacht Club
One design racing has been a strong tradition at Crescent Sail Yacht Club on Lake St. Clair throughout the club's 65-year history. The club's oldest and strongest one design fleets are Thistles, Snipes and Lightnings which compete in club races on Wednesday evenings and Sundays throughout the season. These fleets all have hosted numerous district and/or national class championships.

Thistle & Lightning Fleets
The Thistle and Lightning fleets also boast a long and active history at Crescent. The oldest annual Thistle regatta in the country is hosted by CSYC, the Thistle Icebreaker held every October for more than 40 years. Thistle class guru George Devlin, skipper of SKIRL, one of the earliest Thistle "woodies," founded Thistle Fleet 2 at Grosse Ile Yacht Club in l947 and moved it to Crescent a couple of years later. Longtime Crescent member and premier local sailmaker, Howard Boston, sailed Thistle 111 to a national championship and was an early promoter of the Thistle class and many others as well. His widow, Lolly, and son, Skip, carry on the family business in Mt. Clemens. Another son, Spike, runs a loft in Sarnia, Ontario. The Boston family has contributed greatly to CSYC and to sailing in the Midwest. Many Detroit area sailmakers apprenticed at Boston Sails, including the late Larry Klein, the America's Cup sailor who tragically drowned in San Francisco Bay three years ago. Klein was a member of the Thistle fleet at Crescent for several years while he learned sailmaking at Boston. An annual regatta was dedicated to his memory at CSYC in 1996.

The Lightning North Americans were held at Crescent in 1997 and the Internationals in 1954 and 1959. Two-time International champion, the legendary Hank Cawthra, an actively racing octogenarian, can be found in the Lightning fleet annals at Crescent.

Other one Design Classes at Crescent
Other one design classes currently represented at Crescent include Cal 20s, Cal 25s, Express 27s, Tornadoes, S2 7.9s, Tartan 10s, International Etchells and Stars. The Crescent Sloop, one of the earliest fiberglass sailboats, still active on Lake St. Clair, took its name from the club and was developed by longtime CSYC member, the late Dick Hill. Crescent has hosted the Express 27, S2 7.9 and Tartan 10 nationals in recent years as well as Olympic qualifying regattas in the Tornado and Finn classes. Lake St. Clair can be counted on to provide a challenging variety of wind and wave conditions during the course of a three or four-day regatta.

Iceboating at CSYC
Many Crescent sailors are avid DN iceboat racers. For many years Ron Sherry is among the top DN sailors in the world, DN of course stands for Detroit News which helped get the class started many years ago on Lake St Clair.

Active Junior Program
In keeping with its one design tradition, Crescent has a large and active sailing program open to the community for about 65 junior boys and girls age 9-18 who sail Optimist prams, Flying Juniors, Lasers and 420s at the club and in weekly Detroit Regional Yachting Association junior regattas throughout the summer.

Club History
Crescent Sail Yacht Club was founded in 1933 and moved to its present location, the boathouse of early Packard Motor Company president, Henry B. Joy, in l936. Crescent acquired title to the property in 1959 upon the death of Joy's widow.

In accordance with a stipulation in the Joy deed of gift the club has no bar, and alcoholic beverages are dispensed only at post regatta festivities and on other special occasions. A second Joy provison that the club be operated to provide sailing for "men of moderate means" is observed also (except that club bylaws were changed in 1976 to allow the admission of women to senior membership). Annual dues are modest, and nearly all club maintenance is performed by members on spring and fall work days and as needed throughout the year.
Crescent Sail Yacht Club
276 Lakeshore
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
(313) 885-7575

Web Site
Crescent Sail Yacht Club

Sixty-three years after our founding fathers signed the United States Constitution into being, twenty-two years before the Civil War and two years after Michigan became a state, while Abraham Lincoln was still a 30 year old lawyer in Illinois, the Detroit Boat Club was founded. Organized by oarsman on February 18, 1839 it is the oldest continuous rowing club in the world, the oldest boat club in the United States and the oldest social club in Michigan. The club had five club houses at several locations in the Detroit area before it finally built one that was fire proof which opened on Belle Isle on August 4, 1902 where the club remained until the membership sadly agreed that we were no longer able to remain in our home of 106 years on February 23, 1996.

Our current membership is committed to continuing the rich traditions and history of the Detroit Boat Club. The rowers still row under our burgee, and our member boats as well as our Flying Scots regularly compete in DRYA and interclub races. Although we do not, as yet, have a permanent club house, we continue to maintain social functions at various locations while we work toward that end.

We are actively seeking new members that would like to be a part of the renaissance of the Detroit Boat Club. Please Bob Cowles for further information.
Detroit Boat Club
PO Box 15702
Detroit, MI 48230

(313) 642-0555

Web Site
Detroit Boat Club

Detroit Sail Club
95 St. Jean
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 822-7180

Grosse Isle Yacht Club
29677 East River Road
Grosse Ile, MI 48138
(734) 676-0211

Web Site
Grosse Isle Yacht Club

Lakeshore sail Club
P. O. Box 806219
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080

Web Site
Lake Shore Sail Club

Founded in 1969, Lake Shore Sail Club remains a family oriented club dedicated to providing extensive opportunities for competitive racing, active cruising, and other social activities for its 100 member families. Meetings are held at the Harper Woods Community Center and the club maintains a gin pole for its members' exclusive use.

The regatta program includes ten Sunday and Special Club races and the very popular Spring and Summer Sunset Series attracting over 100 of the area's avid racing boats. In October LSSC hosts a DRYA regatta, "The Inter-Club Team Championship Race". The cruise program consists of at least three summer cruises to area ports over the major holiday weekends featuring group breakfasts, cocktail parties and barbecues. Off season activities include a fall steak roast (sponsored by the past commodores), several weekend activities and the formal event of the year, the Commodore's Ball.

Grosse Pointe Yacht Club
788 Lakeshore
Grosse Pointe Shores, MI 48236
(313) 884-2500

Web Site
Grosse Pointe Yacht Club

More than a facility or affiliation. We are a unique community.
A community of common interests and shared values.
A family of good people being served by other good people.
In an atmosphere of friendship and mutual respect.
As we have for generations, we stand proud and tall along the water,
And welcome all who join us in the pursuit of enjoyment.

Grosse Pointe Club
6 Berkshire Place
Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236
(313) 885-0400

Grosse Pointe Sail Club
Tompkins Center at Windmill Pointe Park, Grosse Pointe Park
P. O. Box 36462
Grosse Pointe, MI 48236

Web Site
Grosse Pointe Sail Club
The Grosse Pointe Sail Club was founded in 1948 when the city of Grosse Pointe Park invited a dozen sailing enthusiasts to establish a club at the City's Windmill Pointe Park on Lake St. Clair. The Park is located right at the head of the Detroit River and the main pier offers spectators a wonderful view of the sail boat races sponsored by the GPSC.

The Club's Tuesday Evening Sundown Series is the longest running open racing competition on Lake St. Clair and draws over 100 boats every Tuesday night during the summer. The GPSC also sponsors an annual Regatta on the Saturday just before the renowned Mackinac Races, and a Fall Series in September and October.

In addition to the racing activities, the Club organizes many social events throughout the entire year, including theme, Parties a winter ski rendezvous, cruises, dances, and children's activities. While the GPSC does not own a clubhouse, it leases space from the City of Grosse Pointe Park at the Tompkins Community Center in Windmill Pointe Park, and uses the Community Center as a base of operations for most activities.

The Club Credo is to encourage and promote sailing, boating, racing, safe navigation and good seamanship; to foster good sportsmanship and competition in sailboat racing; and to camaraderie and fraternity among persons interested in sailing and boating.

Anyone interested in membership, whether they own a sailboat, powerboat, or no boat at all, should go to the GPSC Web Site for more information.

Great Lakes Yacht Club
23900 Jefferson
St. Clair Shores, MI 48080
(586) 778-95106

Web Site
Great Lakes Yacht Club
A Hidden Paradise on the "Nautical Mile" in St. Clair Shores, MI, we are located just north of Nine Mile Road, east of Jefferson Avenue on beautiful Lake St. Clair.

Great Lakes Yacht Club has a well-earned and deserved reputation among racing and cruising yachts people as being a competent, interested, and progressive organization with the best of facilities and location setting anywhere in Michigan.

Great Lakes Cruising Club

Web Site
Great Lakes Cruising Club

Sailing Singles
P.O. Box 717
Royal Oak, MI 48068
(313) 719-0501

Web Site
Sailing Singles


Sailing Singles is dedicated to bringing single people together for the enjoyment of sailing, cruising, social and educational experiences.


Meetings are held on the second Friday of each month (except for December). A short business agenda is followed by an entertaining and informative program on some topic related to boating.

Afterwards, our DJ provides music for dancing. Others may choose to visit around the (cash) bar, where boating contacts may be made.

Background Information:

We are a non-profit organization founded in 1980. Sailing Singles membership numbers in the hundreds, composed of single men and women who join because of a mutual interest in Sailing and boating. You must be single to join. In addition, some married couples who met at the club remain as associate members. Annual dues are $45.00.

A membership roster is mailed each year. This is a valuable source of skippers and crew. A monthly newsletter with current and future events is available to members and guests. The Internet Web Page also keeps members up to date on current activities.

Members pay a nominal fee for meetings and activities. Guests are welcome, but pay a slightly higher fee.

Sailing Singles is governed by Officers and a Board of Directors, elected annually. Various committees assist with membership activities.


While Sailing Singles, as a club, owns no boats, many members (known as skippers) own sailboats and power boats of all classes and sizes.

These skippers welcome club members as crew on their vessels and appreciate help in preparing their boats for launch and winter storage. Both experienced and inexperienced sailors are welcomed.

The membership roster lists boat owners who may be contacted when you wish to join them on the water. A skipper list is published in a spring issue of The Anchor Line newsletter.


Weekend rendezvous are held each season, beginning with a Memorial Day weekend get-together at a nearby American or Canadian port, and continuing every 3 or 4 weeks through late September. The majority of the rendezvous are Saturday-Sunday events located close enough so that members who prefer to drive can join in the dinner and activities.

Learn to Sail:

Each spring, beginning in March, Sailing Singles offers instruction on the basics of boating and sailing in a classroom setting. Details are posted on our website usually in January.

Formal Events:

The Commodore's Ball and Christmas Party are events with dinner and live bands. These parties are usually held at yacht or country clubs.


Sailing Singles events are as varied as the people who comprise the membership. We hold Happy Hours at various bars and restaurants around town. An annual dinner honors the skippers who, together with their boats, make this club possible. Many members attend the annual Blessing of the Fleet at Mariner's Church.

If group activities and the camaraderie of boating appeal to you, if you have a boat to share or just enjoy the water, come to one of our meetings, view our on-line events calendar. We promise you sunny skies, fair winds, memorable moments and many new friendships!

Sailing Singles

North Star Sail Club
32041 South River Road
Mt. Clemens, MI 48045
(586) 463-2192

Web Site
North Star Sail Club

Located near the mouth of the Clinton River in Harrison Township, Michigan, North Star Sail Club has served the interests of 'Sailors of modest means' since 1946.

Pontiac Yacht Club
P.O. Box 430594
Pontiac, MI 48343
(248) 682-8020

Web Site
Pontiac Yacht Club

Pontiac Yacht Club was chartered in 1934 as a family club, exclusively for sailboats. We are based on the shores Cass Lake, in Pontiac, Michigan with a beautiful lake-side club house and well kept grounds that are popular with all ages.

The club has an active membership that are involved in sailing for pleasure and competition, with a racing program that has over 70 races scheduled each season. Lightning Class sailboats were chosen to represent the club because of their strong class organization and suitability to Cass Lake. Our Lightning Fleet, No. 54, is the largest in the world with over 60 registered Lightnings. There is also a competitive open-class single hander series (mostly made up of Lasers, Sunfish and Windsurfs)

Today, the fine facilities, excellent racing program, and frequent club activities combine to offer a wholesome family experience. The beautiful shady swimming beach with shallow clear water is available for small children and non-swimmers, as well as a designated deep water area for more experienced swimmers. Our shaded grounds with many picnic tables, lawn chairs, and grills make club picnics an enjoyable experience. And the large sandbox, swings, and climbing equipment help children feel welcome at the club.

A range of instructional programs are offered to both adults and children, and the atmosphere is friendly and informal. This year, 2009, marks the 75th Anniversary of Pontiac Yacht Club, and there will be a series of events throughout the year as the club celebrates this achievement. New members are always welcome.

Port Huron Yacht Club
212 Quay Street
Port Huron, MI 48060

(810) 985-9424

Web Site
Port Huron Yacht  Club


Sarnia Yacht Club
1220 Fort Street
Point Edward, Ontario, Canada N7V 1M2
(519) 332-6779

Web Site
Sarnia Yacht  Club

South Port Sailing Club
10 Brighton Rd.
St. Clair Beach, Ontario,
Canada N8N 2L3
(519) 979-7772

Web Site
South Port Sailing Club

St. Clair Yacht Club

P. O. Box 14088
Detroit, MI 48214
(313) 331-3338

Web Site
St. Clair Yacht Club

A group of men and women sailors who enjoyed racing among themselves wanted to compete against other clubs using the "CK" catboats, but found they were ineligible to do so. They consulted a well-known yachtsman, Harry Kendall, who suggested they form a yacht club of their own.

This was done by an initial group of 24 sailors in 1945, and at their second meeting, Thomas Blakey was elected Commodore, John Theurkorn, Vice Commodore, and Alfred Schultz, Rear Commodore. The club was originally named the "St. Clair Yachtsmen".

The new yacht club was shortly accepted as a member of the Inter-Lake Yachting Association ( I-LYA), following in the spring of 1946 with membership in the Detroit River Yachting Association (DRYA). The club was formally incorporated as the "St. Clair Yachtsmen, Inc.", in April of that year.

Cat-rigged "CK" sail boats were leased from the St. Clair Sail Club, a commercial club operated by Paul Hendrickson on Detroit’s near east side. The St. Clair Yachtsmen also held their meetings there. Club members sailed primarily in team races against Detroit Yacht Club, Detroit Boat Club and Edison Boat Club, all which had club owned fleets.

The first season, the St.Clair Yachtsmen team was last in standings, but Maury DeClercq represented us in the individual river championship – and won it. He went on to gain fame in many of the Port Huron – Mackinaw races over the years, becoming one of the "old Dogs". In their second year the St. Clair Yachtsmen’s team won over-all season championship.

Paul Hendrickson was forced to move his sail club in 1952, because the city was taking over his land to redirect the outlet of Fox Creek. The St. Clair Yachtsmen purchased four of his boats, and moved their operations to Kean’s Detroit Yacht Harbor. From the fall of 1952 to the spring of 1954, the club without a home, and accommodations for meetings rented at the Whittier Hotel.

The club arranged a deal with Kean’s under which several club members designed and built a second floor addition to an existing building in Kean’s Marina at the foot of Meadowbrook Street. Later the club become generally known as the St. Clair Yacht Club, and this name was officially adopted in 1959.

SCYC added the "St. Clair Room" to its facilities at Kean’s in 1959, again designing and assisting in the building of a dining room and kitchen on the second floor of the building, continuing the friendly partnership with the marina which SCYC enjoyed.

Since the early 1960’s, SCYC has sponsored the highly regarded Commodore’s Invitational. Held every January, this event allows new flag officers and Past Commodores from all the DRYA clubs to get to know each other on an informal basis.

St. Clair Yacht Club is now known primarily as a power boat club, and sponsors cruiser navigation contests (predicted log races) under the sanction of the North American Cruiser Association (NACA) and Western Lake Erie Cruiser Association (WLECA), with SCYC members competing against members of yacht clubs and other sanctioned bodies such as the United States Power Squadrons. SCYC members have built an outstanding record in this competition, including one national championship, several national second and third places, and many regional championships.

The 1986 National Predicted Log Championships were sponsored by, and were held at, SCYC.

Sail activities picked up momentum in the late ‘70’s, with introduction of the Thomas Blakely Memorial race, a two day sailing event to the Thames River (Ont.) and back. In 1981, SCYC introduced the annual "Blue Nose Turkey Race," held the third week of November, and in 1982 we began the "Early Bird Race" in early April, giving the club the distinction then of having both the first and last races of the yachting season.

Due to a combination of increasing rent and changes in the state liquor insurance and general liability laws, SCYC faced the real possibility of either going bankrupt or closing down altogether in 1986.

A decision was made to dissolve our long standing relationship with Kean’s. St. Clair Yacht Club entered 1987 as a "homeless" club, but was far from being washed up. We went through a period of sharp decline in membership and emerged as a stronger, healthier club which today puts its emphasis on the real reason for being a yacht club—boating activities, racing, cruising, and attending rendezvous and social activities where members and guests enjoy the fraternal fellowship of SCYC members, guests, and members of other yacht clubs.

After several years of meeting in borrowed and rented facilities, a promising relationship with the Porterfield Wilson and John Carlo companies was developed over several years of intense negotiations, which led to SCYC again having a clubhouse.

SCYC moved into a 1,380 square foot facility in the marina’s office building on September 1st, 1991. With a magnificent view of the marina and river it boasted a full service bar and facilities for entertaining up to 150 people.

What began as a very friendly relationship soon soured, with marina management refusing to grant more than a one year lease at any time. Much of the time SCYC was operating on a month-to-month verbal extension of an expired contract.

While there for only six years, advances were made which would help the club grow and prosper. Our membership grew and became much more diverse, more nearly reflecting the multi-ethnic population of the Detroit metropolitan area.

Discussions with Kean’s Marina led to the offer of a long term lease, renewable for a longer term, and the Board of SCYC decided that it would be in the best interest of SCYC to move back to our original home. In the summer of 1997, SCYC leased what amounts to its original home, in the second floor of the marina store building (which its members built in the ‘50’s.!).

Following much renovation and rebuilding, and the addition of a completely new bar unit, the "new" SCYC clubroom is again welcoming members and guests to enjoy fellowship and comfort of an old-line yacht club which enjoys wide-spread recognition.

SCYC is entering the "21" Century as a strong and growing club, and is determined to live up to our well deserved reputation as the "friendliest club on the river."

Windsor Yacht Club
9000 Riverside Drive East
Windsor, Ontario,
Canada N8S 1H1
(519) 945-1748

Web Site
Windsor Yacht Club

Situated on the south shore of the Detroit River, just off Lake St. Clair, the Windsor Yacht Club enjoys a uniquely convenient location augmented by its scenic view of wooded Peche Island. Commercial establishments are relatively close-by.

Established in 1937, we like to refer to ourselves as "The Best Little Yacht Club on the Great Lakes". We are proud of our conviviality, hospitality and warm welcome to our guests.

Guests from DRYA affiliated Clubs are welcome; guest wells (with hydro/water), washrooms with showers, Club facilities and Dining Room are available. Reservations and information are available (519) 948-1863. We look forward to hosting you

Toledo Yacht Club
3900 N. Summit St.
Toledo, OH 43611
(419) 726-3485

Web Site
Toledo Yacht Club

The history of the Toledo Yacht Club dates back to 1865 just three months after the end of the Civil War. The original organization was founded at a boat house located on the Maumee River at Elm Street in downtown Toledo. In 1878 the first of 5 clubhouses was built on Gard Island at the month of the Ottawa River. The club served its member until 1890 when a more pretentious club house was built with large verandas and sleeping rooms. Ferry boats took many members to the Gard Island from Point Place while others sailed there on their own craft to the island.
The flood of 1883 destroyed much of the clubs sailing fleet, and as excess to the island was challenging too many of the members. A second location closer to the city was needed. In 1898 a 3d club house was built on Presque Isle a popular summer resort in that day. The river steamer Pastime made several trips a day to the island from downtown Toledo. By 1898 a 25 year lease was secured from the City of Toledo at Bay View Park, and a 4th clubhouse was erected in 1903, a magnificent colonel wooden structure.
In February of 1907 the newly built club burned completely to the ground. The club then built the present 5th club on the runes of the wooden structure and erected the Venetian/Renaissance style concrete fire proof building still standing today.

Commodore Mills of Detroit inaugurated the annual ”Mills Trophy” sailing yacht race in 1907 to support the Toledo Yacht Club after the devastating fire earlier that year with the magnificent trophy. In 1909 William Taft, President of the United States gifted to the Toledo Yacht Club the ”Presidents Cup”. Both trophies can be seen in the lobby of the club. The historic Toledo Yacht Club was entered in the National Register of Historic Places on the 200 birthday of the United States in1976. Toledo Yacht Club is identified as the 11th oldest yacht in the United States.
Ronald M. Gabel  T.Y.C.Historian

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