Oldest North American Yacht Clubs by Founding Date

North American Yacht Clubs, Power Squadrons, & Sailing Clubs Founded in the 19th Century

Taken from North American Yacht Register - 1978 & 1979

Rank Club Name City State/Province Year*
1 Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron Halifax NS 1837
2 New York YC New York NY 1844
3 Midshipman's Sailing Club, USNA Annapolis MD 1847
4 Pass Christian YC Pass Christian MS 1849
4 Southern YC Lake Pontchartrain LA 1849
6 Royal Canadian YC Toronto ON 1852
7 Carolina YC Wilmington NC 1853
8 Buffalo YC Buffalo NY 1860
9 Neenah Nodaway YC Neenah WI 1861
9 Yacht Club de Quebec Sillery PQ 1861
11 Detroit YC Detroit MI 1865
11 Raritan YC Perth Amboy NJ 1865
13 Boston YC Boston MA 1866
14 New Hamburg YC New Hamburg NY 1869
14 Portland YC Portland ME 1869
14 San Francisco YC San Francisco CA 1869
14 Savannah YC Savannah GA 1869
18 Eastern YC Marblehead MA 1870
18 Williamsburgh YC College Point NY 1870
20 Milwaukee YC Milwaukee WI 1871
20 North Shore YC Port Washington NY 1871
20 Seawanhaka Corintian YC Oyster Bay NY 1871
20 Toms River YC Toms River NJ 1871
24 Beverly YC Marion MA 1872
25 Albany YC Renssalaer NY 1873
26 Lake Geneva YC Fontana Wi 1874
27 Chicago YC Chicago IL 1875
27 Varuna YC Brooklyn NY 1875
29 Florida YC of Jacksonville Jacksonville FL 1876
30 New Bedford YC Dartmouth MA 1877
30 Rochester YC Rochester NY 1877
32 Cleveland YC Rocky River OH 1878
33 Louisville YC Louisville KY 1879
33 Monmouth Boat Club Red Bank NJ 1879
35 Larchmont YC Larchmont NY 1880
36 Chelsea YC Chelsea on Hudson NY 1881
37 Little Egg Harbor YC Beach Haven NJ 1882
37 Royal Hamilton Amateur Dinghy Club Puget Bermuda 1882
39 American YC Rye NY 1883
39 Harlem YC City Island NY 1883
39 Lake Beulah YC East Troy Wi 1883
42 Winthrop YC Winthrop MA 1884
43 American YC Newburyport MA 1885
43 Corinthian YC Marblehead Neck MA 1885
43 Shattemuc YC Ossining NY 1885
43 Toledo YC Toledo OH 1885
47 Annapolis YC Annapolis MD 1886
47 Chelsea YC Chelsea MA 1886
47 Corinthian YC of San Francisco Tiberon CA 1886
47 Fishers Island YC Fishers Island NY 1886
47 Queen City (The) YC Toronto ON 1886
47 Red Dragon Canoe Club Beverly NJ 1886
47 San Diego YC San Diego CA 1886
47 Shelter Island YC Rye NY 1886
55 Chesapeake YC Easton MD 1887
55 Housatonic Boat Club Stratford CT 1887
55 Lake Champlain YC Shelburne VT 1887
55 Pleon YC Marblehead MA 1887
59 Bay Head YC Bay Head NJ 1888
59 Riveerside YC Riverside CT 1888
59 Tarrytown Boat Club Tarrytown NY 1888
62 Cedar Point YC Westport CT 1889
62 Edgewood YC Cranston RI 1889
62 Horseshoe Harbor YC Larchmont NY 1889
62 Indian Harbor YC Greenwich CT 1889
66 Keystone YC Woodmere NY 1890
66 Newport YC Newport RI 1890
66 Stamford YC Stamford CT 1890
66 Stuyvesant YC City Island NY 1890
66 Tower Ridge YC Hastings-on-Hudson NY 1890
66 Winter Harbor YC Winter Harbor ME 1890
72 Conanicut YC Jamestown RI 1891
72 Hempstead Harbor Club Glen Cove NY 1891
72 Ocean City YC Staten Island NY 1891
72 Ponquogue Yacht Squadron Hampton Bays NY 1891
76 Capital YC Washington DC 1892
76 Columbian YC Chicago IL 1892
76 Corinthian YC Philadelphia PA 1892
76 Hobe Sound YC Hobe Sound FL 1892
76 Little Travis Bay YC Harbor Springs MI 1892
76 Manchester YC Manchester MA 1892
76 Manhasset Bay YC Port Washington NY 1892
76 Poughkeepsie YC Poughkeepsie NY 1892
76 Sea Cliff YC Sea Cliff NY 1892
76 Seattle YC Seattle WA 1892
86 Jubilee YC Beverly MA 1893
86 Metropolitan YC City Island NY 1893
88 Cohasset YC Hingham MA 1894
88 Duxbury YC Duxbury MA 1894
88 Huguenot YC New Rochelle NY 1894
88 Huntington YC Huntington NY 1894
88 Inter-Lake Yachting Assoc Vermillion OH 1894
88 Nahant Dory Club Nahant MA 1894
88 Norwalk YC Norwalk CT 1894
88 Put-in-Bay YC Put-in-Bay OH 1894
88 Royal Kennebeccasis YC St John NB 1894
97 Brittania YC Ottawa ON 1895
97 Chippewa YC Chippewa NY 1895
97 City Point YC New Haven CT 1895
97 Hartford YC South Glastonbury CT 1895
97 Hingham YC Hingham MA 1895
97 Saginaw Bay YC Essexville MI 1895
97 Yacht Racing Assoc of LI Sound New York NY 1895
104 Annesquam YC Gloucester MA 1896
104 Halifax River YC Daytona Beach FL 1896
104 Kingston YC Kingston ON 1896
104 Pootatick YC Stratford CT 1896
104 Sachem's Head YC Guilford CT 1896
104 Tarratine YC Dark Harbor (Isleboro) ME 1896
110 Houston YC LaPort TX 1897
110 Indian River YC Cocoa FL 1897
110 Mantoloking YC Mantoloking NJ 1897
110 Sag Harbor YC Sag Harbor NY 1897
110 Woods Hole YC Woods Hole MA 1897
115 Canopus YC Carmel NY 1898
115 Island Heights YC Island Heights NJ 1898
117 Manasquan River YC Brielle NJ 1899
117 Ocean City YC Ocean City NJ 1899
117 Seaside Park YC Seaside Park NJ 1899
120 Oak Island Beach YC Oak Beach NY 1900
120 Unqua Corinthian YC Amityville NY 1900
120 Vallejo YC Vallejo CA 1900

Total count: 122

* Earliest date given among year founded, year incorporated, etc.

Club

The Lake Champlain Yacht Club is a member-run yacht club located in a sheltered cove on the southwest shore of Shelburne Bay in Shelburne, Vermont, USA. We offer moorings, activities, and community for our members, most of whom own a sailboat or powerboat. The object of the Club is to promote and encourage boating and sailing on Lake Champlain, while emphasizing racing, cruising, and education, without financial gain. Please let us know if you are interested in membership!

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Cruising

Lake Champlain offers some of the best freshwater cruising in North America. The beautiful scenery and charming lakeside destinations make it a great place to explore. LCYC organizes several rendezvous events during the sailing season. Spontaneous cruising events also materialize throughout the season. We have a number of scheduled events planned for the summer season. Cruisers are out and about just about every weekday and weekend throughout the summer.

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Junior Sailing

Lake Champlain Yacht Club has a robust junior sailing program, open to all children ages 8-17. We use Optimist prams and Flying Junior dinghies for instruction and racing. Full and half-day sessions are offered for all ability levels over an eight week period. All of our Instructors are US Sailing certified and have extensive experience. We have two race weeks during the summer, the Lake Champlain Champ Chase Regatta and traveling to Lake George for the Cheeseburger Regatta!

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Lake Champlain is a beautiful venue for sailboat racing, with excellent competition, friendly competitors, and great participation. LCYC features a summer-long Wednesday Night racing series, an Etchells/Sportboat series, and weekend races, several of which are part of the the Lake Champlain Championship Series. Our friends at Mallets Bay Boat Club, Royal Savage Yacht Club, and Valcour Sailing Club also offer great racing events around the lake. LCYC also hosts an annual Viper 640 Regatta.

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